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Joel Whitburn's top pop albums, 1955-2001.
Whitburn, Joel.
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Uniform Title:
Top pop albums, 1955-2001
Publication Information:
Menomonee Falls, Wis. : Record Research, [2001]

Physical Description:
xx, 1188 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
General Note:
"Chart data compiled from Billboard magazine's pop album charts, 1955-2001."
Added Uniform Title:
Billboard (Cincinnati, Ohio : 1963)
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ML156.4.P6 W493 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Grosvenor Room-Reference-Music

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From pop music's early LPs to its latest CDs, Top Pop Albums 1955-2001 is a sweeping, stunning saga of Billboard's Pop Albums chart. This artist-by-artist listing includes every charted album from 1955 through June 30, 2001 - over 22,000 in all by more than 5,200 recording artists, and the more than 225,000 cuts from those albums. Along with complete chart data, artist biographies and complete track listings for every artist, Top Pop Albums sports new features such as each album's CD availability, data from the newly researched Top Pop Catalog Albums chart, updated album pricing and more, making this the biggest, broadest, absolute best albums book ever! Hardcover, ISBN 0-89820-147-0.

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Choice Review

The fifth edition of this valuable compilation by record chart guru Whitburn concerns albums of popular music released 1955-2001 and includes data published since the last edition (CH, Sep'97). Features added for this edition include charts for catalog albums, a list of every album that appeared on Billboard's "Christmas Album" charts, and whether or not each album has been released on CD (coded with an icon easily confused with the international copyright symbol). Those who take time to understand the myriad codes--which albums went gold or platinum, which were in the Billboard top ten, the year the artist or group attained peak popularity--will be struck by how much data is presented in very compact layout. Sometimes Whitburn overreaches--e.g., giving prices without telling how he derived his figures. Each song from each album is indexed within the entry, rather than in a general index at the end, although that would have facilitated answering certain questions. The last part of the book lists albums by categories not used in the alphabetic-by-artist section (movie soundtracks, original cast recordings, TV soundtracks, multiartist compilations) and supplies various top artist lists. Despite the amount of information in these nearly 1,200 pages, there is no name index. Care must be taken comparing the popularity of artists or albums between eras, since Billboard's methods of collecting data and the changing nature of the business cause distortions. Nevertheless, Whitburn's list mines the important information found in journals like Billboard and presents it in formats researchers can use easily. J. Farrington Eastman School of Music