From Tom Waits news post on his website
I don't get to write poetry much. Of course there is a good reason for that but this headline just seemed a bit poetic so... I could not hold back.
There has been a resurgence of interest in vinyl records lately with the majority being in the 33 1/3 rpm format. Great cover art and it is usually accompanied by a CD. Depending on your perspective it could be the CD accompanied by the 33 1/3 so take your pick.
Anyway, the uniqueness of this new record is stated in this clip from Tom Waits web page "On November 19th, Preservation Hall Recordings will release 504 limited edition hand-numbered 78 rpm vinyl records featuring two tracks by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band with very special guest Tom Waits." http://www.tomwaits.com/news/
78 RPM!! Many folks I talk to lump all 10-12" records into 33 1/3 and don't even know about 78s. (By the way, 16 rpm used to be somewhat popular as well) When is the last time your heard about a 78 rpm being released?
A blogger even questioned if there were any players out there that could play a 78. There are of course, but just in case you don't have a vintage one, The Preservation Hall has come up with a neat solution. You will need to click on the links to learn more about that. (No, they are not affiliate links)
A collector's piece it will be and if I had the money plus the time to let it age a bit, I would invest for our eBay store. But then again, I might end up keeping it too.
Here is a little more detail on the record and the special record player that comes with the deluxe donation. There are limited amounts of players and records and only one per person, so get your motors running. http://www.preservationhall.com/band/news/viewnews.aspx?id=63
Anyone know why the release quantity is 504?