Reviews and recollections of hundreds of '70s heavy metal bands are included in this reference guide to a decade of music....
|Title||:||The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 1: The Seventies|
|Number of Pages||:||344 Pages|
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The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 1: The Seventies Reviews
"Heavy metal" was a very ambiguous concept in the seventies, basically a "you know it when you hear it" proposition, but certainly not a well-defined genre with its own tropes and standards. Sure, obvious bands like Sabbath, Zep, and Judas Priest were considered metal, but what about "heavy" genre-benders like Cheap Trick, Iggy and the Stooges, Lynyrd Skynyrd? Lucky for us, Martin Popoff sorts through all the ambiguity in this reverent and fascinating record guide, one of the best ever.I used to own my share of Nazareth, West-Bruce-&-Laing, and Rick Derringer LP's. So I thought I was pretty knowledgeable about this seventies obscuro-metal stuff. Nope. This book opens up worlds upon worlds. For example, who knew that Brian Johnson fronted a decent pub-metal band called Geordie prior to taking Bon Scott's place? Or that Lou Gramm (born Louis Grammatico, is that not the coolest?) used to sing for a balls-to-the-wall band named Black Sheep... on CHRYSALIS RECORDS. But that's just the trivia -- Popoff does a bang-up job of rehabilitating the usual "dustbin-of-hipster-history" bands like Styx, Kiss, and Uriah Heep, and his surprisingly catholic tastes fit in some glam (Queen) and punk (Buzzcocks, Dictators) as essential seventies "heavy metal" works. Plus lots of cool LP covers and a fascinating grading system (one score for heaviness, another for how much Popoff likes the album). Sure, you can quarrel with the omission of Jethro Tull and the inclusion of Grand Funk, but even there he gives you his reasons: he was a hilariously gonzo writer even back in his thirties. My favorite quote (referring to the 1978 Peter Criss solo album): "but he had the most guns, and logically therefore, gun incidents."Comes with a decent CD of rarities, including a Minneapolis metal band called Cain, featuring Joe Soucheray!
You have to give Martin Popoff (of Brave Words and Bloody Knuckles) credit for his ambition, if nothing else. Over the course of three (soon to be four) volumes, he attempts to chronicle all of the albums that remotely qualify as metal and provide some commentary on each one. This is a huge undertaking, and it starts with this book - The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 1 - The Seventies.Unlike later volumes, there wasn't all that much that qualified as heavy metal in the `70s, so this is mostly a collection of hard rock and proto-metal reviews. Popoff has interesting criteria for determining which bands should be included, and at times it gets pretty ridiculous (damn near any Canadian AOR act is included, as are a ton of punk rock albums). Still, I've yet to see an exhaustive listing of `70s rock albums as this, and discovered several "new" bands here that I've since become a fan of.As for the reviews themselves, I'm not a huge fan of Popoff's style, and he comes across as pretentious at times, but the reviews are the secondary reason for buying this book. I respect that he's always willing to venture an opinion that goes against the accepted wisdom.You don't need to agree with all of the reviews to appreciate the fact that if you're a fan of `70s era hard rock and proto-metal, this is an essential resource. My only gripe is Popoff neglects the collector aspect. It would have been great to know which of these albums have since been released on CD, for example.