Those who tuned into last night's Grammy telecast may have been shaking their head at the oddity of it all - I know I was. But The Second Disc would be remiss in not posting the winners in several catalogue categories. Their victories weren't televised, of course, but they deserve all the commendation in the world.
First, a big hand for Neil Young's Archives Vol. 1 (1963-1972) for winning Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package. The trophies go to the art directors of the project, which were Young, Gary Burden and Jenice Heo. This set is crazy in its depth, and the award is the icing on the cake for this labor of love.
Up next is another win for jazz writer Dan Morgenstern, who scored his eighth Grammy for Best Album Notes. This time he got the gold for The Complete Louis Armstrong Decca Sessions (1935-1946). Very good stuff.
Finally, a big hand to Andy McKaie and Erick Labson for their production and mastering on Little Walter's The Complete Chess Masters (1950-1967), which won the Best Historical Album Grammy.
Congratulations to all the winners for their contributions to the catalogue field!