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CloseToTheEdge
May 11th, 2011, 01:14 AM
As long as you are into vintage recordings, this is the site for you:

http://www.loc.gov/jukebox

From TPM website:

"The Library of Congress is one of the most splendid resources in the country--which is terrific, if you're in DC. For those who aren't (and even who are!), the Library's putting a massive audio archive online, for free.

The "National Jukebox," available on a streaming-only basis, unfortunately, is a massive trove of audio recordings. Music, speeches, humor readings--spanning decades of American history. The original words of Teddy Roosevelt. "Rhapsody in Blue" with George Gershwin on piano. Serious national gems. And, due to some cuddling with Sony, the label's entire pre-1925 catalog will be accessible, encompassing a significant (and widely forgotten) musical past.

Accompanying the huge sonic repository is a ton of album and label artwork, as well as biographical information on artists (which you'll probably need for artists so dead that Sony gave them away for free)..."

http://idealab.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/05/library-of-congress-debuts-national-jukebox-crammed-with-rare-sounds.php?ref=fpb

Streaming only...

Barish
May 12th, 2011, 08:25 AM
I don't know what you Americans are into but, this one was doing quite well back in Scotland:



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plughead
May 12th, 2011, 03:05 PM
My musicologist pal/gig mate turned me onto that site - what an incredible resource of timeless material.

Well worth a gander and extended listening session, tho the streaming quality is less than sonic nirvana, I can overlook that for the vast library available for perusal...