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Do you remember mix tapes? The owners of Mississippi Recordsa vinyl-and-cassette-only record store located on North Mississippi Avenue in Portland, Oregonmost certainly do: Theyve put together the best mixes weve never seen (because you can get them only by visiting the store in person). But a Bay Area record label called Root Strata has digitized dozens of these tapes and distributed them (as free downloads) online. The series starts off with House of Broken Heartsan hour-long collection of Early R&B, Doo Wop, Rockabilly & Instrumentalsand only gets better.
Other tapes are devoted to early soul music, 60s rock, funk and hip-hop, various kinds of world music, politically minded jazz, ska and rocksteady, postwar gospel, Quebecois psych-rock, and all sorts of old-timey music (which is Mississippi Records sweet spot).