Lost Sounds: Blacks and the Birth of the Recording Industry, 1891-1922 (Various Artists)

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Fifty-four tracks by 43 artists, and 60 pages of in-depth commentary and analysis: Lost Sounds is a monumental achievement that stretches back to the faint beginnings of commercial recordings and travels to the brink of the Jazz Age to trace the contributions of black artists on American records. Sometimes noisy and raucous, sometimes quiet and austere, these recordings demonstrate the deep involvement and lasting influence of African Americans in the nascent recording industry.  

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Visit Lost Sounds' expanded catalogue page to see the complete track listing, read an extended description, and listen to sound samples.