It's coming down to the wire, but for those of you still looking for that last grand-daddy of gifts for that special music loving someone in your life, here's a suggestion: CTI Records: The Cool Revolution. I've been talking about CTI records for a few months now (back here and here) and there recent explosion of re-issues and other goodies, and this 4 disc set is the the ultimate topper of them all. Containing thirty nine songs and weighing in at over five hours of playing time, this collection is MASSIVE. Each disc has a thematic assembly of songs: Straight Up Jazz, Deep Grooves/Big Hits, The Brazilian Connection, Cool and Classic, and taken all together, present the best of the best that the CTI roster has had to offer over its storied existence. Just like the other releases I've mentioned, all the songs have been remastered for this re-release.
The whole box set comes packaged in what looks like a standard LP gatefold, and when I first got it, I actually thought it was on vinyl! Open it up though and be prepared for a surprise: inside you'll find four CD's slid into the back cover, and instead of a 33 RPM record in the front you'll find a full sized liner notes booklet with some PHENOMENAL pictures and notes about CTI Records, the artists, and the songs. Here's a sample page:
At the back of the booklet you'll find a track listing for the four discs along with album credits for where they came from. Put it all together and you've got a fabulous gift for someone else or yourself that does a pretty good job of encapsulating the CTI songbook.
Visit the CTI Records Website.