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  • Tags: History of Recorded Sound

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Edison Record ad, showing cylinder and phonograph.

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This sumptuous box set features remastered field recordings collected by Alan Lomax for the Library of Congress between 1936 and 1937. In addition to the recordings, the set includes facsimile reproductions of a tourist map with Lomax's annotations,…

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Entire books are dedicated to the art of the album cover. Perhaps the greatest influence on the modern album cover was the work of Alex Steinweiss, whose colorful graphics played a major role in the marketing of Columbia Record Company’s new…

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This deluxe edition box set allows users to experience the music of the Beach Boys on three different formats: remastered CD recordings, 33 1/3 long-playing records, and 7" singles.

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Box sets often cater to very specific audiences. This set features the Bristol Sessions of 1927-28, seminal recordings that played a key role in the marketing of country music.

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The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band serves as a fine example of the role that album cover art and supplemental materials served to aid in marketing the music. While the album cover itself is distinctive, Sgt. Pepper also included paper…

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This is an analog recording marketed as the Edison Diamond Disc. The disc rotates at 80 rpm, reflecting non-standardized recording practices common in the early 20th century.

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The Victor Talking Company was a major competitor to Edison. Founded in 1901, Victor took the lead in promoting classical music by recording Enrico Caruso, Jascha Heifetz, Fritz Kreisler, Sergei Rachmaninoff and other stars on its distinctive “Red…

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While shellac and vinyl are commonly associated with sound recordings, other types of materials were sometimes used in their manufacture. This 78 rpm is made of cardboard. Designed to be played only once, cardboard recordings could be made cheaply…

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Developed in 1902, the Edison Gold Moulded Cylinder was a significant advancement in recording technology. Rather than relying on inconsistent dubbing techniques, this technique created a metal mold from the original recording. A blank brown cylinder…
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