Besides being excited at recruiting Beier for Magnatune because he plays so nicely and has a great rep in the lute world, I'm also happy because several of the albums are previously released on labels, now out of print, and he's been able to get the rights back to them. It's always nice to reclaim something from the black hole of copyright & legal hell.
What's interesting is that even real record companies don't bother to professional master the recordings they release. The recording quality is nice on all 3 CDs, but the level is way too low. No-one bothered to normalize these, so they're much softer than other CDs you'd listen to. While have a very soft CD will certainly make the lute seem "gentle" it'll also shock you when the next CD comes on at 2x the volume. Also, the songs are poorly trimmed, with with a lot of empty space at the end of songs (I found one song with 15 secs of empty background hiss at the end)
So, I load up Adobe Audition (formerly known as CoolEdit Pro), and look at the RIPped waveform:
I give it a volume kick, with a tiny amount of limiting for the one spike in the song:
I also noticed a 1/80th of a second blip at the very beginning of the 1st track, probably due to a burn error:
Voila, now it's a perfect album!