Virgin Encyclopedia of Seventies Music (Virgin Encyclopedias of Popular Music) Paperback – 20 Nov 1997
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What lets this book down is the rather inaccurate scoring of some of the artists, Lynyrd Skynyrd's first and by far best album is rated 3 stars, when several later albums warrant 4 stars - unforgiveable. Then the jazz rock guitarist Al DiMeola's earlier albums are rated far too low, just 3 stars for what I consider his finest Elegant Gypsy, again when clearly under par later renditions are given the 4 star treatment. Return to Forever get similar treatment. Gentle Giant too .. .. I could go on. I have read the same with other reviews.
So overall a very good series of music encyclopedias but someway let down by some of Larkin's judgments. To be fair he is generally right but not always.
To illustrate this I have given the book one star which should pull it's overall average down. This is highly subjective and may not be in keeping with the true rating that the book should receive!
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