Saturday, 6 June 2015

"Sounds Good: Exceptional CD Remasters 1960s and 1970s (Volume 1)" by MARK BARRY (2015 Music Reference Book With Over 950 E-Pages Of Info)

The SOUNDS GOOD Music Books Series...BOOK 1

This SOUNDS GOOD Music Reference Book provides you with the following information on CDs covering 1960s and 1970s Pop, Rock, Progressive, Psych, Kraut Rock and Avant Garde.

* Over 950 E-pages of information featuring 155 different artists with over 165 indepth reviews spanning 1990 to 2015
* Formats include - CD, SACD [Super Audio CD], HDCD [High Density Compatible Digital], Japan SHM-CD and Platinum SHM-CD [Super High Materials]
* Major Label Box Set Retrospectives from – EMI, Sony/Legacy, Universal and WEA
* Best Independent Reissue Labels highlighted – Ace, Audio Fidelity, Bear Family, Beats Goes On, Edsel, Esoteric Recordings, Hip-O Select, Light In The Attic, Mobile Fidelity, Raven, Repertoire, Rhino, Salvo, Soul Jazz and Panegyric
* Technical data from the discs themselves (total playing times and more)
* Release Date, Catalogue No and Barcode to locate the correct issue
* Track lists and Details on Bonus material (if any)
* UK and US catalogue numbers and release dates for original vinyl albums, 7” singles and EPs within each review
* Vinyl Discographies referencing the CD Reissue for all Box Sets
* Remaster and Tape Transfer Engineers highlighted
* Packaging descriptions, size of booklets, what’s contained within, who wrote the liner notes, repro artwork explained
* Reference to the Audio Quality of the CD - analysis of songs
* Guest musicians highlighted – Cover versions noted
* INDEX to find Artists and Guest Musicians (who played on what)
* INDEX to find Original Album Producers and Engineers
* INDEX to find your favourite Remaster Engineers and Authors of Liner Notes
* INDEX to find your favourite 60’s and 70’s Record Labels on CD (Decca, Island, Harvest etc)
* INDEX to find your favourite Reissue Label on CD (Ace, Bear Family, Hip-O Select etc)
* INDEX to locate your favourite format (HDCD, SHM-CD etc)

SIXTIES and SEVENTIES RECORD LABELS covered by the book include:
ABC, ABC/Dunhill, A&M, Apple, Ardent, Asylum, Atlantic/Atco, Bearsville, Blue Horizon, Brain, Capitol, Capricorn, CBS, Charisma, Chrysalis, Columbia, Dawn, Decca, Deram (Nova), DJM, Elektra, EMI, Epic, Fantasy, Fly, Fontana, Harvest, Immediate, Island, Liberty, London, Marmalade, MCA, Mercury, MGM, Monument, Mooncrest, Parlophone, Parrot, Polydor, Probe, Purple, Pye International, RAK, Rare Earth, RCA Victor, Reaction, Reprise, Rolling Stones, RSO, Shelter, Smash, Straight, Track, Uni, Vertigo, Verve, Virgin, United Artists and Warner Brothers

Having worked for RECKLESS RECORDS in London for over 20 years as one of their principal vinyl and CD buyers (one the best second hand record shops in the West End) and having bought and reviewed over 1850 titles (CDs, DVDs and BLU RAYs) – as you can imagine I come across a huge number of reissues - some far more worthy than others. To that end I’ve collated together these SOUNDS GOOD genre-specific books as guides to exceptional CD remasters. Many entries in this large and unique book cost less than £10 and a few are under a fiver. And even if some Box Sets/Deletions have now acquired a price tag - because they’re the best I’ve included them - along with artists/titles that I feel deserve your attention

Other titles in the SOUNDS GOOD Music Books Series are: 

SOUNDS GOOD: 1960s and 1970s Volume 2... has Rock and Pop too but also expands into Folk-Rock, Punk & New Wave and Reggae.

SOUNDS GOOD: Classic 1970s Rock

SOUNDS GOOD: Soul, Funk and Jazz Fusion

SOUNDS GOOD: Blues, Vocal Groups, Rhythm 'n' Blues and Rock 'n' Roll

There's a huge amount of info available in my books - lovingly put together for your musical delight. Plenty of top choices and good suggestions born out of an unhealthy lifelong fixation. 

Hope you enjoy the reads...

Mark Barry (June 2015)

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