Rock author Greg Prato always manages to find a new twist on an old subject.
In the past, he has dissected grunge, the New York Yankees, and MTV in truly innovative ways. Here, he lists 354 unsung recordings that never seemed to get the notice and attention they deserved. He breaks down each entry by describing the following:
Prato has trolled his collection and all the archives out there to come up with these 354 albums. Included here:
- Artist Name - Album Title
- Discovery [How I first came in contact with the artist/recording, and if I can recall, where/when I obtained it]
- Scrutiny [Review]
- Similarity [Other artists that are comparable]
- Keepers [The songs that sum up the album best]
- Follow Up Listening [Other albums by the artist - or related artist - that you should also give a gander]
- Tidbit [An interesting fact]
Judging by the sampled titles here, it's easy to see that the author has cut across all styles--rock, fusion, prog, R&B and more--in his compilation.
His reviews of the albums are succinct and straightforward. He explains exactly why you should love this album and take a listen to it if you haven't done so recently.
- AC/DC - Flick of the Switch
- Badfinger - The Best of
- Billy Cobham - Spectrum
- Captain Beefheart - Trout Mask Replica
- Gary Moore - Back on the Streets
- Jeff Beck Group - Rough and Ready
- King Crimson - Discipline
- The Pretenders - II
- Sam & Dave - The Best of
A fun and informative book from one of the best rock journalists out there.
Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. © Steven Rosen, 2014