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The New Rolling Stone Record Guide Paperback – October 12, 1983


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  • Paperback: 648 pages
  • Publisher: Random House; Rev Sub edition (October 12, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394721071
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394721071
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #615,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 2, 1996
Format: Paperback
This is a great book to rummage through used record bins, help build
a good record collection. It's best used to introduce you to new artists. Even
if you don't agree with their general evaluation of an artist, most readers find the
relative ranking of albums within the artist is reasonable. Some problems though: the jazz and blues
section is very poor is coverage (hence the other book that followed this) and they typically
pan any progressive music and love anyone once associated with their magazine (check out reviews of
Yoko Ono and Patti Smith, ughh!). Biggest problem is inconsistent ratings across editions. For example,
there is not one Doors album with the same rating across all three editions. Evaluating music is rather subjective
but when the rater can't even decide what the value is, well there's little point is there?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 21, 2000
Format: Paperback
I used to have this book and it got lost somewhere along the way. Although I vehemently disagreed with many of the reviews, I found it an indispensible source of information on both known and little known singers and groups, which helped me make many wise purchases. It is long out-of print and I hope somebody will be able to come up with a copy in reasonably good condition. I am keeping it on my wish lists at several sites until then. I have the newest edition (Rolling Stone Album Guide, 1992), and it covers many new groups and singers, more types of music and speaks in a more unified voice, because it was written by only four critics this time, instead of over fifty. However, I was disappointed to see how many important groups and singers from the previous edition (1983) were not even mentioned, even in passing, just omitted entirely. Although the 1992 edition is more up-to-date, I prefer this one. At least it has an honorable mentions page for those singers and groups it was not seen fit to write a full review about. On the other hand, I was pleased to see some more negative opinions of some of the artists still reviewed in the 1992 edition had been revised more favorably. Time and thought are not always so unkind, just sometimes. I agree with the reader whose review stated Dave Marsh's lack of input into the 1992 edition greatly hindered it. However, I feel both the 1983 and 1992 editions are well worth having and may possibly review the 1992 edition separately. However, I still have several major caveats with both editions. Most of the critics are rather narrow- minded and do not like anything too arty, spacy, avant-garde, or experimental.Read more ›
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brian D. Rubendall HALL OF FAME on August 6, 2000
Format: Paperback
I bought "The New Rolling Stone Record Guide" when it first came out in 1983 and still have my original dog eared copy. What makes the book so excellent is the incisive, witty and often biting commentary on the albums reviewed. I must have purchased over one hundred albums through the years based upon its recommendations. If you can find a copy, it is WELL worth the effort.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr GB Dennill on July 1, 2010
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I just love this book. I don't go with all the opinions expressed, e.g. Dylan's 'Live at Budokan' is regarded unworthy of having been recorded, 'Ziggy Stardust' marginally better, and the Doors & Pink Floyd trashed... BUT, most of the reviews are spot on and this is a magnificent record of what's what and who's who for the 60s & 70s rock & folk scene. I use it to discover gems, which are mostly available now as remastered discs. Elvis, the Stones, Hendrix & Dylan are the only artists that are honoured by more than a page. That's right by me. If you collect music, you really can't do without this.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By grundle2600 on December 18, 1999
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The 1983 edition of THE NEW ROLLING STONE RECORD GUIDE is the best book on music ever written. Dave Marsh has very tough standards for music. He is not afraid to strongly criticize bands that are considered by most other critics to be untoucable. For example, check out his tough criticism of the Doors. And when Dave Marsh loves a band, he gives it praise as no other rock critic is capable of doing. For example, check out his kind words about Bruce Springsteen. In 1992, an update to this book was published. Unfortunately, Dave Marsh had nothing to do with that version, and, as a result, it is grossly inferior to the 1983 edition.
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By J. Cobb on March 17, 2013
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I was very surprised to see the condition for this book when it arrived in the mail. It's long out-of-print and was in satisfactory shape. Hardly even used. Glad to have my hands on it. A decent guide for albums released before 1984. The more updated RS guides have removed many of the entries found in this book, so try starting with this one.
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By Stanley M. Gilbert on March 6, 2012
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About as relevant to modern recording as the magazine now is to modern times. Recommend you get your insight from more enlightened sources.
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By john on September 17, 2011
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had this book,sold it at a moving sale,love this book,it is so much fun to read. i love how the knock all the BAD LPs that should have never been produce and the come up with the words of insult for them. long live the freedom of the press!!!!
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