[78-L] Don Giovanni

David Lennick dlennick at sympatico.ca
Fri Jul 2 20:38:31 PDT 2010

To screw with your brain, even if it took 58 years?


The LP set is LCT 6102 and it was in the catalog (Madamina) by 1952, so I guess they weren't doing EPs yet but still wanted to cut down the number of discs, and since they already had it transferred for LP, maybe they then divided it up into 5-minute sides or something equivalent. I've seen another reissue where the 45s were taken from the LP master instead of the original 78s (the Paul Whiteman Gershwin set on Decca, sides are abruptly cut off instead of having the natural 78 ambience).



> Date: Fri, 2 Jul 2010 20:30:31 -0700
> From: burnhamd at rogers.com
> To: 78-L at 78online.com
> Subject: [78-L] Don Giovanni
> During a record hunt earlier this week, I picked up as a curiosity Don Giovanni complete on "convenient" 45 rpm records. This is the Fritz Busch Victor recording which originally came out on 78s. What I'm curious about is that this set contains 19 records, but on 78s there were 23 records. These are not EP 45s, just normal length so I can't understand why they wouldn't have simply put each 78 side on a 45 side. It would have been a fair amount of work to recouple the 78 sides so that there were 38 sides instead of 46. I've never seen the 78s so I don't know how they were configured. Does anyone know if this 45 set is edited down from the original 78 set, or is this a live performance which was originally recorded on a longer medium and sliced up for 78s and sliced up again with thicker slices for the 45s, or did they actually go to the trouble of re-combining the 78 sides to produce fewer / longer sides?
> Thanks!
> db
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