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Radiohead, Lauryn Hill, The Doors, and more added to the National Recording Registry

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The National Recording Registry, basically The Library Of Congress’ record collection, has added another 25 recordings to its vault for preservation. The Guardian reports that, thanks to popular nominations, Radiohead’s OK Computer will be joining the archives, thereby demonstrating the wisdom of the age-old saying that the masses are always right when it comes to early Radiohead records.


In addition to dystopian-themed British rock, the Registry has also added Lauryn Hill’s The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill, showing that the government has finally chosen a side in the infamous late-’90s beef between Wyclef Jean and Hill. Other recordings include Joan Baez’s first album The Door’s self-titled album, The Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,” and Steve Martin‘s comedy album A Wild And Crazy Guy. Upon hearing the news, the comedian presumably shushed the Library Of Congress and went back to talking about art.

The Sesame Street compilation album All-Time Platinum Favorites was also included, because the head of the Registry was sick of telling his son Jimmy it was never going to happen. The complete list of new recordings is below, and it just goes to show that in the minds of the Library Of Congress, video games might not be worth a tinker’s fart, but they’ll be damned if anyone’s keeping Songs Of The Old Regular Baptists out of their collection.


Sorry, Wrong Number (episode of Suspense radio series, May 25, 1943)

“Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive” (single)–Johnny Mercer (1944)

The Doors (album)–the Doors (1967)

OK Computer (album)–Radiohead (1997)

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (album)–Lauryn Hill (1998)

A Wild and Crazy Guy (album)–Steve Martin (1978)

“You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” (single)–The Righteous Brothers (1964)

Stand! (album)–Sly and the Family Stone (1969)

Kiss Me, Kate (original cast album) (1949)

The Vernacular Wax Cylinder Recordings at University of California, Santa Barbara Library (c 1890-1910)


“Black Snake Moan/Matchbox Blues” (single)–Blind Lemon Jefferson (1928)

“Stand by Me” (single)–Ben E King (1961)

Radio coverage of President Franklin D Roosevelt’s funeral–Arthur Godfrey, et al (April 14, 1945)


John Brown’s Body (album)–Tyrone Power, Judith Anderson and Raymond Massey; directed by Charles Laughton (1953)

“My Funny Valentine” (single)–The Gerry Mulligan Quartet featuring Chet Baker (1953)


“Sixteen Tons” (single)–Tennessee Ernie Ford (1955)

“Mary Don’t You Weep” (single)–The Swan Silvertones (1959)

Joan Baez (album)–Joan Baez (1960)

New Orleans’ Sweet Emma Barrett and Her Preservation Hall Jazz Band (album)–Sweet Emma and Her Preservation Hall Jazz Band (1964)


Lincoln Mayorga and Distinguished Colleagues (album)–Lincoln Mayorga (1968)

Sesame Street: All-Time Platinum Favourites (album)–Various (1995)

Songs of the Old Regular Baptists (album)–Various (1997)

Fanfares for the Uncommon Woman (album)–Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop, conductor; Joan Tower, composer (1999)


The Benjamin Ives Gilman Collection, recorded at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition at Chicago (1893)

“The Boys of the Lough/The Humours of Ennistymon” (single)–Michael Coleman (1922)


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