It’s been a busy few months at Rare Record Collector. I finally finished Harvest Vol.2, two years in the writing, compiling, designing, photographing and publishing. And then Swan Song, which was started and finished in just three months. Thanks to lockdown, at least I managed to keep busy doing something!
So, everything you need to know about UK first pressing vinyl on Harvest and Swan Song, complete with anecdotes, interviews, press ads and reviews on the albums from contemporary sources where available plus all the crucial photos on differentiating reissues from the more valuable first pressings.
Click the links below to see some preview pages and you’ll find a link on each book’s page to Amazon.
‘On And Off The Record’ – myths debunked, truths uncovered, secrets revealed and conspiracies confirmed! No, Led Zeppelin didn’t sign a ten-year deal with the devil. No, they didn’t sign their contract in blood. Yes, there was an ‘incident’ with a fish and a groupie but it’s a different story from what you’ve heard about a ‘red snapper’…
Using contemporary interviews, read what the band and critics thought about each album as it was recorded and released, and also what Jimmy Page and Robert Plant had to say in their own words (hence the ‘on the record’ part of this book’s title) about the plagiarism claims at the time their albums came out and why Page blamed Plant…
Read about every single track that was recorded along with those that were left ‘off the record’ and remained unreleased for years…
Discover everything you could wish to know about the enigmatic Aleister Crowley, how Jimmy Page came to acquire several of Crowley’s personal possessions (including his former residence) and why Page was so obsessed with Crowley, the occult and the massive impact that had on the band and their public image…
‘On And Off The Record’ has been painstakingly researched from all available sources, both online and in print, including contemporary accounts from 1968 onwards to produce the most accurate and thorough account of every song off every album officially released by the world’s most successful rock band of all time…
All books are now available on Amazon, slightly cheaper than Lulu! (Amazon’s printing costs are slightly lower so I can pass on this saving to purchasers).Books are available in hard copy, full colour throughout, very nicely printed! Also available in PDF format (same design and all the pictures as the hard copy versions) – you just download to your PC!
As with all reference books, over time, new information is discovered that makes a printed book become gradually more and more obsolete. Vertigo Swirl Part One was originally published back in 2016 and thanks to the amazing people who regularly visit this site, more variations on labels have emerged. The book has also been redesigned with a new layout to allow more contemporary advertisements, reviews and news articles on each of the bands/albums/singles. A new section on all the Vertigo singles, including the ‘missing numbers’ (mostly non-UK releases) has also been included for the very first time – not available anywhere else!
Thanks to everyone who’s bought and continues to buy the books, they’re still the most comprehensive and accurate sources for record collectors on these sought after labels and bands. More books on the way, B&C Records is in progress and will be completed in the first quarter of 2021.
Happy New Year to you all, hope 2021 is better than 2020 was!
I am delighted to announce that my latest book, “The Complete Harvest UK Vinyl Discography: VOL.2” is now at final proof stage. Here’s some teaser pages to whet your appetite. It is of course the follow up to VOL.1 which was published in 2018 and is available from Amazon. VOL.2 will also be available on Amazon (hopefully in the next few days…watch this space).
UK 1st issue on original beige Music For Nations labels:
1st pressing notes:
“Made in France” on beige labels. Early MFN pressings were manufactured in France for the UK market.
A1/B1 hand etched matrix: MPO MFN 7 A1 TimTom MPO MFN 7 B1
Rear sleeve has ‘Lyntonia House, 7-9 Praed Street, London W2’ address and NO barcode.
With lyric inner sleeve.
1986 reissue has new Music For Nations logo top right with barcode on rear sleeve. Address is listed as ‘102 Belsize Lane, London’
Label is new bright red and yellow design.
It was reissued the following year as a 2LP 45rpm set.