The Rise and Fall of Paramount Vol. One 1917-1927. If you love blues, gospel or jazz then this is the most awe-inducing collection of recordings you will ever come across. And the liner notes make it clear that it's remarkable that these recordings exist at all. The Paramount label owners didn't care much about the music, and the records they pressed were originally meant only to drive sales of the fancy phonograph cabinets they made. Yet they ended up recording Charley Patton, Son House, Ma Rainey, Louis Armstrong, Skip James, Jelly Roll Morton, Alberta Hunter, and Blind Lemon Jefferson, just to name a few. This is one of the most wonderful things I own. It fills me with joy every time I open the box. Everything about it is beautiful: the burled wood vinyl with gold foil labels, the cloth-bound book filled with hand lettering, illustrations and photographs, and the green velvet upholstery in the oak suitcase that holds it all together. It's a labour of love from people who care about the details. And the music! It's not an overstatement to say that nearly every bit of music I love has its roots in songs like these. It's magical, and it makes me so happy that people have worked this hard to preserve this history and make it available for people like me to devour.