Cheapo-cheapo production principles had led them to use the least costly and most crappy crumbling shellac they could lay hands on. So overcoming the extreme challenges of preservation and restoration is a great triumph. And the compilation, design and production of this two-volume archival history, by Jack White’s Third Man Records in partnership with Dean Blackwood & John Fahey’s Revenant Records, is a real labour of love.
Volume 1 covers the decade 1917-27.
Volume 2 covers the company’s final 5 years between '28 and '32.
There are 1600 tracks in total.
Of which this is the first tranche.
(Maybe the next ones should be smaller.)