i78s Now Has More Than 8,000 Vintage
Sheet Music Covers Online
By David Giovannoni and Kathy Sheram
Over 8,000 records at i78s are now illustrated with sheet music covers from the Giovannoni–Sheram Collection.
Registered users can check them out by browsing through any list of records. When you see the SHEET MUSIC tab, there’s something to look at. (Roughly one-in-five records are linked to sheet music covers.)
Here a few examples. [Note that these scans are only for demonstration purposes, and not indicative of the high quality you’ll see on the site. Click the link below each image to stream a recording of the selection; if you’re a registered i78s user and currently logged on to the site, you will also be able to view both the front and back covers. To access all 41,000 recordings, the associated discographical data, and 8,000 sheet music covers, you’ll need to register on the site.]
Here’s the Unique Quartette cover that spawned the Celebrated reissue:
This isn’t a sexy cover, but look at the publisher….
We often have multiple copies of sheet music selections, so records of the same title can link to different sheets. Here’s one with Bobby North’s picture and another with Belle Baker’s:
Sometimes there’s cool bonus material on the sheets (see backside):
Later this month, i78s will gain the ability to search data from the sheets (composer, publisher, artists on cover) and include hits in its search results. For instance, a search for the “Unique Quartet” will bring up the records linked to the Unique Quartette cover photo on “Where the Sweet Magnolias Bloom.” We hope these upgrades will help contextualize the recordings and make the site richer and more useful to more folks.
As always, your thoughts and suggestions are welcome. Many thanks, and enjoy!