Early music recordings, rare recordings, vinyl records

Early and rare historical recordings of classical or popular music online; vinyl 78s or LPs, rare cylinder recordings; a guide to websites

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Audio files from Grandi Tenori

AVRL: American Vintage Record Labelography
A cooperative, volunteer effort on the part of discographers, collectors and archives worldwide to assemble a comprehensive database of every 78 rpm disc and cylinder recordings issued in the United States.

British Library Sound Archive

Classical recordings at The British Library Sound Archive

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City of London Phonograph and Gramophone Society

Cylinder recordings *

The Cylinder Archive
A site devoted to early phonograph recordings.

Cylinder recordings,
the first commercially produced sound recordings, are a snapshot of musical and popular culture in the decades around the turn of the 20th century. They have long held the fascination of collectors and have presented challenges for playback and preservation by archives and collectors alike. With funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the UCSB Libraries have created a digital collection of over 6,000 cylinder recordings held by the Department of Special Collections. In an effort to bring these recordings to a wider audience, they can be freely downloaded or streamed online.

Downloads, streaming of early music recordings *

EarlyMusicRadio.co.uk
Have you an early music CD, record (even a 78), tape or cassette you want the world to hear and would like to donate it to them? Perhaps you have a recording of performance featuring you and/or friends/family/colleagues recorded live, in a recording studio or even your garage!

The Cylinder and Preservation and Digitization Project
With funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the UCSB Libraries have created a digital collection of nearly 8,000 cylinder recordings held by the Department of Special Collections. In an effort to bring these recordings to a wider audience, they can be freely downloaded or streamed online.

Emile Berliner and the Birth of the Recording Industry
is a selection of more than 400 items from the Emile Berliner Papers and 108 Berliner sound recordings from the Library of Congress’s Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division.

The AHRC Research Centre for the History and Analysis of Recorded Music (CHARM)
was established on 1 April 2004, supported by a 5-year grant of just under £1m from the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

The King’s Sound Archive
includes some 145,000 78rpm records, mostly UK issues, and covering classical and popular releases from the 1910s to c 1960.

Damian’s 78s (and a few early LPs)

Quartier des Archives
Ce blog est destiné à faire revivre certains enregistrements historiques de musique classique et de littérature tombés dans le domaine public, mais négligés par les majors ou les labels indépendants de réédition.

Pristine Classical
Pristine Classical – over 400 historic titles online. “The destination for historic recordings” (Gramophone)

Music Preserved.org.uk
Music Preserved was founded to preserve documents of public performances in recorded sound for future generations, securing the integrity of performances and performance contexts. It is dedicated to capturing the spontaneity and emotion, power and excitement of classic music performances through rare recordings of public performances and interviews.

Dismuke’s vintage music from the early decades of the 20th Century. 
All recordings have been transcribed into streaming Real Audio from the original 78 rpm discs of  personal collection.

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Early music recordings. Audio files.
Tinfoil.com. Dedicated to the preservation of early recorded sounds on wax and tinfoil.

Early recordings. Links to early recordings,
78rpm web sites; tinfoil, wax cylinders; Edison phonograph, phonograph collections, The Phonograph Ring. From Tinfoil.com.

Edison Commemorative web pages.

Grandi Tenori. An “E-Library” with biographies and articles on tenors, historical and contemporary.

Harmonia Mundi
A recording label that has issued historic classical recordings.

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Labels *

Classical music labels, a list of websites.

Classical music record labels.
A list from Wikipedia.

Marston Records. Specializing in restoration of classical music recordings.

Naxos Records

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Planet Earth Records (UK)
An online rare vinyl record store. Buy rare vinyl records and hard-to-find music albums on the internet. They also buy vinyl records.

Pristine Audio, U.K.

The 78rpm Home Page
Phonograph web sites, phonograph organizations, phonograph articles.

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Radio *

EarlyMusicRadio.co.uk
Have you an early music CD, record (even a 78), tape or cassette you want the world to hear and would like to donate it to them? Perhaps you have a recording of performance featuring you and/or friends/family/colleagues recorded live, in a recording studio or even your garage.

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Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound

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Tenors on 78rpm.

Tinfoil. Early Recorded Sounds & Wax Cylinders
Explore early sound recording methods, two-minute wax cylinder records and antique phonographs.

Tyrone’s Record and Phonograph Page

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Vinyl recordings *

Classic Records, U.K.

Classical vinyl records – Completely Classical Vinyl

Planet Earth Records (UK).

Vinyl Record Day
The preservation of the cultural influences, the recordings and the cover art of vinyl.

Wolverine Antique Music Society 

Yale University Music Library Collections
Early Recordings. The Irving S. Gilmore Music Library

Online shops for early recordings

The Analog Collector

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