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"PROPER" Records

Fri Apr 28, 2006 8:05 pm

Are there any other fans of this brilliant label hiding on the mb?

For those who don't know, Proper are a British based record label who specialise in beautiful packages of old music, mostly from the Big Band era (not really my cup of tea) or good ol' country music (now you're talking).

Over the last few years, they've put out some splendid box sets covering the likes of Hank Williams, Eddy Arnold, Bob Wills and Roy Acuff and also some fantastic sets looking at certain genres within the field, such as Bluegrass, the Hollywood Hillbillies and Hillbilly Boogie. There's also an excellent 2 disc retrospective of Merle Travis' (an influence on Scotty Moore) 40s - early 50s recording career.

Their boxes usually have a playing time of over 5 hours - somewhere in the region of 100 original recordings - and detailed booklets with essays, photos and session details. I suppose they're an English version of Bear Records, but they do it at a fraction of the price. For example, you won't pay more than £12 for those country boxes.

Anyone interested in really old music should check them out!

Fri Apr 28, 2006 10:28 pm

Yeah, I have a few of their boxes and they are quite good and very cheap.
Another good label is JSP. Their Louis Armstrong Hot Fives and Sevens box beats the Sony boxset soundwise. Value for money!!

Fri Apr 28, 2006 10:31 pm

You have a link to their website, Mr. Flash?

Keith Richards, Jr.

Fri Apr 28, 2006 11:33 pm

The releases are cheap because the recordings have entered public domain in Europe. I think it's unfair to compare Proper, JSP or ASV to Bear Family or Mosaic whose products are of much higher quality (imo).

Sun Apr 30, 2006 5:16 pm

Proper do some good releases but most of it is out of copyright stuff ripped off from other sources (Bear Family for instance). And their booklets and packaging is nowhere near as good as Bear Family or Ace.

You want quality product, you have to pay for it.

Tue May 02, 2006 5:48 pm

Bear are great, certainly, but their prices are exorbitant to say the least.

Their Dean Martin boxes are about £150 quid each. I bought one of them and, whilst it's very good, it is not worth that much. First five CDs are excellent but the sixth are "rarities" such as soundtrack versions of songs ripped off videos and in poor fidelity / execution, or foreign language dubs of Everybody Loves Somebody, recorded by Lord knows who (even Bear don't). The DVD isn't much cop either, with just movie trailers.

If Reprise had put out this material, they'd have charged about £50 less!

Tue May 02, 2006 6:03 pm

I agree that BF are expensive but it's worth it, imo. They are definitive collections and the sound and the books are generally superb.
Sure, the boxes are not for everybody but they are a dream come true for the fans who must have pretty much everything. Besides, Reprise wouldn't release this material in a million years.