Jack White’s not the only one releasing the funky vinyl these days. Although the Third Man Records founder is the only one producing 3 rpm plastic, San Francisco-based record label Tompkins Square is bringing back the 78 rpm. Now that’s sexy.
“A lot of new turntables play 78s, and many 78 collectors listen to their records on modern equipment. Tom Waits, Elvis Costello and Nick Lowe have all recently released 78s. So I thought it would be fun to start a line of them,” Tompkins Square owner Josh Rosenthal writes on his website.
In honor of Record Store Day, April 21, the label will release a series of recordings, the first two will feature previously unreleased recordings from Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars, The Black Crowes), and Ralph Stanley.
Luther Dickinson’s record features songs of Southern melodies including “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah/Beautiful Dreamer” on the A side and “Nobody Knows The Trouble I’ve Seen/Peace in the Valley” on the B side. Ralph Stanley’s record features “Single Girl” with “Little Birdie” on the flip side.
Both 78s will be released as a limited edition of 500 copies and will not be sold on the label site – they will only be available via independent record stores participating in Record Store Day. (click here for a list of participating stores)
Fans can also find a white label 45 of Hiss Golden Messenger’s “Jesus Shot Me in The Head” b/w the currently unavailable “Jesus Dub,” set for release on April 21.
Have a listen and enjoy as Dickinson takes on the timeless and spiritual piece, “Nobody Knows The Trouble I’ve Seen.”