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Popoff, Martin: The Collectors Guide to Heavy Metal-Volume 2-The 80's (book)

Martin Popoff follows his successful "Collectors Guide To Heavy Metal" with a second volume that focuses exclusively on the Eighties. Metal fans will in most cases agree that this particular decade was seminal for the genre and perhaps the most productive in terms of band signings, record and video releases as well as bombastic shows from some of the industries greatest bands. With "The Collectors Guide To Heavy Metal V2: The Eighties" you will find 3700 reviews in it's 540 pages. There is not much in the way of photographs with the exception of some albums being represented but by excluding this they are able to keep the book at a reasonable size. Those that enjoyed the first volume of this guide will appreciate the fact that many reviews not present in the 1st book have representation in this one. As a matter of fact, Popoff even has given an update to many of the ones that made their way to this volume. This ties the whole idea together a little better. This is not a book that you can expect to read from beginning to end in a single sitting but instead something that you can enjoy comparing his views on the releases against your own and taken as a valid reference point on the decade. Of all the vast and varied artists included you will find a good sampling of releases by KISS, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Savatage and Ozzy Osbourne. In addition to these giants you will also find many cult favorites such as Vandenberg and others who while releasing killer recordings somehow missed the audience that they deserved. If you bought a lot of Metal vinyl or cassettes during this period then you have a good chance of finding a lot of what you spent your money on in this book. My thanks go out to Martin for reminding me of how few of some of my cult favorites remain on vinyl and never getting the CD treatment. I feel that a lot of readers will go digging through the vinyl in their basements after reading this book.

Included with the book is collection of rarities that will most probably sate the appetites of the discriminating Metal head due to the eclectic nature of the selections. I have included them for reference and outside of Slayer, Flotsam & Jetsam and Fates Warning the rest will be stuff you have to use the book to get a better recap of. This book was a lot of fun and very interesting to leaf through. I admit it brought me back to a time when Metal seemed set to convert everyone to its cause. It was also interesting to note that 25 years after the decade began that some of the larger acts represented in these pages are still together, still rocking and still raising the horns for Metal. This book is a recommendation not only for the discerning collector of vintage Metal and long time fan but also for those younger fans who wish they were old enough to have remembered this time.

Rarities Listing
Bitch "Saturdays"
Demon Flight "Dead Of The Night"
Slayer "Black Magic"
Obsession "Only The Strong Will Survive"
Slayer "Captor Of Sin"
Fates Warning "Valley Of The Dolls"
Cirith Ungol "Fire"
Flotsam And Jetsam "Desecrator"
Lizzy Borden "Me Against The World"
Nasty Savage "Unchained Angel"
Masi "Foggy Day In Hollywood"
Hallows Eve "Rot Gut"
Helstar "Baptized In Blood"

Added: February 14th 2006
Reviewer: Ken Pierce
Related Link: Martin Popoff Website
Hits: 3000
Language: english

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Popoff, Martin: The Collectors Guide to Heavy Metal-Volume 2-The 80's (book)
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2006-02-14 07:34:42
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Ahhh the 80's! The decade that I turned from being a ardent prog and commercial hard rock fan to a full fledged metal head (only to return to prog full-force once again in the early 90's) is given an in-depth overview by esteemed writer Martin Popoff. Instead of giving a diatribe on how the decade shaped out musically and offering opinions on the hows and whys, Popoff instead, which is his style, takes a look at the thousands of albums that populated the genre, all in alphebetical order by band. This way you can leisurely make your way through the book and reminisce (or discover) many of the celebrated and underground albums that were released in that ten year period. Sure, we all know about the Judas Priest, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Motorhead, and Megadeth albums, but reading about long lost classics by Heavy Pettin', Fastway, Icon, Gamma, Candlemass, Celtic Frost, White Wolf, and White Tiger (the last two so bad, but I liked 'em!) is the real reason to get this book. Popoff as always adds his humorous and opinionated views on each album, all the more remarkable that he actually listened to all these albums, but in reading each item you really get a feel for the metal fan that he was growing up, with little anecdotes about personal experiences here and there that are tied to many releases, reminding each and every reader about their own encounters with these albums back in the day.

In short, a fun and entertaining read that will no doubt force you to dig out old CD's and LP's that you haven't listened to in years, as well as wonder "who the hell are half these bands....Dum Dum Bullett? WTF!!!"

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