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Paul Mawhinney is the owner of the world’s largest collection of records. During his years as a traveling paper salesman he amassed approximately 60 thousand records. When purchasing his first house his wife proposed an ultimatum. Either get rid of them -or- open a record store. “You should call it Record-Rama”, she suggested. He did open that store and made it a policy to never sell the last copy of anything making it truly an “archive” of music. Sadly, in February 2008 he was forced to shut the doors to the store but would not let go of the records.

Today, his collection, accurately being hailed as “The Archive”, consists of over 1 million albums and 1.5 million singles.  The estimated worth of the collection is about $50 million. Mawhinney has been trying to find a single seller for the archive for the last decade, but to no avail. His asking price is now painfully, abysmally, at $3 million.

The historic significance alone puts the value of Paul’s Archive upwards of… priceless. The Library of Congress determined that 83% of the collection consists of recordings that are not available to the public. Albums that were never commercially produced or never intended for release. Albums, that if lost, will never exist again. Shown with a mint condition Rolling Stones release. It is truly a heartbreaking thought that these records may have no home one day. It will be a terrible day for the world. What’s worse is that most people will never know the gravity of the loss.

Being the devout music lover that I am I would love to be able to own or even just browse through this collection for days.  Listening to them all would take me more than me, my children’s, and their children’s lifetimes but would be able to be shared through the next five generations and but would still be worth more than it’s weight in history books.

Paul had this to say about the status of the recording industry:

“What really makes me want to save this collection, is the world is dead out there. They have their ears closed. They don’t understand what’s going on at this moment. And it’s going to take them 10, 15, 20 years to wake up and realize what they’ve missed… There’s no comparison for what they’re selling as music these days.” -Paul Mawhinney

He goes on to make a point about how the age of digitization has depreciated the quality of the sound of recordings, mainly pointing at MP3’s, which are notoriously compressed to fit more neatly on iPods and iPhones rather than having better sounding music with more space and better dynamics. Which, if you ask any true audiophile is one of our biggest complaints. So much time, work, and money is poured into albums it is a downright shame to compress them and deplete the value of the recording itself.

Now struggling with complications related to diabetes and now legally blind, he is struggling further to find someone who can care for the collection that is really truly worth being featured in a museum. Or made into a museum itself.

Towards the end of the video Paul gets choked up while listening to the John Mile’s song titled: Music, released in 1976. It’s a fitting outro to this man’s legacy and the archive. Yet an immensely sad ending for both. Both conclusions will appear grim until some deep pocketed music lover or a museum picks up these historic art pieces and stores them for future generations to experience and learn from.

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Threat Signal's self titled album was released October 7th, 2011 via Nuclear Blast Records Genre: Metalcore/Melodic Death Metal

Threat Signal’s self titled album was released October 7th, 2011 via Nuclear Blast Records
Genre: Metalcore/Melodic Death Metal

Cursive's Mama I'm Swollen was released March 1st, 2009 via Saddle Creek Records Genre: Rock

Cursive’s Mama I’m Swollen was released March 1st, 2009 via Saddle Creek Records
Genre: Rock

SIMS's Bad Time Zoo was released February 15th, 2011 via Doomtree Records Genre: Hip Hop

SIMS’s Bad Time Zoo was released February 15th, 2011 via Doomtree Records
Genre: Hip Hop

Municipal Waste's The Fatal Feast was released April 12th, 2012 via Nuclear Blast Records Grenre: Crossover Thrash

Municipal Waste’s The Fatal Feast was released April 12th, 2012 via Nuclear Blast Records
Grenre: Crossover Thrash

Owen's New Leaves was released September 22nd, 2009 via Polyvinyl Record Company Genre: Singer-Songwriter/Indie Rock

Owen’s New Leaves was released September 22nd, 2009 via Polyvinyl Record Company
Genre: Singer-Songwriter/Indie Rock

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..ok, I admit that sounded a bit creepy.

At any rate, let us get down to brass taxes here. Free music, can’t get enough of the stuff? Well you’re in luck my friends, because blow you’ll find links to some really awesome sounding music, courtesy of Last.fm. Just click the pictures below for a free download of a random track from the artist’s album. Enjoy!

Soilwork's The Living Infinite was released March 3rd, 2013 via Nuclear Blast Records Genre: Melodic Death Metal

Soilwork’s The Living Infinite was released March 3rd, 2013 via Nuclear Blast Records
Genre: Melodic Death Metal

A Badly Broken Code was released January 19th, 2010 via Doomtree Records  Genre: Hip Hop/Rap

A Badly Broken Code was released January 19th, 2010 via Doomtree Records
Genre: Hip Hop/Rap

The Audio Guide To Happiness Pt1 was released February  28th, 2011 via EMI Germany. Genre: Alternative Rock/Metal

The Audio Guide To Happiness Pt1 was released on February 28th, 2011 via EMI Germany.
Genre: Alternative Rock/Metal

Russian Circle's Empros was released October 25th 2011 via Sargent House Genre: Post-Rock/Progressive Rock

Russian Circle’s Empros was released October 25th 2011 via Sargent House
Genre: Post-Rock/Progressive Rock

Dillon's This Silence Kills was released November 11th, 2011 via Bpitch Control  Genre: Indie/Acoustic

Dillon’s This Silence Kills was released November 11th, 2011 via Bpitch Control
Genre: Indie/Acoustic

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