A vinyl lover will find a fascinating view of recordings in the book: Ring Resounding! The author is John Culshaw, the producer of many opera recordings for Decca/London.
This book is out of print, but widely available, from $7.95 to 40 GBP in a simple search (examples http://www.alibris.com http://www.amazon.com
) A good search engine is http://www.ask.com
The "amazon" site has a more detailed and fascinating review by member Mike Leone, and others.
In short, this book tells of the fascinating anecdotes, joys and foibles of producing the entire Ring Des Nibelungen by dear innocent Richard Wagner. A vinylphile will find insights into the life that goes into a recording before it is even released, and of the human joys and foibles, including the author's own brilliance and/or blatant prejudices. Example: Culshaw's cavalier dismissal of a previous complete Ring recording which was released only recently to great critical acclaim.
This is a fascinating book for any vinylfile, regarless of personal musical preference (ie- I am NOT a Wagner enthusiast). It is a wonderful tale of the life that goes into making a recording, and is easily accesible on the world-wide net.
As I watched the stars in the sky I wondered where the ceiling had gone.