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Lawyer Jeanne Meyer's comment is interesting, especially if you've ever
heard anyone discuss such contracts at an ARSC meet.

David N. Lewis
Assistant Classical Editor, All Music Guide

"Music expresses what one cannot say, but about which one cannot remain
silent." - Victor Hugo

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[mailto:ARSCLIST@xxxxxxx] On Behalf Of David Lennick
Sent: Wednesday, October 18, 2006 11:12 PM
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Early stereo mass market tapes

"Steven C. Barr(x)" wrote:

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Karl Miller" <lyaa071@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> > As for the discs...I have a several dozen discs at home in a section of
> > collection which I call, "It's Stereo." It includes everything from
> > of Ping Pong to choruses moving from the left to the right speaker, also
> > series of discs on RCA, the LSA series plus electronic works like
> > Stockhausen's Kontakte which made heavy use of panning.
> >
> > Most of these are especially fun listening with headphones.
> >
> Well, in those early days, the idea was to show off the fact that one
> actually owned a STEREO sound system! Common novelty items also included
> trains and/or racing cars moving from one speaker to the other (which
> could have been disquieting if one's speakers were hooked up

Matter of fact, there's a television network in Canada called Global which
doesn't know that it has reversed channels on about half its programming. A
will drive off to the right and you'll hear it on the left (and no, my
room speakers aren't reversed).

> The ones I recall were the first stereo Beatles LP's...on which,
> when one played only one channel one only heard half the group!

Which of course was never intended to be the case. By the way, some really
Capitol LPs (aside from the Fab Four) had wide "hole in the middle" stereo
spread, and they never bothered to remix them when reissuing..like "Duets
the Spanish Guitar".

I remember some other early stereo LPs that made their way into radio
libraries and were still in use in the middle and late sixties, when we were
pointing out whenever possible that we were broadcasting in "scintillating
stereo" (or "magnificent mono"). Many of them sounded gawdawful when
especially when the entire program shifted from one channel to the other and
compressor got hold of the empty channel (Felix Slatkin's Magnificent
were the worst). And then there were the Twin Pianos of Ronnie Aldrich.
Twin, my
Aunt Fanny..they played the melody on the left for a while, then they played
on the right for a while. To this day I can't understand why anybody would
bought a Ronnie Aldrich album. Now the Fifty Guitars of Tommy Garrett..now
you're talking!


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