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Re: [ARSCLIST] Recording Innovations
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From: "Michael Biel" <mbiel@xxxxxxxxx>
Victor normally used the "best" take for issue...but "held" other presumably
Most other companies recorded two, three, or more
takes but they usually select one take as the primary approved take.
Alternates get ISSUED by those other companies when something happens to
the master of the primary approved take, there is a mistake in the
factory, a leasing agreement with another company might provide them
with alternates, the thing is such a big hit they need more stampers
right now and using an alternate will speed up the process, or years
later when a new edition or a reissue is being done the guy in the
warehouse sends the producer the better-looking less-worn master. (When
I congratulated Vince Giordano for finding and issuing Paul Whiteman's
"Charleston" without the Chinese scat vocal on the Buddha "Time Capsule"
CD, he admitted that, yes, the vault sent him the best looking master!)
"almost as good" takes as well. These were often used for later issues of
recording, simply because they were in better condition than were the
issued takes; this resulted in never-before-heard performances finally being
made available...more or less "by accident!"
Meanwhile, CBS intentionally used alternates for re-issues; the labels made
it clear buyers were getting a "never before heard" performance on the
I don't know if Victor eventually figured out that they were to some extent
"sitting on a gold-mine" with their many alternate-take masters, and started
intentionally issuing those...or not...?!
Steven C. Barr