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4.0 out of 5 stars
Superbly researched mine of information, 4 April 2003
With all the tabloid-style rubbish thats written on the Stones, from a fan's point of view , its refreshing to read a book that concentrates solely on the music.
Elliott's work is a real labour of love and two of the most refreshing things that can be said about it is that it not only takes you back to the music that you already know but it also encourages you to seek out the music that you're not familiar with already. Not only does it list recording information for every commercially released studio and live Rolling Stones recording which has appeared on record, video or DVD but it also provides a fascinating glimpse into 4 four decades of recording by looking at the numerous unreleased recordings which have (or in some cases which haven't!) surfaced on bootlegs. However,it's not simply a trainspotter's guide to the band's work as the text that accompanies the data puts the music in it's historical and biographical context.
This work is twice the size of Elliott's original book on the band's recording sessions and shows a vast improvement on the original in terms of the quality and accuracy of the research done. The Stones have never made available a day by day account of their studio work so dating some of it in exact detail is an elusive task and means that any account of the Stones session work can't be described as "definitive". However, with exhaustive research and by drawing on the work of other Stones historians and experts, Elliott has produced a tome is as excellent as it could possibly be from the information available.