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Good comp with some rare gems - a shame about the packaging
on 12 July 2014
I agree with Mr. D's review. I just had to have this comp as soon as I noticed it has the full 12" version of Womack & Womack's Love wars. There are several other gems that are hard to find on CD, like Jocelyn Brown's Love's goonna get you, Larry Wu's Let me show you and Larry Graham's Sooner or later. I, too, noticed the vinyl dub of The Fatback Band's I found lovin'. Seems to me this is pure laziness from the record company, since it shouldn't be too hard to find a good CD version of this track.
I simply don't understand why record companies turn to shady practices like these. Vinyl rips can only be excused when the master tape is missing or very hard to come by, and in those cases I wouldn't have too much of a problem with a vinyl rip here and there when it's done properly. But it seems to become a lost art. As glad as I am that many disco, funk and soul albums from back in the day finally get a CD release this late in the game, sometimes it's painful to hear what a shoddy job has been done. However, this comp sounds good overall, except for that single vinyl rip.
And about the packaging - a shame, really. I was fully expecting that this 3CD comp would be housed in a digipak much like the 12" Disco comp that Rhino released last year. Instead we get a super-flimsy digipak that's even smaller than a single jewel case. When this package landed on my doormat, I couldn't even imagine it the order was fulfilled properly - the looks of it made it hard to believe that I actually just had received a 3CD comp. It's really hard to get the CDs in and out of the digipak, and they're prone to all sorts of scratches. A new low in CD packaging. But since the price is right and the selecting is mostly good to great, I'll still rate it 4 stars.