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A sound companion,
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This review is from: The Music's All That Matters (Paperback)
There are several similar books to this one, but I think this better than some of the more analytical reads. After labouring through Edward Macan's 'Rocking the classics', with all its over-technical analysis. This book is more selective, opinionated, informative and occasionally humourous. I think Paul has the structure pretty much right and instead of trying to cover every album and band, he picks out the influential ones, dismisses a few 'light-weights' and keeps the story flowing. (However, one star deducted for omitting my beloved Camel)
I have to confess that I wasn't too sure after the introduction, which gives you the impression of a writer trying a bit too hard to impress with the language. Just a few random examples like 'lexically', 'approbatory', 'atavism' & 'epigones' give you a flavour of what's in store. Talk about Progressive Rock's excesses!
But after a few chapters the book settles down and becomes a little more readable (although wordiness does persist and becomes annoying, if amusing). Of course the music is really all that matters but its helpful to have a knowledgeable guide to talk you through what lies beneath the wonderful sounds they made. Paul also makes a fair attempt at linking more recent offerings to the 'golden' 70's period, although there is whole argument about who really fits under the banner. In short, just about worth the purchase, even if the book seems a bit dry without any photographs.