Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The National Jukebox – Not Just Another A to Z Countdown

Photo by Rajiv Patel (Rajiv's View)
While everyone else you know is listening to the same old A to Z countdown on the local classic rock station this weekend, why not try something different. Soak up some rare and truly special Americana and check out the National Jukebox, a unique collection of recordings organized by the Library of Congress.

According to the official website, “The Jukebox includes more than 10,000 recordings made by the Victor Talking Machine Company between 1901 and 1925. Jukebox content will be increased regularly, with additional Victor recordings and acoustically recorded titles made by other Sony-owned U.S. labels, including Columbia, OKeh and others.”

A wide variety of genres are covered from opera, ethnic/regional, blues, humor songs, musical theater, ragtime, jazz, traditional/country, religious and spoken word recordings. There are even collections of songs that specifically feature whistling and yodeling if that’s more your scene.

Artists span the spectrum from lyricist Andreas Aabel to composer Pedro de Zulueta — and everything in between. Some recognizable names include Efrem Zimbalist (Sr. not Jr.) and Oscar Hammerstein. But the real fun is exploring the work of people you may never have heard of like Franceso Daddi, Jacques Offenbach and Boleslawa Iza Wawrzynska.

Enjoy… and God bless America.

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