The latest venture from Matthew King Kaufman, founder of Beserkeley Records and longtime Bay Area music industry fixture, is the website PublicDomain4U.com. As the address suggests, it offers visitors free downloads of public domain MP3s collected and curated by Kaufman and his staff. It’s an eclectic treasure trove, where you can find everything from classical and vintage blues recordings to folk and reggae tunes by some surprisingly familiar names like Mozart, Blind Blake, Scott JOplin, . Each song comes attached to a Music Flashcard, which offers a brief description, genre breakdown and link to the goods. After a few hours of browsing you may even have your own list of new year-end favorites. The TOP TEN most popular songs this year based on downloads @Publicdomain4u.com.
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1. Big Bill Broonzy – “Baby Please Don’t Go”
2. Scott Joplin – “The Entertainer”
3. Beethoven’s Concerto in D Major, Op. 61, for Violin and Orchestra, performed by The London Philharmonic Orchestra (1936)
4. Ida Cox – “Mojo Hand Blues”
5. Carl Martin – “Joe Louis Blues”
6. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – “Eine kleine Nachtmusik”
7. Ed Meeker – “Take Me Out To The Ball Game”
8. Blind Blake – “Diddie Wa Diddie”
9. Cannon’s Jug Stompers – “Walk Right In”
10. Oscar “Buddy” Woods – “Don’t Sell It, Don’t Give It Away”