Transcendental Waterfall / Guitar Excursions 1963 - 1967 [VINYL] Limited Edition, Box set
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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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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).Read more ›
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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.
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!!
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.