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VH1 Press Release

'Ultimate Albums' Change Everything - For the Artists, the Fans and the Culture

Premiering in March, New VH1 Series Goes Behind The Making of Music's Most Influential Albums

Series Focuses on the Creativity, Clashes, Hassles, Headaches, Heart and Soul That Went Into Pivotal Records by Def Leppard, TLC, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, Bon Jovi, No Doubt, Led Zeppelin, Motley Crue and Others

There are certain albums that leave the artist's hands, and take on a momentum of their own -- changing everything for the artist, the fans, the culture.

Behind each of them is a drama of creativity and clashes, hassles and headaches, heart and soul.

Premiering on VH1 in March, ``Ultimate Albums'' is a new series that examines a single important record in each weekly one-hour episode, recounting in detail why it connected the artist and the audience, and how it forever changed their lives and our culture.

In revealing, in-depth interviews, the artists and songwriters, band members, producers and confidants tell the powerful real stories of how their greatest works were transformed from riffs and lyrics to musical legacies. ``Ultimate Albums'' surveys the social, cultural, emotional and political backdrop of the times, takes fans deep into the heart of the artist and chronicles what happened when their work collided with the world outside -- from the games, ads and movies that access the music and embody it in the culture, to the influence each record has had on millions of fans and fellow musicians.

Focusing primarily on records from the CD era (post-1985), ``Ultimate Albums'' goes behind the music-making of Def Leppard's ``Pyromania,'' TLC's ``Crazy Sexy Cool,'' Red Hot Chili Peppers' ``BloodSugarSexMagic,'' ``Metallica,'' Bon Jovi's ``Slippery When Wet,'' No Doubt's ``Tragic Kingdom,'' ``Led Zeppelin IV'' and Motley Crue's ``Dr. Feelgood,'' among many others.

Viewers can log on to VH1.com to check out album art, video clips, sound clips from the albums, a radio station featuring VH1's 100 greatest albums, and polls to vote for favorite albums/songs/artists, plus message boards for fans' comments and critiques (that may be used in the show) and more.

The executive producers are George Moll and Paul Gallagher.