Oh, the Zorba CD was also MONO. Aaak.
Dropouts? Swish? Ever hear a strange series of LPs made by Columbia Special
Products around 1973 (also on cassette), all reissues of early Columbia ML 4000
LPs right down to the liner notes? Fake stereo to boot, and the masters may
also have been played back in stereo. Tape twists, bad splices and dropouts,
and on at least one disc I heard tone before the music. And London must have
been playing some of its mono tapes with a dirty head since they got a slight
stereo effect on some early Ansermet recordings that were definitely mono to
Tom Fine wrote:
> One more example of how time can injur a recording.
> "William Faulkner Reads" on Caedmon, recorded 1954. By the time
> HarperCollins re-issued it, first on cassette and later as a multi-CD
> set, the master tape had become badly damaged, probably due to storage
> tail out in a loose winding. The end section is full of dropouts. It
> sounds like the engineer made the mistake of transferring a full-track
> tape with a 2-track head and not even summing to mono. And he wasn't
> skilled enough to use a cotton swab or gauze to hold the warped tape
> against the head to prevent the dropouts. Also went nuts with Sonic
> Solutions NoNoise and killed all the room echo and ambience.
> -- Tom Fine
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "David Lennick" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Tuesday, May 08, 2007 6:52 PM
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] SACD fans -- some discounts
>> Even before that..I bought new pressings of all the Lenny Bruce
>> Fantasy LPs in the 70s and a couple of them had several layers of echo
>> and pre-echo. New transfers from bad tapes.
>> There were some weird things in the early CD days. I remember the CBC
>> purchasing what appeared to be an authorized CD reissue of the "Zorba
>> the Greek" soundtrack. It was dubbed from noisy vinyl and all the
>> tracks ran together.
>> Tom Fine wrote:
>>> This is already the case for more than a few jazz albums and spoken
>>> word recordings. The tapes were either 1.5 feet in the grave when
>>> they were transferred in the 80's or were subsequently lost.
>>> -- Tom Fine
>>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Don Cox" <[log in to unmask]>
>>> To: <[log in to unmask]>
>>> Sent: Tuesday, May 08, 2007 8:23 AM
>>> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] SACD fans -- some discounts
>>>> Some important recordings may only survive as poor quality digital
>>>> transfers made in the 80s or early 90s.
>>>> Don Cox
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