At Christmas I bought myself the cd Calypso Awakening:From The Emory Cook Collection 1956 - 1962 (Smithsonian Folkways SFW CD 40453). The following comes from the liner notes of that cd, thought it might be of interest to some here. "This is the first reissue from the remarkable recordings of Emory Cook. An audio engineer and inventor, Cook used his Sounds of Our Times and Cook Laboratories record labels to demonstrate his philosophy about sound, his recording equipment, and his manufacturing techniques. From 1952 to 1966 Cook recorded, mastered, manufactured, and distributed some of the highest quality recordings in the world. The 140 titles on Cook Records include European and American concert music, U.S. and Caribbean popular and traditional music, as well as mechanical and natural sounds. Emory and Martha Cook donated their record company, master tapes, patents, and papers to the Smithsonian Institution in 1990, where they are being preserved for future enjoyment, education, and research. We are very grateful for their generosity and kindness." A list of Cook recordings can be found here:http://www.folkways.si.edu/search/SearchResults.aspx?BrowseBy=label&Param=Cook Records All are available on CD-R. If the latest, greatest releases depress rather than impress you, check this stuff out. Move forward, into the past.