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Because everyone in this thread should be made aware of this - if they aren't already.


The National Jukebox at the Library Of Congress



From the LATimes -

"The Library of Congress is flipping a switch Tuesday that will open a large chunk of the national archive of more than 3 million music and spoken-word recordings for public online streaming as part of a new National Jukebox project, a joint venture between the library and Sony Music that will give free access to thousands of Sony-controlled recordings long out of circulation because of commercial or copyright issues."

"Some of the 10,000 titles streamable at the new National Jukebox website have been unavailable for more than 100 years, a significant chunk of them because of complex laws controlling ownership of sound recordings, which did not become subject to federal copyright laws until 1972."

"Among the highlights are vintage performances by celebrated classical musicians, including Enrico Caruso and Fritz Kreisler; the first blues recording, ?Livery Stable Blues,? made in 1917 by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band; a comedy skit by the Vaudeville team of Gallagher and Shean; speeches of President Teddy Roosevelt; piano performances by jazz-ragtime pioneer Eubie Blake; and music of the John Philip Sousa Band conducted by its namesake."



Here's one to start you off -

*Ida! Sweet as Apple Cider* (1924)



Also checkout this page -



I've read that there are even recordings of Gershwin numbers by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra available!

But the site seems to be overwhelmed today. I couldn't get in earlier so be patient.


Have fun!


Kyle In Hollywood

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Scottman & JackFavell -


You're both welcome. I'm glad I brought it to your attention and that The Jukebox excites you as much as it does me. I know I'll get lost in there for hours real soon.


Kyle In Hollywood

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Here's a Jukebox tune that's beloved of Laurel and Hardy fans -- "At the ball, that's all." The rhythms in this recording are much squarer than when they danced to it, over twenty years later, in "Way out West" while a cowboy ensemble sang it. But if you ever wanted to be able to understand all the lyrics, they are delivered here with impeccable diction.



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Here is a duo I discovered for myself this morning - the Duncan Sisters Some of you may already know them or know of them, or even seen their early talking musical "It's a Great Life" on TCM some time ago. I only learned of them today, and found out in the process that said movie has a color sequence that has been restored since TCM showed it. The Warner Archives DVD got two five-star reviews on Amazon. Maybe we can get TCM to show it again in its full version.

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Love *George Frideric Handel*, an absolute genius. He even composed my wife's theme tune; But don't tell her I said so.


*The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba.*



Another genius. From a CD that has taken up permanent residence on my iPod. *Sergei Rachmaninov - All-Night Vigil*.


*USSR Ministry of Culture Chamber Choir - Praise the Lord, oh my soul.*



Rummaging through my old vynil albums I came upon this forgotten gem by the Strawbs. A folk-rock band in the same groove as Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span. They never really clicked in the U.S. but they were damn good.


*The Strawbs - The Flower & The Young Man*.



Best Wishes

Metairie Road

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