July 30th, 2021

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Another REALLY "Random" Cassette Digitization

Just transferred another old audio cassette featuring my old friends and I to digital. This one was a REALLY "mixed bag", since it was episode 454 of "The Tape & Record Show", originally "broadcast" Friday, February 7, 1986 at 10:00pm central. The episode was a compilation featuring excerpts from recordings we made earlier which were never made "official" by being edited into a "broadcast version" for one reason or another. I narrated the segments. It was a 90 minute special, since most episodes of "The Tape & Record Show" were an hour in length.

First excerpt was from an abandoned "James Stricklin Happy Hour" which looked back on Randy Haney's "career" by then with "Tape & Record Show Enterprises"(TRSE). Recorded in 1984, it was never used because of a weird microphone problem that produced occassional HEAVY "crackling". After all these decades, I've YET to figure out what was the cause of that. However, the duet with James and Randy singing with Michael Jackson/Paul McCartney's "Say, Say, Say" came out without a hitch.

Next was an excerpt from James and Michelle's reception after their wedding, from 1983. It was a segment where casual discussion was going on with James, Michelle, Michelle's uncle, and Aunt Jan. Her aunt had no idea she was being recorded, and seemed surprised.

Then, for some reason I can't remember, there were mics open in the room when no recording session was going on, James, Michelle, and baby Janice were already here, then an enraged Randy showed up, I found out after the fact, according to my narration before the clip, he had been to visit a "Patricia Whitehead". I honestly was surprised he appeared here that evening, and had no IDEA WTF was going on, even though Randy thought I did!

Next clip was WEIRD. James and I decided to just "shoot the breeze" in conversation, while walking around my neighborhood late at night, carrying a portable cassette recorder. At one point, we ACTUALLY "encounter" the Ouachita Parish Sheriff Department while walking after dark in 1984. It's all caught on audio, except for some "radio noise", which might have been radio interference or a deliberate "blocking" technology by the police. Anyway, if we had been hauled off to jail, I still had "plenty of tape" with me! :-P

There's a lengthy clip from a show I'll need to look up the master tape to, to figure out where it originated after all these years. James and Michelle two years after their wedding, trying to get through a duet of Olivia Newton-John's "Suddenly". First Michelle didn't get it quite right, most of the times after, James cracked up.

Next clip was Jerry Sanders, SINGING. Really rare. He sang with Ray Parker Jr's "Another Woman" and Grandmaster Flash "Survival".

Finally, in the "unreleased/unbroadcast" episode was excerpts from "Ouachita Riverfest Sock Hop" with Dennis Goodwin, Albert Sims, and Paul Morrison(1985). The "excuse" I gave in narration for not being a "show" was "sound quality". That doesn't hold up today, since it actually sounds a "tad" better than the "Skatetown" recording three years earlier. You hear Paul describe the "10 Stages of Drunkedness" and, apart from the brief interview about "record burning" originally on an episode of "TRS Latenight", actual interaction between DJ Dennis Goodwin and I. The "Orbit's Independent Sampler" TRSE "broadcast" back in the day were edited from Dennis' actual public radio show, I wasn't anywhere near there when broadcast over the local airwaves.

As with the last "digitation" post, mainly only those who were originally "involved" will "get" this post.

Second "Outtakes"

Transferred the second (and last) "Scenes From Those Unreleased TRSE Recording Sessions" compilation from the audio cassette to digital this evening. The special's "broadcast date" was Friday, December 13, 1991 at 10:00pm central, the 9th and final season of "The Tape & Record Show". Another 90 minute episode.

First off was an excerpt from the master tape of the first "Randy Haney's Life of Elvis" from March 1981. After he had finished recording the first episode at his house, there was a bit of tape left on the side. Randy played around with the radio in that space. Where else would you hear Randy sing with the "KLIC" radio jingle?

Then, most of an "abandoned" "E.T. Food Palace" skit recorded for an abandoned "James Stricklin Happy Hour" recording session from 1985. I was doing another lame Doug Henning impersonation, based on Rich Hall's impersonation on "Saturday Night Live". In character voices, James and I sing "She Blinded Me With Science". Nearly every time I said "It's an ILLUSION, Thank You!", James cracked up.

Next, a disastrous "James Stricklin Happy Hour" spoof of "Gunsmoke with James(Festus), Albert(Matt), Michelle Stricklin(Miss Kitty)(who gets "obscene" in the microphone), and Jerry Sanders(Newly)(1985). We got NOWHERE with that attempt!

Then, "The Stars:Behind the Scenes" Rehersal-Take 1(the only time the attempted "novel" by me was read aloud by the people planned to portray the characters later on video-which never came to be), James and Albert on the "Late Night Walk-Part II" talking about peeking into windows(1984), Paul Morrison bloops during his theme music(1988), Paul is at a loss for words on "An Evening with Paul Morrison"(1985), and Randy Haney performs "Blue Christmas" and "Why Can't Everyday Be Like Christmas" by Elvis Presley(1985).

First time hearing this compilation in 30 years. Nearly spit drink out on my keyboard in some parts because of the hilarity. Ironically, and I don't think I thought it out ahead of time "broadcast date" wise, but it was appropriate to end with excerpts from an unreleased Christmas themed "Life of Elvis" episode.

Again, as I've stated in previous posts about these audio cassette to digital file transfers... you probably had to actually BE there at the time to know WTF I'm talking about!