Library of Congress Honors 3 Feet High and Rising

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Published on April 07, 2011 with 1 Comment

De La Soul’s influence runs wide and deep. Their sample-based sound inspired contemporaries and new school acts alike.

The Library of Congress has now ensured that they’ll continue to influence future hip-hop generations by selecting their seminal debut 3 Feet High and Rising for preservation in the National Recording Registry. That’s a big deal. Clap for ‘em.

Peep the entire list below:

1. Phonautograms – Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville (ca. 1853-1861)
2. “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” – Edward Meeker, accompanied by the Edison Orchestra (1908)
3. Cylinder Recordings of Ishi (1911-14)
4. “Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground” – Blind Willie Johnson (1927)
5. “It’s the Girl” – The Boswell Sisters with the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra (1931)
6. “Mal Hombre” – Lydia Mendoza (1934)
7. “Tumbling Tumbleweeds” – The Sons of the Pioneers (1934)
8. “Talking Union” – The Almanac Singers (1941)
9. “Jazz at the Philharmonic” (July 2, 1944)
10. “Pope Marcellus Mass” (Palestrina) – The Roger Wagner Chorale (1951)
11. “The Eagle Stirreth Her Nest” – Rev. C. L. Franklin (1953)
12. “Tipitina” – Professor Longhair (1953)
13. “At Sunset” –Mort Sahl (1955)
14. Interviews with Jazz Musicians for the Voice of America, Willis Conover (1956)
15. “The Music From ‘Peter Gunn'” – Henry Mancini (1959)
16. United Sacred Harp Musical Convention in Fyffe, Alabama – field recordings by Alan Lomax and Shirley Collins (1959)
17. “Blind Joe Death” – John Fahey (1959, 1964, 1967 18. “Stand By Your Man” – Tammy Wynette (1968)
19. “Trout Mask Replica” – Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band (1969)
20. “Songs of the Humpback Whale” (1970)
21. “Let’s Stay Together” – Al Green (1971)
22. “Black Angels (Thirteen Images from the Dark Land)” –George Crumb, CRI Recordings, (1972)
23. “Aja” – Steely Dan (1977)
24. “3 Feet High and Rising” – De La Soul (1989)
25. GOPAC Strategy and Instructional Tapes (1986-1994)



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  1. Huh. That’s actually a pretty good choice. Classic record that inspired many, employs a multitude of styles and sounds and is a definite signifier of it’s age.

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