Grammy Award for Best Historical Album

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The Grammy Award for Best Historical Album has been presented since 1979. During this time the award had several minor name changes:

  • In 1979 the award was known as Best Historical Repackage Album
  • In 1980 it was awarded as Best Historical Reissue
  • In 1981 it was awarded as Best Historical Reissue Album
  • From 1982 to the present it has been awarded as Best Historical Album

Years reflect the year in which the Grammy Awards were presented, for works released in the previous year. The award is presented to (compilation) producers and (mastering) engineers, not to the artists or performers, except if an artist is also a (compilation) producer or engineer.

2010s[edit]

Year Winner Nominations
2015 TBD, Feb. 8, 2015
  • Black Europe: The Sounds and Images of Black People in Europe Pre-1927. Jeffrey Green, Ranier E. Lotz & Howard Rye, compilation producers; Christian Zwarg, mastering engineer (Various Artists) [Bear Family]
  • The Garden Spot Programs, 1950. Colin Escott & Cheryl Pawelski, compilation producers; Michael Graves, mastering engineer (Hank Williams) [Omnivore]
  • Happy: The 1920 Rainbo Orchestra Sides. Meagan Hennessey & Richard Martin, compilation producers; Richard Martin, mastering engineer (Isham Jones Rainbo Orchestra) [Archeophone]
  • Longing for the Past: The 78 RPM Era in Southeast Asia. Steven Lance Ledbetter & David Murray, compilation producers; Michael Graves, mastering engineer (Various Artists) [Dust-To-Digital]
  • There's a Dream I've Been Saving: Lee Hazlewood Industries 1966-1971 (Deluxe Edition). Hunter Lea, Patrick McCarthy & Matt Sullivan, compilation producers; John Baldwin, mastering engineer (Various Artists) [Light In The Attic]
2014 Charlie Is My Darling - Ireland 1965. Teri Landi, Andrew Loog Oldham & Steve Rosenthal, compilation producers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer (Rolling Stones)[ABKCO]

The Complete Sussex And Columbia Albums. Leo Sacks, compilation producer; Joseph M. Palmaccio, Tom Ruff & Mark Wilder, mastering engineers (Bill Withers) [Columbia/Legacy]

  • Call it Art 1964-1965. Joe Lizzi & Ben Young, compilation producers; Steve Fallone, Joe Lizzi & Ben Young, mastering engineers (New York Art Quartet) [Triple Point]
  • Pictures Of Sound: One Thousand Years Of Educed Audio: 980–1980. Patrick Feaster & Steven Lance Ledbetter, compilation producers; Michael Graves, mastering engineer (Various Artists) [Dust-to-Digital]
  • Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen (Deluxe Edition). Philip Siney, compilation producer; Ben Turner, mastering engineer (Sir Georg Solti and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra) [Decca]
2013 The Smile Sessions (Deluxe Box Set). Alan Boyd, Mark Linett, Brian Wilson & Dennis Wolfe, compilation producers; Mark Linett, mastering engineer (Beach Boys) [Capitol]
  • He Is My Story: The Sanctified Soul of Arizona Dranes. Josh Rosenthal, compilation producer; Bryan Hoffa & Christopher King, mastering engineers (Arizona Dranes) [Tompkins Square]
  • Old-Time Smoky Mountain Music: 34 Historic Songs, Ballads and Instrumentals Recorded in the Great Smoky Mountains by 'Song Catcher' Joseph S. Hall. Kent Cave, Michael Montgomery & Ted Olson, compilation producers; John Fleenor & Steve Kemp, mastering engineers (Various Artists) [Great Smoky Mountains Association]
  • Opika Pende: Africa at 78RPM. Steven Lance Ledbetter & Jonathan Ward, compilation producers; Michael Graves, mastering engineer (Various Artists) [Dust-to-Digital]
  • Woody at 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection. Jeff Place & Robert Santelli, compilation producers; Pete Reiniger, mastering engineer (Woody Guthrie) [Smithsonian Folkways]
2012 Band on the Run (Paul McCartney Archive Collection – Deluxe Edition). Paul McCartney, compilation producer; Sam Okell & Steve Rooke, mastering engineers (Paul McCartney and Wings) [Hear Music]
  • The Bristol Sessions 1927-1928: The Big Bang of Country Music. Christopher C. King & Ted Olson, compilation producers; Christopher C. King & Chris Zwarg, mastering engineers (Various Artists) [Bear Family]
  • Complete Mythology.Tom Lunt, Rob Sevier & Ken Shipley, compilation producers; Jeff Lipton, mastering engineer (Syl Johnson) [Numero]
  • Hear Me Howling!: Blues, Ballads & Beyond as Recorded by the San Francisco Bay by Chris Strachwitz in the 1960s. Chris Strachwitz, compilation producer; Mike Cogan, mastering engineer (Various Artists) [Arhoolie]
  • Young Man with the Big Beat: The Complete '56 Elvis Presley Masters. Ernst Mikael Jorgenson, compilation producer; Vic Anesini, mastering engineer (Elvis Presley) [Legacy/RCA Victor]
2011 The Beatles: The Original Studio Recordings. Jeff Jones & Allan Rouse, compilation producers; Paul Hicks, Sean Magee, Guy Massey, Sam Okell & Steve Rooke, mastering engineers (The Beatles) [Apple/Parlophone/Capitol]
  • Alan Lomax in Haiti: Recordings for The Library of Congress, 1936-1937. Jeffrey A. Greenberg, David Katznelson & Anna Lomax Wood, compilation producers; Steve Rosenthal & Warren Russell-Smith, mastering engineers (Various Artists) [Harte]
  • The Complete Mother's Best Recordings...Plus!. Colin Escott, Mike Jason & Jett Williams, compilation producers; Joseph M. Palmaccio, mastering engineer (Hank Williams) [Time Life]
  • Not Fade Away: The Complete Studio Recordings And More. Andy McKaie, compilation producer; Erick Labson, mastering engineer (Buddy Holly) [UMe/Hip-O Select/Geffen]
  • Where The Action Is! Los Angeles Nuggets 1965-1968. Alec Palao, Cheryl Pawelski & Andrew Sandoval, compilation producers; Dan Hersch & Andrew Sandoval, mastering engineers (Various Artists) [Rhino]
2010 The Complete Chess Masters (1950-1967). Andy McKaie, compilation producer; Erick Labson, mastering engineer (Little Walter) [Hip-O Select/Geffen]
  • My Dusty Road. Scott Billington, Michael Creamer & Bill Nowlin, compilation producers; Doug Pomeroy, mastering engineer (Woody Guthrie [Rounder]
  • Origins of the Red Hot Mama, 1910-1922. Meagan Hennessey & Richard Martin, compilation producers; Richard Martin, mastering engineer (Sophie Tucker) [Archeophone]
  • Take Me to the Water: Immersion Baptism in Vintage Music and Photography 1890-1950. Steven Lance Ledbetter & Jim Linderman, compilation producers; Robert Vosgien, mastering engineer (Various Artists) [Dust-to-Digital]
  • Woodstock--40 Years On: Back to Yasgur's Farm. Cheryl Pawelski, Mason Williams & Andy Zax, compilation producers; Dave Schultz, mastering engineer (Various Artists) [Rhino]

2000s[edit]

Year Winner Nominations
2009 Art of Field Recording Volume I: Fifty Years of Traditional American Music Documented by Art Rosenbaum. Steven Lance Ledbetter & Art Rosenbaum, compilation producers; Michael Graves, mastering engineer (Various Artists) [Dust-to-Digital]
  • Classic Columbia, OKeh and Vocalion Lester Young with Count Basie (1936-1940). Scott Wenzel, compilation producer; Malcolm Addey, Michael Brooks, Matt Cavaluzzo, Andreas Meyer & Mark Wilder, mastering engineers (Lester Young with Count Basie) [Mosaic]
  • Debate '08: Taft and Bryan Campaign on the Edison Phonograph. David Giovannoni, Meagan Hennessey & Richard Martin, compilation producers; Richard Martin, mastering engineer (William Jennings Bryan and William Howard Taft) [Archeophone]
  • Polk Miller & His Old South Quartette. Ken Flaherty Jr., compilation producer; Marcos Sueiro Bal, Ken Flaherty Jr., Kurt Nauck & Glenn Sage, mastering engineers [Tompkins Square]
  • To Be Free: The Nina Simone Story. Richard Seidel, compilation producer; Mark G. Wilder, mastering engineer (Nina Simone) [RCA/Legacy]
2008 The Live Wire: Woody Guthrie in Performance 1949. Nora Guthrie & Jorge Arévalo Mateus, compilation producers; Jamie Howarth, Steve Rosenthal, Warren Russell-Smith & Dr. Kevin Short, mastering engineers (Woody Guthrie) [Woody Guthrie Publications]
  • Actionable Offenses: Indecent Phonograph Recordings from the 1890s. David Giovannoni, Meagan Hennessey & Richard Martin, compilation producers; Richard Martin, mastering engineer (Various Artists) [Archeophone]
  • Forever Changing: The Golden Age of Elektra Records 1963-1973 (Deluxe Edition). Stuart Batsford, Mick Houghton & Phil Smee, compilation producers; Dan Hersch & Bill Inglot, mastering engineers (Various Artists) [Rhino]
  • Love Is the Song We Sing: San Francisco Nuggets 1965-1970. Alec Palao, compilation producer; Dan Hersch, Bill Inglot & Dave Schultz, mastering engineers (Various Artists) [Rhino]
  • People Take Warning! Murder Ballads & Disaster Songs 1913-1938. Christopher King & Henry "Hank" Sapoznik, compilation producers; Christopher King & Robert Vosgien, mastering engineers (Various Artists) [Tompkins Square]
2007 Lost Sounds: Blacks and the Birth of the Recording Industry, 1891-1922. Meagan Hennessey & Richard Martin, compilation producers; Tim Brooks, David Giovannoni & Richard Martin, mastering engineers (Various Artists) [Archeophone]
  • Good for What Ails You: Music of the Medicine Shows, 1926-1937. Marshall Wyatt, compilation producer; Christopher King, mastering engineer (Various Artists) [Old Hat]
  • One Kiss Can Lead To Another: Girl Group Sounds Lost & Found. Sheryl Farber & Gary Stewart, compilation producers; Dan Hersch, Bill Inglot & Dave Schultz, mastering engineers (Various Artists) [Rhino]
  • Poetry On Record: 98 Poets Read Their Work (1888-2006). Rebekah Presson Mosby, compilation producer; Randy Perry, mastering engineer (Various Artists) [Shout! Factory]
  • 'Rockin’ Bones: 1950's Punk & Rockabilly. James Austin & Cheryl Pawelski, compilation producers; Bill Inglot & Dave Schultz, mastering engineers (Various Artists) [Rhino]
2006 The Complete Library of Congress Recordings by Alan Lomax. Jeffrey Greenberg, Anna Lomax Wood, compilation producers; Adam Ayan, Steve Rosenthal, mastering engineers (Jelly Roll Morton) [Rounder]
  • Holy Ghost: Rare & Unissued Recordings (1962-70). Dean Blackwood, Ben Young, compilation producers; Joe Lizzi, Kevin Reeves, Ben Young, mastering engineers (Albert Ayler) [Revenant]
  • The Legend. Gregg Geller, compilation producer; Vic Anesini, mastering engineer (Johnny Cash) [Columbia/Legacy]
  • Pure Genius: The Complete Atlantic Recordings (1952-1959). James Austin, Ahmet Ertegun, compilation producers; Dan Hersch, Bill Inglot, mastering engineers (Ray Charles) [Atlantic/Rhino]
  • You Ain’t Talkin’ to Me: Charlie Poole and the Roots of Country Music. Henry Sapoznik, compilation producer; Christopher King, Andreas Meyer, Darcy Proper, mastering engineers (Charlie Poole and Various Artists) [Columbia/Legacy]
2005 Night Train to Nashville: Music City Rhythm & Blues, 1945-1970. Daniel Cooper, Michael Gray, compilation producers; Joseph M. Palmaccio, Alan Stoker, mastering engineers (Various Artists) [CMF/Lost Highway]
  • The Complete Columbia Recordings of Woody Herman and His Orchestra & Woodchoppers (1945-1947). Scott Wenzel, compilation producer; Malcolm Addey, Michael Brooks, Matt Cavaluzzo, Ken Robertson, mastering engineers (Woody Herman & His Orchestra) [Mosaic]
  • Goodbye, Babylon). Steven Lance Ledbetter, compilation producer; David Glasser, Matt Sandoski, mastering engineers (Various Artists) [Dust-to-Digital]
  • Let the Buyer Beware. Hal Willner, compilation producer; Eric Liljestrand, mastering engineer (Lenny Bruce) [Shout! Factory]
  • Unearthed. Rick Rubin, compilation producer; Vlado Meller, mastering engineer (Johnny Cash) [American/Lost Highway]
2004 Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: A Musical Journey. Steve Berkowitz, Alex Gibney, Andy McKaie & Jerry Rappaport, compilation producers; Gavin Lurssen & Joseph M. Palmaccio, mastering engineers (Various Artists) [Hip-O]
  • Count Basie and His Orchestra: America's #1 Band! The Columbia Years. Orrin Keepnews, compilation producer; Seth Foster, Andreas Meyer & Mark Wilder, mastering engineers (Count Basie and His Orchestra) [Columbia/Legacy]
  • Peggy Lee: The Singles Collection. Cy Godfrey & Steve Woof, compilation producers; Dave McEowen, Ron McMaster, Odea Murphy & Bob Norberg, mastering engineers (Peggy Lee) [EMI/Capitol]
  • Sam Cooke with The Soul Stirrers: The Complete Specialty Records Recordings. Bill Belmont, Ralph Kaffel & Stuart Kremsky, compilation producers; Joe Tarantino, mastering engineer (Sam Cooke with The Soul Stirrers) [Specialty]
  • Vintage Recordings from the 1903 Broadway Musical The Wizard of Oz. David Maxine, compilation producer; Adrian Cosentini, mastering engineer (Various Artists) [Hungry Tiger]
2003 Screamin’ And Hollerin’ The Blues: The Worlds Of Charley Patton. Dean Blackwood, compilation producer; David Glasser & Christopher King, mastering engineers (Charley Patton) [Revenant]
  • Artie Shaw: Self Portrait. Orrin Keepnews, compilation producer; Dennis Ferrante, mastering engineer (Artie Shaw) [Bluebird]
  • The Complete OKeh and Brunswick Bix Beiderbecke, Frank Trumbauer and Jack Teagarden Sessions (1924-36). Scott Wenzel, compilation producer; Doug Pomeroy, mastering engineer (Bix Beiderbecke, Frank Trumbauer & Jack Teagarden) [Mosaic]
  • Dylan Thomas: The Caedmon Collection. Rick Harris & David Nolan, compilation producers; Leslie Mona-Mathus, mastering engineer (Dylan Thomas) [Caedmon]
  • The Genius of the Electric Guitar. Michael Brooks & Michael Cuscuna, compilation producers; Seth Foster, Ken Robertson & Mark Wilder, mastering engineers (Charlie Christian). [Columbia/Legacy]
2002 Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday on Columbia 1933-1944. Michael Brooks & Michael Cuscuna, compilation producers; Matt Cavaluzzo, Harry Coster, Seth Foster, Darcy Proper, Ken Robertson & Mark Wilder, mastering engineers (Billie Holiday) [Columbia/Legacy]
  • Charlie Parker: The Complete Savoy and Dial Studio Recordings 1944-1948. Orrin Keepnews, compilation producer; Paul Reid III, mastering engineer (Charlie Parker)[Savoy/Atlantic]
  • Arhoolie Records 40th Anniversary Collection, 1960-2000: The Journey of Chris Strachwitz. Chris Strachwitz & Elijah Wald, compilation producers; Mike Cogan, mastering engineer (Various Artists) [Arhoolie]
  • The Long Road to Freedom: An Anthology of Black Music. David Belafonte, Harry Belafonte & Albert C. Pryor, compilation producers; Michael O. Drexler, mastering engineer (Various Artists) [Buddha]
  • Washington Square Memoirs: The Great Urban Folk Boom, 1950-1970. Ted Myers, compilation producer; Bob Fisher, mastering engineer (Various Artists) [Rhino]
2001 The Complete Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings. Steve Berkowitz, Seth Rothstein & Phil Schaap, compilation producers; Michael Brooks, Seth Foster, Ken Robertson, Tom "Curly" Ruff, Phil Schaap & Mark Wilder, mastering engineers (Louis Armstrong) [Columbia/Legacy]
  • The Best of Broadside 1962-1988: Anthems of the American Underground from the Pages of Broadside Magazine. Ronald D. Cohen & Jeff Place, compilation producers; Pete Reiniger, mastering engineer (Various Artists) [Smithsonian Folkways]
  • Great Moments of the 20th Century. Michael Wesley Johnson, David McLees & Gordon Skene, compilation producers; Bob Fisher, mastering engineer (Various Artists) [Rhino]
  • Respect: A Century of Women in Music. Julie D’Angelo & Holly George-Warren, compilation producers; Dan Hersch & Bill Inglot, mastering engineers (Various Artists) [Rhino]
  • The Rubinstein Collection. Nathaniel S. Johnson, compilation producer; Hsi-Ling Chang, Marian M. Conaty, Michael O. Drexler, Thomas MacCluskey, Ward Marston, James Nichols, Francis X. Pierce, Jon M. Samuels & Michael Sobol, mastering engineers (Arthur Rubinstein) [RCA Red Seal/BMG Classics]
2000 The Duke Ellington Centennial Edition: The Complete RCA Victor Recordings (1927-1973). Orrin Keepnews & Steven Lasker, compilation producers; Paul Brizzi, Dennis Ferrante & Steven Lasker, mastering engineers (Duke Ellington) [RCA Victor/BMG Classics]
  • The Complete Jazz at the Philharmonic on Verve, 1944-1949. Michael Lang, Phil Schaap & Ben Young, compilation producers; Phil Schaap, mastering engineer (Various Artists) [Verve]
  • The Mahler Broadcasts, 1948-1982. Sedgwick Clark, compilation producer; Jon M. Samuels & Seth B. Winner, mastering engineers (New York Philharmonic) [New York Philharmonic Special Editions]
  • Ray Charles: The Complete Country & Western Recordings (1959-1986). James Austin, Ray Charles, Terry Howard & Michael Johnson, compilation producers; Terry Howard & Doug Sax, mastering engineers (Ray Charles) [Rhino]
  • Sony Music 100 Years: Soundtrack for a Century. Billy Altman, Steve Berkowitz, Mike Berniker, Michael Brooks, Mitchell Cohen, Lawrence Cohn, Didier C. Deutsch, Bruce Dickinson, Michelle Errante, Jeff Jones, Arthur Levy, Nedra Olds-Neal, Al Quaglieri, Leo Sacks, Phil Schaap, Tom Vickers & Warren Wernick, compilation producers; Chris Athens, Matt Cavaluzzo, Harry Coster, Ellen Fitton, Seth Foster, Andreas Meyer, Joseph M. Palmaccio, Darcy Proper, Ken Robertson, Tom "Curly" Ruff, Phil Schaap & Mark Wilder, mastering engineers (Various Artists) [Sony]

1990s[edit]

Year Winner Nominations
1999 The Complete Hank Williams. Colin Escott, Kira Florita & Kyle Young, compilation producers; Joseph M. Palmaccio & Tom Ruff, mastering engineers (Hank Williams) [Mercury Nashville]
  • Have a Nice Decade: The '70s Pop Culture Box. Bill Inglot, David McLees & Gordon Skeene, compilation producers; Andrew Garver, Dan Hersh, Bill Inglot, Ken Perry & Stewart Whitmore, mastering engineers (Various Artists) [Rhino]
  • The Jazz Singers: A Smithsonian Collection of Jazz Vocals from 1919 to 1994. Robert G. O'Meally & Bruce Talbot, compilation producers; Todd Hulslander & John Tyler, mastering engineers (Various Artists) [Smithsonian]
  • New York Philharmonic: The Historic Broadcasts 1923 to 1987. Sedgwick Clark, compilation producer; Jon M. Samuels & Seth B. Winner, mastering engineers (New York Philharmonic) [New York Philharmonic Special Editions]
  • The Pet Sounds Sessions. David Leaf, Mark Linett & Brian Wilson, compilation producers; Joe Gaswirt, mastering engineer (The Beach Boys) [Capitol/EMI]
1998 Anthology of American Folk Music (1997 Edition Expanded). Amy Horowitz, Jeff Place & Pete Reiniger, compilation producers; David Glasser & Charlie Pilzer, mastering engineers (Various Artists) [Smithsonian Folkways]
  • Centenary Edition: 100 Years of Great Music. Tony Locantro, compilation producer; Tony Locantro, mastering engineer (Various Artists) [EMI Classics]
  • The Complete Bill Evans on Verve. Michael Lang, compilation producer; Suha Gur, mastering engineer (Bill Evans) [Verve]
  • Cuba: I Am Time. Jack O'Neil, Nina Gomes & Al Pryor, compilation producers; Gene Paul, mastering engineer (Various Artists) [BJK]
  • Genius & Soul: The 50th Anniversary Collection. James Austin, David Ritz & Billy Vera, compilation producers; Bob Fisher, Dan Hersch & Doug Sax, mastering engineers (Ray Charles) [Rhino]
  • Sing, Cowboy, Sing! The Gene Autry Collection. James Austin, Karla Buhlman & Patrick Milligan, compilation producers; Bob Fisher, mastering engineer (Gene Autry) [Rhino]

1980s[edit]

1970s[edit]