I think Steve Ramm originally posted on this new 2CD set from Yazoo Records:
As much as I liked the first album:
The first album has going for it super-rare 78 sides (of varying audibility), a great Robert Crumb
cover and centerfold cartoon, plus a neat booklet that basically explains WHY people are obsessive
record collectors. This is hard to beat, and second acts have to be better to be remembered.
The second album successfully one-ups the first one. The larger booklet is full of first- and
second-person collector stories (including a "collector panel discussion" featuring Dick Spottswood,
Yazoo producer Richard Nevins and Pete Whelan). This booklet presents the WHO of obsessive record
collectors, some of whom make the Collier Brothers seem sane and rational. Where the album really
shines is in the music selection. Producer Nevins writes in the booklet that, this time around, he
included what "is considered" (by Nevins and his collector buddies -- but they have good taste) the
_best_ examples of old-time blues, hill-billy and Cajun music. Some sides are rare obsessions among
collectors, others are common "hits" from back in the day. The connector here is good musicianship,
interesting compositions and the soulful "it" that makes the music jump out of the speakers.
If you know or think you like old-time "roots" music, do yourself a favor and get both albums. If
you are interested in the type of characters who make up the "collectors' wing" of ARSC, get the
albums for nothing else but the booklets.
-- Tom Fine