Love, Grateful Dead recordings added to National Recording Registry

By Chris M. Junior

Love’s 1967 album “Forever Changes” and a 1977 Grateful Dead concert performance are among the latest recordings that have selected for induction into the National Recording Registry, the Library of Congress announced.

“America’s sound heritage is an important part of the nation’s history and culture, and this year’s selections reflect the diversity and creativity of the American experience,” said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington in a news release. “These songs, words and natural sounds must be preserved for future generations.”

“Forever Changes,” which features the signature song “Alone Again Or,” was Love’s second album of ’67 and the Los Angeles band’s third overall. In its press release, the Library of Congress says, “Rock was growing more electric in 1967, but ‘Forever Changes’ is essentially acoustic, with a restrained and supple rhythm section supporting the ambitious horn and string charts of pop arranger David Angel, making Johnny Echols’ searing guitar solos all the more memorable.”

The Dead concert was recorded May 8, 1977, at Cornell University’s Barton Hall. The soundboard recording has reached “almost mythic status among ‘Deadhead’ tape traders because of its excellent sound quality and early accessibility, as well as its musical performances,” according to the Library of Congress.

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Here’s the listing of all of the 2011 National Recording Registry additions, in chronological order:

1. Edison Talking Doll cylinder, 1888
2. “Come Down Ma Evenin’ Star,” Lillian Russell, 1912
3. “Ten Cents A Dance,” Ruth Etting, 1930
4. “Voices from the Days of Slavery,” various speakers, 1932-1941 interviews
5. “I Want To Be A Cowboy’s Sweetheart,” Patsy Montana, 1935
6. “Fascinating Rhythm,” Sol Hoopli and his Novelty Five, 1938
7. “Artistry in Rhythm,” Stan Kenton and His Orchestra, 1943
8. Debut performance with the New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein, Nov. 14, 1943
9. International Sweethearts of Rhythm: Hottest Women’s Band of the 1940s, 1944-1946
10. “The Indians For Indians Hour,” March 25, 1947
11. “Hula Medley,” Gabby Pahinui, 1947
12. “I Can Hear It Now,” Fred W. Friendly and Edward R. Murrow, 1948
13. “Let’s Go Out to The Programs,” The Dixie Hummingbirds, 1953
14. “Also Sprach Zarathustra, Fritz Reiner and The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 1954, 1958
15. “Bo Diddley” and “I’m A Man,” Bo Diddley, 1955
16. “Green Onions,” Booker T. And The MG’s, 1962
17. “Forever Changes,” Love, 1967
18. “The Continental Harmony: Music of William Billings,” Gregg Smith Singers, 1969
19. “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” Vince Guaraldi Trio, 1970
20. “Coat of Many Colors,” Dolly Parton, 1971
21. “Mothership Connection,” Parliament, 1975
22. Barton Hall concert by The Grateful Dead, May 8, 1977
23. “I Feel Love,” Donna Summer, 1977
24. “Rapper’s Delight,” Sugarhill Gang, 1979
25. “Purple Rain,” Prince And The Revolution, 1984

Nominations now are being accepted for  the next registry. Nominate recordings via the National Recording Preservation Board’s website at http://www.loc.gov.

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