Putting aside the arguments over the political incorrectness of the shows, as recorded music the Minstrel's albums were full of polished performances and superb arrangements. They may appeal to only a certain section of the public today, but it must be remembered that in the first half of the 1960s they featured in the album charts, including at times the number one spot, holding their own against musical soundtracks and the dominance of the rock and pop of the era.
At first sight, this CD appeared to be a welcome re-release of their first album in the original format, possibly heralding the release of all of them in due course. The Disky compilations of a few years ago were welcome, despite their lack of information and mistakes in the listing and spelling of the tracks. But being different compilations they didn't quite seem like the real thing to anyone familiar with the LPs.
However, what a disappointment! No information beyond a list of song titles, therefore no composer or soloist credits, let alone any historical and factual notes. But then these deficiencies pale when the CD is played! It is an actual recording of a vinyl record, and a mono one at that, with poor sound, background crackle, and all the usual clicks and pops. Nothing of this is mentioned in the publicity; I have actually seen it called a "digital remastering". Is this fraud? At least the Disky CDs were stereo and seemed to be taken direct from the master tapes.
Is anyone (perhaps EMI themselves) going to bite the bullet and produce a full set of these albums in their original formats with proper credits and notes, decently remastered, perhaps all in one box? Or do the political correctness problems mean that this can never be, so justice will never be done to this otherwise first class legacy?