I recently received this big book and for those who know the Galactic Ramble (GR) edition, everything will be very familiar.
Same structure and style, even though this edition is much bigger.
In general I have to say it's a great work and it covers a lot of known and more unknown stuff so five stars would be appropriate.
But after spending some time with it I wondered myself because I traced a little swing of "the mood" in the comments of the authors, compared to GR.
It's hard to explain and merely subjective but I have the feeling that the reviews in GR were more open minded and had a positive attitude to the music and the products.
In this book I found a lot of comments bearing a very negative and nagging attitude. It seems as it is just impossible to say "It's a good album".
There's always the urge to find something negative on the albums, even if it's a needle in a haystack. It's like drifting away from the point....
Furthermore, there are more used articles from newspapers than comments from the authors, so in connection with the a.m. critisism I wished myself more second or third opinions as a balance, rather than another article.
And because everything seems so negative, my opinions differ a lot more now with the authors than in GR....but this is really subjective.
But apart from this...it's a splendid book that shouldn't be missing in every collectors bookshelf.