From: Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]
> Bill, thanks for posting that AES link. I always thought the stereo
> sounded strange because it's not really "Ballroom stereo" in that
> the room reverb and "size" stays the same.
Yes, thanks. When after ten years I found my first stereo copy of Volume
One I was very disappointed because the stereo was so weak, especially
since the photos showed each performer on a separate mic. It also
explained to me why the stereo on Volume two -- which I had in stereo
from the very beginning -- was so variable. Several tracks on it were
left over from Volume One. Volume Two's new track were in great stereo,
including the one with the full orchestra. It has been over a decade
since I checked out the stereo copies, but I will be doing some close
listening as I prepare my proposed ARSC talk on this. I think I have
both RCA and Columbia masters of the stereo Vol One.
> Very clever what they did. I those days, you got more $$ for a stereo LP,
> so if people were calling for it, it was well worth the effort to get it
> in the marketplace. Both the record company and the retailer made a few
> more cents per platter if it said "STEREO" on the cover in 1962. -- Tom Fine
There is one aspect of the interview that might not be fully correct.
The album was intended to be released in stereo from the very beginning.
EVERY copy (and I've inspected thousands) shows both the mono and
stereo numbers on the back cover, and the front cover folded over. It
was on the separate stereo Billboard chart from the very beginning.
Although I never saw a stereo copy at the time, they must have been
there. His preparation of the stereo master had to have happened before
the record was released, not after.
Mike Biel [log in to unmask]
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bill Seery" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 3:15 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] 50 years ago tonight: Meader and JFK
> This was the first gold record I ever saw up close and personal, hanging in my friend John Mack's
> living room. His dad was Bob Mack who I believe was credited as a producer on the project.
> The AES has an oral history with him. Here's clip about the album:
> Bill Seery
> Director of Preservation Services
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>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Michael Biel" <[log in to unmask]>
>> To: <[log in to unmask]>
>> Sent: Monday, October 22, 2012 9:01 PM
>> Subject: [ARSCLIST] 50 years ago tonight: Meader and JFK
>> This evening, Oct. 22, is the fiftieth anniversary of both John F.
>> Kennedy's Cuban Missile Crisis Speech and the recording session at Fine
>> Recording Studio for Vaughn Meader's multi-million selling comedy album
>> about Kennedy, "The First Family", Oct 22, 1962.
>> Mike Biel [log in to unmask]