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Transcendental Waterfall / Guitar Excursions 1963 - 1967 [VINYL] Limited Edition, Box set

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  • Vinyl (1 July 2013)
  • Limited Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Format: Limited Edition, Box set
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B005L3HKL8
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,918 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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(6-LP set) the Transcendental Waterfall - Guitar Excursions 1963-1967 is a 6-LP box set drawing from John Fahey's best, and most influential, period. Included in the set are Blind Joe Death, Death Chants, Breakdowns, And Military Waltzes, the Dance of Death and Other Plantation Favorites, the Great San Bernardino Birthday Party, the Transfiguration of Blind Joe Death, and Days Have Gone By, all reissued on 180 gram vinyl with deluxe tip-on jackets. Also included are a t-shirt, poster, and a postcard, all of which are housed in a deluxe box with stunning graphic design. An amazing package featuring some of the most important guitar solo recordings of the 20th century.

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Format: Vinyl
I won't review the music here. If you are reading this you most likely know what to expect, and if you want to find out more about the music you can read reviews written for the individual LPs elsewhere on Amazon. Needless to say, the music is superb.
The LPs are all pressed on 180gram vinyl, and are as follows:

Blind Joe Death
Death Chants, Breakdowns, and Military Waltzes
Dance of Death & Other Plantation Favourites
The Great San Bernardino Birthday Party and Other Excursions
The Transiguration of Blind Joe Death
Days Have Gone By

This review is mainly of the product itself. I held off buying a copy for a while, due to some concern over the reviews from Amazon.com, which included complaints about some of the LPs being pressed off centre. This box set is not cheap, so when I took the plunge I was praying that the box I received would be fine. And it is. All 6 LPs look and sound fantastic. No pressing issues at all, and a really rich, deep sound on my Pro-ject turntable. My box set is numbered in the 1,000s if that helps.
The sleeves are beautiful heavy card tip-on jackets, and unlike with some tip-on sleeves I've had no problem removing and returning the records to the sleeves. Each LP sleeve is a reprint of the original and contains a reprinted insert, or booklet containing the original notes that came with the LP. There is also a large fold out poster, postcard, sleeve notes written by Samuel Charters, and a Large t-shirt. Mine is red, with white print, although reading other reviews, there seems to be other colours out there - its obviously pot luck, and there is no indication of t-shirt colour on the box. It does seem to be that all shirts are a size large (although I'm not 100% certain of this).
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9c26f0f0) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c27ac24) out of 5 stars Several LPs pressed off-center 8 Feb. 2013
By clinton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
I was super-excited to get this set. When I put it on my Pro-Ject 1.2 turntable, I was super-disappointed.

At least three of the LPs were pressed off-center in the first copy I received, a set in the 1100s out of a limited edition of 2000. I sent it back in hopes that I would get a better set, pressed properly.

Second set arrived today, in the 1400s of 2000. Same records in the set were pressed off-center.

It wasn't just a visual thing, either. When playing, they wobbled in pitch, especially as the record neared the cuts closest to the label.

I am getting a refund on this second set, and not getting another. And now I'm off to eBay to find original copies of the same records in this set.

I've had good luck with other 4 Men With Beards LPs -- the four Miles Davis double LP sets are fantastic, as is the Funkadelic "Maggot Brain" LP.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c27ae70) out of 5 stars Great Box Set!!! 3 Feb. 2013
By SPDMSW - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Vinyl
I read some strong criticisms of this box set and must say i don't completely understand where these folks are coming from. The sound quality is outstanding!!! Sure the Mono Masters would be great to hear; from what i gather, lots of time and attention was spent making these recording sound outstanding. To my ear it's warm and sweet....as sweet a a digital master can produce that is. I feel like it's a small trade off for the clean sound that you do get, and lets face, the vinyl does add some sweetness to what would sound very harsh an a CD. I am listening to a ProJect TT, Rotel Phonostage and a Sonograph with a Forte preamp, and this combo does add tons warmth, maybe some of the naysayers should be more critical of their system rather than the Box set.

I will say, the T shirt is a weird shade of neon lime green, i guess i should thank them for the unwearable color to ensure that i don't mess up the complete package...haha

Hope this helps.. Have no fear here!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c27d0cc) out of 5 stars Very Happy 7 Jun. 2013
By Mitch M. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
I'm a long time Fahey fan, so when this box-set was announced it was a no-brainer purchase for me. As close to an automatic buy as you can get in my world. However, I became hesitant after reading that the source would be digital, and that some folks were having issues with off-centered pressings. Also, after reminding myself of the debacle that was the 4 Men With Beards pressing of America, I became even more apprehensive. Still kinda upset about those shenanigans.

Anyway, after much hemming and hawing, I decided to purchase the box-set anyway. My set arrived yesterday, and I can say that it's pretty darn awesome. My records are without defect. I actually got out a ruler to measure the center holes just to give myself peace of mind. The records sound nice, as good as these recordings can sound given their original sources. If you're a Fahey fan and don't already own these albums, this is a great way to get them all in one shot.

Of course, I shouldn't need to talk about the music. That's for another dimension.

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HASH(0x9c27d270) out of 5 stars Great gift for fan of vinyl 12 April 2015
By R. Eaton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
Great gift for fan of vinyl, long awaited after only Blind Joe Death available on LP format reissue. Can't say I've had any problems with the records, they all play well, 180 gram and nice original labels and packaging with liner notes. This is better than the CDs of the albums I have and the sound is superb. Poster and postcard ok, t-shirt a large, oh well doesn't fit everybody but the box and records are worth grabbing while limited in quantity. Great way to have a complete set without spending tons more acquiring separately, a must for any fan, the music speaks for itself. I am overjoyed.
HASH(0x9c27d144) out of 5 stars WARPS AND OFF CENTER PRESS 30 Sept. 2014
By Peter AV - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
EXCELLENT MUSIC AND PACKAGING BUT OFF CENTER PRESSINGS AND WARPS MAKE RECORDS THEMSELVES ALMOST WORTHLESS...
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