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Excavated Shellac: Strings

Compiled by Jonathan Ward, “Excavated Shellac: Strings” features seventeen outstanding performances from the four corners of the world played on stringed instruments and recorded and released on 78rpm records circa 1920-1950. CD in digipak with 20-page booklet. 


This release features fiddles, shamisen, charango, Paraguyan harp, Indian vina, Lebanese oud, Persian violin, Vietnamese moon guitar, and more. Compiled by Jonathan Ward, all tracks are previously unreissued, carefully transferred and mastered and presented with detailed liner notes by Ward.

“Jon Ward’s Excavated Shellac focuses on ethnic music on 78’s. He’s one of the smartest obsessive record collectors I know, and the stuff he posts I would gladly pay to download…it is always stuff you would never hear anywhere else, nothing here on CD. This is the rarest of the rare and the best of the best. Stellar!” – Steve Roden, Wire Magazine’s Web Exclusive

“Featuring Ward’s informative notes and commentary…(Excavated Shellac is) an astounding selection of music from India, Ireland, Turkey, Burma, Poland, Africa, Japan, Spain, the US, and more…rare treats.”
– Susanna Bolle, The Boston Phoenix

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