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Subject:

Re: Flexi Discs are back

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Michael Biel <[log in to unmask]>

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Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>

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Thu, 23 Apr 2015 07:25:15 -0700

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The High Society disc was not an EvaTone Sound Sheet. It was card stock
with a clear celluloid overlay (pardon the expression). We had to SEE
Gloria Leonard as well as hear her, after all. Columbia made this type
of disc -- remember Red Skelton's Pledge of Alliegance -- but I don't
think the High Society was a Columbia. The same is true of the Mad
Magazine discs mentioned earlier. They were cardboard.


I have about 20 issues of the Soviet magazine Horizon which had flexi's
bound in. For many years they were loosely bound with a hole in the
paper so that the discs could be played while still in the magazine.
For the last year or two they stapled the disc in and you had to remove
them from the magazine then cut apart each of the pairs of discs. Bad
idea. The final side of each issue was a Western recording. often rock.
A couple were the Beatles. The first one I ever got had Liza Minelli
singing Money Makes the World Go Around. A little propaganda.

SoundSheet is a trademarked name, so the generic is Flexis. There was a
record company called Flexo in the 20s and 30s in the U.S (Kansas City
and then San Francisco) and a British company FlexiDisc around 1930.
Those were celluloid. There was Durium, of course, which were cardboard
with a very sturdy plastic coating. So they were called Flexis decades
before EvaTone came along with the trademarked SoundSheet.

Flexis were a BIG part of the Soviet record business. They issued
dozens of them each month of pop music mostly but some folk and maybe
even classical. They had a separate matrix series with a G prefix
(which looks like r). I have examples of records which were issued on
both Flexi and on vinyl pressings, 33 rpm 7-inch. 45 RPM was completely
unknown in the USSR. They never used that speed except for a small
series they exported to Expo 67 Montreal.

The EvaTone booklets that someone mentioned (Tom?) were not glued to
cardboard. They were edge-taped in a folder where the cover could be
folded back and the packet played because the covers were drilled like
the Horizon magazine had been. Some of those discs were 2-sided so they
couldn't be glued.

The EvaTone discs did not get thinner over time. They sold several
different thickness of plastic. It was the customer's choice of how
thick they would be. That sample packet that was mentioned has samples
of the different thicknesses and also the booklet type.


Mike Biel [log in to unmask]

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Flexi Discs are back
From: Steve Ramm <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Wed, April 22, 2015 9:20 pm
To: [log in to unmask]

Paul: I gave away my years of Sing out years ago but - if I remember
correctly, the Evatones included were not full songs. They were just
excerpts so
you could hear what the tuning was. There's be a dozen songs on each
one.

This is different than when SO begain including CDs with full recordings
to
those who were supporting subscribers (I was)

And as for Nat Geo. There were two issues with Evatones (to my
knowledge).
The Space one and one with Winston Churchill's speeches. I have both of
those.

And then there was the issue of the adult mag "High Society" with an
aural
version of oral ,ovemaking. These pop up on Ebay a lot!


Steve


In a message dated 4/20/2015 10:58:02 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
[log in to unmask] writes:

I remember Sing Out!, a magazine about folk music, bound into each copy
a Flexi Disc containing the songs featured in the issue. They never
stayed flat either, since the magazine inevitably got folded by the
Postal Service. And the expense nearly bankrupted the magazine, but
board member (and regular columnist) Pete Seeger had threatened to
resign if they didn't include the discs, so that readers who didn't read

music could learn the songs.

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