WARNING-All Original Releases Corrode Because of Dye
Ralph Michael Stein | New York, NY | 04/24/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"EVERYONE who bought the ORIGINAL multi-disc release has seen each disc become unplayable through corrosion because of a dye used to print the label side. BMG is well aware of this and has been inundated with demands for replacement.
This set is available in a subsequently released BUDGET compilation, also available through AMAZON. There are no manufacturing defects."
Caruso was one of a kind!
Rod Tierman | 06/19/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This set is definitely first class all the way. The Caruso voice was one of a kind. Not until Mario Lanza would some of these selections like "Vesti la Giubba", "Come un bel di di Maggio", "Un di all Azzuro Spazio", and "Che Gelida Manina" be equaled or surpassed. Many of these recordings are the watermark by which all subsequent recordings of these songs and arias are judged. The Caruso voice is powerful, dramatic, and yet mellow at the same time. In regards to the problem the [with] this set developing a mysterious film on these CD's, my original set had [this] problem. These CD's were originally released on the RCA Red Label and the CD's were painted a redish color on top, to simulate the appearance of the old 78 RPM records, (BMG must have had some sort of known problem with this process, because they ceased to make the CD with the red finish). I took my set in and exchanged it for an entirely new set about seven years ago, this time released on the Gold Label, minus the red finish on the top of the CD (the CD has just the typical "chrome" finish with some black lettering). I have not had a single problem with my "new" set since and have been happily listening to this priceless set for seven years now, and quite frequently I might add. This set is an extremely prized possession. No opera collector's set should be without this one. RCA/BMG should be commended quite highly for their efforts on this collection. The appearance is very professional and the sound reproduction is first class all the way, especially for recordings produced from about 1900 to 1921. This compilation is a textbook exhibition in first class great singing. You must own this one!"
Eleftherios T.Kongalidis | Thessaloniki,Greece | 12/10/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I think this is a priceless set and I was very happy when I finally bought it.However I noticed just one omission.I could not find the 1913 recording of " Deh!non parlare al misero" which originally appeared on Victor 89058.It is an aria from "Rigoletto",act 1,scene 2.G.Farrar is dueting with Caruso."