gregpratobook400 It seems like the days of flipping through vast vinyl, cassette, or CD collections is a thing of the past. And while there’s no denying the convenience of having all your favorite albums on a mobile device, it’s becoming more common for recordings to get lost in the shuffle and/or completely forgotten about.

Author/journalist Greg Prato is willing to provide some assistance, with his 12th book overall, Overlooked/Underappreciated: 354 Recordings That Demand Your Attention. Inside, you will find countless albums that you may have completely forgotten about or perhaps have never even heard of before.

Starting with AC/DC’s Flick of the Switch and wrapping up with Zombi’s Surface to Air, countless styles of music are represented in between – rock n’ roll, hard rock, heavy metal, alternative, new wave, punk, hardcore, grunge, jazz, fusion, psychedelic, prog, folk, blues, funk, soul, rap, spoken word, power pop, big band, glam, experimental, instrumental, soundtracks…the list goes on and on. But the selections stay strong!

Greg Prato is a Long Island, New York-based journalist, whose writing has appearing in Rolling Stone, among other outlets. He is also the author of several acclaimed books, including Grunge is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music, A Devil on One Shoulder and an Angel on the Other: The Story of Shannon Hoon and Blind Melon, The Eric Carr Story, and MTV Ruled the World: The Early Years of Music Video, among others.

Now available as paperback ($12.99, 256 pages), Kindle ($9.99, 287 pages), and Nook.

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  • George on

    Helix…No Rest for the Wicked
    King Kobra…Ready to Strike
    Krokus…Headhunter and Ballroom Blitz
    Accept…Blood of Nations and Stalingrad
    Newstead…Heavy Metal Music
    Kill Devil Hill
    W.A.S.P….Just about every album they have every done…still kickin major ass live and on recording

    I know I will get killed for this, BUT…KISS Dynasty and Unmasked…Albums that some fans hate, but take away a few disco tunes, and there is some good stuff on them…Ironically both albums were the beginning of the end for the A/P/G/P lineup

  • ziggy stardust on

    Another band and it’s albums that got neglected in my opinion is zebra, to me 3.5 is a great album that was shunned

    • George on

      good one…

  • Eric on

    First off thanks for bringing me down memory lane
    Anyone here heard of the band Cities? AJ Pero’s band when Twisted Sister split, Annihilation Absolute was the name of the album , just awesome
    Also anything by Riot

  • staten island clown on

    How can any album by Kiss be on a list of over looked albums? And W.AS.P.? their albums rise to the level of competency musically, (lyrically, they are much better), I like them alot, but …and Krokus? Helix? Fifth Angel? Saigon Kick? TT Quick? where’s Coney Hatch? who’s next…Rail? …..I need a quiet lie down.

  • DennyZ on

    Anything by Saigon Kick was underrated. The Lizard album was amazing that only got known for a ballad.
    Lillian Axe .They always put out good albums.
    Shotgun Messiah. Another underrated band.
    Kix was always overlooked.
    Imperial Drag too. Too talented for a one and done album.

    I could go on and on, but you guys mentioned some great bands.

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