A couple of years ago I bought Glen Richards' mp3 CD of Hot Dance and Jazz selections. Since then, he has added many more recordings to his archive, and you can buy something like 600 hot dance sides on three CD-ROMs for $60. (Or buy the CDs individually for $20 apiece.) These discs play in your computer and on mp3-CD players, and you can make CDs of the soundfiles to play on your home stereo or in the car. A deal like this defines the word "bargain." Glen has unearthed some very rare and delightful recordings indeed, and has painstakingly restored them. Here's his newsletter:
Just a quick note to let you know that the Archive MP3 CD-ROMs and Audio CDs are now available. The Archive MP3 CD-ROMs consist of 3 CD-ROMs with the MP3 files that were released in 2002-2004, 2005-2006 and all the MP3s released in 2007 (including those that haven't appeared yet on the site for the December release). Each disk is packed in a paper sleeve and is $20US, plus shipping to anywhere in the world.
The Audio CDs consist of 7 volumes, each containing recordings released in 2007, in the Audio CD format (just like you'd purchase in a record store). Each Audio CD is packed in a jewel case with a four-page booklet, and is $14US, plus shipping to anywhere in the world.
I'm selling the disks through CafePress.com, and you can reach the sales page from my site or you can click on this link.
Also, I've added scans of four issues of "The Metronome" magazine from 1926 in the Vintage Images section of the website - there are lots of neat ads, photos and tidbits of information scattered throughout (especially a mention of the Jean Goldkette band playing at the Roseland Ballroom). Be sure to check it out.
I've also added some content to the discussion forums under "Glen's Rant and Raves" - a look back at what's happened over the last year.
Finally, I'll be posting new tunes to the site about December 15th - I may do it sooner, if I can. I'll let everyone know as soon as they're posted!
Glen Richards (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Hot-Dance & Vintage Jazz Pages