I have two albums I have collected dozens of copies of, but my purpose
is researching the pressing history of them. I did an article in
Goldmine about the Paul McCartney Melodiya album because all the idiot
collectors were going after "variations" in cover color printing and
placement of the star, but totally missing that the labels and covers
printed the pressing plant locations!! They noticed where the star was
located but didn't notice that a lot of the words on the labels were
different! A dealer supplied me about 25 copies for $3 each that were
classified by HIS differences, but I was able to completely turn around
how this album was collected -- and even found a few real variations the
Russian collectors had never seen, and are now illustrated in their book
and web site.
The other album will be part of my ARSC Conference presentation this
year, "The First Family". I have examples from all but one pressing
plant. Ironically I noticed just this morning that my Canadian copy had
gone missing, and after asking David Lennick what he had, I am buying
the Canadian copies of both volumes that had belonged to his father, a
member of the Wayne & Schuster troop and presenter of a CBC radio comedy
DJ show. So I am not just picking up every copy, only variations I need
to tell the history of the albums.
Mike Biel [log in to unmask]
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Two more extreme record collecting geeks
From: Cary Ginell <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Mon, February 18, 2013 5:40 pm
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I'd be more interested in the stories behind the different copies -
where they came from, where they were acquired, how they got in such
condition, who the inscriptions on the albums were about - but Chang
doesn't know or doesn't care about anything other than the serial
number. Too bad - this could have been an interesting project. Instead,
it's a "what is it?"
On Feb 18, 2013, at 2:33 PM, David Goren <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Personally, I don't think Chang is that hard to understand. It's an art project. Whether it's a good one or not is your call. He regards the album as a cultural artifact and as a sort of blank canvas that can degraded through the ravages of time, by the intervention of the owner or both. I've run across people doing sound art doing similar experiments in degradation.
> On Feb 18, 2013, at 5:27 PM, Cary Ginell wrote:
>> Chang sounds like a real character. Can't say I understand his obsession, but it makes him happy so go figure.
>> He plays the White Album every day and collects any copy he can get his hands on, no matter what the condition. I thought people like this existed only in coin collecting.
>> Cary Ginell
>> On Feb 18, 2013, at 1:46 PM, Roger Kulp <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>> A real bottom feeder,I feel sorry for this guy. http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/showthread.php?t=502630 Rutherford Chang.Maybe you heard about him. http://www.dustandgrooves.com/rutherford-chang-we-buy-white-albums/ Roger