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Re: Paramount Box Set Review

From:

Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]>

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Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Wed, 23 Oct 2013 19:35:51 -0400

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Even if I lived that long, I don't want to hear them all. I'm a collector, not an accumulator. I've
spend my life so far discovering and honing my tastes. I do keep discovering music I didn't know
about that I like, in fact ARSC is a tremendous resource for this. But, I also am very clear that
there are many styles and artists that I do not like, and my finite time I can spend listening to
music will be spent with what I enjoy. I do not crave "kale" (bitter, harsh, suddenly trendy
roughage) in my music diet.

-- Tom Fine

----- Original Message -----
From: "Donald Clarke" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 6:57 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Paramount Box Set Review


> Hear, hear! I'd like to live long enough to hear to every record ever made, but that ain't gonna
> happen, so give me the goods!
>
> Donald Clarke
>
> On Oct 23, 2013, at 5:53 PM, Tom Fine wrote:
>
> I can see a niche appeal for a completist set of an early-era label that made many acoustic
> records, some of which are of terrible audio quality. But for me, I just want the best MUSIC
> recorded on that label. The label's history is interesting, and there's a $30 book for that.
>
> -- Tom Fine
>
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Cary Ginell" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 5:29 PM
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Paramount Box Set Review
>
>
>> Amazon's pre-order price is $474.23. Too rich for my blood
>>
>> Cary
>>
>>> On Oct 23, 2013, at 1:52 PM, "Arthur Gaer" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>>
>>> "Who writes like this?"
>>>
>>> Jack White and friends. They're quite obviously treating this release as more of an historicist
>>> art object than as a way of distributing new transfers of old 78s.
>>>
>>> If it were only the latter, they could just put the audio and a PDF book on a USB drive, stick
>>> it in a manila envelope, and sell it for one hell of a lot less than this hand-made quarter-sawn
>>> oak box, etc.
>>>
>>> And I bet they'd get a whole lot less interest and a whole lot fewer sales as a result.
>>>
>>> Like much of the resurgence of vinyl sales, even if the audio content is fantastic, the
>>> predominant appeal is really to the collectors market. Wonder how many of the current vinyl new
>>> and re-issues ever get played even once--it's the object that people are buying for far more
>>> money than a digital disk or download?
>>>
>>> Personally I think it looks gorgeous. And I'd love to have the music and documentation. But is
>>> it worth $400 or so (I don't think the price has yet been officially announced) to me? That's
>>> mighty steep for what's kind of a coffee-table book--or, given what it's made out of, an
>>> *actual* coffee table!
>>>
>>> If someone wants to buy me a Hanukkah present, though, I'm happy to send my address. ;-)
>>>
>>> Arthur Gaer
>>>
>>>> On Oct 23, 2013, at 3:32 PM, Cary Ginell <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>>>
>>>> Check out the description of the set, which has this flowery, almost Victorian prose Crafted as
>>>> an object to keep and cherish for a lifetime, its form is designed to reveal evidence of the
>>>> hand at work, to bring out the tactile richness of hand-sculpted woods and metals, and to meld
>>>> the rough-hewn with the earliest burblings of American modernism in the 1920s.
>>>> "Earliest burblings"?? Really? Who writes like this?
>>>> Cary Ginell
>>>>
>>>>> Date: Wed, 23 Oct 2013 09:41:40 -0500
>>>>> From: [log in to unmask]
>>>>> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Paramount Box Set Review
>>>>> To: [log in to unmask]
>>>>>
>>>>> I believe there will be a review in NYTimes this coming Sunday about it.
>>>>>
>>>>> Matt Appleby
>>>>>
>>>>>> On 10/23/2013 8:00 AM, Steve Ramm wrote:
>>>>>> onder if Will got through all 8
>>>>>
>>>>> --
>>>>>
>>>>> Matt Appleby
>>>>>
>>>>> Mills Music Library
>>>>> University of Wisconsin-Madison
>>>>> 728 State St.
>>>>> Madison, WI 53706-1418
>>>>>
>>>>> 608-262-2816
>>>>> [log in to unmask]
>>>>
>>
>
>

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