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Just what it says on the pack - but beware the pack!
on 28 September 2011
First of all, I have no quibbles with the music. I bought this collection well aware that there was one album of solo piano playing which I wouldn't play much, because I much prefer TM with an ensemble, but the genius of the man rings through in every second. Buyers wanting TM's solo playing will be looking elsewhere.
Pricewise: no complaints. Also, it's nice to have added tracks on each album - different "takes" or practiced items which didn't fit the LP's time limit. Actually, it's more than nice, it's brilliant, because, expanded to CD length, you really get to spend time in the particular sound world of that LP or ensemble.
I would have loved to have modern program notes - the original ones aren't too much help - mostly disguised sales pitches extolling TM and trying to persuade the original buyers to part with their cash. Still, at budget price it's the music that counts.
Finally, I do need to warn about the packaging: firstly, the box isn't the strongest ever - it's an open-ended case, without any folding lid. Mine got a bit damaged in the post. This also creates a small problem with the individual CD (card)cases. The safest way to have them in the "box" is with the openings of the cases at the top - otherwise the CDs tend to slip out. However, with the cases upright, the pictures on the CD cases aren't the right way up. That makes it difficult to read which case you're pulling out. Picky, I know, but I did manage to drop one of the CDs onto the floor because I took the case out the wrong way up.
Maybe 3 stars is a bit mean.