Billy Joel, Supremes, Metallica: Making Recording History


Billy Joel, Supremes, Metallica Are Making Recording History In The National Recording Registry

Every year, the National Recording Registry collects approximately 25 sound recordings that are at least 10 years old. These recordings are recognized for their “cultural, artistic and/ or historical significance to American society and the nation’s aural legacy.” The Registry features 450 recordings which is only a small part of the Library’s 3 million item sound collection. 25 new recordings have been inducted to the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry including

Every year, the National Recording Registry collects approximately 25 sound recordings that are at least 10 years old. These recordings are recognized for their “cultural, artistic and/ or historical significance to American society and the nation’s aural legacy.” The Registry features 450 recordings which is only a small part of the Library’s 3 million item sound collection. 25 new recordings have been inducted to the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry including

25 new recordings have been inducted to the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry including Billy Joel’s “Piano Man”, Metallica’s Master of Puppets, the Supremes’ “Where Did Our Love Go” and Santana’s Abraxas. Also inducted are Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive”, John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme”, George Carlin’s Class Clown LP and two versions of “Mack the Knife”, all making the 2015 class.

Making Recording History

In regards to her induction, Gloria Gaynor says, “’I Will Survive is my mantra, the core of my God given purpose. It is my privilege and honor to use it to inspire people around the world of every nationality, race, creed, color and age group to join me as I sing and live the words: ‘I Will Survive.’”

2015’s newest entry is Metallica’s Master of Puppets. The Library writes, [the album] “shows the group moving away from its thrash metal history and reputation and exploring new ideas.

Thrash, a reaction against the pop metal of early 80s, aimed to renew metal by emphasizing speed and aggression. For example, the song ‘Battery’ on this album- with rhythm guitarist James Hetfield’s galloping power chords, Lars Ulrich’s machine-gun drumming, and lead guitarist Kirk Hamett’s blinding tapped leads 0 is as rousing an example of the sub-genre as one could find and the technical proficiency is astonishing. However, other songs on the record break free of thrash orthodoxy.”

“Who would’ve ever thought that Master of Puppets, a record made by a band hovering way left of the mainstream in 1986, would be granted the honor of being added to the Registry of the Library of Congress? Metallica is proud and humbled to join such icons as John Coltrane, Merle Haggard, Santana, George Carlin, among others, in this pantheon of American recordings as 2016 inductees. Master of Puppets is a collection of songs that we consider a defining moment in our formative years and the honor bestowed upon this album is thrilling,” Ulrich states.

Regarding the Supremes’ 1964 “Where Did Our Love Go?” the Library states, “When Ross sang in the lower register, she found a distinctive and mature tone that set her apart from other female singers, and when Wilson and Ballard had mastered the behind-the-beat timing of their parts, the group’s performance revealed a depth of longing in the lyrics that made the song stand out.”

Praising Santana’s 1970 LP, Abraxas, the Library writes that the LP “consolidated the group’s position as purveyors of a unique blend of Latin music, rock, blues, and modal jazz… Carlos Santana’s signature guitar tone, with its nearly infinite sustain, and his lyrical melodies have proven highly compelling to this day.”

Written by Leo Friedman and Beth Slater Whitson, the oldest recording in the Library is a 1911 Columbia Quartette rendition of “Let Me Call You Sweetheart”. The class not only contains music, but it also includes seminal blues, radio shows, sports, and speeches.

Explore the full list of inductees at the Library of Congress website

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Samantha Whilden
Samantha Whilden is actively finishing her Music Business degree at Full Sail University and is a first time writer for DHN-TV.

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Billy Joel, Supremes, Metallica: Making Recording History

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