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The packaging raises other issues, namely about what is essential and what is frivolous: The book could easily be considered frivolous, with very little information about the music itself and almost every page filled with the artwork and ephemera that adorned 78's and gramophone products. While these images are interesting and aesthetically pleasing, they do leave me wishing for a little more discographical information. However, the record company states that they were trying to achieve a certain feeling and experience, that of listening to and looking over these old records. Perhaps they should have set their sights a little higher, but they do accomplish their mission. There is also still some information, but it is limited to song and performer names and the year and place each record was made.
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If you love world music, especially vintage world music, there is no doubt as to your loving this collection. None of the nattering nabobs of negativity speak of any aspect which over-rides the experience of listening to the wonderful music collected by Robert Millis and Jeffery Taylor.
Sure, it would be great if the hardcover book in which the discs are housed contained a well-researched essay and discography about these recordings, but it doesn't--probably because the primary and secondary source material for this information doesn't exist. What data that can be gleaned from the disc's label, or guesses at the data, are presented. The book is a visual collection of the disc labels, sleeves, and paper ephemera.
In reference to the few negative comments here, most all are personal opinions and should be left just as that. The only comment I wish to dispute (however minor) is that the discs are kept in place with a sticky substance (with concerns about the long-term archival effect). The "hub" which holds each disc in place on the inside boards of the hardcover book is not a "sticky substance" but is a piece of silicone. Silicone is a very stable substance that ought to do no damage to the disc in the long-term. In fact, this "hub" is supporting each disc in such as way that it is not touching any surface and is safer and more archival than an acid-free paper sleeve.
Basically, nothing matters but the music--and it is supremely enjoyable.
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As much a "coffee table book" (which phrase should NOT be viewed as "damning with faint praise": the book is a work of art in its own right, as it features photos... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Hominid Philosophiae
What a wonderful collection. I have a number of the cd-r's that this collections was culled from (and it was spread around on cassettes before that) and it's fantastic to see this... Read morePublished on July 30, 2009 by Adam Richards
I went into this with high hopes, although I guess I did know upfront that there was not enough material here to make this worth the price. Read morePublished on January 19, 2009 by Tome Raider
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