[78-L] Edward VIII Abdication Records

Sammy Jones sjones69 at bellsouth.net
Sun Nov 10 15:38:48 PST 2013

Interesting that you have a CBS recording.  The recordings I have (except 
the BBC pressing) seem to be from an NBC broadcast.  We should really get 
together and do some listening and trading...

Of course, the best sounding audio seems to be on the BBC's site, which was 
recorded in Britain and doesn't suffer from shortwave sound.  There's a 
British commercial pressing I'm chasing down...it'll be interesting to see 
what it sounds like and if there are any announcements on either side of the 

Did Temple really trash the collection or sell it off in a "friends of the 
library" sale?

Sammy Jones

> Unfortunately I don't have the discs, only tape, and Temple University,
> where the collection had been entrusted to, discarded the collection.
> The first discs in the WCAU Philadelphia archive were the live recording
> of the broadcast from CBS, and then the re-playing of that disc later in
> the evening on WCAU.  The master starts with the final two bongs of Big
> Ben.  The re-playing has a local announcer introducing the recording AND
> THEN THEY WOW BIG BEN!!!!!!  The first bong becomes bbbboooooommmmmmmmm
> as it wows up to speed from a slow start!!  I do have the tapes I made
> of the entire collection, but I should have stolen the discs -- then
> they would still exist.  Who knew the university didn't give a damn
> about history.  (It is why I have never given the bastards a dime, along
> with their tearing down our studio building, Thomas Hall, a lovely stone
> church built around 1870.  Crumbuckets.)
> Mike Biel  mbiel at mbiel.com
>  -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: Re: [78-L] Edward VIII Abdication Records
> From: Sean Miller <smille1 at me.com>
> Date: Sun, November 10, 2013 6:54 am
> To: 78-L Mail List <78-l at klickitat.78online.com>
> I have a couple of the ones you've mentioned below, and I can add one
> other - white label, blue shellac 10 inch pressing with a plain white
> label and black print. I assume this is a West Coast pressing, but
> there's no indication whatsoever as to who pressed this one.
> Sean
> On Nov 10, 2013, at 5:33 AM, Sammy Jones wrote:
> > Okay...how many of these things were there? I thought I had a pretty
> nice
> > collection of Edward VIII Abdication records on 78, but just came
> across
> > three different variations on eBay that I don't have (I snapped two
> of them
> > up). Has anyone put together a list or discography?
> >
> > To get the ball rolling, here are the commercial 78 pressings I have
> of the
> > speech:
> >
> > King's Farewell Speech, Brunswick 7810 (mx. 20404/20405), 10"
> > Farewell Address of King Edward VIII, no maker, gold foil label (mx.
> 6635 #1
> > / 6735 P2 ((the 3 and P are reversed in the wax))), 12"
> > Abdication Speech of King Edward VIII, no maker, white label (MS-A
> 1523/MS-A
> > 1524), 12"
> >
> > And a 10" shellac pressing with a white label bearing only PART 1 in
> large
> > type (mx XX1/XX2). Someone has written "A limited issue by the BBC.
> 1937."
> > in pen on the label. Nothing whatsoever on the reverse side white
> label.
> >
> > By the way, my favorite copies are two 12" vinyl pressings (one at 78
> and
> > one at 33 1/3) by Victor that were apparently made for Hal Wallis
> (the movie
> > producer). The 33 disc is one-sided and has that lovely RCA spiderweb
> > pattern on the back. The one-sided 33's matrix number is VIS-6141-56.
> The
> > two-sided 78's matrix numbers are VIS 6145 and VIS 6146.
> >
> > I'd love to know if anyone has ever encountered similar vinyl
> pressings of
> > the Abdication Speech like these!
> >
> > I'll post details of the discs I'm getting from eBay once they
> arrive.
> >
> > Sammy Jones

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