Okay guys - I'll add a bit more info here. First off - there is no source
info in the notes. That's fine.
Next was the question of why earlier material is not included and what
MIGHT be in Volume 2.
That question is answered by in the "Introduction to the set that appears
near the end of the Field Guide. I know it's copyrighted material but since
it's important to understand SOME of the thinking behind the project, I
have copied the text of the Intro into Word. It runs FOUR pages so I'm not
going to copy it here and I can't send attachments. Anyone who wants to read
it can email me off list at The following address: StevenrammATaolDOTcom.
Most of you are concentrating on the recordings and that they are MP3s. I'm
fine with that since - as a private collector - of at least "middle age"
you will not be listening to the 800 songs (espeically since you MIGHT have
ordered the 1244 tracks on BE). What makes the set useful is that you can
sort and search by artist, title, release date or even matrix #s. The
"novelty IMHO is that you get the Lps. The Books - Art Book and the Field Guides
are newly created and no one seems to comment on them.
There were 5000 made. Who knows if they will sell. The ones shipped were
ordered direct from Third Man site, The Amazon sales are still on pre-order.
If they don't sell the 5,000 they may show up on relale. Already there are
some on Ebay at $700. Remember that Black Europe run is ONE-TENTH the
Paramount run and is nearly twice the price. And there is lots of material
there that is there "because it is", not that you'll listen. And, imagine if
BFR decided to issue the VIDEO that Rainer wanted to include on a DVD! (he
showed a sample at ARSC Conference). THAT is what I'd like to see but fit
probably won't happen.
Sorry to go on so long. You guys are more knowledgeable about the label
than me. and I'm a "graphics" collector even more than sound. Anyway, I hope
the Intro info will add to some clarification.