[78-L] recording sessions on lacquers began . . . ?

Jeff Sultanof jeffsultanof at gmail.com
Sat Apr 21 18:01:29 PDT 2012

The information about Decca's recording methods comes (I believe) from a
Billie Holiday 2 CD set where some of this was explained (I no longer have
the set, so I don't remember exactly).

It is also my opinion based on what I've heard that the Hollywood Victor
studios was far superior to the New York Victor studios during the 1944-49
period. Compare Tommy Dorsey records vs. the Hollywood Artie Shaws. A major
difference. That New York studio was incredibly dry compared to the
beautiful ambiance of the Shaw recordings.

Jeff Sultanof

On Sat, Apr 21, 2012 at 6:02 PM, David Lennick <dlennick at sympatico.ca>wrote:

> My theory for years was that Victor and Columbia equalized their records
> in the
> mid 40s so that each one would sound terrible on the competitor's player.
> There
> certainly is a unique sound to those things. Oddly enough, I heard Freddy
> Martin's "Managua, Nicaragua" played on 1946 Victor machine and it actually
> sounded like music. Studios make a difference as well..listen to anything
> recorded at the Lotos Club.
> dl

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