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Goldmine Heavy Metal Record Price Guide Paperback – January, 1999
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Listings in this very useful discography brick are by artist in alphabetical order, then Ep (truncated albums) releases in date order, and Lp releases also in date order, first listing the original (think private press) versions, then the record label commercial versions and reissues. The listings cover only the vinyl era, which means for the most part period ending between 1989, with some non-U.S. vinyl editions running out in 1993, a few 1996 exceptions. No CD listings. As HM aficionados well know, the albums were generally niche sellers in small indie stores, desperately distributed, generally ignored by Billboard and the charting services, and probably generated more publicity from fundie church anti-rock slide shows and anti-rock Christian straight-to-video documentaries than they got in legitimate marketing exposure.
The book's layout showss bare bones listings, while the more popular name artists get off-the-cuff comments by Martin Popoff, which can be quite entertaining to read (Def Leppard), snarky, and most often spot-on. Listed price ranges in the book at the moment seem generally low in grubby used record shops, based on my half-hearted experiences looking for the kiddie pop stuff that made the Billboard 200 album charts and the AOR mainstream airplay charts in my Whitburn Billboard books, apparently because the 50-somethings (like me) and kids are fishing around for old Twisted Sister, Poison, and Motley Crue um, "classics" on their new or born again repurchased turntables. Twisted Sister's STAY HUNGRY Lp has been reissued for something like an ouchy $28 bucks, which seems to justify the 3 million plus used '80s originals getting sharked at $15 used. (Poison for $15+ used???)
Biggest jaw-dropper listing I spotted was seeing Rex Smith's mug staring back at me on p. 235. That Rex Smith bubblegum pop guy who was a clone of Shawn Cassidy's and Andy Gibb's girly cuddly pop Lps. I never knew he made legitimate music.
End of the book has two great interviews with record label guys; The Brian Slagel Metal Blade info is really interesting. This is a one-stop for the Heavy Metal genre' info in the vinyl era. Copies of this book came with a sampler music CD, which is missing in my used copy; this was not really an issue for my purchase of this reference discography.
All of Martin Popoff's books have been informative, funny and entertaining, however, I don't agree with his views on Triumph.