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National Recording Registry 2009

Patti Smith - HorsesThe Library of Congress has announced its 25 new additions to the National Recording Registry.

Under the terms of the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000, the Librarian, with advice from the Library’s National Recording Preservation Board (NRPB), is tasked with selecting 25 recordings that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and are at least 10 years old. The selections for the 2009 registry bring the total number of recordings to 300.

Lots of notable additions this year, including ten with distinct rock and roll connections:

• “Tutti Frutti,” Little Richard (1955)

• “Smokestack Lightning,” Howlin’ Wolf (1956)

Today!, Mississippi John Hurt (1966)

Soul Folk in Action, The Staple Singers (1968)

The Band, The Band (1969)

• “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” Loretta Lynn (1970)

Red Headed Stranger, Willie Nelson (1975)

Horses, Patti Smith (1975)

• “Radio Free Europe” (Hib-Tone single), R.E.M. (1981)

• “Dear Mama,” Tupac Shakur (1995)

You could make a pretty nice mix out of those selections… If you were to dip into the full list, you could make an amazing comp. (Hmmm, that gives me an idea for a “21 Best” list. Stay tuned…)

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National Recording Registry 2008

The Library of Congress has announced its 25 new additions to the National Recording Registry.

Under the terms of the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000, the Librarian, with advice from the Library’s National Recording Preservation Board (NRPB), is tasked with selecting 25 recordings that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant,” and are at least 10 years old. The selections for 2008 bring the total number of recordings in the registry to 275.

Notable additions this year include:

• “Boogie Chillen,” John Lee Hooker (1948)

• “Rumble,” Link Wray (1958)

• “At Last!,” Etta James (1961)

• “The Who Sings My Generation,” The Who (1966)

Annoying that the LOC still uses Real Audio for its samples. What is this, 1999?

Full list of the 2008 additions after the jump…

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National Recording Registry 2007

The Library of Congress’ National Recording Preservation Board adds 25 more recordings to its registry. This year’s list is decidedly less rockish than years past which included the Rolling Stones, the Velvet Underground, Jimi Hendrix, Sonic Youth, and Nirvana. This year honors Roy Orbison, Smokey Robinson, Joni Mitchell, and Michael Jackson.

They’re right on with “Tracks of My Tears,” though. One of the best songs ever. Ever!

Full list of the 2007 additions after the jump…

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