1000 Record Covers (Taschen 25) Paperback – 29 Apr 2005
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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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My only complaint is that it isn't full record size! That would have sent this review into 7 stars!
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book is very informative in terms of imagery of vinyl covers and is quite useful to have when only just starting to buy vinyls.Published on 4 Mar. 2012 by Revivo
I picked this up for 4 quid and while its beautifully presented I could think of the same amout of record sleeves which are better
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