By David Browne
Updated September 13, 1991 at 04:00 AM EDT

There’s nothing wrong with compiling a guide to the ”500 best heavy metal albums in the universe,” one that tells you which AC/DC or Blue Cheer albums to buy and which to avoid. Too bad Eddy’s book, Stairway to Hell, is bogged down in hipper-than-thou choices (the Osmonds? Funkadelic? Teena Marie?), rock-writer in-jokes, and slang that most readers will find impenetrable (Aerosmith’s ”Walk This Way” is ”an outrageous defjam boast-toast of psychosexual discovery”). A populist form like heavy metal deserves better than a book written by a critic mostly for the amusement of his fellow critics. C

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