By the way, here's a good interview with Richard Nevins on NPR about the first "Stuff Dreams Are
Made Of" album. As you can hear from the album excerpts, some of the transfers are very good. As
I've said before, I don't mind surface noise as much as I mind gated/pumping noise "reduction,"
which makes the noise and distortion more audible to my ears. I love Nevins' tongue-in-cheek
fun-poking at collectors, most of all himself.
-- Tom Fine
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>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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> From: "Aaron Levinson" <[log in to unmask]>
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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.
> Sent from my iPhone
> 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