August 2nd, 2021

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Yet Another "You Had To Be There At The Time" Post

Last night I was up WAY past my normal bedtime digitally transferring another of the old "Tape & Record Show Enterprises" episodes from the early 1980's from audio cassette. That one was the four hour long "Five Years of The Tape & Record Show", compiled with excerpts from some of the MANY TV/radio show soundtracks the "flagship" show had aired since starting in June 1979. Most of those first years, I was the only one putting together the "shows". Not much narration, since in the earliest days, I entertained myself by playing a tape in a portable recorder with the opening theme music, switching the tape out to something I recorded with the same recorder with a mic running from the recorder to a TV speaker. A bit later, I had a small black and white TV with a 1/8" headphone output I could plug into the recorders mic input, which improved sound quality "somewhat". Kept a written record of those "show" contents though, so later, once I had better equipment, I was able to take the tapes I recorded, and put them together on another tape. Of course, as you might expect, sound quality on the earliest tapes was terrible, especially by modern standards. Didn't help matters any that a lot of the early recordings were on CHEAP audio cassettes, three-packs with brands like "Intermagnetics", "Alcon", and "Murphy's Mart".

I had equipment by the time I made the compilation to dub directly from the original tapes, but still, sound quality on most of the clips in the retrospective are bad to "meh" in quality. Wasn't until near the end of the special you hear Randy Haney, Jerry Sanders, and James Stricklin in clips. The "special" I compiled on Memorex/Scotch branded cassettes when I made it over an apparent two month period. Original description written on the "broadcast" index card... SPECIAL: "Five Years of The Tape & Record Show". Broadcast Saturday, December 31,1983 at 10:06pm central as part of the annual overnight TRSE New Year's Celebration. An all-new 4-hour special featuring 80 scenes from the first five years of "The Tape & Record Show", starting with a collage of the theme musics used for the show and continuing with excepts from some of the many show soundtracks that have aired on the show, such as Fawlty Towers, Soap, I Dream of Jeannie, Monty Python's Flying Circus, The Bickersons, Randy Haney's Life of Elvis, The James Stricklin Happy Hour, and Jerry Sanders Hit Parade". With the lack of narration, one would have "fun" trying to identify a lot of the clips!

Tonight, I transferred the "broadcast" version of "An Evening With Paul Morrison". I amazed myself at the time for the way I "engineered" that recording session. The ONLY time we ever had a person playing an instrument IN STUDIO. I didn't have actual microphone stands, so rigged up something at the last minute, so Paul wouldn't have to hold any mics while trying to play the guitar. Worked out quite well, except, faintly in the background, you hear leakage from my hard of hearing father having the TV up really loud in the next room. That was one of the two "recording sessions" I also did video of. The audio of the video was fed into the VHS recorder in mono. Years ago, on a previous operating system, I encoded the first few minutes of the video and uploaded it to YouTube. If I ever get the right software/equipment, and the old VHS still plays after all these years, I may need to upload the entire thing! Description of the audio "broadcast"... "The Tape and Record Show: Episode 453. Broadcast Friday, January 10, 1986 at 8:30pm central. Theme Music: Portable Radio(Daryl Hall and John Oates). "An Evening With Paul Morrison". Paul Morrison appears with his guitar in an in-studio mini-concert with host Albert Sims, and performs the following tunes: Honky Tonk, Margaritaville, Why Don't We Get Drunk, The Teardrop Waltz, Wildwood Flower, Old Habits, My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys, Help Me Make It Through The Night, Steel Guitar Rag, Ramshackle Shack, and Johnny Walker Home(Cause I'm Not Able). Also included is a discussion about the legends of country music, like Jimmie Rogers and Hank Williams, and Jimmie Rogers' original "Blue Yodel #6."

Paul was quoted as saying "I don't know much about audio techniques". To be honest, neither did I at the time. I made due with equipment I had at the time!

The excerpt from "An Evening With Paul Morrison" I uploaded back when I had low bandwidth, yet video software...