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Tom Waits makes a new 78

Posted Tuesday, October 19, 2010, at 7:53 AM

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/new...

Anyone know why the release quantity is 504?

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cherokee2, you have my sympathy for the loss of your 45's. To lose a part of one's music collection due to any reason is a painful thing, but the situation you describe would have to add another degree of agony.

On the subject of new musical releases, I wonder if anyone on this blog is aware of the recent release of the Complete Hank Williams Mother's Best Flour Shows which were broadcast on WSM radio in 1951. It's a 15 cd plus a dvd of interviews with several people that played with or knew Hank in some capacity.

Being a Hank Williams fan since Move It On Over in 1947, I might be biased, as the world at large seems to judge such things, but to me, on a personal level, this is the most important release in the history of recorded music, as it offers an insight to the real Hank Williams that the under 70 population, for the most part, has never had the opportunity to experience for themselves.

Chet Flippo, who writes a column titled Nashville Skyline, for CMT, has a nice review of this set at this address: http://www.cmt.com/news/nashville-skylin...

Complete information about this box set can be found at: www.hankwilliamsmothersbest.com

-- Posted by ilikeoldsongs on Wed, Oct 27, 2010, at 9:17 AM

I have about 500 33 rpm albums. And about 30 78's.This includes one Jack Benny 78 still in the original Box. It was a 3 record set. I had hundreds of 45's but made the mistake of loaning them to a friend who passed away. Never was able to reclaim them.

-- Posted by cherokee2 on Mon, Oct 25, 2010, at 5:35 PM

Forgot to say, yes, it even plays 78's even though I have none at this time. If they are bringing back the 78's, I'm there.

-- Posted by ZNanny on Fri, Oct 22, 2010, at 9:03 AM

I have many 33 1/3, 45's and cassettes (finally no 8 tracks since my 8 track player died and couldn't find anything to play them on). I bought a Crosley player at Target about 3 years ago. It plays all of my music plus CD's and has a AM/FM radio. It costed around $80. Most of my albums are 25 to 35 years old but there is something magical about listening to albums verses CD's. Maybe it's just bringing back memories of a better time.

-- Posted by ZNanny on Fri, Oct 22, 2010, at 9:01 AM


I knew I was forgetting something! I think that the actual speed on those records was 16 rpm. I think that they just halved the speed of the LPs, so the speed wasn't exactly 16 but that "was close enough for government work."

-- Posted by Tyger on Wed, Oct 20, 2010, at 1:20 PM

Thanks for the info on 16 rpm. I don't believe I have ever heard that speed discussed and never knew it was specialized for that.

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Oct 20, 2010, at 6:24 AM

It seems to me that I heard not too long ago that some company was producing LPs; I think that a lot of people still like the sound of vinyl.

The 16 rpm records were used for "Talking Books."

-- Posted by Tyger on Tue, Oct 19, 2010, at 8:38 PM

Hi fives?

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Oct 19, 2010, at 6:38 PM

Anyone remember the term "hi-fi" or high-fidelity? This post does bring back some memories.

-- Posted by kentflanagan on Tue, Oct 19, 2010, at 3:02 PM

The limited-edition 78 player also plays 33 1/3 and 45s! Also, if you're not in New Orleans you better find somebody that does live there. If you read the news item on the Preservation Hall site, it says that the packages will be available for in-person purchase at Preservation Hall in New Orleans on Nov. 19th the day before they're released online on Nov. 20!!

-- Posted by El Cinco on Tue, Oct 19, 2010, at 1:12 PM

I saw that and wondered. I searched for other meanings about the preservation society, but came up empty.

Thanks for your thoughts.

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Oct 19, 2010, at 11:02 AM

It is rumored that the release quantity is "504" because that is the area code for New Orleans.

-- Posted by deuces6 on Tue, Oct 19, 2010, at 9:44 AM

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