33 1/3 Book Series

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  1. smartsoul72

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    Anybody else dig this series?
    For those unfamiliar, it's a series of short books each dedicated to a particular seminal album. Think of them as advanced liner notes. The author may or may not deal with his/her personal feelings on the record. Some lean more to blow by blow descriptions of each track. Most deal with the circumstances under which the record was recorded. They can be a real treat for record nerds (like me) although I find some may be disappointing.
    There are over 100 titles in print but these are the 6 I've read
    My favorites are "Low" and "From Elvis in Memphis". I wasn't too impressed with "The Gilded Palace of Sin" or "Unknown Pleasures"
    Am looking forward to upcoming releases of "Avalon" and "Tin Drum"
    What are your thoughts on the series? 20210321_143353_HDR.jpg
     
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    Love the concept and have really enjoyed most of the ones I have read but, of course, they are not uniformly great. The pictured Forever Changes is in my reading pile... somewhere.
     
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    I liked "Forever Changes". It focused more on Arthur and the atmosphere surrounding the band, but it was very interesting
     
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    I've got a few of these. Really good series on the whole, but there are few not so good too.
     
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    I've read a couple, but the quality is widely varying (depending on the author who wrote the particular one...)
     
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    Not until now. But looking online. Cool. Thanks.

    And I love Piper. Great album that lots of folks ignore.
     
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    Have you read "Trout Mask Replica" yet?
     
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    I have not! I will put it on my list, unless you convince me otherwise
     
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    That's a good one to start with. I enjoyed it.
     
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    Another on my list is Van Dyke Parks "Song Cycle". I'm not a big fan of the record, but I'd like to read more about it.
    I wish someone would write one for the Everly Bros "Roots"
     
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    I haven't seen any of the 33 1/3 books yet. All I know about the TMR one is that it exists. I know the story of this record from other sources, it should make for good read even if you don't care anything about Captain Beefheart.
     
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    I made the mistake of reading the joy division one right after someone I’d been friends with for years killed himself. That was really bad timing.

    I liked the public enemy one.

    The my bloody valentine one wasn’t as informative as I’d have hoped, other than that finding out that they were sampling and looping their guitar feedback was kind of a revelation.

    I got the nick cave one for Xmas but haven’t read it yet.
     
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    The MBV book is on my list, but I've been hesitant to purchase it. I read a review similar to yours. More about the writer himself than the album, if I remember correctly
     
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    Another I'd avoid—if one is inclined to read it in the first place—is the entry for Nick Drake's Pink Moon, which has a lengthy section on the title song's use in a Volkswagen commercial, going on for WAY too many pages without once mentioning Drake himself. It was pretty tedious, and that's being kind.
     
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    Thanks. Good to know.

    I've been meaning to get the one on Music From Big Pink. Hope it's better.
     
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    I dunno... their pink track record ain't that great. ;)

    Do not recall if it includes stuff on MFBP, but Greil Marcus's Invisible Republic is an epic tome on the Basement Tapes sessions.
     
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    Thanks. I'll have to check that out!
     
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    The Manic Street Preachers "The Holy Bible", one is good. Taken from the perspective of a later fan of the band, but an excellent in depth read never the less. Nirvana " In Utero" Wasn't bad either. The best I've read have been the MC5 "Kick out the jams", and The Who " Sell out". I've got the Jimi Hendrix "Electric Ladyland" One, but haven't read it yet.
     
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    A wildly inconsistent series. Some of them are really good, others are trash.

    Led Zeppelin 4 is borderline unreadable. The entire book is dedicated to pointing out the ridiculous notion that every minute detail of the album is an occult reference.

    I enjoyed Paul's Boutique, Trout Mask (though there's nothing new if you know the story), Doolittle, Piper at the Gates.
     
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    I have these three.

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