Today, the Library of Congress announced its newest inductees into the National Recording Registry, a collection of “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” recordings chosen to be preserved in their best existing versions at the Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Virginia. The Registry includes everything from wax cylinders, radio programs, and recorded speeches, to comedy and music albums from all imaginable genres.
This year, the 25 selection for the registry are just as fascinating as ever. The list includes two different versions of Mack the Knife, a dictaphone recording of Wilt Chamberlain breaking the NBA record by scoring 100 points in a single basketball game, Secretary of State George C. Marshall’s “Marshall Plan Speech” detailing plans to resurrect Europe after the end of World War II, and two episodes of Destination Freedom, a 1940’s radio program dedicated to presenting the accomplishments of black Americans.
A diverse collection of songs and albums were added to the Registry this year, too. The eclectic list includes, Alex North’s soundtrack to A Streetcar Named Desire, John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme, George Carlin’s Class Clown, The Supreme’s single Where Did Our Love Go?, Merle Haggard’s single Mama Tried, Santana’s Abraxas, Billy Joel’s Piano Man, Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive, and perhaps most surprising of all, Master of Puppets by Metallica.
You can visit the Registry’s website to listen to a montage of this year’s inductees, or click the titles linked above to place a hold on the CDs available from the library.