"We are fortunate that these Liberty Premier master tapes were well-preserved and lovingly remastered for CD. The original album on vinyl could easily be classified as a "gasser." (That described a recording that was technically and musically perfect.) Tommy "Snuff" Garrett created an orchestral guitar ensemble from the many types and styles of guitars. The tasteful arrangements on this recording take full advantage of the textures and "voices" of those many guitars. All of the cuts from the original album are there, at least on my copy. "La Bamba" and "Perfidia" are not listed on the CD insert, but they are tracks 9 and 10, respectively, making track 11 "South of the Border" and track 12 "Granada." (While RKO-Unique failed to list them, they are listed on the CDDB entry for this recording.) The only soloist credited is Laurindo Almeida. Other guitarists listed include Barney Kessel, Howard Roberts, Al Viola, Bob Bain, Tiny Timbrell, Bill Pitman, and Jose Barroso. After all these years, I wonder if exclusive contractual agreements of the time would still prevent the listing of other talented guitarist who helped on this recording. The original liner notes described this recording as "awesome." That description was accurate then, and remains so today."
Romantic and Enchanting Spanish Guitars
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've been waiting for Tommy Garrett's music on CD format since the dawn of CD's. This is some of the most beutiful music ever recorded. The muscic fan in Boulder was correct in that this CD should have been copied just like the original LP and that we cannot wait for Tommy Garrett's entire collection to come out.(One more star would not be enough for his music!)"
50 Guitars cd's out of stock & not exact copy of original
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I wish to order South of the Border Volume 1 and find it is out of stock.. when will you get more? I also note that the Silver Note Records is reissuing 50 guitars music and I sincerely hope that these are exact copies of the original recordings..I agree with the reviewers who complained about the absence of a some lovely songs, and having heard the old 8 track with the full original song list, would urge the record company to produce exact copies, but I don't know how to contact them!"
RF | Key Largo | 06/29/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"We call this our album of "Sunken Treasure" music. The track "South of the Border" especially helps the listener picture the original grandeur of the Spanish treasure fleet that sank 300 years ago. Thanks always to Tommy Garrett and the great musicians who have produced this great album."
Get some stock
RF | 09/22/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I agree with East Meadow, NJ. Get some stock and i'll buy."