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A precious diamond in a shabby cardboard box.
on 18 November 2013
This is a welcome update to the so much shorter 2000 Snapper 2xCD set of the Boston concerts. It covers the three days' performances by the great, original (well, nearly, you know what I mean) Fleetwood Mac. The sound is superlative and refreshing, it comes out of the speakers loud and clear There are added numbers that there wasn't room for previously and I wonder why anyone could omit "If You Let Me Love You". It is a stunner!
The overall power of all the glorious music makes this writer wish so much that he could have attended all of the sessions. But the sounds creates the feeling taha you are actually attending the shows. Just close yor eyes and revel in delight.
So, sound is as expected, now comes my big beef!
The packaging is terrible. It comes in a round cardboard box which is tight fitting and the base with the tracklistng to the CDs is stuck on badly so that mine is peeling around the circumference in a couple of places already. Any attempt to remove contents from the box faces the same problem. There is a band around the inner part of the box which is being eroded when replacing items in the box so that mine looks as though i have had it years already, not for less than a week...
As if this wasn't bad enough, when you come to the CDs, the reason for such a purchase, there they are, sitting flat and loose. They are separated by two pieces of lint. To protect the bottom CD it is necessary to place it in the box with its label side facing down.
Now, I always thought it was better to not expose playing areas on CDs and you shouldn't be touching them. So what does one do when wanting to play the bottom CD? It is necessary to place the pieces of lint down appropriately in order to safeguard them. But those bits of lint are so flimsy, they will not last long. What are you supposed when, in a few weeks they are disintegrated? I am inclined to find some regular CD cases to store them in, thus making what was expected to be a glorious celebration of this new release into a DIY bodge-up job of it all. And why should I do this? Why should I have to?
The booklet by Roger W Dopson is well written and informative but still it is lacking. As it is round it has but one staple to hold it together. The paper is les sturdy than cut-price toilet paper! So the booklet will not be around too long either. It will fall apart with re-reading it is so flimsy.
There are 5 beermats with photos of the group members as well, why? Could Madfish not have used the costs of the unnecessary mats towards a better package?
All in all the box reminds me of those ones that carried figs and dates at Xmas time years ao, only this box isn't as robust as those were.
The shabby nature of all this makes me think that Madfish are taking the proverbial out of Fleetwood Mac's first LP. Although a dustbin would actually protect the CDs. This shabby piece of cardboard tat will most definitely not
The five stars i've awarded are for the music. The packaging would not merit even a single star from me. It is nothing short of disgusting.