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!
Great piece by Christopher Budd in the latest ‘Shindig!’ magazine (Issue 68) about the Juicy Lucy/Zelda Plum photoshoot and resulting ‘controversial’ sleeve artwork. The whole magazine is an excellent read for rare record collectors and is highly recommended.
Here’s a few example spreads of the new Deep Purple book, which includes ever UK 7″ and LP release between 1968 and 1982 on the Parlophone, Harvest and Purple Records labels.
The book is available to purchase from Amazon – click here to order your copy.
Contains all UK albums and 7″ vinyl by Deep Purple from 1968 until 1982 on the Parlophone, Harvest and Purple Records labels. Essential reading for Deep Purple collectors!
The first RareRecordCollector label discography book has been completed and is now available to buy. Measuring 215 x 215mm and in full glorious colour throughout, it lists every UK album released on the Famous Charisma Label between December 1969 and July 1972 – known to us collectors as “Charisma Pink Scroll”.
There are 148 pages devoted to every album release, detailing notes for collectors on what denotes a UK 1st pressing, including large full colour photos of labels, front and rear sleeves and even full gatefold sleeves, inside and out.
Where possible, there are stories behind the making of the album and what some of the designers went through to create the sleeves; including in one instance, slashing the finished painting with a knife and, in another case, rescuing the original artwork from being run over by a London street cleaning machine!
All 30 UK albums are included, along with the UK singles and promo singles released on the Charisma Pink Scroll label…oh, and by the way, the label isn’t pink! As you’ll find out when you read the book!
You can buy the first edition of the book here:
So if you want to know all about the Charisma Pink Scroll LPs by Van der Graaf Generator, Genesis, Rare Bird, Birth Control and all the rest, get hold of the book today. It’s the first one of several that are planned to be produced in the same format. Next up is Purple Records (coming soon!).
And below you’ll see some sample pages of the contents:
Here’s a large double page spread poster that advertised 6 dates in November 1971, to tour the “Master Of Reality” album in the UK. Unfortunately, Bill Ward was suffering from “physical and mental exhaustion following the band’s recent US tour”, and Tony Iommi was “confined to bed with ‘flu, under doctors’ orders”.
All the dates (including an earlier one on Tuesday 16th November at Southampton Guildhall) were cancelled and rearranged (with additional ones) for January and February 1972.
Here’s an LP you don’t get to see every day. A very rare heavy blues/rock album that disappeared without trace upon its release in 1970. Buyers were most probably put off by the very ugly sleeve! Which is a shame as the playing on this album is excellent. Very early ‘Fleetwood Mac’ style blues, but without the songwriting genius of Peter Green, otherwise this would have been a true gem of an LP. Still a great listen though and well worth getting hold of a copy…if you can find one!
There’s a mono version too, with the catalogue number of DN15.