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Audiophile Record Collector's Handbook [Paperback]

Phil Rees

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Book Description

Jan. 9 2012
This book is aimed mainly at collectors of fine sounding analogue stereo LP records. It concentrates largely on orchestral repertoire - that is what such collectors listen to in the main. I have started from the assumption that the analogue stereo recordings from the period late 50s to mid 70s are far more satisfying than any other recordings ever made. The great majority of good recordings from that period are to be found on the RCA, Mercury, Decca, EMI, and Lyrita labels. The information in this book represents the labour of many years, not just by the author, but by many others too. I have been a record collector and/or dealer for many years. I first became aware of the great sound quality of some of the early Deccas and RCA "shaded dogs" during the mid 80s. I then formed a collection including practically every worthwhile RCA shaded dog, Mercury, Decca SXL, EMI ASD, SAX, Lyrita, etc. This collection was acquired by a process of swapping records with many internationally based fellow collectors. Around 1989 I started selling records in my spare time, and in 1993 this became a full time activity. The business was joined by my wife, Jan, in 1994 and has since supplied many thousands of audiophile records to collectors all over the world, being generally regarded as the premier international source of quality English vinyl.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Cranmore Publications (Jan. 9 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907962603
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907962608
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.1 x 28 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 481 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,158,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars For Classical LP Collectors Feb. 7 2013
By Triodeotl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is one of the foremost books you can find on classical LP's. The book has label information on Mercury, RCA, EMI, Decca/London including Jubilee, SPA and Ace of Diamonds. Some of those listings are cross indicated with LP ratings from the Robert Moon book on Decca/London.

But this is not a ratings book. It is for collectors and lists every title and record number and even has a listing for L'Oiseau-Lyre which are Decca small scale recordings with exceptional sound.

It is a bargain for what it costs. Highly recommended for classical LP collectors. This is a lifetime of knowledge at your fingertips that would take years of research and reading to put in one place. This is the best and easiest way to get it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Reference for connoisseurs Nov. 22 2012
By Abraxas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is not a product for those which are looking for guidelines.
It is a catalogue of pressings with few indications about the merits of the labels (that was my interest).
Not for beginners.

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