Lauryn Hill’s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Radiohead’s 1997 smash OK Computer, the Doors’ eponymous 1967 debut, Joan Baez’ Joan Baez, Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate from 1949 and more are being entered into the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry. Variety reports the National Recording Registry made the announcement this morning and the total number of inducted recordings to is up to 425,
According to the press release:
Under the terms of the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000, the Librarian, with advice from the Library’s National Recording Preservation Board (NRPB), is tasked with annually selecting 25 recordings that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and are at least 10 years old. The selections for the 2014 registry bring the total number of recordings on the registry to 425, a small part of the Library’s vast recorded-sound collection of nearly 3 million items.
In their explanations of why each recording was selected, the Library of Congress writes of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, “Lauryn Hill’s debut solo record, following the breakup of the Fugees, is a work of honesty in which Hill explores her feelings on topics that included the deep wonder of pregnancy, the pitfalls of modern relationships and the experience of the sacred. The album effortlessly fuses soul, rhythm and blues, rap and reggae. Hill’s vocal range, smooth clear highs and vibrato are stunning. The rapping is rhythmically compelling while always retaining, and frequently exploiting, the natural cadences of conversational speech. Standout guest performances include Carlos Santana’s soulful acoustic guitar solo on ‘Zion,’ and duets with Mary J. Blige and D’Angelo on ‘I Used to Love Him’ and ‘Nothing Even Matters,’ respectively.”