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  1. None of your examples match what I had in mind, and after quickly going through the Goodmans I can't find a good example either, so perhaps I need to revise my opinion. Here's the closest thing I could find to movie soundtrack music: Mm, but interpreting them historically is another matter. Something as subjective as music can be interpreted anyway you want. The music got loud and raucous? That's because the atomic bomb was loud and violent. The music got quiet and subdued? That's because after the war everyone wanted peace and quiet.
  2. See? You can play that game all day and in the end it doesn't explain anything. If Jack responds to the alleged stimulus by X and Jill responds by Y, what good is the stimulus for explaining anything?
  3. Hmm, there is more pre-war material than I remembered (which is no doubt why I too bought it to begin with), although the last 3 discs are from the war years and beyond. You may well be right that the music becomes more orchestral and less pop, but to my ears it becomes more pop in the sense that in sounds like garish movie soundtrack scores. I'm not saying it's better or worse -- I'm not qualified to judge -- I'm just saying it's not to my taste at this moment in time. And don't give me that facile bullshit about music emulating life: by that logic the music should have become very quiet after that loud war ended -- or perhaps the music should have become very cold during the Cold War. Or am I missing something about that?
  4. I got it and I have to say, I wish to hell they had done the Victor sides instead. I'm no expert by any means but the sound of the big bands really changed over the war years: by the end they were really brassy and loud and all the charm of the '30s was gone.
  5. I don't know how this particular shipment was packaged, but if it was like mine -- in a cardboard box -- it was all that can reasonably be expected and Mosaic deserves no blame. Virtually all of the used CDs I've bought have come from across the U.S. and Europe in just an envelope and arrived with little to no damage. If the carrier is going to drop something on your package, nothing short of a hardcase is going to prevent damage.
  6. If that's true, their order handling capability is even worse than we thought! Excellent point. That manpower could be much better spent elsewhere.
  7. What 78 are you spinning right now ?

    That rings a bell. I think I remember encountering that somewhere, perhaps on my grandmother's record player or in my grade school.
  8. What 78 are you spinning right now ?

    Same stylus plays 78 as 33?
  9. What 78 are you spinning right now ?

    Pardon my stupid question, but what does one play a 78 on?
  10. I think we can all agree with BBS: if Mosaic doesn't take care of the commerce there will be no more art. You and I might be willing to cut them some slack, but if their other customers become dissatisfied, pretty soon they won't have the money to continue in any form, inefficient or otherwise.
  11. I'm not usually musically perceptive but I was listening to Artie Shaw playing "Begin the Beguine" and it reminded me of Diana Krall's version of "All or Nothing at All". I'd never heard the Harry James/Frank Sinatra version until just now but I don't hear the same resemblance, perhaps because it's too slow. Anyone else hear a similarity?
  12. I wonder what percentage of Mosaic's sales goes to libraries? All respectable universities libraries should have many of its releases.
  13. For the record, I wasn't being condescending about anything. As for Miller, apparently she also has a career as a standup comedian, so perhaps she just enjoys saying things to ├ępater le bourgeois.
  14. Now reading...

    Wasn't for me. I read it many years ago so I don't remember much anymore, except for a distasteful scene involving a rape with a unicorn. It seemed extremely ham-handed in whatever point it was trying to make.