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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
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> Cary
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>> On Oct 23, 2013, at 1:52 PM, "Arthur Gaer" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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>> "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.
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>> 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:
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>>> 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]
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>>>> 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
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>>>> 608-262-2816
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