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3.0 out of 5 stars Adequate but lacking in informed detail in some places, 30 Jun 2013
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This review is from: Rock: The Rough Guide (Rough Guides Reference Titles) (Paperback)
I bought this on the strength of some reviews. I have been buying and listening to rock music since I bought my 1st record Not Fade Away by The Rolling Stones and I have an LP collection spanning that year until now, though the bulk is from the 60's & 70's. This book lacks detail on several levels.It's as if the contributors do not have an in - depth knowledge.
There is no mention, for example, of Manfred Mann who were as significant as The Small Faces, who are included. Thus, no mention either of Manfred Man Chapter Three, who made 2 important jazz - rock LPs. The T. T.Rex/Marc Bolan does not recommend any of the Tyrannosaurus Rex LPs despite the fact that both Beard Of Stars and Unicorn are classic LPs of their era.
Jerry Gracia of The Grateful Dead is mentioned but no mention of Bob Weir's solo
work - his 1st LP is better than anything Garcia produced as was his 1st LP with
Kingfish. The same is true of Jack Bruce from Cream (his Songs For A Tailor LP is better than almost all of Clapton's output) and Ginger Baker who was important in promoting African music and made one decent LP with Airforce.Likewise Dennis Wilson's Pacific Ocean Blue is not properly acknowledged (The Beach Boys). Many significant "underground" bands from the UK late 60s/early 70s period are ignored at the expense of decidely "iffy" US bands who made one half good LP then disappeared. No Spooky Tooth/Third Ear Band/Quintessence/Principal Edwards Magic Theatre/Comus/Titus Groan/Touch/Gracious/Audience references who all made better music than a significant number of the acts mentioned. Some significant sole artists are omitted who came under the rock umbrella such as Mike Cooper. One can only assume many of the people who emailed in have not even heard of them ?
Patch is the adjective I would use. There are better books of this type such as the 1001 Albums You Must Hear.
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