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Not much of an update from the Umphred guide,
This review is from: Goldmine Jazz Album Price Guide (Paperback)
Although it's nice to have listings from beyond 1969 (why was that date chosen as a cutoff for the previous incarnation of this book, anyway?), this book falls short in several areas.
First and foremost, most of the prices have been left unchanged; in some cases, they've been downgraded. A quick market pulse-check will tell anyone that you're not going to net $100 for a first press in M- condition of Lee Morgan's "Candy" on blue note, and you're definitely going to get more than $25 for a first-press Sun Ra record on El Saturn! Frequently, the prices for post-'69 records are formulaic; a majority of those records are listed as $6.25/$12.50/$25.00. Thanks for nothing, Neely!
Second, the label determining information is seriously lacking, frequently repeating mistakes made in the Umphred book (i.e., "the 'deep groove' on Blue Note records is about the size of a 50-cent piece.")! <p) Finally, the listings are unnecessarily confusing. For example, where the Umphred book sorted its album numbers first by date then by the labels' mono numbering system (and indicated whether the price was for the mono (m), stereo (s), or electronically-reprocessed version (e)), this book sorts albums strictly numerically (i.e., blue note listings for a particular artist whose recordings spanned 1957-1975 would list LT/LA-series numbered albums first, then 1500-series, then 4000, then 84000 (if stereo pressings existed). Helpful <bold>only</bold> in the case of Columbia mono/stereo pressings. Argh!
In sum: although this book is complete, its prices are out of touch with reality, and it appears as though the bulk of time it took to get the book to market was spent in arranging the listings, rather than completing the requisite thorough research to successfully achieve its auspicious goal. If you already have Umphred's book, purchase this only if you have a significant number of post-'69 records.
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Initial post: Oct 6, 2009 8:03:53 AM PDT
Jerry Mcfadden says:
Being new to the finding of pricing for Jazz recordings, the technical terms or abbreviations used in this review went right over my head!
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