Sunday, June 17, 2007


Last week I received an e-mail from Borders Rewards that had a coupon for 40% off any box set. I haven't been spending as much on CD's lately and considering I probably wouldn't score a deal like this again for quite a while, I figured I'd go downtown and pick something up.

I was browsing through the box set cases and happened upon a beautiful recreation of a hand-carved spirit box. I pulled it out and realized that it was a 9-disc set of Albert Ayler rarities that covered his entire career (up until his untimely death at 34).


Beyond the wonderful music it contained inside, I was also impressed by what a beautifu job Revenant Records did with the set. Included in the box were a 208-page hardcover book (with some amazing bios and essays), a dried flower, reproductions of Ayler letters written on hotel stationary, early photographs, repros of early jazz magazines and other goodies. Each of the CD's also came in beautiful rice paper sleeves. Very impressive; definitely the nicest box set I've ever purchased.

Here's a streaming audio review of the set on NPR--CLICK HERE

And here's a link to the set description on Revenant's website


Tanner M. said...

Wow! that's really nice - score one for the album art vs. mp3 set.

However it only get's a 9/10, falling just short of perfect for it's lack of fake albert ayler Salt & pepper beard.

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