Yes, we know this one came out a few months back, but we neglected to bring it to your attention and felt the need to rectify this sad state of affairs: Those former perennials, the little boxes containing complete sets of R. Crumb's Heroes of the Blues, Early Jazz Greats and Pioneers of Country Music that could always be found on the front counter of hep comics shops around the world, have been given a new -- and improved -- lease on life in this chunky spunky li'l hardcover. Measuring 6" x 7" this book, expertly produced by the fine folks at art house publisher Abrams, presents Crumb's illustrations for the cards -- 112 in all -- in full page, high quality, full color reproductions that do full justice to the work. And, of course, the card-back descriptions -- written by Stephen Calt and David Jasen -- are all here, the only difference being they are now printed on the left facing page so that they may be read with the illustration rather than having to flip the page. (At first this seemed a minor heresy, but then we realized that this was only common sense.) But that's not all! This edition contains a full-length CD containing 21 classic tracks -- seven each of blues, jazz and country -- all selected by Crumb himself from the archives of Yazoo Records, the label that Crumb has long been associated with. All this fabulosity for a fraction of what you would have paid for the trading cards. Another fine illustration of the adage, "All things come to him (or her) who waits."