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What was the first vinyl record ever pressed?

I am wondering about, what was the first vinyl record ever pressed. I am not interested in the first record ever (for example shellac), only the first vinyl record.
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What does Son House mean when he refers to “jumping” with regard to the blues?

Here is a link to a three-minute clip from a documentary from the 1965 Newport Folk Festival where the blues singer and guitarist Son House talks about the nature of the blues. Here is the URL to the ...
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Earth Wind and Fire - why isn't water included?

The traditional list of the primary elements is earth, wind, fire, and water. The funk-soul band Earth, Wind, and Fire neglects the element of water. Has the band ever explained why they left water ...
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What differentiates the 808 kicks from others?

I know the origin of 808 bass kicks is the Roland TR-808 drum machine. But what differentiates them from the bass kicks of other drum machines? What made them so widespread, even today? Isn't there ...
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How has deafness been incorporated in music history (present included)?

Ludwig von Beethoven and Evelyn Glennie are famous musicians who went deaf. Has deafness traditionally kept people from becoming musicians? Is that changing? Who are other famous deaf musicians?
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What is Ma Rainey saying on a fragment of “Trust No Man”

Here is the link to the beautiful song Trust no man by Ma Rainey: http://youtu.be/xoZmWPb7r1o What is she saying from 1:50 to 2:15? The lyrics I have found omit this part.
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Meaning of Iwan Rheon's “Sink”

Please explain me the meaning of the song Sink by Iwan Rheon (from the EP Changing Times). I don’t seem to understand it fully.
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What are popular genre of music in U.S

I am trying to find out popularity of music genres. This page provides the popularity of music genre, but its little old, can anyone share the ranking of genres based on popularity?
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Material for rock history

I have been listening to rock songs for a couple of years now. I read several wiki articles, lyrics interpretation sites and so on. I have so many questions in my mind like: The 'inheritance' ...
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What genre the group VersaEmerge plays?

I really enjoy this band and their style of music. But there is no conrete information about the genre they play. It has quite an electronic touch. But I can't say exactly. The Wikipedia page and ...
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How to Clean Vinyl Records

My records are getting a little dusty, how can I clean them without damaging the grooves? Does dust affect sound/playback quality?
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What does the chorus say in the introduction part of “Livin' La Vida Loca”?

What does the chorus say in the introduction part of "Livin' La Vida Loca" ?
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Longest known live version of Dazed and Confused?

At worst this is a finite list, but does anyone know how long the longest known live version of Dazed and Confused ran, and from which date? There are a heck of a lot of bootlegs out there to cull ...
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Sounds produced from pure electrical circuits?

Is there any musical instrument which produces sounds from pure electrical circuits? Wherein there is no pre-recorded sounds from other instruments...
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Common Documentary Background Music Title (from YouTube link)

This is my first post on Stack Exchange, so if this is the wrong way to use this please inform me. I have heard the following song in many different documentaries and was wondering what song it is. ...
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Is Lester Young's “Four O'Clock Drag” considered bebop?

Here is the link to the beautiful song Four o'clock drag by Lester Young and Kansas city six: http://youtu.be/a5OazZ0vpGA It this song an example of Bebop?
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Ear pads for Grado SR225 headphones [closed]

I have both the Grado SR2225 headphones, and the Sennheiser Urbanite XL. I like the ear pads on the Sennheiser much better. The Sennheiser is covered with some sort of soft fabric, while the Grados ...
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What was the last live concert the Beatles played together?

What was the last concert/show John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr played together as the Beatles?
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What piece of classical music is quoted in Bela Fleck and the Flecktones' “Sinister Minister”?

This is from Victor Wooten concert, he and band "Bela Fleck" performs their song Sinister Minister. I believe this part, that's starts from 3:26, heavily inherits from classical music. And I do ...
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Is changing the grammar of a song's lyrics correct? [closed]

I have frequently seen that certain people post, on certain websites, lyrics of a certain song with a cleaning, a grammatical cleaning. For instance, take the song See See Rider by Big bill broonzy. ...
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Soundgarden's “Black Hole Sun” - did it really start a cult?

The question appears on several music trivia quizzes as: "What Soundgarden song started a cult?" The answer given is Black Hole Sun, which supposedly led to the creation of the "Concerned Christians" ...
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Hoax easy-listening record?

Years ago I was told that someone (Eydie Gorme?) had made a record in the early '60s, possibly under a pseudonym, where she purposefully sang every song a half-tone flat, as a joke. Has anyone else ...
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All tracks by Henrik Zeabird?

Has Henrik Zeabird ever performed or even released other works than the three songs published on their Myspace page? Rain Up and Down jahreszeiten Their Bandcamp page only lists Rain, YouTube only ...
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Does the sound card of a digital mixer affect the quality of the vinyl song?

my setup for my vinyl is like this: I have one vinyl player who is connected to a (real crappy) dj mixer (Cortex dmix-600). This mixer has a sound card, i guess, because it can play directly from an ...
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Beethoven thematic index

Where can I find a thematic index to the works of Beethoven? There is a hymn tune which is supposed to be from one of his works in many hymn books but I do not recognize it and would like to find out ...
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Why is Slash still playing Guns N' Roses songs?

Slash's current band Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators plays some songs from Guns N' Roses. Doesn't GN'R have the copyrights of the song?
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Any songs with the same music but different lyrics? [closed]

Dave Mustaine (former member of Metallica) left the band and took the song Mechanix with him to his new band Megadeth. After that Metallica changed the lyrics and the name of the song and made it Four ...
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When is the SAMA 21 CD coming out?

When is the 21st South African Music Awards Nominees CD coming out? The winners were announced in March this year already (2015).
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Why does a clean nylon-guitar appear to be chorussed, on a cassette player?

I just bought an album which is in a compact cassette format, folk band, consist of vocals, clean acoustic-nylon guitar, double-bass, and a drum/cajon. I have the CD format too. But when I hear the ...
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Is there a guide or database that links a specific sound to a synth?

I was wondering if there a is guide so you can link a specific sound to a synth. Or some kind of database that catalogs the synths used in popular songs.
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What does the KOBATEAM team do in Babymetal's music?

Kobametal (Key Kobayashi) from Amuse, Inc. is the producer for the band Babymetal. What does his team do for the music? Help with musical compositions? Give advice? Give them ideas? What is his ...
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Why do we associate different types of music with different behaviour?

Why is it that we associate metal and dubstep, for example, with aggressive behaviour, and we associate classical music with calm behavior? Is it based on superstition, or is there something else ...
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What defines swing as a music genre/style?

Which patterns are commonly found in swing music? Which are swing's key and defining characteristics? What makes a swing song a swing song?
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Is there symbolism in the word “train” that is particular to rock music culture?

I do not know much about music, but I keep noticing a strange pattern in rock song names and was wondering if there’s more to it. Many bands tend to have a song, and usually on the first album, ...
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“Saber Wing”… 3/4 or 6/8?

Saber Wing is a song created by TAG, originating in the game Dance Dance Revolution X. It’s the most notable song in the entire franchise that doesn't use a 4/4 time signature, but is it 3/4 or 6/8? ...
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Is the Beatles catalog available as DRM-free downloads?

I know you can purchase the original studio records on vinyl or cd, however, I'm looking for something this as a DRM-free download, ideally in a lossless format like flac. Does this exist, or has the ...
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Albums that focus on storytelling [closed]

One of my most looked forward to albums of the year is Muse’s Drones, which has all of its songs progress through a story based on this central motif of World War III. In Psycho, a drill sergeant ...
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What to do with electrically charged vinyl

I begun buying vinyl LPs some weeks ago. Some records are very electrically charged. This is mainly the case for new records, not for used ones. Is there a method to uncharge them?
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What defines ragtime as a music genre/style?

What makes a ragtime song a ragtime song? Which are the key and defining elements of ragtime? What differentiates it from other music from the era?
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What is the exact meaning of “This heart stays cloaked” on “Cloaked” by Woolf and the Wondershow?

I recently found this interesting indie song on Spotify called Cloaked by Woolf and the Wondershow and I’m kinda confused on some lyrics, to be precise on "This heart stays cloaked". What does "...
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What defines Bebop as a jazz style/subgenre?

What separates Bebop from other jazz styles and subgenres? Which new things did it brought when compared to other jazz of the era? Which are the defining elements of Bebop jazz?
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Is vaporwave the first global genre that originated online?

In the video Vaporwave: A Brief History of a Genre That No One Has Heard Of, the narrator says (from 0:50 to 0:59; my transcription, so might contain mistakes): It [the vaporwave genre] ...
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Is there In English a music genre characterised by long songs? Similar to Tarab

I'm a Lebanese, in the Arab world, we had singers who sang extremely long songs, ranging from 30 to 130 min, the genre is called Tarab, طرب. It's no longer popular nowadays because today's generation ...
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Punk/emo bands that sound similar to “The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die”?

I’m just looking for new music to jam to while working. Recently I stumbled upon TWIABP, and I really like the sound. It’s like an emo experimental with spoken word. Are there any other bands like ...
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Has “Do You Know The Way To San Jose?” been recorded in the USA?

Has Bossa Rio’s song Do You Know The Way To San Jose? been recorded in the USA, too? On YouTube: サン・ホセへの道/ボサ・リオ Do You Know The Way To San Jose/Bossa Rio
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What is the significance of “the promised land” mentioned in many Bruce Springsteen songs?

Apart from the song The Promised Land, there are quite a few other songs by Bruce Springsteen whose lyrics make reference to a "promised land". Some examples: "For all the blown-off strangers ...
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Why did Maverick Records ask Muse to remove falsetto?

Origin of Symmetry was an album made by alt-rock band Muse in 2001. Maverick Records, the planned publisher before release, had asked that some songs be recorded again without lead singer Matthew ...
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What is the story of the Shady Records? [closed]

Eminem, Slaughterhouse, 50 Cent and many more awesome rappers and music producers belong to the Shady Records. Since I’m a huge 'Shady' fan, can anyone tell me the tale of Shady Records?
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Was there a hype during the 60s, 70s and 80s to name bands according to insects?

Well, has anyone noticed that the bands that made it to top of the music charts during 60s to 80s seem to be insect-named? (Do I need to explain this?) Examples: The Beatles Bee Gees Queen (...
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What is the controversy between Jay Z and Nas?

I first heard about this in Eminem’s Like Toy Soldiers in a line: … It was crazy, this shit went way beyond some Jay-z and Nas shit. Can anybody help me understanding what this feud was all about?

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