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Interesting Martin Denny Discovery about the Exotica Album
OnyaBirri
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Posted: 2009-03-01 11:51 am   Permalink

Actually, mono records sound better played in mono because surface noise and groove distortion are reduced.

 
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lucas vigor
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Posted: 2009-03-02 09:03 am   Permalink

I have a classic Bill Evan's CD, and the liner notes clearly state that they had two systems running at the same time, one mono and one stereo, when they were recording. That's why the version on "autumn leaves" they used on the album was mono. but the other tracks were stereo. The mono version of that track had better playing on it.

 
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Jeff Central
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Posted: 2009-03-02 6:11 pm   Permalink

According to Martin Denny The first Exotica album was recorded at Webley Edwards' Studio, Honolulu, Hawaii in December 1956. It was recorded on two track monaural. Bob Lang was the engineer. Session line-up was Martin Denny, Arthur Lyman, John Kramer, Augie Colon and Harold Chang. They recorded the entire album in three hours and 25 minutes. The album was released in May 1957.

They re-recorded the entire album in stereo in 1958 at Liberty Records' Studio in Hollywood, with a reorganized group featuring Julius Wechter on vibes and Roy Harte on drums.

According to Denny, "stereo was quickly becoming very popular and Liberty felt that a lot of people would really want the album in stereo. I'm partial to the mono recording. It has the original spark, the excitement, the feeling that we were breaking new ground".

I'm going to agree with Martin Denny here.

Cheers and Mahalo,
Jeff


 
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OnyaBirri
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Posted: 2009-03-02 6:21 pm   Permalink

Jeff, the aural evidence speaks for itself. I'm sure MD couldn't remember forty years later if two or three tunes on the stereo album are from the original session.

This fact does not conflict with MD's account; it simply goes to a deeper level of detail. The stereo image on the three tracks I described would fit most definitions of "two-track monaural," in that two of the instruments are on one track and three are on the other, easily collapsing to mono.

As stated previously, both "Waipo" and "Ah Me Furi" synch up exactly when the mono is panned left and the combined stereo is panned right - they produce an identical mono center image.

I will be happy to e-mail you mp-3 files demonstrating this.

As stated, becuase "Return to Paradise" has production similarities to the aforementioned tunes, I suspect it is from the same session.

However, "Waipo" and "Ah Me Furi" clearly are the same recording on both the mono and stereo album.

[ This Message was edited by: OnyaBirri 2009-03-05 18:03 ]


 
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Gremmie
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Posted: 2009-06-29 10:43 am   Permalink

Wow! Very interesting read!

 
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MamboKing
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Posted: 2009-06-29 12:16 pm   Permalink

This is truly geeky. And I read every word of it. Nice investigative work.

 
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whorton
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Posted: 2009-07-03 06:43 am   Permalink

Where is Tom Dowd when you need him!


(I should add, he died a while back)


 
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