Sunday, January 27, 2008
The Golden Age of Walt Disney Records 1933-1988
If you enjoy Disney collectibles you can listen to, then you need this book! The book is called The Golden Age of Walt Disney Records 1933-1988, and is a price guide for Disney fans and record collector by R. Michael Murray. The book is a comprehensive colorful guide to over 3,200 recorded Disney releases, complete with photos and collector values. The book was released in 1997 and can easily be found on Amazon, or eBay, which is where I picked up my copy years ago for under $10.
The book stats with a short history of recorded Disney music, which is a very interesting and informative 7 page read. There is also a section on condition and pricing of records, which I pretty much skipped right over. I always find prices in books like this are somewhat of a puzzle. Something that you have been desperately looking for is listed as being next to nothing, but something else you seem to see at every thrift shop is listed as being extremely high priced. Obviously prices can swing from very low to very high on just about any item - just check out eBay and see the prices that a single item are being offered for, and better yet, the price that that item is selling for. One can sell for $50, while another that is listed as being in the same condition etc, can sell for $5.
This is the book where I first found a listing for the album "Walt Disney Takes You To Disneyland". I had come into possession of 3 copies of this record in a span of about 5 months. The first copy I bought off of someone on the usenet (this is before the internet really took off and way before eBay). I paid $50 for this album, which is way more than I ever pay for my records - but this one just sounded so cool, I had to have it, I just could not believe how much I was spending for a Disney record, when I was used to picking them up for a few bucks each. Then a few months later I found 2 copies of the same album in a local used record shop for $3.99 and $4.99 respectively. I started to think I really got hosed on the first one, paying so much. In this book, I learned that this was the first record on the Disneyland record label created entirely by Disneyland Records. I was also relieved to read in this book that the album "Walt Disney Takes You To Disneyland" was valued at $75... So, the price listings in these books are good for something.
My collection of Disney records is still considerably small, so, I guess the listings are really just a way for me to see what kind of material is out there. Currently I am concentrating of collecting as many as possible of the record / book 45's that Disney released, so the complete listing of these records in the book is a great way to see what I am still missing.
I spend most of my time just flipping though the book looking at all the great full color album covers. Seeing all the amazing Disney vinyl I still don't have, really gets me excited whenever I am flipping though albums at a thrift shop etc, hoping to find some of these missing gems!