De La Soul's 3 Feet High and Rising Among Latest 25 Additions to Be Preserved by US Library of Congress

Posted by Billyjam, April 6, 2011 08:20am | Post a Comment

The sample-heavy, Prince Paul produced 1989 De La Soul debut album 3 Feet High and Rising (Tommy Boy) is among the latest 25 American recordings to be officially preserved by the Library of Congress to its registry. The latest additions to the registry (see list in full in chronological order below), announced today, also includes the recently deceased Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band's third album Trout Mask Replica (Reprise), Tammy Wynette's Stand By Your Man from 1968, and Steely Dan's 1977 recording Aja.

Chosen for their cultural significance by the Library of Congress, these musically & chronologically diverse American recordings date back to 1853 and range from Professor Longhair to Mort Sahl to Cylinder Recordings of Ishi (circa 1911 to 1914). The goal of the Library of Congress is to digitize recorded sound and video in formats for long-term preservation so that they can be enjoyed by future generations. The Library's criteria in choosing these recordings for its registry, which was created in 2000, include that they must be "at least ten years old" and that they are "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant." Of course, as with any list, there undoubtedly will be those who will complain that certain recordings were not added or that certain ones were. But I say, whoever came up with this list did an excellent job at choosing these 25. It also should be noted that, due to the high number of samples used on the De La Soul album -- at least 75 -- technically, this list includes a lot more than the 25 recordings listed.

Library of Congress' latest 25 recordings added to its registry in chronological order:

1. Phonautograms, Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville (ca. 1853-1861)

2. "Take Me Out to the Ball-game," Edward Meeker, accompanied by the Edison Orchestra (1908)

3. Cylinder Recordings of Ishi (1911-14)

4. "Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground," Blind Willie Johnson (1927)

5. "It's the Girl," The Boswell Sisters with the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra (1931)

6. "Mal Hombre," Lydia Mendoza (1934)

7. "Tumbling Tumbleweeds," The Sons of the Pioneers (1934)

8. "Talking Union," The Almanac Singers (1941)

9. "Jazz at the Philharmonic," (July 2, 1944)

10. "Pope Marcellus Mass" (Palestrina), The Roger Wagner Chorale (1951)

11. "The Eagle Stirreth Her Nest," The Rev. C. L. Franklin (1953)

12. "Tipitina," Professor Longhair (1953)

13. "At Sunset," Mort Sahl (1955)

14. Interviews with jazz musicians for the Voice of America, Willis Conover (1956)

15. The Music From Peter Gunn, Henry Mancini (1959)

16. United Sacred Harp Musical Convention in Fyffe, Ala., field recordings by Alan Lomax and Shirley Collins (1959)

17. Blind Joe Death, John Fahey (1959, 1964, 1967)

18. Stand By Your Man, Tammy Wynette (1968)

19. Trout Mask Replica, Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band (1969)

20. "Songs of the Humpback Whale" (1970)

21. Let's Stay Together, Al Green (1971)

22. "Black Angels (Thirteen Images from the Dark Land)," George Crumb, CRI Recordings (1972)

23. Aja, Steely Dan (1977)

24. 3 Feet High and Rising, De La Soul (1989)

25. GOPAC strategy and instructional tapes (1986-1994)

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