Author:Barry Delve / Stephen Palmer / Kevan Furbank
I love a bit of ELO when the mood takes me. Not so much the first couple of albums, other than the mighty 10538 Overture, but anything after that is fine with me. I hadn’t realised that albums such as On The Third Day, Eldorado (a neglected classic if ever there was one) and Face The Music were so hugely successful in the US compared to here, but of course their commercial peak came with their late seventies run of A New World Record, Out of the Blue and Discovery, all super records that still sound great today. The last couple of albums from the eighties weren’t so hot, but there’s some decent material on the two recent ones, and when Lynne brought the band back to live performances in 2014 it completed his and ELO’s rehabilitation from guilty pleasure to national treasure. Really enjoyed reading this and listening to the albums again – some great music and great memories.
It’s not easy to put the music of Tangerine dream into words, but few would argue that the seventies were the crucial and definitive decade in their long and extraordinary career. The book takes a detailed look at the band’s activities over that key period, and makes a valiant attempt to convey the inventiveness and majesty of albums such as Phaedra and Rubycon. Of course fans, which presumably will be the target market, will be aware of this already, but newcomers would be well advised to listen to the music before embarking on this telling of their story with all its ups and downs. A good read for lovers of this unique band and their inimitable blend of elecrtonica and prog, which has really, for the most part, stood the test of time pretty well.
The third book here homes in on the revolution in music that took place in 1967, the year of the summer of love. The author selects and focuses on a number of artists who released significant music in that year, covering both sides of the Atlantic. Alongside obvious choices such as the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, The Beatles and Pink Floyd, he also looks at the work of the likes of Donovan and Moby Grape. Indeed, his wide-ranging choices give a very good coverage of the essential music released that year, as well as looking at the background of its creation. Of course, there are already a goodly number of more in depth books out there covering this subject, but this quite short effort gives a decent overview of what some of the main (and lesser) players were up to at that time. All in all, an interesting and easy read for those looking to dip their toes in and learn about this seminal year.
Length of Read:Short
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
The music covered here.
One thing you’ve learned
I always find these books a good read – short enough that they don’t take too long to get through and easy to dip in and out of as time permits.