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Subject: Re: Records
From: Paul Ferraro <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Paul Ferraro <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 13 Feb 2018 13:58:33 -0500
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Around 1954, Leonard Warren Verdi Arias on RCA Victor - played this 
standard-setting album so many times, I literally wore & scratched it to 
a point of unplayability, so had to run to E.JjKorvette's for a "fresh" 
copy.  I still have the disk & jcket, since LW autographed it.

Poalo


On 2/13/2018 12:16 PM, Bob Rideout wrote:
> Elisabeth Schwarzkopf singing Operetta including the spectacular
> Nun's Chorus from Casanova. It is as fabulous today as it was the
> first time I played the vinyl in 1960. There ain't nuthin' like it!
>
> Bob
>
> On Tue, Feb 13, 2018 at 11:58 Rich Lowenthal <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
>
>> Over the holidays I bought a CD for my brother and found myself
>> wondering whether it was the last CD I would ever buy. I stream just
>> about everything I listen to--it's more convenient and there's a better
>> selection than what's on my shelves.
>>
>> We've asked similar things in the past, but as we're waxing nostalgic,
>> what was the first vocal item listers bought on CD? Mine was Jessye
>> Norman singing Vier letzte lieder--still one of my favorite recordings.
>>
>> Rich
>>
>> ------ Original Message ------
>> From: "Jon Goldberg" <[log in to unmask]>
>> To: [log in to unmask]
>> Sent: 2/13/2018 11:43:16 AM
>> Subject: Records (was - Re: Another announcer - David Elliott (WHRB
>> Boston))
>>
>>> "All recorded music"?? No sir. The methods have changed, as they have
>>> tended to do
>>> every generation, but music is still being recorded and listened to,
>>> and will be for a long
>>> time to come.
>>>
>>> What is a record (musically speaking)? At one point it was a cylinder.
>>> Then, very
>>> breakable discs that became standardized at 78 rpm. By the 1930's and
>>> "talkies,"
>>> recordings could be done on film, and tape would follow soon after, in
>>> both reel and
>>> cassette formats. (And of course the ephemeral 8-track, which always
>>> seems to be the
>>> butt of jokes more than a truly successful invention - just like the
>>> Betamax, lol.) The
>>> heavy breakable 78's eventually ceded to "unbreakable" vinyl 33's, and
>>> 45's. (I still have
>>> one of those clip-on adapters that make it possible to play 45's on a
>>> standard turntable.
>>> Remember those little attachments?) The big LP's transformed into small
>>> CD's that
>>> "recorded" in digital terms instead of analog. Which led to music being
>>> recorded on no
>>> discs at all, available the same way that I type this post. But is it
>>> *really* any less valid
>>> this way?
>>>
>>> Sure, having been born in the 60's, my youth was all about the vinyl
>>> age, and I have to
>>> say that what I *really* miss are the 12" covers, the artwork, the
>>> booklets, etc. Yes, CD's
>>> still had all that, but on a much smaller scale. And yes, as music is
>>> tending to move
>>> online, I do miss the physical form of recording that you can browse in
>>> person at the
>>> store (something we also barely have anymore) - but on the other hand,
>>> it seems to me
>>> that we have more access to so much music online than we've ever had in
>>> the analog
>>> age, and in an instantly accessible way.
>>>
>>> A decade or so ago, I was still carrying around CD's and a CD Walkman
>>> everywhere I go,
>>> as I'm so often listening to music as I travel. That in itself is
>>> remarkable, given that when
>>> I was a preteen starting to get into opera, my only practical way to
>>> bring music around
>>> with me was in recording LP's to tape and carrying a small tape
>>> recorder (not yet a
>>> Walkman, though that was just around the corner).
>>>
>>> In fact, I have fond memories of the "pirating" that my dad and I used
>>> to do when I was a
>>> kid - we would build our own personal collections of music by raiding
>>> the several well-
>>> stocked libraries in our area, and recording the vinyl to cassettes.
>>> And with my dad and I
>>> both having a bit of "type A" in us, lol, this was a complex process -
>>> adding up the
>>> timings on the records to see how best to fit them on the cassette
>>> (which actually meant
>>> having to time things ourselves if the info wasn't listed), having to
>>> watch out for
>>> imperfections/skips (my dad was more into having clean recordings - if
>>> there were too
>>> many audible pops and scratches, he wouldn't record it - if it was a
>>> piece I still wanted to
>>> have in my collection, I'd often record it anyway), and
>>> "post-production," which for my
>>> dad was writing the album and cast info on index cards to be filed
>>> away, and giving each
>>> cassette a number to go with those files. Of course, we did buy albums
>>> also, lol - but I'm
>>> sure the 2 of us were far from the only people to be making their own
>>> tapes of library
>>> recordings. ;-)
>>>
>>> I remember a friend in college (this would have been around 1983/4) who
>>> got a CD
>>> player and was so excited about the new format. Funny that though the
>>> technology was
>>> exciting, I at first didn't like the sound I was hearing - TOO clean to
>>> my ears. But by
>>> 1990, as new recordings I wanted were no longer being offered on LP's,
>>> I gave in. Now I
>>> wonder what the fuss was all about, lol. I still love my LP's, but CD's
>>> became far more
>>> manageable. But now, having so much music on our computers and phones
>>> (or mp3
>>> devices, etc), it's easy to see why even CD's are now a bit "passe" -
>>> even though I still
>>> buy them and play them.
>>>
>>> But of course I'm not saying anything here that isn't evident to all of
>>> us. Just that I don't
>>> think recorded music is going away anytime soon - it's just the way
>>> it's recorded. Anyone
>>> want to go back (exclusively) to the cylinder age?? ;-)
>>>
>>> (And going back to the original topic as it relates - I love the very
>>> early recordings that
>>> David Elliott plays. A huge part of our history and legacy, and,
>>> "primitive" sound and all,
>>> so cool to hear. The way we record and listen has changed many times,
>>> but that doesn't
>>> negate the oldest recordings. No sound sissy I, lol.)
>>>
>>>
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