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Dolly Parton’s ‘Jolene’ Becomes Even More Haunting at 33RPM [VIDEO]

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Before I rave about how cool this sounds, maybe an explanation of “33RPM” is necessary for some. Vinyl discs used to play at four different speeds–16, 33, 45, and 78 RPM.

“RPM” stands for “rotations per minute.” Single records were 45RPM and albums were 33RPM. I never saw a record that required 16RPM. And when I was a kid, Mom and Dad had a few old albums that were a little smaller than normal and thicker and they played at 78RPM.

Okay, now that the academic stuff is over…THIS SOUNDS AWESOME!

I don’t know who decided to play Dolly Parton’s classic “Jolene” at 33RPM, but the sound is amazing and even more haunting than when it is played at normal speed.

Check it out:

 

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