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on 31 December 2012
On the plus side the E of R disregards ragga and related garbage and skims dancehall Good call!(and take note Rough Guide - cut out the slackness and the digi!!) In fact it concentrates on the era I most like, 1970-85 I suppose. There's some really good photos and the layout is very sweet and interesting.
There has been a real shortage in the field since The Rough Guide was last updated way back in 2007. However...
Would any serious reggae lover give (much) more space to the history of Eddy Grant rather than Culture? And there is no rationale behind the 'select discography' Why only three Culture albums stated here? Other rubbish gets lists of albums, it appears scattergun to me, almost as if the writer were a bit clueless and that like.
It seems as though every minor British chart 'hit' merits a biography whilst The Gladiators for example rate not a mention! Shocking!
Personally I give little kudos to Greyhound and some of the other lame choices and would prefer Sinead O'Connors Throw Down Your Arms (excellent)or Prince Fatty rated.
The Lee Scratch Perry write up was okay but why hardly a mention of the Black Ark singles he produced For many, myself included, these are the pinnacle of not only his own but the entire reggae catalogue.
Clunkily written, there is an obsession with facts being verified. On these very grounds the author writes he has thus excluded Wailing Souls critique entirely!
I am a big big reggae fan and I still like the book despite it being poorly written but I feel a complete revision is needed if it gets another print run.