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Joel Whitburn - Joel Whitburn´s Top Pop Albums ...
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Gebundene Ausgabe - 1060 Seiten- Record Research Inc. - 1996 - Englisch AUTHOR´S NOTE How do you condense several tons of record albums and CDs, plus 41 years of weekly Billboard charts and an extensive artist biography file into something that weighs less than five pounds? With 100,000 man hours and fine print! All of the separate elements of this book not only take up a tremendous amount of computer space, but also a good chunk of our record vault and offices. At the onset, the task of converting it into a single tome appeared daunting. But it´s well worth the effort once you hold the finished product in your hands. With an unknown amount of words and numbers, this fourth edition of our Top Pop Albums book chronicles every one of the 18,594 albums and 4,484 artists that have appeared on Billboard´s Pop albums charts since 1955. Without any essays or analyses, the Billboard chart data tells the story of 41 years of the album in America. The Billboard Pop albums chart is a direct tally of the public´s favorite albums week to week. It is based entirely on sales figures. Anything can make the chart, from death metal to Contemporary Christian. Radio airplay can be inconsequential to an album´s placement on the chart as long as enough fans buy it. This is precisely what makes Billboard´s Pop albums chart so fascinating. It hosts artists from every musical genre, from Beverly Sills to Black Uhuru. Study Billboard´s Pop albums charts and you´ll observe significant pop culture truisms not easily evident on the singles charts. Note the development of stereo with the early ´60s proliferation of percussive albums. Witness the fruitful output of artists like Joni Mitchell, Grateful Dead, Joan Armatrading, Led Zeppelin, John Prine and Roy Ayers whose longtime successes on the albums chart far eclipses their singles chartings. Find out each era´s popular comedians from Shelley Berman to Jeff Foxworthy. Mark the long history of jazz artists like Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis or Weather Report. Contrast the abundant annual turnout of albums by ´60s artists with many of today´s artists´ three-year spans between albums. Just as an artist endeavors to make an album a complete work, we strive to take each new edition of our Top Pop Albums book forward in its content and presentation. Our primary aim of accuracy requires endless fact checking. With our complete album collection as the backbone of our research, we again proofed each chart entry against the actual album. We mined our record vault for more interesting title notes and supplemented band bios with the names and instruments of each member, if known. We brought all of the album prices up to date; you will notice some drastic price increases since our last edition. Of the several new features, one of the most enlightening is the bolding of album artists in bios and title notes which serves as an immediate cross reference and is especially helpful when looking at British bands like Black Sabbath. So, whether you choose to scrutinize certain artists or scan the big picture, the information on the next 1,000+ pages yields countless insights into America´s taste in music over the years. Best of all, you don´t need 1,500 square feet to house this information. It fits on your coffee table. JOEL WHITBURN

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Les Docks - American Premium Record Guide 1900 ...
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Taschenbuch 461 pages Books Americana Inc.; 4th edition (Sep 1991) Englisch INTRODUCTION There is nothing ´´official´´ about this or any other price guide. It, like other books on collectibles reflects the opinions of the author, based upon lengthy experience buying selling and trading records, consulting countless auction lists, sales lists, record publications, discographies, record company promotional literature, and collectors´ want lists. Also important are the contributions of those who have supplied information, opinions on pricing, and photographs. Undoubtedly, many errors and omissions will be noted by knowledgeable collectors; it is hoped that these will be brought to my attention by writing to: L.R. DOCKS, P.O. Box 691035, San Antonio, Texas 78269. Here, in a single volume, are listed thousands of desirable records in the most widely collected categories: Jazz, Dance Bands, Celebrity, Blues, Rhythm and Blues, Country and Western, Hillbilly, Rockabilly, and Rock and Roll. Included are 78s, 45s, EPs, and LPs. Emphasis is given to categories heretofore neglected and/or inadequately treated, such as early jazz, blues and country 78s. As in previous editions, the majority of records listed are unfamiliar to non-collectors. Indeed, many are so obscure as to be unfamiliar even to sophisticated collectors. Quick now: Who were Dubin´s Dandies? Very few of the records listed are top-selling hits. This book is intended to be a guide to scarce, sought-after, and otherwise desirable discs that ought to be recognized as collectible. It is not meant to afford readers a ´´nostalgia trip,´´ by listing thousands of familiar old favorites, complete with titles. (Those seeking documentation and information about hit, or ´´charted´´ records should consult other references, such as those by Joel Whitburn, listed in the Bibliography.) Those treasured (when was the first time they were dug out of the cellar and played?) records by Bing Crosby, Al Jolson, Glenn Miller, et al., even if they are indeed ´´originals´´ are probably not discs that are saleable to a knowledgeable collector, and certainly not at more than a nominal sum. Common sense ought to suggest that records which sold in the largest quantities remain relatively common and inexpensive today. But common sense sometimes seems uncommon: ´´I have an original ´´White Christmas´´ by Bing Crosby; what will you give me for it?´´ Oh, well! I don´t really expect to get many calls offering me a store stock of 8000 series Okeh records. Readers of previous editions will note, however, the inclusion this time of many more relatively common and inexpensive records, i.e. records valued at two to five dollars, by the more familiar artists, and on commonly found labels such as red Columbia. They may well ask, ´´Has Docks sold out?´´ The answer is a resounding ´´no.´´

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