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King Of The Georgia Blues Box set

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  • Audio CD (12 Dec 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Complete Blues
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 191,326 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The ultimate tribute to the King of the Georgia Blues. A 6-CD mid-price clambox set which includes no less than 117 tracks by Blind Willie McTell on six discs with a 36 page booklet including a full discography. A lovingly compiled set covering the great bluesman'a entire career from 1927 to 1949. As Bob Dylan sang, 'I know one thing, no-body can sing those blues like Blind Willie McTell.' . With informative notes and session details this set is part of the Complete Blues series, described by Uncut magazine as ' a dazzling, comprehensive story of the blues...the most user-friendly compendium on the market'

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6 of 12 people found the following review helpful By K.Castle on 10 Mar 2011
Format: Audio CD
A different type of blues from the whining-screaming of Robert Johnson (though great it in its own right) and it can easily catch you out as a rather easy going dancey type country folk. However its just as essential as the more dramatic stuff and Blind Willie was one of the greats. Don't forget one of Bob Dylan's greatest late works is named after him. Also it is essential if you are reading Micheal Grey's "Hand me my travelin' shoes".
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If it sounds too good to be true... 10 Oct 2014
By B. Parada - Published on
Format: Audio CD
On paper, Snapper's "King of the Georgia Blues" looks like the perfect Blind Willie McTell compilation. A handsome-looking box, a 36-page booklet/discography and 117 of his songs all for under $20. In reality, though, this set is to be avoided at all costs. The usual 78 surface noise aside, the music on this set is so riddled with digital skips, glitches and distortion as to render it completely unlistenable. To make matters worse, I found smiliar complaints online (after I purchased this set, unfortunately) concerning both this set and Snapper's "Blind Lemon Jefferson - Texas Blues" box. Apparently, the label has been made aware of these defective box sets and, for reasons unknown, is still selling them. My last Snapper/Complete Blues purchase - a missed opportunity and an insult to a brilliant musician. Caveat emptor.
A terrible disappointment. 7 Dec 2014
By Christopher Alan Metzler - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I hate to, but have to, echo the comments of the other one-star reviewer.

Blind Willie McTell's releases have been anthologized a zillion times, in varying degrees of comprehensiveness. This set does the best job of any *currently* available at collecting not only his own pre-1950 releases, but tracks by others in which he provided guitar backing. There are some pre-1950 tracks that aren't in this set that are or have been available elsewhere (two Mary Willis tracks that were on a CD accompanying a calendar, and four 1949 Curley Weaver tracks); but damned few. I haven't done enough A/B differencing with other sets to claim it's the best or the worst in sound quality; but given the limitations of the source material, I think the sound is at least serviceable. And the price is fantastic. So it seems like a fantastic choice to purchase . . .but it isn't.

The tracks in this set contain sound glitches at specific times in numerous tracks that are in the digital domain and clearly not associated with problems in the source material. When I ran into these problems with the first set I bought, I wrote to the Amazon Marketplace dealer that sold me the item. They sent me another, free of charge. And that one also had the same digital glitches in the same spots of the same tracks. The fact that some of the problems are digital glitches occurring at the same times in the same tracks on different sets makes me suspect an issue in the disc masters, but I don't know.

This is consistent with the problems found by the other one-star reviewer of this set; but the problem isn't just with this set. I had a nearly identical experience with Snapper's Blind Lemon Jefferson collection: the (currently) most comprehensive selection of tracks, decent enough sound, but digital glitches in the tracks. Like with this set, I sent for a replacement, and the replacement had the same problems at the same times in the same tracks.

Snapper apparently has some real issues with their products. I hope at some point they get them fixed, because like the Blind Lemon Jefferson set, this set *could* be a minor miracle. Instead, it's a major disappointment.
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