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2 Grammy Nominations for Waxing the Gospel

December 06th, 2016

Waxing the Gospel has been nominated for two Grammy Awards: Best Historical Album and Best Album Notes. Congratulations to all members of the production team and to the many generous collectors who shared their rare records. To celebrate the nominations, we’ve put Waxing the Gospel  on sale for $49.95 until mid-January.

Waxing the Gospel included in New York Times Gift Guide

November 26th, 2016

Waxing the Gospel is one of the box sets included in this year's edition of The New York Times Pop Music Gift Guide. Read the recommendation and grab yours today!

The Vinyl District’s “Grading on a Curve” gives Waxing the Gospel an A+

October 06th, 2016

The Vinyl District’s “Grading on a Curve” column has given Waxing the Gospel a terrific review and a grade of A+. “Waxing the Gospel is overflowing with humanity throughout; it’s a shoo-in for the short list of 2016’s finest archival releases.” Read Joseph Neff’s full review and order your copy today.

Waxing the Gospel released, called “a masterpiece of scholarship and curatorship”

October 01st, 2016

Pop Matters on Waxing the Gospel, released today: “A masterpiece of scholarship and curatorship, this collection sets a new standard for the presentation of early recordings.” Read the terrific first review and order your copy today.

Earliest recording of “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” discovered

September 15th, 2016

Made in 1894 by African-American singing group the Standard Quartette, this cylinder pre-dates all extant recordings of “Swing Low” by 15 years. Read the full press release about this historic find →

Attractive Hebrews released

August 29th, 2016

Collectors of early recordings have long heard about the Yiddish-language cylinders made under unknown circumstances by the Lambert Company of Chicago, but virtually no one had ever heard them. Attractive Hebrews: The Lambert Yiddish Cylinders, 1901-1905 answers many questions and poses new ones about early recording history. A fascinating listen and an engaging read, this is also a one-of-a-kind look at early Yiddish theater. The set includes a 56-page booklet with notes and translations by well-known Yiddish expert Henry Sapoznik. Learn more, listen to samples, and order →

Fanny Crosby’s voice discovered on wax cylinder

August 22nd, 2016

America’s most famous hymn writer, thought never to have recorded, to be featured on Waxing the Gospel.  Read the full press release about her first and only recording →

Waxing the Gospel coming September 30

June 15th, 2016

Our long-anticipated box set Waxing the Gospel: Mass Evangelism and the Phonograph, 1890-1900 is slated for a September 30 release. Waxing the Gospel offers a historic look at the first decade of the recording industry, presenting 3 CDs with 102 selections from the 1890s in a 408-page hardback book.

Upcoming Conferences & Events

April 07th, 2016

Conference season is upon us, and we’ll be participating in at least three conferences and music events this spring.  Here’s the list of what’s lined up so far.

Real Ragtime is Back

March 02nd, 2016

Our first release, Real Ragtime: Disc Recordings From Its Heyday is newly remastered and back in stock. The sound is better than ever, layout improved, and some textual corrections have been made. How excited are we to have it back? It’s on sale for just $7.99 until March 12. Listen to the new sound ...

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