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!
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:
Van der Graaf Generator’s “Theme One” from 1972 was released as CB175. However, it does have BCP 6 crossed out in the deadwax on both sides. So, it was obviously intended to be BCP.6 but for some reason was released as CB 175 instead. Early issues feature the rare picture sleeve, below. Now, just have to find what happened to BCP4 and 5! I would imagine something similar happened…
At the end of 2013, the site officially hit 250,000 views (since starting the website in February 2012, but really from around mid 2012 when the bulk of the content and structure really started taking place)…so a huge THANK YOU to everyone who’s found the RareRecordCollector.net website and hopefully found it useful!
Here’s some stats for the geeks (like me) who are fascinated with where the queries come from and what people are interested in:
1. Most views by country:
UK comes 1st with over 53,500 views, followed by Russia, USA, Germany, Ukraine, Italy, France, Sweden, Japan and Portugal is 10th with 7,500 views. Propping up the table with just 1 view each (mustn’t have that much in the way of record collections!) are the Cayman Islands, Aland Islands, Aruba, Nigeria, Panama, Tanzania, Qatar, Nepal, El Salvador and Guadeloupe.
2. Most popular pages:
The most popular record label viewed is Vertigo, followed by Harvest, Charisma, CBS, Purple and Island:
3. Most popular albums:
Led Zeppelin’s albums are what you seem to want to know the most about with Led Zeppelin’s 2nd album (and all it’s variations no doubt!) leading the way – viewed over 3,100 times!
Here are the top 6 most frequently visited albums in order with only Black Sabbath’s 1970 debut breaking Led Zeppelin’s dominance:
4. Most popular posts:
Led Zeppelin dominates once again! With a massive 5,277 views, the post on the multiple label variants for Led Zeppelin’s untitled 4th album easily tops the chart! The next nearest competitor is Led Zeppelin (again) and all the 6 sleeve variants for “In Through The Out Door”.
So it seems that rare record collectors just can’t get enough of their Led Zeppelin! Thanks again to all who’ve used the site and left positive feedback, provided corrections and suggestions and even donated the odd photo of their obscure record rarities! Don’t forget the site is constantly evolving and being updated, so please keep coming back and help spread the word!
A new section has now been added to Track Record for various singles featuring Jimi Hendrix Experience and The Who initially, with lots more to follow. There have also been updates and additions to Purple Records (Silverhead), Harvest (The Pretty Things), Charisma pink scroll (Audience) and several additions to CBS orange featuring Chicago, Paul Revere and The Raiders (great 60’s psych!), Simon & Garfunkel’s best tune (The Boxer) and a fabulous tune from The Gun: ‘Race With The Devil’ which was nicely covered by Girlschool in 1980.