I compared it to the Mannheim Fox version that's common along with some
others I was able to gather up (a Radio Recorders 1948 dub for example).
It's definitely the broadcast version and not the rehearsal - the pacing
of the speech and inflections, along with the effects and music cues are
On Tue, May 27, 2014 at 6:32 AM, Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
> Hi Randy:
> Have you compared minute by minute to confirmed recordings of the
> broadcast previously known/released? I have not done this, but I'm
> listening to your transcription and wondering if it's a rehearsal
> recording? There seem to be slight pacing and word differences from my
> memory of the broadcast, little things here and there. The sound quality of
> your transcriptions is better than any commercial LP release that I own.
> Thank you for posting this audio. The late Alison "The Night Bird" Steele
> on WNEW-FM used to broadcast this recording every Halloween night. When I
> was a kid, I'd settle in with a bag of candy and stay up late listening.
> When I was a teen, I'd cut the mischief short to be home by 11pm to hear it.
> By the way, another reason I theorize your disks may be a rehearsal is
> that the mic placement seems to be different from the commercially-released
> LPs. There is a "room boom" behind everything, as if the recording mic were
> near a wall or down near the floor, not the broadcast mic into which people
> were talking. However, the fidelity of your disks may just show recording
> sound qualities not heard on several-generation-removed versions.
> -- Tom Fine
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Randy A. Riddle" <
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> Sent: Monday, May 26, 2014 6:35 PM
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Contact at LoC or Packard on "War of the Worlds"
> Lou --
>> I posted the set on my blog - scroll to the bottom of the post and you can
>> listen or download the show.
>> One of the missing bits is near the "blackened hand" section you
>> There's two bits of Welles dialogue missing from the common Mannheim Fox
>> version, as well as one intriguing section - after the announcer reads
>> bulletins, in all the other versions, he says "One moment please ladies
>> gentlemen … We take you to …". In my version, after he says "One moment
>> please ladies and gentlemen", he goes "off mic" and says something to
>> another actor before going back to the on-mic dialogue.
>> It sounds minor, but is an interesting example of how the Mercury were
>> trying to make the show sound like a breaking news event with a bit of
>> confusion in the studio.
>> When I got the disc, I didn't realize it was a "live" lacquer master and
>> thought it was probably a dub - I played it once, transferring it to
>> digital. The mp3 has the parts edited together, an NAB curve applied, and
>> a very light once-over with scratch/pop removal software. It's not a full
>> restoration, but was a way for me to get the show in a format where I
>> get comments on the lacquer set as I did some research on it.
>> On Mon, May 26, 2014 at 5:17 PM, Lou Judson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> I would love to hear the missing bits! That is one radio program that I
>>> committed to memory when still a teen... scratchy records and all!
>>> There was always something so bleak about the moments after the big
>>> when Orson is talking about the empty streets and the dogs with bits of
>>> black flesh in their mouths, as the scratches predominate for a few
>>> Lou Judson - Intutive Audio
>>> Computer fan and hard drive spin is the new tape hiss. -- Dan Richardson
>>> On May 26, 2014, at 7:02 AM, Randy A. Riddle wrote:
>>> I'm getting back to a little research project I started last fall.
>>> Can someone recommend a contact at the Library of Congress or the Packard
>>> Campus that I could talk/email with about the 16" transcription set in
>>> their collection of "War of the Worlds"?
>>> Last year, I ran into a 78 rpm lacquer set of the broadcast that appear
>>> be a "live" master created the night of the broadcast, rather than a dub
>>> created at a later point. I've been trying to document known surviving
>>> transcriptions of "War of the Worlds" to see if my set might be useful
>>> a restoration of the program and to figure out something about the
>>> of the set.
>>> On the LoC's disc set, I'd like to find out if they know the origin of
>>> set (Was it donated by CBS? An individual? Another government agency?),
>>> any information on the labels, and what brand of lacquers might have been