The Library of Congress Recording Registry is adding a little flavor to its preserves by inducting 25 recordings including rapper [lastfm]Tupac Shakur[/lastfm] and the college radio-friendly [lastfm]R.E.M.[/lastfm] to its records.
What songs did the Library of Congress deem worthy enough to induct? Find out after the jump, plus other artists’ recordings that will forever be preserved.
The Library of Congress is adding [lastfm]R.E.M.[/lastfm]’s “Radio Free Europe” and [lastfm]Tupac Shakur[/lastfm]’s “Dear Mama” on their list of 2010 Library of Congress Recording Registry inductees, which preserves “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” works.
The Library of Congress calls R.E.M.‘s “Radio Free Europe” as “setting the pattern for later indie rock releases by breaking through on college radio in the face of mainstream radio’s general indifference,” and calls Tupac‘s revealing “Dear Mama” “a moving and eloquent homage to both the murdered rapper’s own mother and all mothers struggling to maintain a family in the face of addiction, poverty and societal indifference.”
All recordings must be at least a decade old in order to be considered to be inducted into the Library of Congress. The full list of this year’s 25 recordings inducted to the Congress is below.
2010 Library of Congress Recording Registry inductees:
“Fon der Choope” (From the Wedding), Abe Elenkrig’s Yidishe Orchestra (1913)
“Canal Street Blues,” King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band (1923)
Tristan und Isolde, Metropolitan Opera, featuring Kirsten Flagstad and Lauritz Melchior, NBC Broadcast of March 9, 1935
“When You Wish Upon a Star,” [lastfm]Cliff Edwards[/lastfm] (1940)
“America’s Town Meeting of the Air: Should Our Ships Convoy Materials to England?”(May 8, 1941)
The Library of Congress Marine Corps Combat Field Recording Collection, Second Battle of Guam (July 20 – August 11, 1944)
“Evangeline Special” and “Love Bridge Waltz,” Iry LeJeune (1948)
“The Little Engine That Could,” narrated by Paul Wing (1949)
Leon Metcalf Collection of recordings of the First People of Western Washington State (1950-1954)
“Tutti Frutti,” [lastfm]Little Richard[/lastfm] (1955)
“Smokestack Lightning,” [lastfm]Howlin’ Wolf[/lastfm] (1956)
Gypsy, original cast recording (1959)
The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings, Bill Evans Trio (June 25, 1961)
“Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two),” Max Mathews (1961)
I Started Out As a Child, Bill Cosby (1964)
Azucar Pa Ti, Eddie Palmieri (1965)
Today!, [lastfm]Mississippi John Hurt[/lastfm] (1966)
Silver Apples of the Moon, Morton Subotnick (1967)
Soul Folk in Action, [lastfm]The Staple Singers[/lastfm] (1968)
The Band, [lastfm]The Band[/lastfm] (1969)
Coal Miner’s Daughter, [lastfm]Loretta Lynn[/lastfm] (1970)
Red Headed Stranger, [lastfm]Willie Nelson[/lastfm] (1975)
Horses, [lastfm]Patti Smith[/lastfm] (1975)
“Radio Free Europe” [lastfm]R.E.M.[/lastfm] (1981)
“Dear Mama,” [lastfm]Tupac Shakur[/lastfm] (1995)
[Source: Rolling Stone]