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The Strange History of Soviet X-Ray Records

Hips don’t lie. But a hip x-ray in the Soviet Union of the 1950s might not have been what it appeared to be. In fact, if it was round, it was likely a record. Let us explain. At a time when the Soviet government strictly forbade western music from the likes of hip shaker Elvis and jazz great Charlie Parker, people found a creative way around the restriction. They turned x-rays of rib cages, fingers and other body parts into records—yes, actual audio recordings—that they exchanged on the sly. Stephen Coates of London’s Bureau of Lost Culture tells us about the ingenious scheme to create and distribute the bootleg audio recordings.

Black Friday Record Store Day 2019 – RSD Vinly Finds

Monie Muse – This year I participated in Record Store Day and hunted for some new and used records. We decided to visit Rhino Records in Claremont. I managed to find records I have been looking for. The record store was fully stocked with their Black Friday releases, I ended up finding a great recommendation Love Story from 1970, and a friend recommended singer songwriter, Nick Drake record called Bryter Layter. It’ll be my Christmas gift.

Record Store Day Black Friday Haul – Pearl Jam, Dream Theater, Fight, Joe Satriani, KISS & more

 

Last Friday was Record Store Day with hundreds of album releases. These are the ones I picked up!

MUSIC SHOWN:
Pearl Jam – MTV Unplugged
Fight – War of Words
Joe Satriani – Surfing with the Alien (Stripped)
Squares (Joe Satriani’s first band)
Ace Frehley – Live…
KISSWorld – Best of KISS
Overkill – The Electric Age (Deluxe Edition)
Dream Theater – Pull Me Under (Single)

Van Halen Japanese 7” Singles 1978-1984 – Unboxing

Van Halen released 13 singles in Japan between 1978 and 1984 that are collected in a new 7” vinyl set from Rhino. Each replica single features the original sleeve artwork and comes housed in a cigarette-style box. Two versions of THE JAPANESE SINGLES 1978-1984 are available: a black vinyl version and a limited edition version of 750 copies on red vinyl, which is available now at Rhino.com.
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How a forgotten 1949 Format War shaped the future of records

Once upon a time the 45 and the LP were rival formats. This video tells the story how RCAs beef with Columbia ended up shaping the future of popular music.

This is a video about the Format War of 1949. Things like 12″ 45s, 45 RPM Albums, EPs, 16rpm records, Polystyrene singles and 45s with a raised stepped ridge around the centre that aids grip when stacked don’t feature in this story because they were introduced after the conclusion of this particular story.

Regarding the question posed at the end – a few people have mentioned that the record players in their country had single adaptors. This was not unusual. I’ve demonstrated a few turntables on this channel with the built-in 45 adaptors. If your turntable didn’t have a built in adaptor – you could buy one. However that’s the result – not the cause. The records came first – the players accommodated the type of records sold in that country. A country could have chosen to go with small or large holes – the decision on which way they went was the thing of interest – what was the common denominator? Why was a large spindle hole chosen in Germany, but a small one in the UK?

We think we have an answer – it seems that Commonwealth countries went with the small hole and countries with a US armed forces presence after the war were more inclined towards the large hole. However if you know any other info on this – please share.