Yes. My local library recently go rid of all their spoken word cassette volumes and now only has CDs.
On Jul 1, 2013, at 9:42 PM, Michael Biel <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I was lucky enough to get two sets of FMIA as they were being discarded
> by our college library and radio station as they were concentrating on
> only NEW media. The same holds true of the New World Records which I am
> almost complete on for the first 140 issues or so. It is a shame how
> some libraries don't recognize the educational and cultural value of
> things if they are not on the LATEST media. Our library had a great
> spoken word, dramatic, and historical LP collection when I arrived, and
> I bought almost all 600 of these at $1 a disc about ten years ago. (I
> only missed the Folkways JAZZ series -- someone working the sale must
> have grabbed them before opening.) These FMIA and New world LPs had been
> donated to libraries and public radio stations enhance the libraries of
> America, and all too many didn't appreciate them. I castigated them
> AFTER I hauled them off!
> Mike Biel [log in to unmask]
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> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Folk Music in America
> From: Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]>
> Date: Mon, July 01, 2013 9:18 pm
> To: [log in to unmask]
> I've been poking around the MP3s. This is great stuff. The books are
> _very_ complete but not overly
> obtuse. Making MP3s and scanning the books must have been an
> undertaking. Much appreciated. I see
> the point about cassettes vs sometimes scratchy LPs, but my experience
> with LOC's products is the
> duped-cassette versions were often very bad-sounding. I always assumed
> lowest-bidder syndrome. In
> general, I always thought LOC anthologies were compiled and manufactured
> by and for scholars, not
> One thing I don't understand -- assuming the master tapes for these LPs
> still exist (you'd think
> they would if they were always in the possession of the LOC), then why
> can't they be reissued as
> FLAC and MP3 downloads via Smithsonian Folkways. It seems it wouldn't
> cost very much to digitize
> 1970s vintage master tapes given the vast resources of the LOC. They'd
> probably make back their
> digitization costs in a few years, sooner if they also sold downloads
> via iTunes and Amazon.
> -- Tom Fine
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Cary Ginell" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Monday, July 01, 2013 9:08 PM
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Folk Music in America
>> OK, that does it. I'm pulling out my set and listening to it this holiday weekend. It will be like
>> the first time all over again Thanks, Dick!
>> Cary Ginell
>> On Jul 1, 2013, at 4:16 PM, Carl Pultz <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>> Disc 1, track 11, Do You Call That Religion? ....
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>>> From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
>>> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Richard L. Hess
>>> Sent: Monday, July 01, 2013 1:59 PM
>>> To: [log in to unmask]
>>> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Folk Music in America
>>> Hi, Mason,
>>> Yes, thank you for this. It is most enlightening.
>>> There were two files that had an error extracting, but WinRAR corrected
>>> One had a question mark in the filename which is a
>>> wild card for a single character in Windows
>>> The other had a string of asterisks and an asterisk is a
>>> wild card for any number of characters, hence the
>>> infamous del *.* command where you erase everything.
>>> It replaced the ? and * with underscores _
>>> On 2013-07-01 1:38 PM, Carl Pultz wrote:
>>>> Wow - thank you! I never heard of this series, so it's really a discovery.
>>>> Must have taken you weeks. The meta-data alone was a large task.
>>>> One note - I downloaded the full set zip. After extraction on my
>>>> office Windows 7 machine, the file/folder names were green, meaning
>>>> they were encrypted. They opened, but when I tried to copy the music
>>>> folder to my studio W7 computer, it wouldn't copy. Clearing the
>>>> Encrypt contents to secure data attribute from the folder's Advanced
>>> Attributes dialog fixed it.
>>>> There was an error on one file during extraction, but I don't remember
>>>> which one. It might not matter, as nothing seems to be missing or of
>>>> the wrong size. It will be a while before I can play them all. :)
>>>> Again, thank you!
>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>> From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
>>>> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Mason Vander Lugt
>>>> Sent: Monday, July 01, 2013 9:51 AM
>>>> To: [log in to unmask]
>>>> Subject: [ARSCLIST] Folk Music in America
>>>> Partially in observance of the coming holiday, mostly because I love
>>>> music and get a kick out of sharing, I scanned and blogged the 1976
>>>> Library of Congress / Dick Spottswood LP series "Folk Music in
>>>> America". If you're unfamiliar, it's a 15 LP series of recordings and
>>>> booklets documenting the folk song and dance of pretty much any
>>>> culture that can be considered American (US, that is) between 1890 and
>>>> 1976. It's a truly remarkable set, and has never been available in digital
>>> form (as far as I know) until now.
>>>> You can download the full set here -
>>>> Or download individual volumes and read my notes about it here -
>>>> Please excuse me if this is "blogspam", but I know Dick is a long-time
>>>> ARSC member and thought many of you would appreciate it.
>>>> Mason Vander Lugt
>>> Richard L. Hess email: [log in to unmask]
>>> Aurora, Ontario, Canada 647 479 2800
>>> Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.