Various Artists – Dust-To-Digital Records: Excavated Shellac: An Alternate History of the World’s Music

This is a magnificent compilation of archival material. Dust-To-Digital has made a business out of release gorgeous archival recordings. Take for example the incredible collection called Music of Morocco, compiled by Paul Bowles. This collection will equal it. Music from South Africa, Japan, Algeria, Serbia, Colombia and all points in-between are covered, and with 100 tracks, you’ll be busy for a while.

From Dust-To-Digital’s Bandcamp site:

This collection highlights music that is often invisible in today’s world — the incredible world of global recordings that aren’t jazz, blues, country, rock ‘n roll, R&B, or “classical.”

“Excavated Shellac: An Alternate History of the World’s Music” includes 100 recordings and 100 stories in an extensive, illustrated PDF with detailed, contextual mini-histories about both musical origins and the beginnings of the recording industry, touching on the complexities of colonialism, economic agendas, and cultural tourism.

Featuring music and musical styles from six continents and 89 different countries and regions, recorded between 1907-1967.

Includes a 186-page PDF with essays and annotations by record collector and compilation producer Jonathan Ward.

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