Saturday, March 23, 2019

National Recording Registry: Albums

Originally posted 3/23/2019.

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The National Recording Registry was established by the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000. The Librarian of Congress appoints members to the National Recording Preservation Board which, since 2002, has selected 25 recordings annually for preservation in the Library of Congress. As the website says, the recordings showcase “the range and diversity of American recorded sound heritage in order to increase preservation awareness.”

This particular page lists albums which have inducted into the Registry. Dave’s Music Database uses a broad definition of album which includes studio albums, live albums, box sets, compilations, album-length classical works, soundtracks, and cast albums.


Year of Induction: Performer/Composer/Recorder Album (Year released/years recorded)

A

B
  • 2002: Milton Babbitt (composer)/Bethany Beardslee (performer) Philomel: For Soprano (1971)
  • 2018: Johann Sebastian Bach (composer)/Pablo Casals (performer) Cello Suites (classical, composed 1717-23, recorded 1939)
  • 2003: Johann Sebastian Bach (composer)/Glenn Gould (performer) Goldberg Variations (classical, composed 1741, performed 1955)
  • 2003: Johann Sebastian Bach (composer)/Robert Shaw Chorale (performer) Mass in B Minor (classical, composed 1733-1749, recorded 1947)
  • 2014: Joan Baez Joan Baez (1960)
  • 2009: The Band The Band (1969)
  • 2014: Sweet Emma Barrett/Preservation Hall Jazz Band New Orleans’ Sweet Emma Barrett and Her Preservation Hall Jazz Band (1964)
  • 2004: The Beach Boys Pet Sounds (1966)
  • 2003: The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
  • 2007: Ludwig van Beethoven (composer)/Artur Schnabel (performer) Piano Sonatas (32) (classical, composed 1795-1822, recorded 1932-35)
  • 2005: Ludwig van Beethoven (composer)/Modesto High School Band (performer) Egmont Overture (classical, composed 1809-10, recorded 1930)
  • 2003: Ludwig van Beethoven (composer)/Budapest Quartet (performer): String Quartets (16) (classical, composed 1798-1826, performed 1940-50)
  • 2017: Harry Belafonte: Calypso (1956)
  • 2014: Stephen Vincent Benét (composer)/Tyrone Power, Judith Anderson, and Raymond Massey (performers)/Charles Laughton (director): John Brown’s Body (poetry reading, composed 1928, performed 1953)
  • 2008: Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim (composers): West Side Story (cast album: 1957)
  • 2012: Big Brother & the Holding Company: Cheap Thrills (1968)
  • 2011: William Billings (composer)/The Gregg Smith Singers (performer): The Continental Harmony: The Gregg Smith Singers Perform Music of William Billings (1969)
  • 2006: Eubie Blake: The Eighty-Six Years of Eubie Blake (1969)
  • 2013: Art Blakey: A Night at Birdland (Volumes 1 & 2 (1954)
  • 2005: Hector Berlioz (composer)/ Boston Symphony Orchestra with the Harvard Glee Club and Radcliffe Choral Society (performer): La Damanation of Faust (The Damnation of Faust) (classical, composed 1846, performed 1954)
  • 2002: Marc Blitzstein (composer): The Cradle Will Rock (cast: 1938)
  • 2016: David Bowie: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972)
  • 2018: Lord Benjamin Britten (composer): War Requiem (classical, composed 1962, performed 1963)
  • 2004: James Brown: Live at the Apollo Volume 1 (live, 1962)
  • 2005: Dave Brubeck Quartet: Time Out (1959)

C
  • 2012: Cachao y Su Ritmo Caliente: Descargas: Cuban Jam Sessions in Miniature (1957)
  • 2010: Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band: Trout Mask Replica (1969)
  • 2015: George Carlin: Class Clown (comedy, 1972)
  • 2005: Wendy Carlos: Switched-On Bach (1968)
  • 2012: Betty Carter: The Audience with Betty Carter (1980)
  • 2005: Elliott Carter (composer)/Louisville Orchestra (performer): Variations for Orchestra (composed 1955, performed 1956)
  • 2003: Johnny Cash: At Folsom Prison (live, 1968)
  • 2015: Clifton Chenier: Bogalusa Boogie (1976)
  • 2004: Reverend James Cleveland: Peace Be Still (1962)
  • 2012: Ornette Coleman: The Shape of Jazz to Come (1959)
  • 2004: John Coltrane: Giant Steps (1959)
  • 2015: John Coltrane: A Love Supreme (1965)
  • 2013: Aaron Copland (composer): Appalachian Spring (ballet, composed 1944, performed 1974)
  • 2009: Bill Cosby: I Started Out as a Child (comedy, 1964)
  • 2007: Elizabeth Cotten: Freight Train and Other North Carolina Folk Songs and Tunes (1959)
  • 2010: George Crumb (composer)/New York Strings Quartet (performer): Black Angels (Thirteen Images from the Dark Land) (1972)
  • 2013: Celia Cruz and Johnny Pacheco: Celia & Johnny (1974)

D

E
  • 2016: Eagles: Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975) (compilation: 1971-75, released 1976)
  • 2003: Eastman Wind Ensemble with Frederick Fennell: Winds in Hi-Fi (opera, 1958)
  • 2002: Duke Ellington: The Blanton-Webster Band (box set, recorded 1939-42, released 1990)
  • 2009: Bill Evans Trio: The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings (live, recorded 1961)

F
  • 2010: John Fahey: Blind Joe Death (1959)
  • 2003: Fania All-Stars: Live at Yankee Stadium (live, 1975)
  • 2005: Firesign Theatre: Don't Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me the Pliers (1970)
  • 2003: Ella Fitzgerald: Sings the Cole Porter Song Book (covers, 1956)
  • 2017: Fleetwood Mac: Rumours (1977)
  • 2016: Renée Fleming: Signatures (1997)
  • 2018: Stan Freberg: Presents the United States of America Volume One: The Early Years (comedy, 1961)

G
  • 2003: Judy Garland: Judy at Carnegie Hall (live, 1961)
  • 2003: Marvin Gaye: What’s Going On (1971)
  • 2003: George Gershwin/Ira Gershwin/Dubose Heyward (composers): Porgy and Bess (opera, composed 1935, cast: 1942)
  • 2012: Philip Glass (composer): Einstein on the Beach (1979)
  • 2003: Benny Goodman: The Complete Legendary Carnegie Hall Concert (live, recorded 1938)
  • 2018: Dexter Gordon: Go! (1962)
  • 2003: Billy Graham: Problems of the American Home (spoken, 1954)
  • 2011: Grateful Dead: Barton Hall Concert at Cornell University (live, 1977)
  • 2011: Vince Guaraldi: A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

H
  • 2007: Herbie Hancock: Head Hunters (1973)
  • 2004: George Friedrich Handel (composer)/Mormon Tabernacle Choir/Philadelphia Orchestra (performers)/Eugene Ormandy (conductor)/Richard Condie (choir director): Messiah (classical, composed 1741, performed 1958)
  • 2013: Isaac Hayes: Shaft (soundtrack, 1971)
  • 2008: Jascha Heifetz: Acoustic Recordings for Victor Records (1917-24)
  • 2005: The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Are You Experienced? (1967)
  • 2014: Lauryn Hill: The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998)
  • 2009: Mississippi John Hurt: Today! (1966)

I
  • 2014: Indian Bottom Association: Old Regular Baptists: Lined-Out Hymnody from Southeastern Kentucky (1997)
  • 2011: International Sweethearts of Rhythm: Hottest Women’s Band of the 1940s (1944-46)
  • 2003: Charles Ives (composer)/John Kirkpatrick (performer): Piano Sonata No. 2 “Concord” (classical, composed and performed 1948)

J
  • 2007: Michael Jackson: Thriller (1982)
  • 2018: Jay-Z: The Blueprint (2001)
  • 2007: Ella Jenkins: You’ll Sing a Song and I’ll Sing a Song (1966)
  • 2003: Robert Johnson: The Complete Recordings (compilation: 1936-37, released 1990)
  • 2016: Scott Joplin (composer)/Gunther Schuller (arranger): Treemonisha (musical, composed 1911, performed 1976)
  • 2005: Victor Jory (narrator): Tubby the Tuba (children, 1946)

K
  • 2005: Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein II (composers): Show Boat (stage debut: 12/27/27, cast recorded 1933)
  • 2005: B.B. King: Live at the Regal (live, recorded 1964, released 1965)
  • 2003: Carole King: Tapestry (1971)
  • 2008: King’s College Choir (performer)/Boris Ord (director): A Festival of Lessons and Carols as Sung on Christmas Eve in King's College Chapel, Cambridge (1954)
  • 2005: Erich Wolfgang Korngold (composer): The Adventures of Robin Hood (film score, 1938)

L
  • 2018: Cyndi Lauper: She’s So Unusual (1983)
  • 2004: Tom Lehrer: Songs by Tom Lehrer (1953)
  • 2007: Alan Jay Lerner/Frederick Loewe (composers): My Fair Lady (cast recording, 1956)
  • 2013: Mance Lipscomb: Texas Sharecropper and Songster (1960)
  • 2004: Frank Loesser (composer): Guys and Dolls (cast recording: 1950)
  • 2011: Love: Forever Changes (1967)
  • 2002: Lovey’s Trinidad String Band: Recordings for Columbia Records (New York City session) (1912)

M
  • 2017: Yo-Yo Ma/Philadelphia Orchestra (performers)Christopher Rouse/Leon Kirchner/Richard Danielpour (composers): Concertos for Violoncello and Orchestra (classical, 1996)
  • 2018: Galt MacDermot/Gerome Ragni/James Rado (composers): Hair (cast recording, 1968)
  • 2015: Gustav Mahler (composer)/Vienna Philharmonic (performers)/Bruno Walter (conductor): Symphony No. 9 in D major (classical, composed 1909, performed 1938)
  • 2010: Henry Mancini: The Music from Peter Gunn (soundtrack, charted 1959)
  • 2006: Bob Marley/The Wailers: Burnin’ (1973)
  • 2014: Steve Martin: A Wild and Crazy Guy (comedy, 1978)
  • 2017: Groucho Marx: An Evening with Groucho (comedy, 1972)
  • 2018: Curtis Mayfield: Superfly (soundtrack, 1972)
  • 2014: Lincoln Mayorga: Lincoln Mayorga and Distinguished Colleagues (1968)
  • 2013: Vaughn Meader: The First Family (comedy, 1962)
  • 2015: Metallica: Master of Puppets (1986)
  • 2003: Charles Mingus: Mingus Ah Um (1959)
  • 2007: Joni Mitchell: For the Roses (1972)
  • 2003: Thelonious Monk: Genius of Modern Music, Vol. 1 (1947)
  • 2016: Wes Montgomery: The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery (1960)
  • 2011: Edward R. Murrow and Fred W. Friendly: I Can Hear It Now (radio news broadcasts, 1933-45)
  • 2003: Modest Mussorgsky (composer)/Chicago Symphony Orchestra (performers)/Rafael Kubelik (conductor): Tableaux d'une Exposition (Pictures at an Exhibition) (classical, composed for piano in 1874, reworked for orchestra in 1922, performed 1951)

N
  • 2009: Willie Nelson: Red Headed Stranger (1975)
  • 2008: New York Pro Musica under the direction of Noah Greenberg (performers)/students from the school of Beauvais Cathedral (composers): The Play of Daniel: A Twelfth-Century Drama (composed 1227-34, performed 1958)
  • 2006: Bob Newhart: The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart (comedy, 1960)
  • 2004: Nirvana: Nevermind (1991)
  • 2005: The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: Will the Circle Be Unbroken (1972)
  • 2013: Larry Norman: Only Visiting This Planet (1972)
  • 2015: Alex North (composer): A Streetcar Named Desire (soundtrack, 1951)
  • 2016: N.W.A.: Straight Outta Compton (1989)

O
  • 2004: Michael Babatunde Olatunji Drums of Passion (1960)
  • 2013: Buck Owens & His Buckaroos: Carnegie Hall Concert (live, 1966)

P-Q
  • 2010: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (composer)/Roger Wagner Chorale (performer): Missa Papae Marcelli (Pope Marcellus Mass) (classical, composed 1562, performed 1951)
  • 2009: Eddie Palmieri: Azucar Pa' Ti (1965)
  • 2011: Parliament: Mothership Connection (1975)
  • 2004: Harry Partch (composer)/Gate 5 Ensemble (performer): U.S. Highball (A Musical Account of a Transcontinental Hobo Trip) (1946)
  • 2010: Roger Payne (producer): Songs of the Humpback Whale (nature recordings, 1970)
  • 2012: Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon (1973)
  • 2014: Cole Porter (composer): Kiss Me, Kate (cast recording 1949)
  • 2002: Elvis Presley: The Sun Sessions (archives, 1954-55)
  • 2012: Leontyne Price: A Program of Song (1959)
  • 2011: Prince & the Revolution: Purple Rain (1984)
  • 2004: Sergey Prokofiev (composer)/Richard Hale (narrator)/Serge Koussevitzky (conductor)/Boston Symphony Orchestra (performer): Peter and the Wolf (1939)
  • 2016: Richard Pryor: Wanted: Live in Concert (comedy, 2016)
  • 2004: Public Enemy: Fear of a Black Planet (1990)
  • 2002: Tito Puente: Dance Mania (1958)

R
  • 2004: Sergei Rachmaninov (composer/pianist)/Philadelphia Orchestra (performer)/Leopold Stowoski (conductor): Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor (classical, composed 1901, performed 1929)
  • 2016: Sergei Rachmaninov (composer)/The Robert Shaw Festival Singers (performers): Vespers (All-Night Vigil) (classical, composed 1915, performed 1990)
  • 2014: Radiohead: OK Computer (1997)
  • 2012: Ramones: Ramones (1976)
  • 2018: Ola Belle Reed Ola Belle Reed (1973)
  • 2017: Steve Reich/Richard Maxfield/Pauline Oliveros (composers): New Sounds in Electronic Music (1967)
  • 2008: Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks: 2000 Years with Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks (comedy, 1961)
  • 2016: Marty Robbins: Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs (1959)
  • 2003: Richard Rodgers/Oscar Hammerstein II (composers): Oklahoma! (cast recording, 1943)
  • 2012: Richard Rodgers/Oscar Hammerstein II (composers): South Pacific (cast recording, 1949)
  • 2017: Richard Rodgers/Oscar Hammerstein II (composers): The Sound of Music (soundtrack, 1965)
  • 2016: Sonny Rollins: Saxophone Colossus (1956)
  • 2013: Linda Ronstadt: Heart Like a Wheel (1974)
  • 2017: Run-D.M.C.: Raising Hell (1986)

S
  • 2010: Mort Sahl: At Sunset (1955)
  • 2015: Buffy Sainte-Marie: It’s My Way! (1964)
  • 2015: Santana: Abraxas (1970)
  • 2015: Robert and Clara Schumann (composers)/Beaux Arts Trio (performer): Complete Piano Trios (classical, composed 1846-51, performed 1972)
  • 2003: Tony Schwartz: New York Taxi Driver (spoken, 1959)
  • 2016: Pete Seeger: We Shall Overcome (live, 1963)
  • 2014: Sesame Street: All-Time Platinum Favorites (children, 1995)
  • 2012: Simon & Garfunkel: Sounds of Silence (1966)
  • 2006: Paul Simon: Graceland (1986)
  • 2002: Frank Sinatra: Songs for Young Lovers (1954)
  • 2014: Sly & the Family Stone: Stand! (1969)
  • 2016: Charlie Smalls (composer): The Wiz (cast recording, 1975)
  • 2009: Patti Smith: Horses (1975)
  • 2013: Stephen Sondheim (composer): Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street (cast recording, 1979)
  • 2005: Sonic Youth: Daydream Nation (10/88)
  • 2003: Bruce Springsteen: Born to Run (1975)
  • 2009: The Staple Singers: Soul Folk in Action (1968)
  • 2010: Steely Dan: Aja (10/8/77)
  • 2011: Richard Strauss (composer)/Chicago Symphony Orchestra (performers)/Fritz Reiner (conductor): Also Sprach Zarathustra (classical, composed 1896, performed 1954)
  • 2002: Igor Stravinsky (composer)/New York Philharmonic (performers): Le Sacre Du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) (ballet, composed 1913, performed 1940)
  • 2016: Barbra Streisand: People (1964)
  • 2009: Jule Styne/Stephen Sondheim (composers): Gypsy (cast recording, 1959)
  • 2009: Morton Subotnick: Silver Apples of the Moon (2009)

T
  • 2016: Talking Heads…Remain in Light (1980)
  • 2004: Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky (composer)/Vladimir Horowitz/NBC Symphony Orchestra (performers)/Arturo Toscanini (conductor): Piano Concerto No. 1 (classical, composed 1875, performed 1943)
  • 2012: Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky (composer)/Van Cliburn (performer): Piano Concerto No. 1 (classical, composed 1875, performed 1958)
  • 2004: Virgil Thomson (composer): Four Saints in Three Acts (1947)
  • 2014: Joan Tower (composer)/Colorado Symphony Orchestra (performer)/Martin Alsop (conductor): Fanfares for the Uncommon Woman (classical, composed 1986, performed 1999)
  • 2017: Merle Travis: Folk Songs of the Hills (1946)
  • 2004: Tuskegee Institute Choir/Mormon Tabernacle Choir/Philadelphia Orchestra (performers)/Eugene Ormandy (conductor)/Richard P. Condie (choir director)/William L. Dawson (director): Tuskegee Institute Choir Sings Spirituals (1955)

U
  • 2013: U2: The Joshua Tree (1987)
  • 2007: United States Marine Band: Recordings for the National Cultural Center (1963)

V
  • 2005: Edgard Varèse (composer): Poeme Electronique (composed 1958)
  • 2006: Sarah Vaughan: Live in Japan (live, 1973)
  • 2006: Velvet Underground & Nico: Velvet Underground & Nico (1967)
  • 2003: Antonio Vivaldi (composer)/Louis Kaufman/Concert Hall String Orchestra (performers): The Four Seasons (classical, composed 1725, performed 1947)

W
  • 2003: Richard Wagner (composer)/George Solti and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (performers): Der Ring Des Nibelungen (The Ring Cycle) (opera, composed 1848-1874, performed 1958-65)
  • 2009: Richard Wagner (composer)/Metropolitan Opera, featuring Kirsten Flagstad and Lauritz Melchior (performers): Tristan Und Isolde (opera, composed 1857-59, performed 1935)
  • 2012: Junior Wells with Buddy Guy: Hoodoo Man Blues (1965)
  • 2008: The Who: The Who Sings My Generation (1965)
  • 2012: The Wild Tchoupitoulas: The Wild Tchoupitoulas (1976)
  • 2004: John Williams (composer): Star Wars (soundtrack, 1977)
  • 2005: Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life (1976)

X-Y-Z

Various Artists
  • 2005: various artists (performers)/ Harry Smith (compiler): Anthology of American Folk Music (box set, recorded 1923-32, released 1952)
  • 2010: various artists (Nat “King” Cole, Les Paul, Buddy Rich, et al): Jazz at the Philharmonic (live, 1944)
  • 2007: various artists (performers)/Norman Granz (producer): The Jazz Scene (1949)
  • 2007: various artists (performers)/David Lewiston (recorder): Music from the Morning of the World (1966)
  • 2006: various artists (Pixinguinha, Donga, Cartola, Jararaca, Ratinho and José Espinguela)/Leopold Stowowski (supervisor): Native Brazilian Music (1942)
  • 2012: various artists (Bee Gees et al): Saturday Night Fever (soundtrack, 1977)
  • 2018: various artists: Schoolhouse Rock!: The Box Set (children, box set: 1996)

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