October 10th, 2021

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Got A Late Start

Didn't digitize much of the Tape & Record Show Enterprises "archives" this evening. Between the live "Stu's Show" running long, then afterwards spending time digging through the piles of mostly unorganized cassettes to attempt to locate the tapes needed for projects coming up soon, I didn't start on tonight's project until around 11:30pm...

"The Tape & Record Show: Episode 28. Broadcast Saturday, July 28,1979 at 2:00pm central. Theme Music: King Tut(Steve Martin and The Toot Uncommons). Elvis Presley "Aloha From Hawaii, Part One". Actress Ann-Margret hosts a retrospective of Elvis' 1973 TV special. Songs: See See Rider, Burning Love, Something, You Gave Me A Mountain, Steamroller Blues, Early Morning Rain. / Instrumental Interlude featuring music from the Harold Lloyd silent movie TV showings / Elvis special continued: My Way, Love Me, Johnny B. Goode, Blue Suede Shoes, I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry, I Can't Stop Loving You, Hound Dog, What Now My Love? / Will Rogers Commentary.

The Tape & Record Show: Episode 29. Broadcast Sunday, July 29,1979 at 2:00pm central. Theme Music: King Tut(Steve Martin and The Toot Uncommons). Elvis Presley "Aloha From Hawaii, Part Two". Actress Ann-Margret hosts a retrospective of Elvis' 1973 TV special. Songs: Fever, Welcome To My World, Suspicious Minds, I'll Remember You, Long Tall Sally, Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On, Hawaiian Wedding Song, Ku-u-i-po. / Instrumental Interlude featuring music from the Harold Lloyd silent movie TV showings / Elvis special continued: American Trilogy, Big Hunk of Love, I Can't Help Falling In Love With You. / Will Rogers Commentary / "Looney Tunes: Rabbit Romeo" - Elmer Fudd's Uncle Judd gives him a huge, lovesick Slobovian rabbit who falls for Bugs Bunny."

Since the "Tape and Record Show" Elvis NBC TV special episodes were "remastered" onto new cassettes back in 1988/89, I used audio from the VHS releases of the specials, so the main content of those remasters sound considerably better than the cassettes I originally recorded with a monophonic cassette recorder microphone held up to a 70's era TV speaker. The Ann-Margret segments have "authentic" sound quality however, since I had to use the tapes I recorded off the TV when NBC re-aired the specials after Elvis' death for her bumper segments. Those segments weren't on the VHS releases of the specials.

The "NRA" referred to by Will Rogers in his commentary in episode 28 was the "National Recovery Administration", NOT the current domestic terrorist organization.

Granted, the extended "Instrumental Interludes" to pad the episodes out to an hour could have been replaced with something more "exciting" in the remasters, but since that was what was used in the original "broadcast", I left it "as is" to recreate as close as possible the way I heard the shows when I originally pieced them together. I had a VERY limited budget at the time in 1979. Still almost a month before I'd turn 14.
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Sanford and Son Marathon

This evening, ran across the first two half hour episodes of the "flagship" series "The Tape & Record Show" in which I didn't have an earlier cassette "remaster" available, episodes 30 and 31, so had to assemble them from scratch. I MUST have done a remaster in the 80's, since a few episodes after those two were remastered. I just couldn't locate the remastered versions. Luckily, I found the original 42 year old audio cassettes I recorded from the TV in 1979, deep in the closet. I'm still positive there will be a few episodes down the line where the materials won't be found.

"The Tape & Record Show: Episode 30. Broadcast Monday, July 30,1979 at 5:00pm central. Theme Music: King Tut(Steve Martin and The Toot Uncommons). "Sanford and Son: Sanford and Gong" - Fred, Lamont, Donna and Bubba attend a taping of "The Gong Show" and are inspired to audition as contestants, bringing their musical act onto the show. / Instrumental Interlude featuring music from the Harold Lloyd silent movie TV showings.

The Tape & Record Show: Episode 31. Broadcast Tuesday, July 31,1979 at 5:00pm central. Theme Music: King Tut(Steve Martin and The Toot Uncommons). "Sanford and Son: The Barracuda" - Fred's in love and engaged to be married, but not if Lamont can help it.. (Part One) / Instrumental Interlude featuring music from the Harold Lloyd silent movie TV showings.

The Tape & Record Show: Episode 32. Broadcast Wednesday, August 1,1979 at 5:00pm central. Theme Music: King Tut(Steve Martin and The Toot Uncommons). "Sanford and Son: TV or Not TV" - In need of a new color television, Fred is upset when Lamont decides to spend the money instead on a new car. Lamont has a change of heart, however, when Fred wanders away from home and is taken to the hospital - with an apparent case of amnesia. / Will Rogers Commentary.

The Tape & Record Show: Episode 33. Broadcast Thursday, August 2,1979 at 5:00pm central. Theme Music: King Tut(Steve Martin and The Toot Uncommons). "Sanford and Son: The Suitcase Case" - Lamont's daily haul of junk includes a tattered briefcase stuffed with stolen cash. Will Fred and Lamont decide whether to keep it or turn it over to the police before the crook it belongs to comes looking for it? / Will Rogers Commentary.

The Tape & Record Show: Episode 34. Broadcast Friday, August 3,1979 at 5:00pm central. Theme Music: King Tut(Steve Martin and The Toot Uncommons). Steve Martin stand-up excerpt / "Sanford and Son: The Return of the Barracuda" - Fred and Donna kiss and make up, sparking Lamont to hatch new plans for putting the kibosh on Cupid. (Part Two)."

Seems I occasionally went on a "marathon week" binge every so often at the time. The week from July 16-20th, 1979 was full of "Monty Python's Flying Circus" episodes. The week from July 30th-August 4th, 1979 was full of "Sanford and Son" episodes. The episodes definitely weren't in original broadcast order on "The Tape and Record Show" "broadcasts", since Donna was an established character in the first TRS episode that week, but the next day's episode, Fred and Donna went on their first date. I really had no sense of "organization" with the "archives" in the TRSE organization when I was 13 years old. It's a wonder I even located one of the original tapes needed, since the episode names weren't on the C-120 cassette. Four episodes on the tape, and it was only labeled as "Sanford and Son".

Also, "18-32" must be common for combination locks. It was the first two numbers in Fred's safe combination in episode 33, and as I remember, it was the first two numbers for the "Master" lock I had on my locker in high school.