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Re: [ARSCLIST] Re print-thru - tails out
Short story, but ON topic...
Back in the early '50s as a college student I worked at a local record
store, selling, but mostly doing sorting and storage, in the back of the store.
One day, while sorting a box of new releases, I overheard a conversation at
the sales counter. A woman was bringing back a 'defective' 45 she'd purchased
a few days before. It was the store's practice to audition the disc before
exchanging it....to check for customer abuse of the disc or whatever. The
clerk put the 45 on the store's turntable, and played the first few measures.
>From in the back I knew instantly what the 'defect' was and I rushed up to
tell the manager to exchange the disc. I went to the bin and gave the woman a
replacement, which we first auditioned to make sure. She left, happy, and I
took the 'defective' 45 and leaped back to the bin. Yes, there was another!
So I bought them both.
The disc was the popular London recording of Frank Chacksfield's "Ebb Tide",
but on THIS recording, the tide went OUT, and the seagulls went "Wak, wak",
and the music sounded like a pipe organ, sort of. IT WAS EBB TIDE RECORDED
BACKWARDS! A tired engineer at a US pressing plant with no ear for music had
evidently grabbed the master reel and cut the master disc, without noticing
what was going onto the master. He'd forgotten to rewind the tape! I have
two copies of the 'defective' record to prove it!
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