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The Great 78 music project
Prikli Pear
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From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted: 2017-09-21 09:27 am   Permalink

I just learned about the Great 78 Project, which is digitizing and making available online public domain 78 rpm records. Thus far, they're released 25,000 songs , out of a planned 400,000. There are several interesting articles about it online, music published starting around 1898. Naturally, I wondered if the Hawaiian music craze of the early 20th century was represented, and sure enough, it's got it's own category :

https://archive.org/details/georgeblood?&and[]=languageSorter%3A%22Hawaiian%22


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mikehooker
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From: Austin
Posted: 2017-09-21 09:34 am   Permalink

Super COOL! Thanks for sharing!

 
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HopeChest
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From: East Bay, CA
Posted: 2017-09-21 11:41 am   Permalink

HOLY. CRAP.

What a treasure trove!! Thank you SO much!!


 
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Prikli Pear
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From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted: 2017-09-21 12:03 pm   Permalink

Hey, I've gotta earn my keep around here some way!

 
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Prikli Pear
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From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted: 2017-09-21 2:11 pm   Permalink

A quick word of caution: My antivirus protection just caught a Backdoor: Win32/Floxif malware. I don't know where it came from, but vintage Hawiian MP3s are the only things I've downloaded today. The Great 78 project's legit, but it is *possible* their servers could be compromised. I'm messaging them. Tread carefully.

 
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tikitube
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Joined: Apr 25, 2017
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From: Ozark Underwater Cliffs
Posted: 2017-09-22 3:25 pm   Permalink

Good catch, Prikli! I had seen a press release about this back in August:
http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/arts-culture/106319-philly-company-digitizes-collection-of-25000-old-records-and-growing-free-to-download

Cool to hear that some old Hawaiian tunes are included. I'll watch out for that malware.

Jeff


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Prikli Pear
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From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted: 2017-12-22 07:16 am   Permalink

I checked in on the Great 78 Project last night and was happy to discover that they've uploaded a bunch of vintage Calypso music has been uploaded at https://archive.org/details/georgeblood?&and[]=subject%3A%22Calypso%22. Calypso isn't tiki per se, but I know there's some overlap among listeners. If your only exposure to Calypso is through Harry Belafonte's polished studio work (which is great, BTW) you may be surprised at how raw, subversive and sometimes amusingly crude the genre could be.

And for the purists, they've uploaded another 25 vintage Hawiian musical selections since I last posted on this. I also found another two songs listed under "Hawiian traditional" that don't show up in the general Hawiian search: https://archive.org/details/georgeblood?&and[]=subject%3A%22Hawaiian%20traditional%22 plus "Lei From Hawaii" tagged as a "Bawdy" song https://archive.org/details/78_lei-from-hawaii_d.-carper-the-don-carper-quintette-shed-house-boys_gbia0000057b

Finally, there are a few uploads listed under "Caribbean," which seems to be a mash-up of several styles of the era: https://archive.org/details/georgeblood?&and[]=subject%3A%22Caribbean%22 ("Caribbean Caprice" by Alan Logan strikes me as a kind of proto-Esquivel, so that's interesting in and of itself).

Merry Christmas everyone!


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Prikli Pear
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From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted: 2017-12-22 07:17 am   Permalink

Also, I've had no further malware issues, so I don't think my earlier problem was related to the 78 Project site. Just so you know.

 
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MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2017-12-22 09:42 am   Permalink

I remember as a kid, there was a travel trailer full of old 78s on the back of the property at a friend's house. I wonder whatever happened to those? (PS, that friend is now my wife )
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tikitube
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From: Ozark Underwater Cliffs
Posted: 2017-12-22 11:24 am   Permalink

Thanks for the update...I need to remember to download some of this stuff the next time I'm on unlimited wifi.

 
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