Access to the Sound Files

The question we receive the most from people interested in this project is related to information on how they can listen to or obtain copies of these recordings. Unfortunately, the material we are collecting was produced between 1940 and 1970, and all of this material is most likely protected by copyright.

We have made some attempts to identify the copyright holders, but there are several issues that impede this process:

  • Music produced prior to 1970 was copyrighted at the state level, not the national level, and the copyright laws (and expiration of copyright) varied from state to state.
  • Many of these recordings were produced by small, little-known producers. At some point in time, these producers went out of business and disappeared or were bought by larger recording labels.
  • Some recordings were produced live at radio stations, some were produced at local churches or entities that may or may not still exist today.

Because of these copyright issues, we have determined that in an open environment we can provide detailed information that describes the recordings and 30-second sound bites of the music (using streaming technology). However, the full sound recordings will only be made available to researchers who are physically present at Baylor University.

The Black Gospel Music Restoration Project is purely a non-profit, preservation, and scholarly-oriented project. We want to preserve this music for the long term while adhering to and respecting the copyright of the individuals who produced this music. –brp

23 Comments Add yours

  1. betty says:

    can you help me find the recordig by the Brooklyn Allstars in the late 60’s a two album set entiled I stood on the banks of jordan?

  2. mitchell says:

    What is the URL to listen to these files? Need help streaming? Let me know.

    m!

  3. I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the good work. Look forward to reading more from you in the future.

  4. Karen S. says:

    Great site! I am loving it!! Will come back again – taking your feeds also, Thanks.

  5. Crystal Orr says:

    I know what you mean and in fact my daughter has been in a gospel choir. However, it isn’t either/or. There are a lot of uplifting and lively hymns too, some of which are written by a friend of mine actually. Besides that, there are other moods which are appropriate because we come to God as we are, not just as we should be, and in particular a contemplative and meditative atmosphere to a song also makes a lot of sense.

  6. D. Emmers says:

    How does the public get access to the recordings?

  7. As indicated in our original post, only researchers who are physically present at Baylor University will have access to the complete sound files. Others may access 30-second clips at http://contentdm.baylor.edu.

  8. Patricia McGregor says:

    I am trying to find a song that a radio station in Chicago, Ill. signed off with every Sunday evening c.1979. Some of the words were ( can’t remember all)
    When you count those who love to steal away

    ______Jesus, fall on their knees and pray

    ……..please count me…

  9. snooder greenberg says:

    are lawyers going to ruin this too? what good is music that cant be listened to except by anointed eletes? what part of the foundations effort is being devoted to breaking through the legal mess?

  10. I understand being sensitive to copyright law, but you seem to be catering a bit too much to legal pressure…

  11. I think that copyrighted material, if used for scholarly reasons, falls under the “fair use” section of the law, does it not?

  12. Actually, there are 4 factors to consider when applying Fair Use. All 4 factors have to be considered in making a “fair use” argument. For more information go to http://www.baylor.edu/copyright/index.php?id=56543#fairuse.

  13. C. Mendola says:

    Is everything from before the 1970’s grandfathered in on the national level automatically?

  14. Brian Kevin says:

    Music produced prior to 1970 was copyrighted at the state level not national level.There are many of these recordings were produced by small or little-known producers. Thanks for shearing this article.

  15. Interesting archive. It’s a pity that the full sound recordings will only be made available to researchers who are physically present at Baylor University. Other colleges and even high school music classes could really benefit from having access to these wonderful gospel recordings, too.

    1. Actually, we have some full recordings available at iTunesU. You can find them at http://www.baylor.edu/itunes/ Happy Listening!

  16. Sharonsky says:

    Very Interesting archive and great site!
    is there a way to get this itunes or is it not…?

    thanks any way.

    1. Yes, you may view a selection of our collection at http://www.baylor.edu/itunes. Enjoy!

  17. rosie says:

    I wonder how you got so good. This is really a fascinating blog, lots of stuff that I can get into. is there a way to get this itunes or is it not…?

  18. sound says:

    Thank for the gospel music. i love it :-) Iam a music composer and audio engineer from germany. I recorded some gospel music with local choirs. you can listen to some examples on http://www.musik-produktion.net

  19. Aaron Davis says:

    I hear your recording files. Many of these recordings were produced by small, little-known producers. At some point in time, these producers went out of business and disappeared. Thanks!

  20. Pretty cool to have access to the full recordings. Just downloaded iTunes U, should have done that a while ago anyways.

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