Jonathan Valins RCA Book

default -- Sun, 04/26/2009 - 15:08

I am new to this forum and wonder whether anybody can tell me where I can find a copy of Jonathan Valin's RCA Living Stereo Bible book?
Thanks!  While I have heard of this book I have never seen a copy for sale.

Jonathan Valin -- Sun, 04/26/2009 - 16:25

 That's because there are no copies left for sale--at least new.
If enough of you folks got together and sent me a whole bunch of those little pieces of paper with presidents' pictures on them, I might be talked into printing another edition.

Samuel Moyyen (not verified) -- Sat, 05/16/2009 - 11:59

Dear Mr. Valin,
I have been looking for this book for a while.  If you are going to print another edition, I will definitely buy a copy.  Please let me know if you do so.
Sincercely yours,

Jonathan Valin -- Sat, 05/16/2009 - 12:11

 While I'd like to print a "revised" new edition and have had a lot of requests for same, the trouble is time. I spent two years researching and assembling the first edition. I just don't have the leisure to do that again. 

Jack Hill (not verified) -- Wed, 09/09/2009 - 15:54

Here's an idea:
Why not turn it into a web site? You could put what you have up with a link for every release bringing you to the text from the original. When you find time to update a review for a certain record you could upload it and announce to "subscribers" the change. I'm sure you could get advertising support. You could have a separate link for each record for people to comment or ask questions.

3rd&4thT (not verified) -- Thu, 04/22/2010 - 13:17

Why publish it on paper. Why not just turn your manuscript into a pdf and sell that? I'd buy it in a shot.

Jonathan Valin -- Thu, 04/22/2010 - 14:05

 It's a thought!

dwatzig -- Tue, 06/29/2010 - 23:25

 I'd buy one also!

Jonathan Valin -- Wed, 06/30/2010 - 00:41

I'm going to look into reprinting the book. Web site and PDFs just aren't practical (from a commerical viewpoint). I'll let you know if and when I make it available again.

Jim Hannon -- Wed, 06/30/2010 - 14:10

Count me in, too!

Paulus -- Thu, 09/09/2010 - 01:19

Mr. Valin,
Please do reprint the book. I will definitely buy one at the least.
I think there was a similar book on the Decca/London FFSS. But I forget about the title and author. Does anyone know?

Jonathan Valin -- Thu, 11/18/2010 - 14:05

I believe Michael Gray, former Fi Music Editor and long-time TAS music writer of considerable distinction, was the co-author of the Decca book, though for the life of me I can't think of the other author. Oh,'s been a long while.

Paulus -- Thu, 11/25/2010 - 22:55

Mr. Valin,

I found this in an old (1999) Acoustic Sounds catalog:

Audiophile's Guide to London Bluebacks
Full Frequency Stereophonic Sound. Decca/London early stereo LP discography (1958-63) by Robert Moon and Michael Gray. Separate performance and sound ratings for 200+ records. "FFSS and How It Grew" by Michael Gray. Also includes Top 50 Reviews, Labelography, Artist Biographies and CD Reissues. An 83 Page Book.


Jonathan Valin -- Fri, 11/26/2010 - 00:21

 Thank you, Paul.

chargerfan -- Sat, 12/31/2011 - 13:19

 I am new to the blog and I know this is a year old thread, but I thought I would post this info about Robert Moon's book anyway. Full Frequency Stereophonic Sound was published in San Francisco in 1990. The focus of the book in on the FFSS period from 1958 to the early 60s. First of all, the authors give you a history of the early FFSS sound. There is extensive discussion of the K. Wilkinson era which began in 1957. Moon and Gray credit Wilkinson for what became the Decca/London sound. There is also information on the various labels and how to read the matrix on the outgrooves. Then comes the meat of the book: Analysis of the 2000 series Decca records and their London counterparts. At a glance you know which records were Decca only or London only releases. This is the most complete Decca discography I know of anywhere. Sound quality and performace are given equal treatment with ratings for each and then an average score. Then you have the rankings of The Best Records (18), The Second Rank (15) and The Best of the Rest (14). I have had this jewel of a book since it was first published. There are some Decca issues that I was not aware of. For example, how many of you know about Decca SXL 2306-7, a gatefold 2 record set of Ansermet and the Suisse Romande performing Prokofiev suites from Cinderella and Romero and Juliet. The authors also include in each review of the top 47 records the date of the recording, the location of the recording session, plus the recording engineers and producers. 

Ricktrumpetman@... -- Sat, 02/25/2012 - 10:24

Count me in on the reprint purchase plan, Jonathan.  I've scoured the landscape for a copy (couldn't afford it when it first hit the streets) and would LOVE to have a copy, updated or not! 

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