In sending this out (below) last night, I transposed the identification
of the "Italian" to Herr Beethoven when it was really for Signori Resphigi.
Rod Stephens wrote:
> Hello Rod,
> This reply is from another Rod (myself), and the one recording I
> bought when Hi-Fi hit our country was the Westminster demo record (it
> was mono, since this preceded stereo), "WESTMINSTER'S HI-FI
> DEMONSTRATION RECORD" #DRB. From the cover, "A PRESENTATION OF MUSIC
> FROM OUTSTANDING WESTMINSTER RECORDINGS SELECTED FOR DEMONSTRATION
> PURPOSES OF FINE, WIDE-RANGE PHONOGRAPH EQUIPMENT
> * The Contents
> FREQUENCY TONES IN ALL AUDIBLE RANGES FROM 40 TO 15,000 CPS.
> MUSIC WITH CONTROLLABLE RANGE FROM 30 TO 15,000 CPS.
> DEFINITION IN LOUD PASSAGES WITHOUT INTERMODULATION
> SEPARATE BANDS OF SOUND OF PERCUSSION, STRING, WOODWIND
> AND BRASS GROUPS, PIANO, HARPSICHORD AND GUITAR
> STROBOSCOPE FOR CONTROL OF TURNTABLE
> SPEED (The logo of
> Westminster clock tower)
> with the inscription, "Natural Balance Westminster Long Playing
> It exposed me to classical music that I hadn't ever really listened to
> before, but as a result, became a fan of such as those "far out"
> Russians like Gliere and Rachmaninoff and that crazy Italian,
> Beethoven and his later friend, Respighi.
> Ah, the joys of discovery when you're a young person (not to mention,
> Britten's "Y.P.'s Guide to the Orchestra").
> Rod Stephens
> David Lennick wrote:
>> Steven C. Barr(x) wrote:
>>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "rodbrown" <[log in to unmask]>
>>>> Hi all,
>>>> I'm timidly un-lurking for a moment because I have a question for
>>>> which I'm sure the ARSClist subscribership would have a broad range
>>>> of useful, informed opinions.
>>>> I've recently become reacquainted with an LP I really enjoyed as a
>>>> kid: "An Adventure In High Fidelity", subtitled "A 'New
>>>> Orthophonic' High Fidelity Recording." This is an RCA Victor boxed
>>>> set, LM-1802. I find I still enjoy hearing this old record.
>>>> It purports to present great-sounding (monaural) classical and
>>>> semi-classical music, but also offers some very entertaining pop
>>>> instrumentals. It's an interesting listen, full of ear-catching,
>>>> exotic sounds, highs and lows, softs and louds. It tries to be all
>>>> things to a broad range of listeners, and doesn't fail too badly,
>>>> seems to me.
>>>> I'm sure there must be any number of similar efforts committed to
>>>> vinyl by various companies who sought to interest the public in a
>>>> particular label, or a brand of equipment, or a supposed technical
>>>> breakthrough. Was this record a better-than-average example of a
>>>> genre? Would any of you care to mention any fond recollections on
>>>> this type of recording? Any recommendations?
>>> Well, I can only comment on/in my own area of expertise...that being
>>> "one level earlier" in technical terms (shellac 78rpm discs...!).
>>> And there WERE a number of "demonstration records" issued from the
>>> beginning of that format onward. I have heard, and seen, "demonstration
>>> records" made by Berliner c.1900, to be played for potential machine
>>> buyers (don't own copies, though...!). Columbia issued at least three
>>> different such discs (with a fourth version for Canada
>>> issued several different records in their D- series...I have similar
>>> on the Perfect, Bell and Gennett labels...and Philco issued two
>>> c.1930 discs intended to sell their radio-phonograph sets, along
>>> with a set of
>>> several c.1940 "demo discs" of the same sort, which feature Columbia
>>> artists and are on the Columbia label. I also own a Hit-Of-The-Week
>>> featuring a "Medley Of Canadian Songs," which may have been used for
>>> promotion here in Canada (and bears a rubber-stamped "Sample" legend
>>> as well). And...Victor DID issue a "promo record" for their first
>>> "Program Transcription" line...with a "DL-" number.
>>> Steven C. Barr
>> In the LP era, there were all sorts of demos and promos.."Adventure
>> in High Fidelity" is sure a better sample than "Hearing is Believing"
>> (music samples on side 2 are fine, but the comparisons on side 1
>> include modern versions vs acousticals!). In the early stereo days,
>> RCA put out "Bob And Ray Throw a Stereo Spectacular" and "Sounds in
>> Space"..the latter has crossed my hands 3 times, never in playable
>> condition (the last copy had the Glenn Gould "So You Want To Write a
>> Fugue" flexi scotch taped to it!).