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Sorry, I don't have any specifics. The secret was revealed by a 
Columbia executive at a public radio music programmers' conference in 
about 1974.

John Ross

At  2/12/2006 08:40 PM, phillip holmes wrote:
>I've never heard of this before.  Wow.  Do you know of any specific pressings?
>Phillip
>----- Original Message ----- From: "John Ross" >
>>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.