It's too bad there aren't more categories for liner notes and album artwork. There seem to be 
endless categories for which Daft Punk, Taylor Swift and Jay-Z qualify. I can think of at least a 
half-dozen liner notes that should have been nominated and at least that many albums' artwork.

That Herbie Hancock box set that I just reviewed for BlackGrooves have one of the best booklets I've 
seen. Excellent long-form essay about the artist and the works/time period involved, then superb 
descriptions and contexts for each album, and complete discographical information. Bill Levinson has 
a long track record of making excellent box sets, but that documentation was particularly excellent.

Numero Group also does extremely good packaging and documentation, but they fly under the radar.

And the book for the new Decca Sound - The Analogue Years box is very well done. Mike Gray wrote 
some detailed, logically presented essays about the evolution of Decca's technology and techniques, 
and Raymond McGill wrote a very good, concise essay on the music contained in the box. Even with all 
of that, the book is under-stated compared the huge amount of excellent music that's in the box. 
Decca was always about the music first and foremost.

The Arhoolie CD/book was nominated for folk, but it also certainly deserves a nomination for booklet 
or packaging. It is a beautiful artifact, well written and nicely designed.

And of course all the Mosaic boxes that came out last year had the usual top-notch documentation and 
booklet copy. The Woody Shaw box, in particular, was very well done.

-- Tom Fine

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mark Donahue" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Saturday, December 07, 2013 3:36 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Grammy Noms - a few comments

> On Sat, Dec 7, 2013 at 12:08 PM, Steve Ramm <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Are MP3 only albums then considered
>> as well.
> Yes they are. The Grammy rules state " Recordings must be in general
> distribution in the United States, i.e. sales by label to a branch or
> recognized independent distributor, via the Internet, or mail order/retail
> sales for a nationally marketed product."
> This also means that you cant sell it from your website only but must sell
> it through a third party retailer like Amazon for physical product or
> iTunes for digital only distribution.
> The first time I remember this happening is when the Washington Chorus self
> produced a recording or Britten War Requiem and got it approved for
> submission by selling it through Amazon. It ended up winning.
> All the best,
> -mark