Oy, it's enough to make you grab the phone and call up Mom to see if your old drop-down Magnovox record player - the one with four speeds - is still stashed away in the attic.
No less a 78rpm-fan than Tom Waits
collaborated last with the Preservation Hall Jazz
Band on two tracks for the Preservation project, and now "Tootie Ma Was A Big Fine Thing" and "Corrine Died on the Battlefield" are about to be issued as a vinyl 78. It arrives on November 19, and hear are the details per Waits' website
The two tracks will now be packaged in a special limited edition 78 rpm format record, each signed and numbered by Preservation Hall Creative Director Ben Jaffe
. The first one hundred records will be accompanied by a custom-made Preservation Hall 78rpm record player as part of a Deluxe Donation package. The remaining four hundred and four will be available as a standalone record for the Basic Donation package.
This special limited edition recording will be made available in two different tiers, based on the level of donation: Deluxe Donation Tier: $200 - Limited Edition 78rpm record featuring Tom Waits & The Preservation Hall Jazz Band AND a custom-made Preservation Hall 78 record players - and Basic Donation Tier: $50 - Limited Edition 78rpm record featuring Tom Waits & The Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
Both packages will be available for in-person purchase at Preservation Hall in New Orleans on November 19, 2010 at 10:00am Central and available for purchase online November 20th here
Wait - did they say "custom-made Preservation Hall 78rpm record player"?!? That's right; as the photo above details, you can get your very own custom, standalone turntable, just like they used to make ‘em (internal amp/speaker included - although it's hard to tell from the photo if it will also play 45s, 33 1/3 LPs and 16rpm kids' records). Now THAT is entertainment.
And THAT is limited, too. 100 packages plus 404 records ain't much, so don't be a slowpoke on those days it all goes on sale...