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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The original, and still the best
This "bible" of facts on the pop charts from their inception to date used to have the field to itself and its publication every two years was eagerly awaited. Recently it has had competition, this year from two other publishers, and in response it has become an annual issue and, this year, they have added in album chart details (there used to be a separate Albums book,...
Published on 4 Jun. 2004 by Mr. R. B. Ager

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1.0 out of 5 stars Substanded Book!!!
This was described as Used but Very Good!!! Its a really bad edition. It's got Highlighted items throughout and pen markings and the pages are bend back so that it looks like they will come out, and the front cover has the top corner turned over.
Normally this would be sent straight back but it was a promised item for my best friend and its need for this date!!!!
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The original, and still the best, 4 Jun. 2004
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Mr. R. B. Ager "Ronald Ager" (Nottingham, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Guinness British Hit Singles and Albums 17th edition (Paperback)
This "bible" of facts on the pop charts from their inception to date used to have the field to itself and its publication every two years was eagerly awaited. Recently it has had competition, this year from two other publishers, and in response it has become an annual issue and, this year, they have added in album chart details (there used to be a separate Albums book, last issued eight years ago).
This means that the book increases in size by some 160 pages; they have not, however, compromised on paper or print quality, and although this does mean that it is quite a weighty tome it is no heavier than, say, the Radio Times Guide to Films, and should fit snugly on most bookshelves.
They have not altered the layout of the listings, which are clear and concise. For each artist/band the singles are listed first in black and then the albums in red; I suppose there may be a slight problem for anyone who is colour-blind but the print used is bold and I would say that it's as good as you're going to get. Only artist albums have been included, not various artist compilations such as "Now", although there are lists of the No 1 compilations and those based on TV shows and soundtracks.
As usual the top 500 chart acts are flagged, and a short description of them given. Because albums are included this time some famous names previously excluded from this "club" have been catapulted in; for example it now includes Led Zeppelin and James Last!
The only change in format is that the features and extra statistical information that used to be at the front of the book is now scattered throughout; this does help break up any artistic monotony one might feel the listings pages have.
All in all it's still the best reference work for those thousands of us who have an interest in the pop charts, who take part in or compile fiendishly obscure quizzes, or who can't remember when Wendy Richard was No 1 (with Mike Sarne) and want to satisfy their curiosity.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars POP Bible just got bigger than life!, 8 Jun. 2004
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This review is from: Guinness British Hit Singles and Albums 17th edition (Paperback)
The 17th edition proudly states: "Two Books In One Volume" and believe me, you get 10 for the price of one (even if you order from outside EU and get severely taxed like me!). This edition FINALLY features the albums which are listed in red right after the singles for every act which is different than I thought but it works better!
This is surely the best chart book in the world in a beautiful green cover and for the first time it doesn't bring any negative surprises but the joy of a "smart buy" feeling. Enjoy!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Guiness Triumph, 28 May 2004
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Dave Texeira (United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Guinness British Hit Singles and Albums 17th edition (Paperback)
What more can i say except that everyone will agree, what a hive of information for the music buffs and pub quizzers alike. Everything anyone would ever like to know about the singles history right up to yesterday. So concise and accurate with easy listings and cross-references. Think of an artist/song and you will dive into the ocean of information with more back-up than a mega-gig hard drive.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the money!, 13 Jan. 2005
This review is from: Guinness British Hit Singles and Albums 17th edition (Paperback)
This is the third book of this series that i own and the reason that its so much better than previous editions is because it now features both the single and album listings, giving you each artists complete discography in the one book! This obviously means that the Guinness Book now includes many more album-based artists that weren't placed highly in previous editions, and therefore definately gives a better overview of the real music industry, especially due to album sales seemingly taking over at the moment! It makes a start with a Top 10 Dvds list which will probably be made more prominent in future editions due to increasing sales, gives chronological lists of all number one albums since the 1950s, and also gives information on top selling film soundtracks, stage musicals and much much more!
If you've ever been interested in music releases or ever asked someone "what was that song called?" then this is the book for you!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars bible of pop, 14 Feb. 2005
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This review is from: Guinness British Hit Singles and Albums 17th edition (Paperback)
the best got even better. despite attempts to copy the format, this blows all competitors out of the water. best layout, best info, best photos.....forget the rest, stick with the best...
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two for the price of one, 7 Aug. 2004
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This review is from: Guinness British Hit Singles and Albums 17th edition (Paperback)
I've bought numerous previous hit singles books and a few hit albums too. But putting them in one book is much easier. Plenty of extra info, well worth the money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 2 July 2014
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Thomas Dunn (Whitehaven, England) - See all my reviews
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A great book, in great condition, from a great seller! 5 Stars
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4.0 out of 5 stars British Hit Singles & Albums, 13 April 2014
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Arrived on time and intact. Gave this to my husband for his birthday, he was delighted with it and said no more sleepless nights trying to remember various songs :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased indeed, 27 Sept. 2013
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Orded my copy from WORLD of BOOKS.It arrived promptly and was,as described,in very good condition.I am very happy with my purchace.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very useful book, 8 July 2013
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Find it very useful to refer to, especially when watching TV. Better than internet at times as it is so easy to use
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