Saturday, February 25, 2012
You find some warped stuff at Goodwill....
As in, warped 12" 78s. Too bad, since these are in lovely shape, otherwise. Only $1.99, though, so no big loss. In fact, by tracking heavy, I was able to get three of the six sides ripped and ready, so I'm happy.
This 1939 Boston Symphony Orch. recording--narrated in truly strange style by Richard Hale--was the first American recording of Peter and the Wolf, and it's beautifully recorded and performed. What I love about "Classical" discs of this era is the realness of the sound, the naturalness of the acoustics. I reckon it was all the engineers could do to keep the dynamic bursts from bouncing the cutting stylus, so such vital advances as ping-pong stereo and 800-track mixdowns would have to wait their day.
Restored tonight by MAGIX and me.
To the half set:
Peter and the Wolf (Sergei Prokofiev)--Boston Symphony Orch., Dir. Serge Koussevitzky.
Narrated by Richard Hale. Victor M-566; 1939 (Sides 1, 5, and 6.)