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2.0 out of 5 stars
Badly Flawed, 12 Feb. 2011
It's the sound quality that makes give this set two stars. Actually I would give no stars for the sound quality, the stars are for the actual content which is excellent.
I was listening to the jug band disc (B) the other day and I just couldn't enjoy it. The sound is shrill and has no depth. Violins become painful. It takes away 90% of the listening pleasure. I put on Gastonia Gallop (cotton mill songs & hillbilly blues, 1927-1931), Old Hat records, immediately after and what a contrast. There is plenty of hiss and crackle on this cd but the music is all there and can be enjoyed.
On a positive note the set does have an Alec Johnson track that has not been messed about with and sounds great. On the side B that I have complained about track 14 is stunning and I loved it. I am talking about content. The music on that track is so good it almost overcomes the remastering of this set and I will keep an eye out to see if I can find it on some other label. I also enjoyed a lot of the guitar work on side C, a blues side even though the sound is not great.
I haven't listened to this set exhaustively but enough to know it is badly flawed. If I had my money back I would not buy it again.