The Great 78 Project

There’s streaming, CDs of course and (the revival of) vinyl. While there is a path from vinyl to CD to streaming is, it looks different with streaming when it comes to older vinyl only releases, since there doesn’t exist a digital copy at all. I myself own a lot of rare vinyl records of the late 70s and early 80s, some LPs, some 12″ or 45rpm singles, that are not infrequently limited to a few 100 copies.

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I would very much like to digitalize these vinyl records, but I fear the thousands of hours of work, and also issues of quality. While this is so far a personal “problem”, there is of course the greater issue of cultural preservation and access. The Internet Archive pursues exactly this intention.

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Every Song Ever by Ben Ratliff

For a lot of people, music is kind of a religion. If you’re into Vinyl, every other format is doomed. I f you’re into High Resolution, MP3 is the devil. You love Alternative Rock? Mainstream is forbidden.

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Ben Ratliff is certainly not one of this kind. He’s been a principal jazz critic of the New York Times for the past 20 years, but he is equally comfortable with other genres like pop, hip-hop, punk, metal, classical or world music. This makes him and his book outstanding. If you’re not into reading about music, Ratliff’s playlists at the end of every chapter alone is worth this book!

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