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A Tribe Called Quest and Wu-Tang Clan albums archived in the Library Of Congress

‘Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)’ and ‘Low End Theory’ join the National Recording Registry

  • Becky Buckle
  • 14 April 2022
A Tribe Called Quest and Wu-Tang Clan albums archived in the Library Of Congress

The Library Of Congress has selected albums from Wu-Tang Clan and A Tribe Called Quest to enter the National Recording Registry.

Albums, ‘Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)’ and ‘Low End Theory’ have entered the archive.

"We are honored to have our work added to the prestigious National Recording Registry amongst so many other astounding works,” said rapper Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest. “We are humbled and grateful for this acknowledgement. Thank you so, so much.”

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Other albums added to the archive are Alicia Keys’ ‘Songs in A Minor’, the Shirelles’ ‘Tonight’s the Night’, Terry Riley’s ‘In C’, the Ry Cooder–produced ‘Buena Vista Social Club’, Bonnie Raitt’s ‘Nick of Time’, Duke Ellington’s ‘Ellington at Newport’, and Max Roach’s ‘We Insist! Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite’.

As well as these iconic albums, individual tracks have also been added which include Four Tops’ ‘Reach Out (I’ll Be There)’, Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, Ricky Martin’s ‘Livin’ la Vida Loca’, Nat King Cole’s ‘The Christmas Song’ and Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believin’’.

A Robin Williams’ 2010 appearance on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast also made the list.

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Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden who named 25 recordings as ‘audio treasures’ said in a statement: “The National Recording Registry reflects the diverse music and voices that have shaped our nation’s history and culture through recorded sound,.”

Hayden added: “The national library is proud to help preserve these recordings, and we welcome the public’s input. We received about 1,000 public nominations this year for recordings to add to the registry.”

Check out who else made the Library of Congress here.

Becky Buckle is Mixmag's Digital Intern, follow her on Twitter

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