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[ARSCLIST] off-topic: guilty pleasure in hi-fi demo records
I'm timidly un-lurking for a moment because I have a question for
which I'm sure the ARSClist subscribership would have a broad range
of useful, informed opinions.
I've recently become reacquainted with an LP I really enjoyed as a
kid: "An Adventure In High Fidelity", subtitled "A 'New Orthophonic'
High Fidelity Recording." This is an RCA Victor boxed set, LM-1802. I
find I still enjoy hearing this old record.
It purports to present great-sounding (monaural) classical and
semi-classical music, but also offers some very entertaining pop
instrumentals. It's an interesting listen, full of ear-catching,
exotic sounds, highs and lows, softs and louds. It tries to be all
things to a broad range of listeners, and doesn't fail too badly,
seems to me.
I'm sure there must be any number of similar efforts committed to
vinyl by various companies who sought to interest the public in a
particular label, or a brand of equipment, or a supposed technical
breakthrough. Was this record a better-than-average example of a
genre? Would any of you care to mention any fond recollections on
this type of recording? Any recommendations?
(I'm presently a little less interested in LPs full of pink noise or
selected sine waves [the more technically-oriented 'test' records]
though those can be intriguing too.)
I'd be pleased to hear from you.