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5.0 out of 5 stars What A Fine Box!, 11 Nov 2013
This review is from: 1970-1987 (Album Box Set) (Audio CD)
Cooder is the American musician who during his career has encompassed just about all musical genres or influences from folk and blues to Tex-Mex, soul/gospel. Here we have 11 fine albums contained in one box which between them cover all the genres, with some of his great albums included, Into The Purple Valley, (the one that got him noticed), Chicken Skin Music & Bop Till You Drop, but you might have your own personal ones.

There are plenty of reviews of the various albums so I see little point in labouring over them, other than to say this is the opportunity to get a library of a legendary musician at a bargain price (shop around as I got mine for under £24!!). The other real plus for me is the packaging as each album is in a replica LP cardboard slipcase with the selection in a neat cardboard box (no horrible plastic boxes) and on your shelf the 11 album box is only a little wider that 3 standard jewel cases. So if storage is a problem and I can assure you it is for me, or perhaps I should say my wife, you can sleep easy.

(A little background on Ry Cooder for those that don't know - he played around the West Coast a lot including with Ed Cassidy (later of Spirit), Capt Beefheart (Safe As Milk), and did a fair amount of session work including with the Stones, so quite a pedigree)

I just love these boxes that are being issued these days containing so many replica albums, and this one I reckon is a must buy.
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Initial post: 14 Nov 2013 22:02:07 GMT
I've heard this set is from Rhino and that their albums often won't play on a laptop.
Does anybody know if this is true?

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Nov 2013 13:01:49 GMT
It is issued through Rhino, and whilst I haven't played any of these on a laptop, I've never had any problem with Rhino CDs in the past!

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Nov 2013 15:17:48 GMT
Sorry, do you mean that you have successfully played Rhino releases on a laptop or just that you have played them in a CD player?

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Nov 2013 18:49:19 GMT
I've played Rhino CDs in a laptop!

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Nov 2013 09:16:43 GMT
Last edited by the author on 29 Nov 2013 09:26:17 GMT
It seems there is a problem with playing many Warners CDs on computers using Windows 7. The sound is distorted when you play or rip the CDs. I've had this problem myself - the CDs play/rip just fine using older versions of Windows (don't know about Windows 8). There are quite a few mentions of this problem on various message boards but as far as I know noone has come up with a solution (least of all Microsoft). I haven't found this problem with newer Rhino/Warner releases such as Original Album Series box sets or the Joni Mitchell studio albums box set so this set may well be OK though I wouldn't bank on it.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Dec 2013 19:10:06 GMT
That's very helpful, GW. From what I hear, the problem does seem to be with Windows 7 and it may even be confined to discs produced in specific factories.

The comment re the Joni Mitchell set is clear enough to persuade me to go ahead.
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