What is Endless Trip?
The sister volume to 2009’s Galactic Ramble, Endless Trip is the most comprehensive guide ever published to major-label US and Canadian pop, rock, folk and jazz albums issued between 1965 and 1974. A4 in size, it features well over 3000 albums (arranged alphabetically), and is more than 800 pages long. Also included are numerous top ten lists and a section of LPs recommended by the authors. A complete list of the albums reviewed in the book can be found here.
What other information does Endless Trip have in it?
It is the first book ever to date albums of this period precisely to their month of release, rather than giving just the year. All catalogue numbers are also given, as well as details of custom inner sleeves, lyric sheets and other inserts.
What’s the aim of Endless Trip?
The period covered by the book saw a massive increase in the number of LPs released, on both major and minor labels. Many sold poorly, and change hands for huge sums today. The aim of Endless Trip is to describe the music contained on those, and to contextualise them with better-known albums.
Is Endless Trip illustrated?
Yes – the book has masses of rare illustrations dotted throughout, many of which have not been seen since their first appearance, as well as three sections of full-colour plates depicting hundreds of collectable LP sleeves.
Who wrote Endless Trip?
It’s written by a panel of experts, whose different areas of speciality cover practically every genre of popular music. To learn more about them, please see here. The book also features a foreword by legendary guitarist, producer and critic Lenny Kaye (best-known for his long association with Patti Smith, and for compiling the influential Nuggets set).
Are all the reviews in Endless Trip new?
No – new reviews have been juxtaposed with old ones culled from a range of vintage and rare American music journals, so that both contemporary and modern perspectives can be gained.
What has been left out of Endless Trip?
Private Pressings, classical music, spoken word, comedy and most jazz and easy listening albums have been omitted, as have a handful of well-known mainstream pop acts (such as Barbra Streisand and Barry Manilow). Greatest hits collections have also largely been excluded, and though a few compilations have been included under ‘various artists’, the majority of label samplers are absent, as are all but a handful of film and TV soundtracks.
How can I find out more about Endless Trip?
Please feel free to email any enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.