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33 1/3: A Revolution in Sound

Now through November 20, 2020

Miller Nichols Library, Ground Floor - Link Gallery

33 1/3: A Revolution in Sound

Introduced in 1948, the long play (LP) record transformed the way we experienced recorded sound. Previous recorded formats played at 78 revolutions per minute and could only contain three to five minutes of audio. LPs, which play at 33 1/3 revolutions per minute, hold up to 22 minutes of audio per side, allowing listeners to enjoy extended musical performances uninterrupted. The increased capacity and microgroove technology of the LP ushered in the age of Hi-Fidelity, a revolution in recorded sound.

This exhibit displays a variety of records from the Marr Sound Archives to celebration their momentous 33 1/3 anniversary. Visit the exhibit to see the LPs up close and listen along to the tracks below!

Grace Jones Funkadelic Etta James Aretha Franklin Gold Soul Vinyl Blondie Ray Charles Soul Jazz Fridays Smoke Cavern Sound Jimmy Witherspoon Destination Moon Kansas City Jazz KC DIY KC Jazz with Count Basie Raymond Scott Goin to Kansas City KC Choral UMKC Accordion Orchestra Public Enemy Un Ballo In Maschera Redbone Nina Simone Bird and Diz Julia Lee John Coltrane Sweet Baby Blues Bettye Miller The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady The House Committee Eccentric Soul Flaco Jimenez The Westport Kids Tito Puente Rae Bourbon

Posted: August 23, 2019