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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A disappointment, 8 Aug. 2004
By A Customer
This review is from: The Rolling Stones: Complete Recording Sessions 1962-2002 (Rockdetector) (Paperback)
This book is amateurish, both in content and layout. Certainly you can see that it is a labour of love and the author is excited about the Stones. That's just not enough. The layout is tiring, cheap and somewhat incoherent. The Stones' recordings are handled just as individual songs, which in itself doesn't sound bad but leads to a tangled result: comments on whole albums are dropped here and there, and it's impossible to get a good overall impression of the massive catalogue after 440 page's mess of song descriptions.
The author's comments are poor, too. He doesn't seem to have any musical education and therefore his opinions are sometimes weird and often flimsy. You don't get a satisfying analytical approach at all which is something I demand from a book that is supposed to concentrate on music. The author relies on the layman's critical approach of "this song rocks", or most often just leaves the song's description to who played what and when. That isn't an entertaining read.
The book is exhaustive, though. Bootleggers and other completists certainly find it useful, after all it has 1183 listed recordings. There are also many interesting details about the band's history for fans. But the situation is really sad if this is the best book written about the Stones' music. The Beatles have been treated well: Ian MacDonald's Revolution in the Head has the same format as Complete Recording Sessions but it's on a lot higher level. The Stones deserve better.
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