How they made records in the golden days

‘That’s what the people want: the noise that comes out of the box.’

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  • My word, Norman, that brings back memories. But I am glad the technology had moved on sufficiently that I never had to “produce” Jessye Norman in that fashion!! I have the HMV picture, a copy of which was presented to me when I left EMI in 1985 and it hangs over my desk in my office in Cambridge, less than a foot away from where I am typing this.

    • Mr. Willan,

      I always wanted to tell you that the recordings made during the Muti-era in Philadelphia suffered greatly after you left EMI. I am aware of the issues with finding a suitable recording venue but the orchestra was badly served by your successor. Many thanks!

  • Was this produced by RCA Victor? What was the movie, when was it produced, who was the singer and conductor?

  • “Don’t worry kid; he’s just another hunk of rhubarb pie to me”!! You just don’t get witty dialogue like that these days!!:-)

  • I like the way recording engineers and producers had to work around the limitations and use the strengths of their respective recording equipment for maximum effect, often showing feats of ingenuity and creativity. One of the main problems with modern recordings is that the industry became used to the notion that you can mix and fix everything in post-production.

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