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  • Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Krause Publications; 6th Revised edition edition (30 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440203733
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440203732
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 3.5 x 27.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 766,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Eddie Paul on 6 Aug. 2011
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Bought this book to get some idea of the values of my record collection. It has many listings but virtually all references are for Us releases. I also found it lacked details. Not much use to me, so i`ll probaly order the Record collector book instead, at least that lists UK releases.
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By FiveCard on 4 April 2013
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I have a medium-sized collection (4000 units) and this will certainly help me:
A/ Value my collection, and
B/ Determine the value of future purchases.

This is only for USA pressings, but I use this in conjunction with 'Rare Record Price Guide' to cover the British pressings, and that is more than enough for my needs.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keith on 4 Feb. 2012
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I'm very pleased with my purchase I've found it very informative as it covers so many different types of music.
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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
No improvements over previous editions. 21 Jan. 2010
By N. dePlume - Published on
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Goldmine's record price guides are notorious for their inaccuracy, especially when it comes to values. Most of the prices in the guide are wrong, but that has never stopped me from owning the Record Album Price Guides, because they include some invaluable info re pressing dates, label styles, catalog numbers, etc. However, the latest edition seems to have been slapped together lazily (with little or no research), and offers no improvement over previous editions.

For example, the Label Identification Guide still omits key collectible labels, including Blue Note and Prestige - two of the most desirable jazz labels, where a difference in the address on the label can be the difference between a $20 LP and a $500 original pressing. The guide also still includes artists like Bing Crosby and Perry Como, even though it is impossible to find a collector who will pay $1 for any one of their LPs. The omissions are glaring, especially considering the popularity of vinyl records by bands {like White Stripes, for one example) whose LPs regularly bring high prices.

Worst of all, Martin Popoff's articles are inaccurate at best, especially his essay on record hunting, "A Cabbagetown Excursion: My 16 LPs for $30." In that article, he claims that Julie Driscoll's "1969" is worth $95 for a "very rare" Canadian copy. Not only is that a spurious claim, but the LP's U.S. pressing is not even included in the price guide. That kind of inconsistency is unforgivable.

As for the listings themselves, over 90% are simply reprints from previous editions, with no changes in data, no change in value. This is simply unrealistic and does not reflect the actual trends in record collecting.

Unfortunately, Goldmine's Record Album Price Guide is the best book of its kind on today's market. However, my 4th edition is every bit as useful as the 6th, and copies of the 4th & 5th editions are widely available at half the price.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A good guide, but not the ONLY guide! 14 Aug. 2012
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Being a seller of used LPs, I find myself flipping through the pages of this book a least once a day. When it comes to determining pressing information, this guide provides a rather comprehensive discography of crucial label variations. However, I never once have used Goldmine as my sole source of pressing information and almost never use it to set my prices.
On the first, and less striking point, there are simply too many albums with too many pressing variations for this book to contain every one of them. This I understand and accept without much contention. That doesn't mean I give them a pass on not having the legendary "RL Zeppelin II" listed, but that their 5+ pages of Beatles pressings simply make up for it!
But to address my second, and far more striking, point - that I don't trust this price guide for prices - let me provide a few examples. First, the book values a Promo-Only Mono pressing of King Crimson's "In the Court of the Crimson King" at a mere $50 in top condition. This is an album that just this very year sold for a whopping $1900 - and in slightly lesser condition! And this was no fluke either. I've also seen it sell for $1500 and, at the very least, $300! That is a glaring error if I've ever seen one!
There are also many little inaccuracies in pricing, predominantly in the authors' overvalueing of old easy listening/crooner LPs. A glance through the Andy Williams section shows an average value of $20 per LP. As someone who has thrown out countless Andy Williams LPs - even those in mint condition - due to the absolute absence of demand for them, I can honestly say that I'd be shocked to receive a mere $1 for one of them! $20? I couldn't sell 50 of them for that!
Anyway, in spite of all this I still like this book a lot. Prices are set by the market any way, and the market is ever changing, so to rely on a static source for prices is silly regardless of how accurate they may have initially been. Thus, I give this book a rather good grade in spite of all my ranting. Just remember that, just like in all other facets of life, never put all of you eggs in one basket - and sell your $1900 King Crimson album for $50!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Not As Thorough As I Had Hoped 7 July 2011
By Carla - Published on
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While this album guide is more detailed than the album sections of the Goldmine record guide, there are still many artists omitted from the listings. Although easy to use, there are many artists, particulary from the 50's & 60's, who can not be found in this guide.
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Goldmine Record Album Price Guide 6th Edition 12 Feb. 2010
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If you don't have an older edition it's great, however changes from the 4th or 5th editions are minimal.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
record album price guide 31 Mar. 2012
By robert day - Published on
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this book is really informative by telling you the year the album came out and also tells you the near mint rate for that particular album thats been hanging around your closet for years.i,d reccomend this one for sure and i,m just a amauter collector.
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