CD surprise boxes

For several days, Kim Darnell and I have been laboring on the great bulk of my music CDs, from several locations in the two condos. Offers for relatively small focused collections went out earlier; now we are coping with three huge collections, labeled for internal purposes as Pop / Rock, Quirky / Eccentric, and Classical. Even this crude categorization was problematic and difficult to make (there’s a lot of fusion music, and performers cross from one genre to amother), and even more vexed was the possibility of pulling out smaller categories from these huge ones. In the end, we just gave up on the first two giant categories; Classical has been divided, but still needs further work, not to mention many hours of copying stuff to my iTunes.

In any case, I have 7 boxes of P/R stuff, 4 of Q/E, divided on (roughly) alphabetic grounds (so they’re sort of surprise packages), each box with 30-50 albums in it. We’re offering these separately, but you can ask for as many boxes as you want.

Background: the standard deal: each offer comes as a package, all or nothing: we’re ready to mail out a package for the cost of mailing and no more. If you want the collection, SEND E-MAIL to me ( With your postal address. Kim Darnell ( will then make arrangements for mailing and billing. (PLEASE PLEASE don’t reply as a Facebook comment or message or a WordPress comment, since this offer is going out in multiple places.)

In this case, you can ask for specific boxes, or just say, send me one box, or two, or whatever.


Offer #15. Pop/Rock: pop, rock, plus some jazz, country, hiphop, pop music in languages other than English.

box 1: ABBA and Ryan Adams to the Chiffons and the Clash; lots of Beatles and a British Invasion collection

box 2: Rosemary Clooney and Joe Cocker to the Everly Brothers and Cesaria Evora; lots of Ani DiFranco and the Doors

box 3: Fifty Centy and Ella Fitzgerald to Steve James and Al Jarreau; lots of Ella and Emmylou Harris

box 4: Jefferson Airplane and Tom Jobim to The Mr. T Experience and Moby; lots of Christine Lavin and samplings of a lot more

box 5: Van Morrison and Moxy Fruvous to the Ramones and Lou Reed; lots of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Prince

box 6: the Rolling Stones and Linda Ronstadt to Steely Dan and Rod Stewart; lots of Bob Seeger and Paul Simon

box 7: Suede and James Taylor to Neil Young and Frank Zappa; the Velvet Underground, Tom Waits, Gillian Welch, and more

Offer #16. Quirky/Eccentric: world music, theatre songs, performance art, plus folk and other new examples of categories already offered (things kept turning up)

box 1: from American Primitives (early gospel) and Laurie Anderson to the Chieftains and Johnny Clegg; in between, Antony and the Johnsons, Bare Necessities, and more

box 2: from Cowboy Junkies and Dead Can Dance to Ute Lemper and Lotte Lenya; in between, Marlene Dietrich, Anton Karas (and his zither) and more

box 3: From Matmos and the McGarrigles to the Penguin Cafe Orchestra and Rasputina; in between, Mouth Music, the Orb, and more

box 4: from the Residents and a reggae anthology to Lee Wiley and Zap Mama; in between, Uncle Bonsai, Värttinä, and more

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