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Paperback: 364 pages
Publisher: Strawberry Bricks; 1 edition (12 April 2008)
Well, at least that's some of the stuff that comes to mind watching the fine book cover of that wonderful journey down memory lane with this fantastic book, that covers the golden era of Progressive Rock from 67 to 79, hopping chronologically over albums that may very well be considered as worthy milestones of the genre.
"and what is the use of a book without pictures" (not even one picture, BTW...), well... basically find pleasure in reading about the icon artists and albums that accompanied me from my youth, both in terms of "dry" information and both in terms of other's experience with these wonderful sounds.
This book does have a serious effect on my budget (like another reviewer "complained") as it makes me want to purchase many albums that passed under my radar over the years.
Although the writer thankfully doesn't rate the albums as is so popular on the web, you can get a feeling of his taste, with which I feel quite aligned.
Contains a discography at the end of the book of bands covered (until 1980) and also a bibliography and Index By Artist.
Published in 2007 and with retrospective look at both Prog history and Prog acceptance and reviews over the years, the book is very successful in being balanced as possible. In the minefield of us opinionated Progheads Snider manages to elegantly bypass rather than step on potential mines such as Frank Zappa or Tales From Topographic Oceans...
Highly recommended for those who's brains works on Proxygen (a rare blend of Prog and oxygen).
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A very comprehensive and well-balanced history of the golden era of prog, including any album of any significance in the period. It's method is to use short reviews of the albums as its chapters, with each year being a chapter. It has been a pleasure to uncover bands that I had never really heard of and I find it a very good judge of the classics we already know. If I had a criticism it would be that more space could have been added in reviewing the major works of each year. I will be purchasing a number of CD's that this book has led me to, but first I'm buying a second copy for a friend who will be delighted to see it appear in his Christmas stocking.
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As a teenager during the heyday of "prog rock" in the seventies i had some pre-conceptions of what/who should be included in this book and my experience at the time revolved around the more prominent movers & shakers (love 'em or hate 'em!!) e.g ELP, Yes, Caravan, King Crimson, Camel & Jethro Tull. Having said that i also had a liking for lesser mortals Jade Warrior, PFM, Supersister & Greenslade. I was a bit (pleasantly) surprised then, after purchasing this book, that it actually covers a much wider area of music, as eloquently explained in the introduction by Mr Snider. What you get is actually a guide to "progressive" (in the general sense of the word) music as opposed to just "prog rock" (as defined by the above bands). The book is written by reviewing albums chronologically from 1967, opening with Sgt Pepper, to 1979, ending with Pink Floyd's "the wall". Most albums get a full page review , which are full of information & expertly written, and as well as the bands mentioned above (notably missing though is Supersister??) also includes such non-prog bands as Gong, BJH, Fairport Convention, Hatfield & the North, Hawkwind & The Moody Blues. Mr Snider has an obvious love of this music, which shines through in his writing and he also includes some band discographies and lists of essential albums. A lot of the (British) music was very familiar to me but there was also numerous other European bands covered whom i'd never come across before, especially an amazing number of Italian & German artists, and for me that was the most interesting part of this book. If you're only interested in actual "prog rock" you might be disappointed in this one but if you love music that doesn't conform to the norm this is a great read.