Already bought and received. It's quite beautiful. Haven't had much time
to look at it thoroughly. This is the busiest time of the year for me.
I'm still in my office and it's already after 10 PM.
On 12/13/10 12:49 AM, Michael Biel wrote:
> Since I have not read any reviews yet, all I can think is that nobody
> here has ordered the new revised edition of Michael W. Sherman's (with
> Kurt Nauck) "Collector's Guide To Victor Records" yet. WHAT ARE YOU
> WAITING FOR??? An engraved invitation? If so, consider this to be one.
> My copy had been buried in my unopened mail from my recent trip, and was
> mailed Nov 15, so ordered copies should have already arrived.
> I have been carrying around a set of page proofs for 4 months now which
> I have been correcting and adding to, and as dazzling as they are, now
> that I actually have the completed bound book I am absolutely
> overwhelmed. It is far beyond my expectations and I thought I knew what
> it would look like. The book is breathtaking.
> I might be a little biased, but my participation is minor. Mike and Kurt
> have worked wonders. I did the matrix prefix section at the end, gave
> the pressing plant info in the footnote section for Chap 9, did some
> proofing, and provided some labels that are, in all modesty, knockouts
> (The Vouce of the Victor on page 214 and the Bluebird on 215 are a
> couple of examples) but 99 & 44/100% is Mike and Kurt. The comparison
> with the two earlier versions is beyond belief.
> I am flattered that they surprised me with placing my most amazing find
> on the end-papers, and actually it was Vince Giordano who first spotted
> it. We had gone to the Sony archives to find one specific thing (which
> we couldn't find) but in an afternoon where we DID find some amazing
> stuff, he was sorting thru a file box of misc. label stuff for me to
> photograph when he opened a mailer flyer and said "you've got to see
> this." The label pictures in it are amazing enough -- you've never seen
> anything like them -- but as we read what the flyer actually said, what
> it actually proposed, we knew we had stumbled onto unknown history. I
> even took some shots with my phone to set it to mike, but there was no
> phone service deep in that building so he and Kurt had to wait till the
> evening. They kept their enthusiasm well hidden -- when we roomed at
> IASA last month Kurt did not even hint at that they had used it for the
> end-papers. I opened the book an hour ago and WOW!
> I am not telling you what that flyer is, although I showed it to a few
> people like the Rolfs since the photos were still in my camera. It will
> have to be your surprise WHEN YOU BUY THE BOOK!!!
> So go to Kurt's web site 78rpm.com and order it for Pete's sake. for
> YOUR sake. Even after my build-up you won't be disappointed.
> Mike Biel [log in to unmask]