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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable reference book on psychedelic and progressive rock, 24 Jan. 2011
This review is from: Prophets & Sages : An Illustrated Guide to Underground and Progressive Rock 1967-1975 (Paperback)
This is an enjoyable book describing some of the author's favourite progressive and psychedelic rock albums from the late 1960s/early 1970s.

The selection omits some of the era's "giant" albums on purpose, to allow the focus to alight on some other equally enjoyable, but often overlooked albums. So, for instance, Pink Floyd's "dark Side of the Moon" is omitted, but their "A Saucerful Full of Secrets" is included. Nevertheless, whilst the selection is clearly a personal one, there could be few progressive/psychedelic rock fans who would complain (discuss, yes, that's another matter!) about the selection.

Unless you're a real collector then the book will allow you to delve back into the period and - like me - find music that you'd not picked up on at the time (I was prompted to buy a Groundhogs album having read one of the entries in this book).

A thorough history of each band/artist is given with each entry, together with a description of the rock "scene" at the time and details about the recording of the album: this is all amply illustrated with copious photographs and reproductions of articles from rock music papers of the time - a real historical record in effect.

On the downside, I found it difficult to read "as a book", it being a description of the albums, so there isn't the continuity in the text that you might expect from a normal book - it is, in effect, a reference book, enhanced perhaps, but still a reference book.

If you're a fan of the music period and interested in its history, then this is a recommended purchase.
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Initial post: 16 Apr 2012 18:16:49 BDT
Pink Floyd's "dark Side of the Moon" is a purely commercial album, not a prog album. Therefore it was omitted, and deservedly so.
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