On 11/06/2012 11:29, Don Cox wrote:
> On 11/06/2012, Ted Kendall wrote:
>> On 10/06/2012 20:09, David Weiner wrote:
>>> Hey Mike,
>>> For marketing purposes, THE SECRET BROADCASTS has more zing to it
>>> than the
>>> title, THE "WE'VE ALWAYS KNOWN ABOUT THEM" BROADCASTS.
>>> Dave Weiner
>>> On 6/10/12 2:38 PM, "Michael Biel"<[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>>> From: Don Cox<[log in to unmask]>
>>>> According to the booklet with the "Secret Broadcasts" set, the
>>>> sources were mostly original 16 inch V-discs pressed on vinyl
>>>> (which would give a quiet
>>>> surface), with some tape copies from V-discs. Ted Kendall made the
>>> There never were any 16-inch V-discs. They were meant to be played
>>> by the soldiers themselves on regular phonographs, so the were all
>>> 12-inches. Did you mean Armed Forces Radio Service discs which were
>>> meant ONLY for broadcasters and thus were mainly 16-inches. These
>>> two entirely different categories of recordings should not be
>>> confused. I do think that some 16-inch lacquer masters were also
>>> involved, if not for the Victor issue, for the issues prior to the
>>> Victor CDs. I've never understood what was so "secret" about these
>>> well-known broadcasts.
>>>> Mike Biel [log in to unmask]
>> The originals for the "Secret Broadcasts" set were largely OWI 16"
>> vinyls, some in excellent shape, some not. They came from the
>> collection of Alan Dell, who died during the preparation of the set.
>> One, or maybe two, sides of originals were found only as tape dubs,
>> although the original discs surfaced later.
> Seems I misread the booklet and should have said "OWI" not "V-discs".
> Are these vinyls still being preserved somewhere? I hope so.
>> As to the title, I well remember arguing with Conifer's marketing
>> people that the term "secret broadcast" was an oxymoron, but they
>> replied with the unanswerable "we reckon we know what will make it
>> sell". Well, they were right, weren't they?
> I think the quality of the transfers helped the sales too.
The originals are now in the British Library. And I do like to think the
transfers helped it along....