I first saw this advertised in a Collectors Choice catalog for $50.00. I decided to look for it at Amazon, and finally found it here. It cost $23.00 U.S., so I ordered it. At that price, I didn't expect to get a product of this high quality! Most of the tracks are close to master quality; a few show surface noise from worn original 78 pressings. These performances start with Shaw's earliest Brunswick performances, and continue with his Bluebird and Victor releases up to about 1942. I'm sure these discs are remastered from original 78s, but again, they did a great job with the source material they used. The discgraphy is almost complete, according to Delaunay's "New Hot Discography." I have the complete Artie Shaw issues on RCA lp's during the 70's, and this CD set compares favorably with the lp's. One thing I'm grateful for, is that none of the original 78s were off center! I've had that experience with a few reissues, and that is unexcusable.
With that said, there are no liner notes or personnel listings. The discs come in a neat CD-sized box, and each disc is inserted into a holder shaped like a miniature LP record cover. The package fits nicely on a shelf with other jewel case CD's.
My recommendation is to buy this set while it is available. It is a rare bargain; the real deal.