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Re: [ARSCLIST] Riverside Race Car Records

Grauer also owned at least one sports car- I saw it in a Riverside warehouse many years ago.

This was one of his enthusiasms. The records, profitable or not, were enough of a potential money-maker to write off the travel and lots of other stuff that involved making them.

Cherche le buck.

Steve Smolian

----- Original Message ----- From: "John Ross" <johnross@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Sunday, September 07, 2008 3:40 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Riverside Race Car Records

At 9/7/2008 11:39 AM, Tom Fine wrote:
Apparently, Bill Gauer, Keepnews' partner at Riverside, was a racing car nut and was very into making these "environmental audio" recordings.

This raises a question I've always wondered about: Who bought all those Riverside sports car records? They still show up in secondhand record bins, so SOMEBODY must have bought them new, but did they sell enough to break even, let alone make money, or were they just an excuse for Grauer to talk his way into the pits at races with his microphone?

I suppose they didn't cost much to produce. No studio time, no royalties or performers' fees. Could they have been a profitable sideline like the Elektra sound effects records?

There's a Riverside comedy record by a standup comic whose name I have forgotten in which the comic muses about a phone call:
"Riverside Records, can I help you?"
"Yes, Bill Grauer please."
"I'm sorry, he's under a Porsche, taking a level."

John Ross

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