It depended on the piece and performers, but most MLP tapes were not strewn with splices. In
retakes, it would usually be a whole phrase or section. There were exceptions, but not many. I think
that was common practice in those days -- let the conductor play a piece through, do a playback and
see what needs fixing. The music director (score-keeper) will have marked problems he heard. The
conductor and/or producer may not like the pacing or textures, in which case large sections would be
redone. The good orchestras were aces at their game in those days. Probably the best of the best
recording orchestra in the 60's was the LSO because they recorded so often with so many conductors.
-- Tom Fine
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From: "Richard L. Hess" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 3:47 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] "Life" IN recordings (or lack thereof), (was EMI, opera and 35mm?)
> Hi, Tom,
> When reading this, it struck me that the lack of micro-editing might actually explain some of the
> "Life" in the MLP recordings.
> On 2012-04-25 3:21 PM, Tom Fine wrote:
>> Mercury, too, was not prone to make tiny-length inserts
> Richard L. Hess email: [log in to unmask]
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> Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.