Razormaid Records

Razormaid Records

Profile:
Razormaid was started in the mid 80's by Joseph Watt and Art Maharg in San Francisco, California as a music service for working club DJs. Their objective was to offer something other than just the regular versions that everyone had in their record bins. They created their own special versions of songs by editing and sometimes remixing the hottest club tunes being played (or about to be played) around the world. Their re-edited tracks set them apart from every other DJ service at the time and the music that they chose was some of the most cutting edge stuff available.

Razormaid was not only creating some of the most memorable club mixes for DJs, but their attention to the look of their product's packaging was another landmark. Clever and witty design were always part of Razormaid's ability to stay one step ahead of the competition. Die cut jackets, full color printed sleeves and colored vinyl became the norm for every release. Each jacket, sleeve and vinyl pressing were designed with matching colors and each sleeve (once inserted into the die cut jacket) spelled out a letter of the word RAZORMAID in their cataloging scheme. Issue numbers such as R1, A2, Z3, O4, R5, M6, A7, I8, D9 and !10 were just another way for Joseph and Art to keep Razormaid on the forefront of the club DJ music market.

Razormaid hit the peak of their popularity in the late 80's and early 90's. During that time, some Razormaid issues were selling at local record shops for as much as $200 US. Some DJs were known to play the Razormaid version over the regular extended club mix of a song because Razormaid would edit together all of the different vocal and dub mixes together in a way that drove dance floors crazy and kept DJs smiling. Sometimes the Razormaid tunes would sound better than their regular release counterparts. Joseph and Art even made names for themselves with the major record labels and had some of their work released to the general public. Such groups as Data, Depeche Mode and Erasure (to name just a few) were some of the artists to showcase Razormaid mixes along with the standard mixes.

Around 1992 Art Maharg passed away and the service took some different turns with changes in the choice of music and with the graphic design of the product itself. Joseph Watt still runs Razormaid Records today but unfortunately the status of Razormaid today amongst working club DJs, as compared to their status in the 80's, is nothing like it once was. Still, Mr. Watt has yet to lose sight of the big picture by providing a remix service like no other on this planet.

NOTE: Widespread deterioration problems exist with many of the colored cdr discs sold in the 2000's. The deterioration starts with digital noise in the tracks and eventually leads to unplayability.
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Contact Info:
5737 E. Lamarche Ave.
Scottsdale, AZ
85254-1867
Sites:
[l13616]

Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
100383-01 Transit: Position Ten  album cover Various Transit: Position Ten(CD, Comp, Promo) Razormaid Records 100383-01 US 1994 Sell This Version
ANV-5 Razormaid's Prehistoric 5th Anniversary Issue - Thee Most Tired Of Razormaid! Records  album cover Various Razormaid's Prehistoric 5th Anniversary Issue - Thee Most Tired Of Razormaid! Records (Comp) ANV-5 US 1990 Sell This Version
ANV-5.5 Razormaid's Prehistoric 5.5 Anniversary Issue - Thee Most Haggard Of Razormaid! Records  album cover Various Razormaid's Prehistoric 5.5 Anniversary Issue - Thee Most Haggard Of Razormaid! Records(3x12", Whi) Razormaid Records ANV-5.5 US 1990 Sell This Version
ANV 6.5 Razormaid - Anniversary Six-Point-Five  album cover Various Razormaid - Anniversary Six-Point-Five ANV 6.5 US 1991 Sell This Version
ANV70 Razormaid! 7th Anniversary Box Set  album cover Various Razormaid! 7th Anniversary Box Set(7xCD, Comp + Box) Razormaid Records ANV70 US 1992 Sell This Version
ANV-70 Razormaid - Anniversary Seven-Point–Zero  album cover Various Razormaid - Anniversary Seven-Point–Zero(2x12", Cle) Razormaid Records ANV-70 US 1992 Sell This Version
AVN 6.0 Razormaid - Anniversary Six-Point-Zero  album cover Various Razormaid - Anniversary Six-Point-Zero AVN 6.0 US 1991 Sell This Version
BBAT 002 21st Century Quakemakers  album cover Various 21st Century Quakemakers(2x12", Comp) BBAT, BBAT BBAT 002 Italy 1989 Sell This Version
BOGRID-1 The Best Of Gridlock!:  The Scary Years (Part 1)  album cover Various The Best Of Gridlock!: The Scary Years (Part 1)(CD, Comp) Razormaid Records BOGRID-1 US Unknown Sell This Version
BOGRID-2 The Best Of Gridlock!:  The Scary Years (Part 2)  album cover Various The Best Of Gridlock!: The Scary Years (Part 2)(CD, Comp) Razormaid Records BOGRID-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
c2-s2 Cycle Two - Sector Two  album cover Various Cycle Two - Sector Two(2x12", Promo, Yel) Razormaid Records c2-s2 US 1990 Sell This Version
c2-s3 Cycle Two - Sector Three  album cover Various Cycle Two - Sector Three(2xLP, Promo, Mar) Razormaid Records c2-s3 US 1990 Sell This Version
c2-s4 Cycle Two - Sector Four  album cover Various Cycle Two - Sector Four(2x12", Promo, Pur) Razormaid Records c2-s4 US 1991 Sell This Version
c3-s1 Cycle Three - Sector One  album cover Various Cycle Three - Sector One c3-s1 US 1991 Sell This Version
c3-s2 Cycle Three - Sector Two  album cover Various Cycle Three - Sector Two(2x12", Comp, Promo) Razormaid Records c3-s2 US 1991 Sell This Version
c3-s3 Cycle Three - Sector Three  album cover Various Cycle Three - Sector Three(2x12", Comp, Promo) Razormaid Records c3-s3 US 1991 Sell This Version
CD-01 The Very Best of Razormaid!  album cover Various The Very Best of Razormaid!(CD, Comp) Razormaid Records CD-01 US 1987 Sell This Version
CD-12 Transit: Position Twelve  album cover Various Transit: Position Twelve(CD, Comp, Promo) Razormaid Records CD-12 US 1994 Sell This Version
Class X CD-16 Class X Volume Sixteen  album cover Various Class X Volume Sixteen(CDr, Comp, Promo) Razormaid Records Class X CD-16 US Unknown Sell This Version
Class X CD-18 Class X Volume Eighteen  album cover Various Class X Volume Eighteen(CDr, Comp, Promo) Razormaid Records Class X CD-18 US Unknown Sell This Version
Class X CD-19 Class X Volume Nineteen  album cover Various Class X Volume Nineteen(CDr, Comp, Promo) Razormaid Records Class X CD-19 US Unknown Sell This Version
Class X CD-22 Class X Volume Twenty-Two  album cover Various Class X Volume Twenty-Two(CDr, Comp, Promo) Razormaid Records Class X CD-22 US Unknown Sell This Version
Class X CD-23 Class X Volume Twenty-Three  album cover Various Class X Volume Twenty-Three(CDr, Comp, Promo) Razormaid Records Class X CD-23 US Unknown Sell This Version
CVC #1 Razormaid's Custom Vinyl Classics CVC #1  album cover Various Razormaid's Custom Vinyl Classics CVC #1(11xFile, ALAC, Comp, Promo, RE + 11xFile, AAC, Com) Razormaid Records CVC #1 US Unknown
CVC #2 Razormaid's Custom Vinyl Classics CVC #2  album cover Various Razormaid's Custom Vinyl Classics CVC #2(11xFile, ALAC, Comp, Promo, RE + 11xFile, AAC, Com) Razormaid Records CVC #2 US Unknown
CVC #3 Razormaid's Custom Vinyl Classics CVC #3  album cover Various Razormaid's Custom Vinyl Classics CVC #3(11xFile, ALAC, Comp, Promo, RE + 11xFile, AAC, Com) Razormaid Records CVC #3 US Unknown
CVC #4 Razormaid's Custom Vinyl Classics CVC #4  album cover Various Razormaid's Custom Vinyl Classics CVC #4(11xFile, ALAC, Comp, Promo, RE + 11xFile, AAC, Com) Razormaid Records CVC #4 US Unknown
CVC #5 Razormaid's Custom Vinyl Classics CVC #5  album cover Various Razormaid's Custom Vinyl Classics CVC #5(11xFile, ALAC, Comp, Promo, RE + 11xFile, AAC, Com) Razormaid Records CVC #5 US Unknown
CVC #6 Razormaid's Custom Vinyl Classics CVC #6  album cover Various Razormaid's Custom Vinyl Classics CVC #6(11xFile, ALAC, Comp, Promo, RE + 11xFile, AAC, Com) Razormaid Records CVC #6 US Unknown
CVC #7 Razormaid's Custom Vinyl Classics CVC #7  album cover Various Razormaid's Custom Vinyl Classics CVC #7(11xFile, ALAC, Comp, Promo, RE + 11xFile, AAC, Com) Razormaid Records CVC #7 US Unknown
CVC #8 Razormaid's Custom Vinyl Classics CVC #8  album cover Various Razormaid's Custom Vinyl Classics CVC #8(11xFile, ALAC, Comp, Promo, RE + 11xFile, AAC, Com) Razormaid Records CVC #8 US Unknown
CX-CD-01 Class X One  album cover Various Class X One (Comp) CX-CD-01 US 1988 Sell This Version
CX-CD-02 Class X Two  album cover Various Class X Two (Comp) CX-CD-02 US 1988 Sell This Version
CX-CD-03 Class X Three  album cover Various Class X Three(CD, Comp) Razormaid Records CX-CD-03 US 1989 Sell This Version
DR081201 Need Your Passion  album cover Sweet Connection Need Your Passion(CD, Comp, Ltd, Unofficial) dwsrecords DR081201 Europe 2008 Sell This Version
GRID 001 Gridlock! 1  album cover Various Gridlock! 1(2x12", Promo) Razormaid Records GRID 001 US 1992 Sell This Version
Grid 2 Gridlock! 2  album cover Various Gridlock! 2(2x12", Comp, Promo) Razormaid Records Grid 2 US 1991 Sell This Version
Grid 3 Gridlock! 3  album cover Various Gridlock! 3(2x12", Comp, Promo) Razormaid Records Grid 3 US 1992 Sell This Version
GRID 004 Gridlock! 4  album cover Various Gridlock! 4(2x12", Comp, Promo, Pur) Razormaid Records GRID 004 US 1992 Sell This Version
GRID 005 Gridlock! 5  album cover Various Gridlock! 5(2x12", Comp, Promo, Red) Razormaid Records GRID 005 US 1992 Sell This Version
GRID 006 Gridlock! 6  album cover Various Gridlock! 6(2x12", Comp, Promo, Blu) Razormaid Records GRID 006 US 1992 Sell This Version
GRID 007 Gridlock! 7  album cover Various Gridlock! 7(2x12", Comp, Promo, Ora) Razormaid Records GRID 007 US 1992 Sell This Version
GRID 008 Gridlock! 8  album cover Various Gridlock! 8(2x12", Comp, Promo, Blu) Razormaid Records GRID 008 US 1992 Sell This Version
GRID 009 Gridlock! 9  album cover Various Gridlock! 9(2x12", Comp, Promo, Gre) Razormaid Records GRID 009 US 1992 Sell This Version
GRID 010 Gridlock! 10  album cover Various Gridlock! 10(2x12", Comp, Promo) Razormaid Records GRID 010 US 1992 Sell This Version
GRID 011 Gridlock! 11  album cover Various Gridlock! 11(2x12") Razormaid Records GRID 011 US 1992 Sell This Version
GRID 012 Gridlock! 12  album cover Various Gridlock! 12(2x12", Comp, Promo) Razormaid Records GRID 012 US 1992 Sell This Version
GRID 012 Gridlock! 12  album cover Various Gridlock! 12(2x12", Comp, M/Print, Promo) Razormaid Records GRID 012 US 1992 Sell This Version
GRID-CD-01 Gridlock!  album cover Various Gridlock!(CD, Comp) Razormaid Records GRID-CD-01 US 1991 Sell This Version
GRID-CD-02 Gridlock CD-2  album cover Various Gridlock CD-2(CD, Comp) Razormaid Records GRID-CD-02 US 1991 Sell This Version
GRID-CD-03 Gridlock CD-3  album cover Various Gridlock CD-3(CD, Comp) Razormaid Records GRID-CD-03 US 1992 Sell This Version
GRID-CD-04 Gridlock CD-4  album cover Various Gridlock CD-4(CD, Comp) Razormaid Records GRID-CD-04 US 1992 Sell This Version
GRID-CD-05 Gridlock CD-5  album cover Various Gridlock CD-5(CD, Comp) Razormaid Records GRID-CD-05 US 1992 Sell This Version
GRID-CD-06 Gridlock CD-6  album cover Various Gridlock CD-6(CD, Comp) Razormaid Records GRID-CD-06 US 1992 Sell This Version
GRID-CD-07 Gridlock CD-7  album cover Various Gridlock CD-7(CD, Comp) Razormaid Records GRID-CD-07 US 1992 Sell This Version
GRID-CD-08 Gridlock CD-8  album cover Various Gridlock CD-8(CD, Comp) Razormaid Records GRID-CD-08 US 1992 Sell This Version
GRID-CD-09 Gridlock CD-9  album cover Various Gridlock CD-9(CD, Comp) Razormaid Records GRID-CD-09 US 1992 Sell This Version
GRID-CD-10 Gridlock CD-10  album cover Various Gridlock CD-10(CD, Comp) Razormaid Records GRID-CD-10 US 1993 Sell This Version
GRID-CD-11 Gridlock CD-11  album cover Various Gridlock CD-11(CD, Comp) Razormaid Records GRID-CD-11 US 1993 Sell This Version
GRID-CD-12 Gridlock CD-12  album cover Various Gridlock CD-12(CD, Comp) Razormaid Records GRID-CD-12 US 1993 Sell This Version
GRID-CD-13 Gridlock CD-13  album cover Various Gridlock CD-13(CD, Comp) Razormaid Records GRID-CD-13 US 1993 Sell This Version
GRID-CD-14 Gridlock CD-14  album cover Various Gridlock CD-14(CD, Comp) Razormaid Records GRID-CD-14 US 1993 Sell This Version
GRID-CD-15 Gridlock CD-15  album cover Various Gridlock CD-15(CD, Comp) Razormaid Records GRID-CD-15 US 1993 Sell This Version
GRID-CD-16 Gridlock CD-16  album cover Various Gridlock CD-16(CD, Comp) Razormaid Records GRID-CD-16 US 1993 Sell This Version
GRID-CD-17 Gridlock CD-17  album cover Various Gridlock CD-17(CD, Comp) Razormaid Records GRID-CD-17 US 1994 Sell This Version
GRID-CD-18 Gridlock CD-18  album cover Various Gridlock CD-18(CD, Comp) Razormaid Records GRID-CD-18 US 1994 Sell This Version
GRID-CD-19 Gridlock CD-19  album cover Various Gridlock CD-19(CD, Comp) Razormaid Records GRID-CD-19 US 1994 Sell This Version
GRID-CD-20 Gridlock CD-20  album cover Various Gridlock CD-20(CD, Comp) Razormaid Records GRID-CD-20 US 1995 Sell This Version
GRID-CD-21 Gridlock CD-21  album cover Various Gridlock CD-21(CD, Comp) Razormaid Records GRID-CD-21 US 1995 Sell This Version
GRID-CD-22 Gridlock CD-22  album cover Various Gridlock CD-22(CD, Comp) Razormaid Records GRID-CD-22 US 1995 Sell This Version
GRID-CD-23 Gridlock CD-23  album cover Various Gridlock CD-23(CD, Comp) Razormaid Records GRID-CD-23 US 1995 Sell This Version
GRID-CD-24 Gridlock CD-24  album cover Various Gridlock CD-24(CDr, Comp, Sil) Razormaid Records GRID-CD-24 US 1995 Sell This Version
Gridlock Box Set (10 CD) ASCENSION  album cover Various ASCENSION(CD, Album, Comp, Promo) Razormaid Records Gridlock Box Set (10 CD) US Unknown Sell This Version
Gridlock Box Set (10 CD) AUTOMATON  album cover Various AUTOMATON(CD, Album, Comp, Promo) Razormaid Records Gridlock Box Set (10 CD) US Unknown Sell This Version
Gridlock Box Set (10 CD) Censorious  album cover Various Censorious(CD, Comp, Promo) Razormaid Records Gridlock Box Set (10 CD) US 1993 Sell This Version
Gridlock Box Set (10 CD) EFFULGENCE  album cover Various EFFULGENCE(CD, Album, Comp, Promo) Razormaid Records Gridlock Box Set (10 CD) US Unknown Sell This Version
Gridlock Box Set (10 CD) EXUBERANCE  album cover Various EXUBERANCE(CD, Album, Comp, Promo) Razormaid Records Gridlock Box Set (10 CD) US Unknown Sell This Version
Gridlock Box Set (10 CD) Kinetic  album cover Various Kinetic(CD, Comp, Promo) Razormaid Records Gridlock Box Set (10 CD) US Unknown Sell This Version
Gridlock Box Set (10 CD) MANIPULATION  album cover Various MANIPULATION(CD, Album, Comp, Promo) Razormaid Records Gridlock Box Set (10 CD) US Unknown Sell This Version
Gridlock Box Set (10 CD) SEDUCTION  album cover Various SEDUCTION(CD, Album, Comp, Promo) Razormaid Records Gridlock Box Set (10 CD) US Unknown Sell This Version
Gridlock Box Set (10 CD) TRANSEPT  album cover Various TRANSEPT(CD, Album, Comp, Promo) Razormaid Records Gridlock Box Set (10 CD) US Unknown Sell This Version
Gridlock Box Set (10 CD) VACUITY  album cover Various VACUITY(CD, Album, Comp, Promo) Razormaid Records Gridlock Box Set (10 CD) US Unknown Sell This Version
LC4587-9 New Digital Mastered Razormaids  album cover Depeche Mode New Digital Mastered Razormaids(CD, Unofficial) Not On Label (Depeche Mode) LC4587-9 Canada 2004 Sell This Version
LEVEL- 1 Razormaid!: Level 1  album cover Various Razormaid!: Level 1(CD, Comp) Razormaid Records LEVEL- 1 US 1993 Sell This Version
LEVEL- 2 Razormaid!: Level 2  album cover Various Razormaid!: Level 2(CD, Comp) Razormaid Records LEVEL- 2 US 1993 Sell This Version
LEVEL- 3 Razormaid!: Level 3  album cover Various Razormaid!: Level 3(CD, Comp) Razormaid Records LEVEL- 3 US 1993 Sell This Version
LEVEL- 4 Razormaid!: Level 4  album cover Various Razormaid!: Level 4(CD, Comp) Razormaid Records LEVEL- 4 US 1994 Sell This Version
LEVEL- 5 Razormaid!: Level 5  album cover Various Razormaid!: Level 5(CD, Comp) Razormaid Records LEVEL- 5 US 1994 Sell This Version
LEVEL- 6 Razormaid!: Level 6  album cover Various Razormaid!: Level 6(CD, Comp) Razormaid Records LEVEL- 6 US 1995 Sell This Version
LEVEL- 7 Razormaid!: Level 7  album cover Various Razormaid!: Level 7(CD, Comp) Razormaid Records LEVEL- 7 US 1995 Sell This Version
LEVEL8 Razormaid!: Level 8  album cover Various Razormaid!: Level 8(CD, Comp) Razormaid Records LEVEL8 US 1995 Sell This Version
LEVEL- 9 Razormaid!: Level 9  album cover Various Razormaid!: Level 9(CD, Comp) Razormaid Records LEVEL- 9 US 1996 Sell This Version
LEVEL-10 Razormaid!: Level 10  album cover Various Razormaid!: Level 10(CD, Comp) Razormaid Records LEVEL-10 US 1996 Sell This Version
Level 11 Razormaid!: Level 11  album cover Various Razormaid!: Level 11(CD, Comp) Razormaid Records Level 11 US 1996 Sell This Version
MT-001 Smalltown Boy / Angel Eyes  album cover Bronski Beat / Roxy Music Bronski Beat / Roxy Music - Smalltown Boy / Angel Eyes(12") Razormaid Records MT-001 US 1984 Sell This Version
MT-002 Razormaid's 1st Anniversary Issue  album cover Various Razormaid's 1st Anniversary Issue(2x12", Cle) Razormaid Records MT-002 US 1986 Sell This Version
MT-003 Razormaid - Special Collector's Edition  album cover Various Razormaid - Special Collector's Edition(2x12") Razormaid Records MT-003 US 1987 Sell This Version
none Razormaid! 7th Anniversary Box Set  album cover Various Razormaid! 7th Anniversary Box Set(8xCDr, Comp, Ltd + Box) Razormaid Records none US Unknown Sell This Version
none Class-X - Volume Three  album cover Various Class-X - Volume Three(CDr, Comp, Promo) Razormaid Records none US Unknown Sell This Version
none Class-X - Volume One  album cover Various Class-X - Volume One(CDr, Comp, Promo, RE) Razormaid Records none US Unknown Sell This Version

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droscar

droscar

January 22, 2017
I just bought two CD-Rs from eBay. One ripped to Apple Lossless with no errors but the other was very problematic. The last three tracks had bad sectors: nine with 13, ten with 137 and eleven with 1014. I had to let eleven run overnight and it took 3:50:00.

I'm in OS X 10.11.6 and using XLD with all the secure ripping settings turned on. None of the ripped tracks have any audible errors. Amazing. Perhaps EAC could do the job in Windows but I don't have time to experiment.
The_Titan_Find

The_Titan_Find

March 3, 2016
The note regarding CD-R deterioration is not confined to Razormaid. This is a symptom of ALL CD-Rs and is an inevitable end result. All CD-Rs will deteriorate over time. Average lifespan for any CD-R is approx. 5 years.
updj1

updj1

May 28, 2014
On the positive side great to see Razormaid back on Facebook with Digital Downloads of new and former product available thru their original website. And the sound quality is great on the new mixes as expected! On the negative side it seems there is an elephant in the room in the form of all those beautifully packaged color cdrs sold in the 2000's. Many of us spent hundreds if not thousands of dollars of all those great releases and now many are deteriorating and becoming unplayable! Reminds me of the bad cdr from REMIX! Central in their later days. Maybe Razormaid should offer a one to one trade - a bad cdr for the same as digital download.
Confess2007

Confess2007

April 3, 2014
the new razomaid! are online as a digital download... they are very good.
Ruphbear

Ruphbear

March 10, 2014
Razormaid announced they were starting up again. Google Razormaid and follow the link to their Facebook account. They are offering their entire catalog in digital format. There haven't been updates since the beginning of the year, and the titles on the current issue on their website seem old-ish to me, but I'm pretty much out of it these days.
tigerjones

tigerjones

June 7, 2013
My first Razormaid! purchase was vinyl issue Z-13 upon its release and was hooked ever since. Used to call them on the phone for HOURS during their crazy yearly sales. Ha ha ha ha. Good times. I was able to increase my collection over the following years and was able to purchase their first cd releases as they came out but began to notice a change in music and production. When they stopped releasing their "die-cut" series of Razormaid! and began with the whole Cycle/Sector stuff, I lost interest and ended my subscription. Besides, I really didn't care for the direction their music was going.
A guy I knew said he had spoken with Joseph Watt about 10 years ago on the phone and Joseph told him they were using a program called Diamond Cut to sonically "restore" the earlier releases but to be honest, I find this software to be doing more damage than it is good. The upper and lower frequencies are a little better but the mid-range sounds squashed and almost nonexistent. If you can find the original Razormaid! cds, grab them. Why? Because the first Razormaid! cds were factory pressed and not cdr, so their shelf-life is longer. Also, they were pressed long before the use of Diamond Cut and sound 10 times better than the issues being released on cdr. Just my two cents is all.
discobrian

discobrian

May 13, 2013
Damn...just found another Razormaid CD (issue M-16) which is starting to deteriorate. Just the first and last tracks now have a distinct "crackle" to them, exactly like the Class-X issues previously mentioned. Interesting that both this issue and Class-X 21 were made on purple discs. Wondering if that has something to do with it.
discobrian

discobrian

April 16, 2013
Out of the 23 issues of Razormaid Class-x series, volumes #4 and #21 have disintegrated. Luckily I have been able to convert all the other volumes to mp3. If anyone has a copy of these two issues that they would like to "lend" me, it would be most appreciated! Trades welcome!
604rush

604rush

October 9, 2012
Back up all your Razormaid CD-R's ! I just noticed that alot of them are starting to rot and don't play anymore.
CRUSHTRASH

CRUSHTRASH

August 5, 2012
edited over 6 years ago
Their website did 'die' recently (just a white screen) for a few weeks, but is now back on-line (by 30/8/12). Its several years since a release, which is a real shame as their mixes/edits were often far superior to the commercial counterparts.