It’s a good day for vinyl lovers. Like everything else that comes out of Jack White’s Third Man Records, their latest project is genius on wax. Today I’m talking about, “The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records 1917-1932”, a two-volume set of songs that would otherwise have been forgotten. Enjoy.
Jack White: The Musical Historian
Jack White is a man of many faces. Songwriter. Singer. Guitar God. Drummer. Pianist. Record label head. And now he’s helping preserve Paramount Record’s musical history, with the help of the good folks down at Third Man Records. If you’re not familiar with Paramount, they were founded in 1917, and released musics from legends such as: Louis Armstrong, Charley Patton, Son House, Alberta Hunter, and Papa Charlie Jackson. “Paramount Records was founded on a modest proposition: produce records as cheaply as possible, recording whatever talent was available. ” It’s plain to see, that Paramount’s vision is more alive today than ever, it strives in independent record labels all over the country. Third Man is no exception, and their hope is that by making this music easily available to the public, they can preserve it.
Volume one of “The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records” is set to be released on November 19.
The set includes:
- 800 newly-remastered digital tracks, representing 172 artists
- 200+ fully-restored original 1920s ads and images
- 6x 180g vinyl LPs pressed on burled chestnut colored vinyl w/ hand-engraved, blind-embossed gold-leaf labels, housed in a laser-etched white birch LP folio
- 250 page deluxe large-format clothbound hardcover art book
- 360 page encyclopedia-style softcover field guide containing artist portraits and full Paramount discography
- Handcrafted quarter-sawn oak cabinet with lush sage velvet upholstery and custom-forged metal hardware
- First-of-its-kind music and image player app, allowing user mgmt of all tracks and ads, housed on custom-designed USB drive
I am so excited for this release, Third Man Records is breaking new ground everyday, and is helping keep music and vinyl alive.
Find out more about the release at Third Man Records.