The Great 78 Project - by the Internet Archive

The Great 78 Project is a community project for the preservation, research and discovery of 78rpm records. From about 1898 to the 1950s, an estimated 3 million sides (~3 minute recordings) have been made on 78rpm discs. While the commercially viable recordings will have been restored or remastered onto LP’s or CD, there is still research value in the artifacts and usage evidence in the often rare 78rpm discs and recordings. Already, over 20 collections have been selected by the Internet Archive for physical and digital preservation and access. Started by many volunteer collectors, these new collections have been selected, digitized and preserved by the Internet Archive, George Blood LP, and the Archive of Contemporary Music.

Over 400,000 Recordings are currently available for listening and download:

Recently the music labels have sued the Internet Archive for copyright reasons.

I am going to try this one:


I’d be interested in your impressions viz the SQ…

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It sounds surprisingly good. I have downloaded a 96kHz 24bit FLAC with a dynamic range of 10!


Wow, that’s impressive for such an old recording!

I’ll have a look at the database, but I’ll certainly have a listen to ‘La Vie En Rose’…

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Thanks for this post Erno. Do you have a link to this story? I have tried to find something but no luck. I like to keep up with this sort of thing even though it is now many years since I was involved.


Hi Pete,

I already expected this from you :wink:

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Very interesting!! I will donate a lot of 78 discs (30s and 40s) from my grandfather that I cannot play at home