Author: Serge Pelletier
Number of pages: 496 pages
Size: 9 X 6.5 in
As a record collector myself, this book is the tool I always hoped to find: a guide as detailed and accurate as any serious enthusiast would need it, but also very comprehensive for new collectors who want a glimpse of this exciting quest from the inside, helping to understand what it’s all about. Unable to find such a book anywhere, I decided to work in collaboration with my fellow hobbyists and build from scratch a reliable reference guide for anyone interested in Canadian Beatles vinyl records.
This guide has therefore been designed with the hardcore Beatles collector in mind, of course, but also for the inexperienced collector who simply wants to know more about the records he has kept in his garage for years, or might be looking for in record shops today. Simple discographies are often a great start, but not very informative in terms of the different available versions of a same album. This book, on the other hand, serves as a reference guide for all variations of all Beatles albums originally released in Canada during the Beatles’ active years in the 1960s, up to their last 1980s reissues. Mostly, it allows for a better comprehension of the evolution of the different generations of record reissues, from label changes, pressing rings, matrix numbers and these odd pressings that still puzzle collectors today.
This guide is built in a logical and intuitive manner allowing anyone to quickly find their way through its content, and use it right away. Designed as a small format, this guide will accompany you in your hunt for new Beatles albums through record shops across the country. Keep in mind though, this is not a price guide for Canadian Beatles records, but a detailed account of every version that exists, so that you can understand which records are available, which ones are missing from your collection, which ones are hard to find and why.
This guide covers all albums originally issued during the band's active years (1963-1970), covering every pressing, from the very first issue of each album, to their retro rainbow reissues of the 1980s. The Next installement of this series should cover the 45 RPM singles and is planned for late 2016)
Not at all, the Beatles Canadian Discography series covers in depth history of all first pressings, from their release information, to cultural and historical settings, charting history and record recollections. This new Variations series, on the other hand, covers instead record collecting as a hobby, and technical information about all pressings of Beatles Canadian records, from their first pressing to their last reissue.
Read this testimonial from one of our readers who explained quite clearly the difference between the two series of books, and how it can appeal to different types of readers and collectors:
Foreword by Piers Hemmingsen
Avant-propos par Gilles Valiquette
A word on value
What is a variation and what is not
Identifying your records
Monaural vs stereophonic
Narrow and wide stereo mixes
Various timelines for Beatles records
LP Variations chart
Newly discovered variations
How to use this guide
Variations guide (over 400 variations detailed)
Great Canadian record shops
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