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Enjoy The Experience: Homemade Records 1958-1992

Enjoy the Experience is the largest collection of American private-press vinyl ever amassed and presented, featuring more than 1,000 cover reproductions from 1958–1992. The musicians here range from awkward teen pop combos to pizza-parlor organists; religious cult leaders to Sinatra imitators. But this is not a novelty show: also profiled and discussed are some of the most highly regarded rock, soul, jazz, funk and singer/songwriter albums from the latter half of the twentieth century. Enjoy the Experience begins when the custom-pressed American record plant came into existence and ends, largely, with the birth of the CD. As such, it is a snapshot of America in the second half of the twentieth century and collates a bevy of tales and albums released by the brave souls who took the plunge and committed their musical vision to wax. Enjoy the Experience details a forceful American cultural experience that stands in juxtaposition to the mainstream even as its creators attempted to infiltrate it. With a wealth of full-color reproductions, an introduction by editor Johan Kugelberg, an overview by legendary record dealer Paul Major, along with commentaries, reviews and 50 biographies by noted enthusiasts and collectors, Enjoy the Experience also includes a download card for dozens of the greatest songs culled from the book.

Hardcover: 512 pages

Publisher: Sinecure Books (June 30, 2013)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1938265041

ISBN-13: 978-1938265044

Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 9 x 11 inches

Shipping Weight: 4.3 pounds

Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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This book, in 505 pages, contains around 1,000 of the oddest, weirdest, DIY album covers you'll ever see from the years 1958-1992. This is the world of the privately pressed record album. And that includes the album jacket. This handsome large format hardcover book is filled with "artists" who never had a prayer of being picked up by a large record label. So they went the do-it-yourself-route, including the album artwork. In fact, the artwork for this book's cover is taken from an album cover photo which has been used more than once. Image size ranges from several to a page to larger (some one to a page) reproductions. Personally I dislike small images because I'm from the 12" vinyl album era. The same with books that collect music posters-the bigger the reproduction the better. But I know that size is related to price and the physical size of the book. To put it simply-this is the best book yet on oddball album covers that's been published. The combination of graphics, biographies and interviews make this the book to have in your library.The book (which comes sealed in plastic) has a removable OBI strip, and the 7" clear record is inside a plastic sleeve on the back of the book. The paper stock is a matte finish. The reproductions are crisp and clean-no fuzzy graphics here. At the bottom of each page is listed the title, artist, date (if known), recording company (if known), and the Catalog number. There's also biographies on a number of people whose albums are included in the book. These add both depth and interest to the collection. Finally there's an "A-to-Z of our favorite tunes" at the back of the book. You also have a chance to hear some of this music on the companion set-released on both vinyl and CD.

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