on 17 October 2014
A much-anticipated update which I took delivery of a couple of days ago.
First: THE GOOD
It's good to see that the awkward stretched album cover images prevalent throughout the original edition have been corrected or removed all together. Plus some of the more obvious errors have been corrected (there never was an extended bass solo on the 12-inch version of "We Take Mystery (to bed)" - live versions, yes, notably Joe Hubbard's on the 'Warriors Tour', but not on the 12-inch). Also, Goodwin's star-ratings have been removed - I'll make my own mind up as to what constitutes a 5-star album, thanks!
Now, inevitably, THE BAD: Blimey, this man needs a good editor or proof-reader. Some of the spelling mistakes are quite jarring! When an artist makes a guest appearance, it is, for example, "courtesy of EMI", not "curtsey"; Throughout the book, it's nearly always, "the fan's bought the album," or, "the fan's disliked the new image,"...no, no, no it's "fans" - no apostrophe! And why is "T.O.T.P.S" used as an acronym for Top of the Pops?
So why does this book still get 5-stars? Because it's a comprehensive, work of love about a subject that Goodwin is passionate about. Gary Numan has finally got the recognition he deserves, literally as an Electric Pioneer, and this books shows exactly why he is deserving of that honour. Despite the glaring mistakes, the soul of the book, the overwhelming detail, makes this an essential purchase.
PS - For £500.00 quid, I'll proof-read the next edition!