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At  2/12/2006 07:17 PM, you wrote:
>Remember the "oil shortage" of the early 70s? That was the reason given at the
>time. Thinner records, lowered speed limits, switching Daylight Saving Time
>around..I remember it well. Now they just jack up the prices on everything.

During that period, US Columbia discovered that they could substitute 
cellophane (or some other clear film) for vinyl. They were buying 
huge rolls of the stuff, without ever explaining to the supplier what 
it was being used for. I don' think it was the same stuff they used 
for shrink-wrap, but some other type of non-pertroleum-based film.

They claimed it made no difference to the sound of the disks.

John Ross