Joe Bussard's basement tapes

bussardJoe Bussard has 20,000 vintage 78 rpm records from the 1920s and 1930s in his basement. For $15, Joe will put together a custom cassette compilation for you of 20 tunes from his collection, perhaps the largest of its kind in the world. I wish Joe and his friends would rip all of his 78s so he could sell MP3 CDs of these ultra-rare recordings. Here's a great NPR All Things Considered piece on Joe Bussard from last year.

"'The truest form you'll ever hear in American music is on these records,' Joe says. 'It was put there, and it's remained there for seventy years. It hasn't changed.'"