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With so many great mp3s in our collection, we understand you might have a problem figuring out where to start. That’s why we created “Classics,” a list of our favorite public domain mp3. Scroll down for the player to enjoy this playlist!

Big Bill Broonzy – “How You Want It Done”

In his long career, Big Bill Broonzy wrote and copyrighted over 300 songs. Many were original, some were adaptations of folk songs in the oral tradition. You can hear in this early Broonzy recording of “How You Want It Done,” the seeds of rock and roll guitar playing which would later sprout in the hands of Chuck Berry, Bill Haley and many others in the 1950’s. We’re fortunate to have a nice clean digital copy to enjoy today.

Ma Rainey – “Slave To The Blues”

When you read the words “slave to the blues,” it doesn’t compare to how it sounds and feels when Ma Rainey sings this song. You can imagine her holding her heart in chains during this dreary memory. It’s another way to say endless heart ache.

New, Old Music by Blind Blake, “Diddie Wa Diddie

blind-blake-100This early classic of ragtime blues guitar continues to inspire musicians and entertain music lovers to today.

We enhanced the sound @ East Bay Recording with Michael Rosen on the board and Eric Din playing guitar along with Blind Blake.

Check it out:

here’s a link to the original recording.

Scott Joplin – “The Entertainer

Only one of the greatest and most famous piano works of all time, here is Scott Joplin‘s “The Entertainer,” as performed by the American composer himself. More than stand the test of time, this unforgettable theme has become part of the very DNA of popular music, rediscovered by every generation since its conception. From its first run as a piano roll hit, through a chart topping radio resurgence in 1974 (precipitated by a prominent use in the hit Paul Newman / Robert Redford movie The Sting), to its ubiquitous presence on the loudspeakers of ice cream trucks the world over, this piece is synonymous with joy and fun.

New, Old Music by Dick Justice,”Cocaine

This song is still significant some 75 plus years later.

Originally written and recorded by Luke Jordan in 1927, Justice re-made his own version of the song blending a little folk with some blues and speeding up the tempo.

We enhanced the sound @ East Bay Recording with Michael Rosen on the board and Eric Din played keyboard and guitar along with Dick Justice.

Check it out:

here’s a link to the original recording.

Ed Meeker, “Take Me Out To The Ball Game

Edward MeekerThe World Series always makes me think of Ed Meeker and his classic song “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” on Edison recordings. What a chorus! Next year is this songs 100th anniversary. People everywhere still sing it. Now that’s popular music! This version is ripped from a 78rpm recording, but the quality and gusto of Ed’s voice resonates magnificently. Remember, it’s “1, 2, 3, strikes you’re out at the old ball game!”

din-profile-cactus-100This site is curated by Uptones founder and East Bay musician Eric Din. It reflects his sensibilities and the music he’s helped make during his lifetime. Besides the great music Eric has on his site, you’ll find insights from a devoted music maker.

Joel-Selvin-100pxA tremendous resource of San Francisco musical history, this site is hosted by renown author and former beat writer and columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, Joel Selvin. Excepts from his many books, links to his Chronicle stories and podcasts of his radio show “Selvin on the City” are all on this wonderful music site.

Son-Of-Pete-label-100pxThis site is a blog about music from the perspective of independent record company founder and hit producer, Matthew King Kaufman. Matthew has made scores of significant recordings as the record producer for Beserkley Records, which had international hit recordings with Jonathan Richman and Greg Kihn.

pss-les-pauls-100Lou Parmelee, ultimate guitar roadie and tech wizard, has created the complete guitar and guitar accessory web site. His mission is simple: to bring you the most comprehensive guitar resource on the web. It is!