[78-L] Beach Boys 78s

agp agp2176 at verizon.net
Sun Apr 17 15:06:22 PDT 2011

At 21:45 17/04/2011, CG wrote:

>Would you refuse to buy a new recording made in the 78 format? If 
>so, that disqualifies all of the R. Crumb/Cheap Suit Serenaders 78s, 
>the John Fahey set, and the Bryan Wright Riveremont Bix Suite. If it 
>plays at 78, we should be interested in it. Every new release, no 
>matter what it is, keeps the format alive and contemporary, which is 
>what our list is all about, isn't it?

I have bought 'new' 78s -- such as the Tiny Tim from the UK, the 
Randy Newman on Reprise. The Blue Shadows, Duke Special and Joe 
'King' Carrasco -- and I love 'em. I do not disparage the issuance of 
new 78s, but rather the choice of material here as being totally off 
the wall. To me it has a feeling of "let's throw any old junk out 
there cause collectors will buy anything". Its like the companies 
that created limited edition collectors edition box sets of McCartney 
CDs back the early 90s by toss a regular off the shelf CD in a box 
with a badge and sew on patch and saying 'Number 5464 of 10000' on the back.

My point is -- why issue the Beach Boys on a 78? What point can it 
possibly make about them as a group, the history of recorded sound, 
or the nostalgic era of 78 rpm rock'n'roll.


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