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1000 Record Covers (Taschen 25) Paperback – 29 Apr 2005

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Product details

  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen GmbH; 25th edition (29 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3822840858
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822840856
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 4.2 x 20.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 298,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Michael Ochs developed an addiction to rock and roll in the early fifties. To feed his habit, Ochs headed the puplicity departments of Columbia, Shelter, and ABC Records in the 60s and 70s. He has also been a disc Jockey, taught a rock-history course for UCLA and written for such magazines as Rock, Melody Maker, Cashbox, and Crawdaddy. Michael Ochs established the Michael Ochs Archives in the mid-70s. The archives currently house millions of photographs and over 100,000 albums and singles.


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This is an interesting book but unfortunately this 2005 edition (ISBN: 3-8228-4085-8) is faulty as it omits all the 240 1950s covers included in the original 1996 printing ISBN: 3-8228-8595-9. I can vouch for that as I have both editions. It is a shame as the early sleeves are not often seen. This faulty edition should carry a sticker or disclaimer admitting that it omits the 50s and contains only 791 covers. A second-hand copy of the original black covered edition is preferable and well worth the hunt. Failing that this copy is still a good buy.
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All record covers are interesting in a sense - 'how could someone have produced something so ugly?' - but this is a disappointing book for a UK reader. It seems to be based on US covers of pop music, many quite obscure, with many famous ones absent. There's not much text, and much of what there is is unreadable: one section consists of black print on dark green paper! Occasionally similar designs are juxtaposed, but the book is not illuminating and not well organised, be it by date, genre, popularity, significance or whatever. Still, it was cheap.
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Just as the title suggests, this book is full of 1,000 record covers. Full color and in all their glory. Page after page of beautiful, quirky, innovative and just about any other adjective you can think of, album covers. Some will bring back memories, some will make you want to search the record stores so that you can own the album again or for the first time. I keep this book handy and find myself thumbing through it all the time. It's also a great conversation starter when it sits on the coffee table.

My only complaint is that it isn't full record size! That would have sent this review into 7 stars!
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I agree with the three star review earlier.
As Michael Ochs himself admits, it is an entirely arbitrary, unserious selection, based on his own collection. This will clearly irritate many, but hey, this book can now be picked up cheaply used, ( I paid <£4) so you can also buy a few better ones too. As one reviewer says "the book is a nice one to have in the collection" - just don't make it the first or only book...
The first section is of the 1950's. Pre Mad Men 1950's popular design was mostly cheap crap and the selection sadly reflects this, even if it's interesting historically. The exception was, of course, jazz music and it's disappointing to find those contrastingly fine jazz covers omitted.
The other omission is of salient comments. In the early sections he repeatedly notes the use of white people on black artists' record covers. This is useful commentary, as is his invite to take a second look at the hilariously bad cut and paste jobs on Hank Williams, and on Buddy Holly's Crickets. Some of the juxtapositions and groupings are very good and need no comment. He also refers to some banned records and then.... that's it!! He seems to have ran out of time. I can't believe that he (or Taschen) doesn't know that Robert Crumb did the cartoons on "Cheap Thrills", or that his original "Some Girls" cover shown in the book had to be re-released without the pics of Lucille Ball and others. There's no need (or room) for an extensive essay in this format, but short relevant comments could add to the visual interest - for instance that the Grace Jones 'Island Life' cover is a montage and not a real single photo. Hmmm.. maybe not that one. I was quite disappointed to find that out.
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As said before, this book doesn't really take its purpose seriously enough. Although it does include a lot of great and controversial album covers (Blind Faith, Lennon and Ono's 'Two Virgins' to name a couple), a large amount of the book seems compiled with complete rubbish, notably the first 1/4 which appears to be more a collection of the cheesiest record sleeves that the author could find. Even when the book gets the bands right it often fails with the albums- despite including the Beatles' Hey Jude and Meet the Beatles, there's no White album, and artists such as Joy Division and Radiohead don't get a single cover printed.

That said, the book is a nice one to have in the collection just for those who appreciate art and music and certainly doesn't fail completely- with 1000 separate covers there's certainly enough to make you pick it up once in a while, and the nice format and design of the book makes up for the strange omissions.
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