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Fabulous box set
on March 9, 2012
About Vols. 1-3 - Pluses:
1. Twenty-four albums!
2. Thirteen of the albums have never before been available on CD or through download, although some of the individual tracks can be found on collections such as BAXTER'S BEST or THE EXOTIC MOODS.
3. Sound - not perfect, but good.
4. Cost - at only a little over $1 per album, what's to argue with?
1. NOT digital remasters from the original source. With earphones, one can hear that these tracks (I suspect all) are lifted from vinyl. There is occasional distortion from wear, and there are some ticks and pops, although fairly quiet. I also hear a just-barely-late entrance on one track (on Volume 1) and a rather-too-abrupt finish on another (on Volume 2).
About VOL. 3 specifically:
Four of these eight albums have not been available on disc prior to this release: CONFETTI, SOUTH PACIFIC, LOVE IS A FABULOUS THING, and WILD GUITARS. If a more perfect sound really matters to you, the other four - AFRICAN JAZZ, JUNGLE JAZZ, SPACE ESCAPADE, and THE SACRED IDOL (incredible exotica albums, all) - can be purchased elsewhere in recent remasters at a substantially higher cost. Still, as for this VOL. 3 box set, I can't see how anyone loses. Mr. Baxter was one extraordinary artist and this is just great stuff.
It'd be nice to see yet ANOTHER multi-disc release. After all, this three volume collection doesn't have all the Capitol LPs, and then there are the 45s and EPs to consider, too. One can always hope.