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The second edition of this acclaimed critical compendium doubles the number of albums reviewed, and features capsule biographies of hundreds more musicians, also expanding its scope to cover gospel performers and recordings as well. Multiple authors for biographies and each album review within the entries make for some redundancies and contradictions, but the varying perspectives are ultimately a strength of the work. An impressive wealth of information gathered in one place; some readers may want to use a magnifying glass. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR