The Music Reclamation Project

Music is one of my great passions.  I’ve been collecting recordings since I was child.  The first 45 R.P.M. I bought with my own money was Queen’s We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions back in 1977,  I was ten.

My collection of recordings now exceeds 17,000 tracks and according to iTunes, would take over 95 days to play from beginning to end. But does that mean the collection is done growing?  Don’t be silly.

My entire CD collection is in my iTunes library, but I still have lots of music sitting on vinyl.  Which brings us to the reclamation project.

It started a couple years ago when I stumbled onto a tag sale where a woman was selling a stack of old records. “They were my husband’s,” she said. “He loved listening to them.” Flipping through the pile I understood why. Stan Getz, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald. I stopped on Dave Brubeck’s Time Out. There were two copies; One in mono, one in stereo.

“That was his favorite,” she laughed. “He listened to that one, a lot.”

The Dave Brubeck Quartet recorded Time Out for Columbia in 1959.  The title refers to the song’s odd time signatures.  It was hugely popular and went on to become one of the best-selling records in jazz history.

But I had never heard it.

So I bought the whole stack of records, with the promise to her that these albums would be heard and enjoyed again.  And they were.  I recorded the albums into my computer and then digitally removed the pops and crackles (along with the annoying buzz that my mixer adds) creating pristine versions that makes them sound brand new.

And so began the music reclamation project.

Sometimes the records come from tag sales and flea markets, other are from family and friends. But one by one, they are being rescued from the silence of storage and finding new life here in the 21st century of digital music.

Bring your iPod and sample the goodness!