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Billboard's Hottest Hot 100 Hits, Updated and Expanded 3rd Edition
Billboard's Hottest Hot 100 Hits, Updated and Expanded 3rd Edition
by Fred Bronson
Edition: Paperback
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SWEET INSPIRATION, February 28, 2003
The above title is charted as #4631 of the Top 5000 singles of the rock era and also the feeling one gets when thumbing through this absolutely essential book--absolutely essential for any individual with the slightest interest in popular music of the past 47 years all the way to the deepest trivia buff, anyone who has ever had a taste of list-o-mania. Along with Mr. Bronson's "Billboard Book Of Number One Hits" and Joel Whitburn's "Top Pop Singles", this is the one of the three necessary reference items for any home library with a section dealing with pop music.
Mr. Bronson covers the songs, artists (sections for Elvis, Elton, Abba, Aretha, Beatles, Stones, Sinatras, etc.) producers, songwriters and record labels, that have spun around our turntables. cassette decks and CD players since 1955. Specialized sections deal with such diverse subjects as music from motion pictures, names of girls and boys, food, animals and the calendar. It is not just the list that make this book essential; it is the historical articles which feature thousands of little known facts. The ultimate list is the Top 5000 songs of the rock era (1955-present). Some fine illustrations accompany the text.
Some readers will take offense that most of the biggest songs of the rock era are from the 1990s. However, Mr. Bronson explains how chart methodolgy created this situation (For instance the highest ranking Beatles song is #41). For those 1960s (or other decades)purists , there are sections devoted to each decade. For the statisticians, the author has revised his methodology to emphasize high chart position, a significant improvement.
This book will settle many arguments about popular music and related pop culture issues. In summary, buy it.


Best of the Staple Singers
Best of the Staple Singers
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Music (6 stars) - Poor Quality( 4 stars), January 27, 2003
The Staple Singers, finally in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, are one of the most important acts of the Rock And Roll era. They not only come from Gospel routes, but they took those roots and used them in the lyrics, music and style of their great hits. The messages, though gritty at times (e.g. "Put your hand on your mouth when you cough, that'll help the solution" from "Respect Yourself") are always very positive. They made such uplifting music in the early 1970s, a time when our nation was in such turmoil over issues like Vietnam and Watergate. Indeed "Heavy Makes You Happy".
The voices are magnificent. Compare the phrasing and range of Mavis, Cleo and Pops to some of the lightweight R&B singers of the 21st Century.
There are only two disappointing things about this CD. The first is the absence of "Let's Do It Again", the Curtis Mayfield movie tune that got to #1 on the pop charts in 1975. I would guess that the reasons are contractual, as that music was on the Curtom label, rather than Stax. The second disappointment is the sound quality. The fidelity is relatively poor, as it is on similar Stax collections on Fantasy from Johnnie Taylor and the Emotions. It is not as bad as the early pressings on a well known Philadelphia reissue label. As I bought this CD when it first became available, I would hope that the problem has been corrected.
In summary, enrich your spirits and buy this CD.


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