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Historical recordings from Library of Congress: The “National Jukebox”, Old-fi at hundred years
post Dec 22 2012, 15:03
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Quality is varying, of course, but some are surprising me at their age. This one I picked just because it is the closest I got to 100 years (Victor Concert Orchestra playing Dvořák in December 1912): http://www.loc.gov/jukebox/recordings/detail/id/2988

This one sounds more like expected. Metropolitan playing Waldteufel, 1902: http://www.loc.gov/jukebox/recordings/detail/id/5388

Vocals, that is always a test. Janpolski sings Grieg in 1910, accompanied by orchestra, hiss and VU meters in the red – still not hopeless! http://www.loc.gov/jukebox/recordings/detail/id/2045
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post Dec 23 2012, 08:15
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So glad the loc has been doing this. From what i've read they are taking ancient acetates and using some kind of transfer to paper to preserve these ancient recordings. Amazing. Dunno if this applies but oddly enough the loc has classified Public Enemy's Fear of a Black Planet as an 'important historical recording' http://www.loc.gov/rr/record/nrpb/registry/nrpb-2004reg.html
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