Third Man Records
Vinyl Box Sets
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2016 Grammy Award winner - Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package
Companion collection to Third Man-Revenant Records' 2013 lavish box set detailing the history of Paramount Records
Six 180-gram LPs pressed on labelless alabaster white vinyl w/ etched numeral + scratch holographic image
800 newly-remastered digital tracks representing 175 artists!
New collection focuses on recordings by Mississippi Delta blues icons Charley Patton, Son House, more!
Last November, Jack White's Third Man and John Fahey's Revenant issued The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917-27), the first installment of the curious tale of America's most important record label. It was called "spectacular" (New York Times), "unprecedented" (Rolling Stone), "breathtaking" (Boing Boing), "a cabinet of wonder, indeed" (Pitchfork), and "the most perfectly realized attempt to combine music and documentation" (Fretboard Journal) and "damnedest musical objet d'art" (Nashville Scene) folks had ever seen.
Now, Third Man-Revenant presents the final volume in the Paramount story — The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume Two (1928-32).
As Volume Two begins, Paramount is entitled to a breather — in the previous five years it's been home to giants such as King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Alberta Hunter, Blind Blake, Ethel Waters, Ma Rainey, Papa Charlie Jackson, Eubie Blake, Fletcher Henderson, Big Bill Broonzy, Roosevelt Sykes, James P. Johnson, Jaybird Coleman, Clarence Williams, and Fats Waller.
But just as it seems the label might be losing steam, it begins a second act that threatens to dwarf its first. In its final five-year push from 1928-32, Paramount embarks on a furious run for the ages, birthing the entire genre of Mississippi Delta blues and issuing some of the most coveted recordings in the history of wax — a staggering playlist including Skip James, Charley Patton, Son House, Tommy Johnson, Blind Roosevelt Graves, Willie Brown, King Solomon Hill, Tampa Red, Georgia Tom Dorsey, Little Brother Montgomery, Lottie Kimbrough, Rube Lacy, Meade Lux Lewis, Buddy Boy Hawkins, Ramblin' Thomas, Jaydee Short, George "Bullet" Williams, Cow Cow Davenport, Clifford Gibson, Ishman Bracey, Charlie Spand, Jabo Williams, Louise Johnson, Blind Joe Taggart, Geeshie Wiley & Elvie Thomas, and The Mississippi Sheiks.
Paramount simply killed. But more than that, it changed how this country thought of itself. It was the first and most comprehensive chronicler of what America really sounded like in the 1920s and '30s — on its street corners, at its fish fries and country suppers, in its nightclubs and dance halls and showtents. In the process, Paramount — not some preservationist-minded enterprise like the Library of Congress — inadvertently created the most significant repository of this young nation's greatest art form.
While Vol. 1 came in a custom-made oak cabinet, the companion collection Vol. 2 promises to be just as lavish. The collection is housed in a streamlined polished aluminum and stainless steel case modeled off a 1930s-era art deco portable turntable. Inside are six LPs, a USB drive, a 250-page hardcover book that recounts the history of the label and a 400-page softcover "illustrated field guide" with biographies and recording info for each artist in the set. The USB alone contains more than 800 newly remastered songs and more than 90 original hand-drawn ads from the Chicago Defender. Each LP contains a hand-etched numeral and a holographic image. Paramount historian Alex van der Tuuk co-produced the collection.
The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records, Volume 2 (1928-1932) contains: