2 very spectacular vinyl sets of note:
1. Eccentric Soul: Omnibus 45 set. “The complete box set includes forty-five 45s, each with its own replica label and stylish custom Numero sleeve, as well as an 108-page hardback clothbound book chock-full of liner notes, band photos, ephemera, and indices. Everything is housed in a sleek, portable case featuring metal hardware, durable handle, and a vinyl-wrapped exterior patterned with de-bossed Numero.”
The only thing I don’t like about this amazing set is the line in the description that says: “Eccentric Soul: Omnibus closes the first chapter of our decade of mapping the American soul diaspora“. Is this to mean no more Eccentric Soul compilations? Though these releases occupy a obscence amount of space on my shelves, I can’t imagine my life without them……say it ain’t so!
2. Lee Hazlewood Industries: You Turned My Head Around 1967-70. “Exploring the output of his own, late ‘60s label, Lee Hazlewood Industries, which issued dozens of long forgotten 45s and LPs. Whether acid-folk, country-rock, pop-psych or soul, LHI artists were united by the patronage of the underdog hero of 1960s music, the moustachioed maverick Lee Hazlewood. The best of these have been now collected in You Turned My Head Around, a lavishly packaged, 3000-edition box set of eleven 45s, featuring such LHI favorites as Suzi Jane Hokom, Honey Ltd., Kitchen Cinq, Ann-Margret, and of course the undeniable Mr Lee.” (It even has a jigsaw puzzle!!?!)
A similar compilation of Lee-produced work Califia, revealed many undiscovered gems when released 2 years ago. I can only imagine this will do the same.
The basic point here is that (though the Numero set is ALREADY sold out) companies are still putting out quality re-issues and music lovers (and vinyl lovers) should be happy that the death knell of the quality music has been severely overstated.