I had an old copy that belonged to my sister and then a newer edition after that. In my younger album buying days, I consulted them a lot to decide what to buy next. I discovered a lot of really cool albums through those books, so I'll always have a spot in the nostalgia section of my heart for them. That being said, as my tastes matured and I branched out, I found that there were plenty of records that they trashed that I ended up loving and began to put less stock in them. I also subscribed to the magazine for a good bit. I'll never forget the major turning point for me being their glowing 5 star review, written by Jann Wenner himself, for Mick Jagger's AWFUL "Goddess in the Doorway". I bought the album and would have a difficult time attributing anything worthy of even one star on that stinker.