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The Country Music foundation, Nashville, Tennessee, is proud to announce its Official Archive Collection

The best of 75, 000 records from the Foundation archives and the vaults of every country music label.

The first collection to include all the great country artists.

Featuring all the great hits, the milestone performances, out-of-issue pressings and unreleased recordings.

For the first time in history, the greatest recorded performances of country music’s greatest artists will be brought together in a single, definitive collection. It will include the most important recordings by the leading country artists of today… landmark performances by legendary greats… and all the diverse and varied musical styles that have enriched America’s country music.

This remarkable collection is the official issue of the Country Music Foundation – home of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and the world’s largest library of recorded country music. And it is the first complete collection that the Foundation has ever issued honoring The Greatest Country Music Recordings of All Time.

A unique collection that only the Country Music Foundation could assemble

To assemble this collection, the staff of the Country Music Foundation carefully reviewed the Foundation’s own archives of 75, 000 records. In addition, they enlisted the support of all the country music record companies – whose vaults hold many of the master recordings selected for this collection. And they were able to obtain rare recordings from private collectors and country music artists themselves.

As a result, the Country Music Foundation Official Archive Collection is unique both in scope and importance. A collection that would be difficult – or impossible – for any individual to duplicate.

All the great performers

The collection will feature milestone recordings from the careers of country music’s most important artists. Such great contemporaries as Loretta Lynn, with ’Blue Kentucky Girl’ and ’Coal Miner’s Daughter. ’ Kenny Rogers and The First Edition, with Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town. ’ Johnny Cash with ’I Walk The Line’ and ’Sunday Morning Coming Down. ’ Dolly Parton, with ’Coat Of Many Colors’ and ’My Tennessee Mountain Home. ’ The “outlaw” music of Willie Nelson. The Nashville sound of Chet Atkins and Eddy Arnold. Country rock, with The Charlie Daniels Band. And country classics by popular music artists Linda Ronstadt, Glen Campbell and Anne Murray.

Also included will be the unforgettable recordings of such long-time favorites as Hank Snow, Ernest Tubb and Merle Travis. The legendary giants: Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Jim Reeves, Flatt and Scruggs, and Jimmie Rod-gers. And recordings that reflect regional influences and evolving musical styles – bluegrass, Cajun, country gospel, western swing, honky tonk and rockabilly.

The collection will include such rare recordings as Vernon Dalhart’s 1924 recording of The Prisoner’s Song’ – country music’s first million selling record, and Loretta Lynn’s early classic ’Honky Tonk Girl’ – now out of issue. And from the Foundation’s archives will come previously unreleased recordings – studio “takes” never before made generally available.

Records of superior quality Every step has been taken to ensure the technical excellence of the collection. Thus, all of the early recordings will first undergo a painstaking restoration process in the Country Music Foundation’s newly opened Audio Restoration Laboratory. Here, recordings of classic performances will be electronically “cleaned” groove-by-groove to eliminate extraneous surface noise and preserve the original sound.

To produce the records, the Foundation has appointed The Franklin Mint Record Society -judged by audio experts to be a leader in producing records of superior quality. The vinyl used will be of a special formula containing its own anti-static element. This material, together with the careful process by which the pressing is made, results in a record that is more rigid, durable and resistant to dust. A true proof-quality record – providing exceptional tonal fidelity and clear, clean sound when played through any of today’s audio systems.

Fascinating musical “program” in each album

Custom hardbound albums have been designed to house and protect all 100 proof-quality records in this collection. Each album will contain two long-playing records, presenting a program of artists and recordings carefully selected by the Foundation, and unique to this collection. And each album will be accompanied by specially prepared program notes, illustrated with photographs from the Foundation’s permanent collection.

Available by subscription only If you have a long-standing interest in America’s country music… or are just discovering its rich and exciting sound … this Official Archive Collection is an indispensable treasure. A complete, comprehensive and authoritative collection of the greatest recordings in country music -on records of exceptional fidelity.

The collection may be acquired only by direct subscription to The Franklin Mint Record Society, Franklin Center, Pennsylvania 19091. It will not be sold through record stores. To enter your subscription, simply complete and return the accompanying application. Please note it should be mailed by February 28, 1982.

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