Still have yet to find any solid link between Livingston and Atlantic, but these Billboard articles gleans a little light on the connection to Cook and dual cartridge stereo disk playback (I have to admit that I haven't read all the articles celebrating Livingstons 18th).
Ched Smiley looks to be the fellow responsible for Livingston's early pursuit of tape and stereo reproduction but I haven't found very much other than the linked Billboard.
In case this huge link doesn't work, google Billboard March 14th 1970. The Livingston articles begin on page 36.
On Nov 15, 2012, at 6:50 PM, Tom Fine wrote:
> Hi Steve:
> Atlantic's tapes seem to be the connector between Livingston and Cook. They are featured in both catalogs. Was Livingston more a duplicating operation than a recording operation? I have a Livingston-branded tape of Lenny Herman "mightiest little band in the land." I think they were basically a hotel-bar band in the NYC area. Livingston also put out tapes under their own brand of Bill Thomson playing a Hammond organ.
> So who was behind Livingston, and how did they connect to Cook and Atlantic? Were they one of the early self-made duplicating operations? The earliest documentation I've seen of a tape duplication operation was in a 1952 Radio & TV News article, about a setup in NY using Ampex 300's modified in a way that was strikingly similar to what Ampex ended up doing with their 3200 duplicator system two years later.
> -- Tom Fine
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "carlstephen koto" <[log in to unmask]>
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> Sent: Thursday, November 15, 2012 8:55 PM
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Livingston and early Atlantic 2-track "binaural" reels
> Hey Tom,
> A quick check of a couple of my binaural tapes reveals the following text on the back of the boxes;
> "A Binaural tape of The Atlantic Tape Library
> duplicated and distributed exclusively by
> Livingston Electronic Corporation"
> The 2 tapes I checked;
> Paul Barbarin and his New Orleans Jazz is listed in the Atlantic Records discography as lp # 1253
> New Orleans Jazz by Wilbur de Paris and his Rampart Street Ramblers is listed as lp# 1208
> I'm not sure about the dates for the Wilbur de Paris but according to the All Music Guide, the Barbarin was recorded in 1955 for Atlantic.
> steve koto
> On Nov 15, 2012, at 2:51 PM, Tom Fine wrote:
>> What was the story with Livingston and Atlantic and their early 2-track reels? The Atlantic titles were listed in both the Livingston and Cook catalogs that were included with Livingston and Cook reels. Did Emory Cook make all of these recordings?
>> -- Tom Fine