eddie edirol wrote:I cant get with the 78's only because I have yet to be able to enjoy music that was pre-1950. If my late 60's reggae classics were made on 78, then it might be a different story. So my guess is, the people who like the music of the pre 1940's age are too few and far between.
I've been doing three weekly radio shows for the past year and a half. Of those, I get the most enthusiastic and positive feedback in response to my two hour Saturday show: "Dave's Old Time Radio" which features music from my 78 collection, from about 1900 through 1957. Young and old alike really respond to the music I play on that show.
I have 7,000+ 78s, covering all genres. Some of it can be rather tedious, xylophone solos, dreary organ records, Square Dance, Polka, etc.... But there is a huge amount of exciting and interesting music that was produced in the early to mid 20th century. Perhaps having an open mind in listening is most important.
You mention your favorite "reggae classics." I have a number of 78 RPM Calypso records that you'd probably love to hear, as this was the precursor to Reggae. 78s can help us explore the roots of modern music. Pick up a CD reissue of blues legend Robert Johnson and as you listen you'll start thinking "So that's where the Rolling Stones, The Animals, Led Zeppelin, etc... got their ideas."