Let me just start off by saying that I can't believe how many times I passed this one over before finally picking it up, what was I thinking? I'm already a big fan of "Victrola Favorites", the other major vintage world collection released by Dust to Digital, and this disc follows in the fine tradition of that compilation.
The music is at times ethereal, achingly beautiful, moving, virtuosic, and just plain strange. The tracks have been sequenced well, and flow very nicely into each other; no small achievement with a collection as diverse as this. Unlike "Victrola Favorites", the booklet is jam packed with both images and informative facts about the early days of the record industry and the individual performers featured.
The only issue I take with this collection is that it focuses almost entirely on Europe and Asia, neglecting music from Africa, Australia and the Americas. So this is not a "catch all collection", but that being said, one doesn't miss what's lacking thanks to the strength of what's present. So my complaint can function as a caveat for anyone preferring music from the neglected continents, but I find myself thankful enough for what's included that complaining about what's missing seems a bit silly. An excellent collection for any lover of vintage world music.