25th Nov 2013
|John (Hoddan) MacDonald|
A: Tarbh Ur An A.I.
B: Cuibhl' An Fhortain
|Another victim of 'noises off': on the B-side, Hoddan gamely soldiers on with a beautiful unaccompanied Gaelic song while a Scottish accordion dance band can be clearly heard living it up in the next studio....|
1st Aug 2013
A: Mindless Boogie
B: Don't Turn It Off
|The un-cut area between successive windings of a record groove - the 'land' - was (usually) set wide enough to prevent the playback stylus jumping, and avoid any pre- or post-echo from one winding to the next. One figure I've heard is that the inter-groove land should be half the width of the cut groove itself, allowing for modulation.|
When seen through a microscope, the grooves of 'Every 1's a winner' (270), and a close labelmate, Smokie ('Needles and pins', 263) appear startlingly different. One wonders how the former plays at all without the stylus jumping about the disc like a gazelle: the land area is practically non-existent. I suspect that the groove is cut deeper than usual to allow increased volume (minimising the effect of echo) and avoid the jumping problem (Hot Choc discs from this period are quite bass-heavy!) The Smokie disc has a much more 'normal' look to it.
The land, being the remnant of the original shiny surface of the uncut disc, reflects light. If the width of the land is reduced substantially, less light is reflected, and the disc surface appears darker.
My £0.0.4 anyway.
(UPDATE: photomicrographs of the two discs uploaded here, for anyone interested.)
16th May 2013
A: Please Let Them Be
B: I'm Not Blue
|It definitely had a hole when I scanned it! I don't have this record any more so can't make another scan. Mods, please would you delete my images and move Wurzelsepp's into pole position - thanks.|
26th Apr 2012
|The Young Tyrants|
A: She Don't Got The Right!
B: I Try!
|How about this 3-track "semi-EP", on which the titles of all three tracks are questions?|
18th Apr 2012
|Jean Metcalfe, Michael Aspel|
A: Lesson 3 - Clearness And Distinction
B: Lesson 4 - Modulation
|This (at least I think it was this) was played years ago on one of those 'records that got away' radio shows. Is it the one where Aspel talks about "eelaw - kyooshn" throughout?|