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4.0 out of 5 stars A really good book; reader criticism simply not justified, July 7, 2008
This review is from: The Beatles' Second Album (Rock of Ages) (Hardcover)
Dave Marsh is a well-known and well-respected author in the world of rock criticism, so it makes sense that he would someday turn his sights on the greatest rock band of all time. Add to that his quirky choice of The Beatles' Second Album as the subject for a full book and what do you expect? This is not a feel-good biography of the album, folks, or a rose-tinted history of it, though it includes some of those elements as well. This mini-tome represents Marsh at his best: opinionated, knowledgable, experienced, outspoken and absolutely fearless. While Marsh's scathing words about Dave Dexter are pointed, Marsh grounds his criticism in both history and fact. Do I believe every idiosyncratic jibe was necessary? Maybe not. A case can easily be made that Dexter's big, fat reverb-laden sound was, in fact, justified and served The Fabs very well on the AM radio of the day. And at the time, of course, who knew? Even now, it's probably my favorite early Beatles' album for all the reasons Marsh delineates in this book. Wow! What a collection of songs! So agree with it or not, this book is valid food for thought and made me appreciate the fabulous Second Album all over again, for better and worse. I can highly recommend this book for all fans. Thank you, Mr. Marsh. I'd love to read more.
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Wade Dizdar says:
I've read that the Beatles loved the Capitol LPs for their bass response.
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