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I am unfamiliar with 2" Betamax. I've only seen 1/2". Did I miss something?

joe salerno


On 8/7/2012 4:03 PM, David Lewis wrote:
> Found a remaindered copy of a later Epic CD incarntaion of "Cheap Trick at
> Budokan" which I have been listening to in the car. Apart from the fact
> that I feel that
> it is one of the best albums ever to go triple-platinum, there are some
> questions about its recording that I'm hoping the combined wisdom here
> might help illuminate.
>
> When the import release arrived in the little store that was my haunt in
> late 1978 there were several things about it that were waaaaay unusual. The
> quality of the
> photography -- even though shot in the dark, and somewhat enhanced because
> of that -- and of the album jacket printing was a king's mile above the
> average, and
> the later US version kind of darkened and blurred both by comparison.
> However, the sound of the disc was realistic in a way I had never before
> experienced; it was
> so good that it still took me additional years to notice that the music was
> good also.
>
> The earlier LP versions stated that "Cheap Trick at Budokan" was in SONY
> STEREO. I remember a record store clerk excitedly telling me that Sony
> stereo was
> better than regular stereo and my bullcrap detector going off as a result.
> Now, though, I wonder if he was in some way -- correct?
>
> Is it possible that digital was somewhere in the chain of "Cheap Trick at
> Budokan." Historically it is possible:
>
> http://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/CorporateInfo/History/SonyHistory/2-07.html
>
> The PCM-1 was in use and already being marketed by April of 1978 when
> the Budokan concerts were recorded. At that time, Sony was using 2" Betamax
> tapes;
> the disc was being developed, but was not putting out acceptable results
> yet as either a recording or playback format. However, April 1978 is a bit
> before the
> fateful meeting with Karajan mentioned in this corporate history.
>
> In my car, the recording sounds digital, but it is after all being played
> back from a CD. Elsewhere I've read that the first digital recording in the
> US was the Zubin
> Mehta/NYP recording of Stravinsky's "Petrushka" from June 1979. But I also
> recall that Fleetwood Mac's album "Tusk" was at least partly digital and it
> was on the
> market by the fall of '79. That was on the WB, not CBS.
>
> Uncle Dave Lewis
> Lebanon, OH
>

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Joe Salerno