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Learn more. Its first edition was published in and its last in The guide can be seen at Rate Your Music ,  while a list of albums given a five star rating by the guide can be seen at Rocklist. It was edited by Dave Marsh who wrote a large majority of the reviews and John Swenson , and included contributions from 34 other music critics. It is divided into sections by musical genre and then lists artists alphabetically within their respective genres.
Albums are also listed alphabetically by artist although some of the artists have their careers divided into chronological periods. The first edition included black and white photographs of many of the covers of albums which received five star reviews. These titles are listed together in the Five-Star Records section, which is coincidentally five pages in length. Traditional pop performers were not included e. Dave Marsh justified this decision in his Introduction. Included too were some difficult-to-classify artists e.
Osibisa , Yma Sumac , Urubamba who might now be considered as world music. Ethnic music was the normal term in Big band jazz was handled selectively, with certain band leaders omitted e. Many other styles of jazz did appear in the Jazz section. The book was notable for the time in the provocative, "in your face" style of many of its reviews. His colleague, Dave Marsh, in reviewing the three albums of the jazz fusion group Chase , gave a one-word review: "Flee.
The guide employs a five star rating scale with the following descriptions of those ratings: . Like the first edition, it was edited by Marsh and Swenson. Far off electronics and plaintive cries from bowed bass take us ever further into menacing deeps. The piano tries to message us — via some sort of code? Nervous rustling sounds introduce a bit of a vocal from the leader. Virelles and Frisell — taking separate paths — bring the piece home, to where love resides, the perfect resting spot for this fine after-hours-with-just-a-bit-of-grit album.
But both spent time under the tutelage of the redoubtable Cecil Taylor. And it shows. More importantly, both are restless spirits that look for musical spaces that expand on existing forms.
The band includes players from various geographic areas.
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