As the compact disc creeps closer to its slow and painful demise, another artifact from the past—vinyl—is still basking in all of its glory with a new, inclusive pictorial guide entitled Extraordinary Records. Presented in collaboration with Colors magazine, the book features a striking and colorful array of 400-plus images of vinyl albums (sans the covers) owned by collectors and Extraordinary Records contributors Alessandro Benedetti and Peter Bastine.
From countless designs and colors that include gold and clear records and splatter, marble, and beautiful picture discs dating back to the 1970s, this pair of record heads share an impressive 16,000 records between the two of them, while the book’s author, Italian producer and songwriter Giorgio Moroder, documents these recordings, including releases by The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Prince, and many more along the way. One page of the book showcases Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon and Wish You Were Here on breathtaking picture discs, while another provides a stunning batch of odd-shaped novelties in the form of hearts and seashells. There’s even a slab of vinyl with a giant white whale in tow from sludge metal kingpins Mastodon. If you have an hour to do some skimming, Extraordinary Colors will definitely not disappoint.
Extraordinary Records is available through Taschen for $39.99.