I thought Nevins did the mastering for first one. The problem there is that some of these sides are
audible to fanatics only, some of the Son House and Charlie (Charley) Patton Paramounts, also some
of the super-rare hillbilly sides. It is what it is -- there are one or few copies around and none
of them are in good shape. I didn't feel ripped off having the barely-audible tracks on the CDs, but
I certainly don't think they are collectable for their audio. It's the rare-artifact thing. The same
reason all the record-auction guys make sure to print pleasing color photographs of labels on their
auction listing books. Both of the "Stuff Dreams Are Made Of" booklets get into this in great
I have to say that of all the great text in those books, my favorite is "An Early Collecting Trip"
in the new album, by R. Anthony "Flea" Lee, describing a road trip to the Mississippi Delta in 1961
with John Fahey and Dick Spottswood. Lee, a non-collector buddy of the two maniacal collectors,
presents a very funny, jaded view of the whole enterprise. I think my wife found the funniest part
of both books to be the fact that producer Nevins felt it necessary to include an illustrated
sidebar on the Collyer Brothers in the first album. For those who haven't accumulated enough stuff
to have been compared to the Collyer Brothers yet, see:
-- Tom Fine
PS -- my admittedly lame attempt at a rejoiner to Collyer Brothers comparisons is the correct
statement that I can actually find whatever needle in my haystack I want to listen to at any given
time. Also, after a period of being not so organized, when I did get my CD library in order, I was
thrilled to find only two instances where I stupidly bought the same CD twice.
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That is good to hear because while I enjoyed the music I felt the remastering was frankly not great
at all. Glad to know that they took another shot at it.
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On Nov 20, 2012, at 11:33 PM, Steve Ramm <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Tom: I was told by the folks at Shanachie that the sides on the FIRST
> volume have been remastered by Rich Nevins and sound even better than on
> original issue. Just got my copy of "Return" but haven't listed yet. On tap for
> the weekend.
> Steve Ramm