The book is stunning - a work of art and scholarship. There has never been a history of a record company as thorough and detailed as this. I am speechless with admiration and envy. The numerous photos, information about every facet of record production, design and packaging, and artist details are presented in a clear and readable format. A price guide is a useful addition, and the book has release dates and a complete index.
Anyone contemplating doing a label history will have to strive to
achieve this very high level of excellence. And anyone interested in the
story of one of most important labels of the rock era needs this book.
I think that you have done a really good job in putting together all the informations. The book is obviously a great reference for collectors especially in pointing out the minimal differences in the sleeves as you do in the appendix. This is crucial especially in the ebay-dominated era where you can often barely see the details of the objects.
Reading the book, I also discovered an unexpected wealth of records published by island that come before the famous pink label era and that I didn't know at all. I imagine that they don't surface very often though.
Thanks again for the wonderful book,
Just a few lines in addition to my previous comments on your` excellent "Island" book. I can honestly say that the book has already "paid for itself" as regards the detailed information it contains about 1st or early pressings-Most notably 2 recent acquisitions-"John Barleycorn Must Die"-Traffic & "Full House"-Fairport Convention-E & J Day Group,London & Bedford-This and other similar seemingly insignificant details have helped to expand my admittedly limited knowledge in the field of vinyl collecting. My good lady partner Helen said to me "My goodness, you ought to be on Television with your` vast amounts of knowledge about records" !!!!! Well, I`m not sure about that, but at least I`m not boring her with my constant stream of "discoveries"- After all, who wants to watch TV programmes about Record Labels? -Although, come to think of it, not such a bad idea after all-certainly people like Dennis Blackham,George Peckham & including your` good self would make entertaining viewing content for a fairly wide section of viewers.
Anyhow Yuri-If a TV programme is ever made about Record Labels, you would be the obvious choice as presenter
Wishes as ever, Dennis
Steve Gaitens [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
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