Vinyl LP (Out of Print), CD in digipak with 20-page booklet. Publication Date: October 2, 2015

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Compiled by Jonathan Ward, Excavated Shellac: Strings features seventeen (including 3 bonus tracks not on LP) outstanding performances from the four corners of the world played on stringed instruments and recorded and released on 78rpm records circa 1920-1950.

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.


1. Sogoman Seranyan – Eraz (Armenia)
2. Sundaram Balachander – Dayapayonidhe, Pt. 2 (India)
3. Alberto Ruiz y su Lira Incaica – Paceñita (Bolivia)
4. Nzila Joseph et son ensemble – Moleke Mbwa (Congo)
5. Tấn and Đồng – Nam Bình (Vietnam)
6. Tatyana Makharadze & G. Bugadze – Lale (Georgia)
7. Abol-hasan Sabā – Chaopan (Iran)
8. Trio Tipico Paraguayo de Félix Pérez Cardoso – Pajaro Campana (Paraguay)
9. Brača Kapugi Tamburica Orchestar i Pjevački Zbor – Tko Se Bregom Seče (Croatia)
10. Kjetil Flatin – Jornvrongia-Springar (Norway)
11. Yamaura Toyoko – Ko-uta, Ryukyu Bushi (Japan)
12. Chahadé Effendi Saadé – Taqsim Rast (Lebanon)
13. Galabuzi and Party – Okubulirwa Lupiza Otambula Osopza (Uganda)
14. Kemanî Amâ Recep – Çifte kiriş ile Rast Taksim (Turkey)

“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