- Nov 18, 2011
- United States
Very true, I still have the vinyl record I bought back in the '70s.I bought the Matching Tie and Handkerchief record in 1973. Don't think I still have it.
I'd owned it for a few weeks (and had played it many times) and decided, after several glasses of an excellent red, to play it yet again. After listening to Side A, I turned it over to the B side and suddenly realised that I'd never heard the material before.
At first I thought that the alcohol content of the wine was somewhat higher than expected and headed off to sleep.
The next day, I did some experimenting and soon established that the B side had two completely separate tracks and you got to hear whichever one the stylus happened to land in.
Whether it was simply by chance or by careful positioning of the stylus, it took, as noted above, a few weeks for the second track to be played.
Since this was many years before the internet, I had no way to confirm this at the time but it seems to be true according to Wikipedia. I'd forgotten all about it until you mentioned it, Dan.
Sorry this is off-topic but I couldn't resist...
I was DJ'ing a shift on the college station, went to cue up a skit on that album. Played a side, found it (there were no distinct "tracks" visible) and moved the tone-arm back in order to backcue the track. It wasn't there. Confusion, tried again, still not there. Flipped record over, not there. flipped record over, it's there!! Went to backcue, not there!?!?!? Backcue again, it's there!! At that point I figured out what was happening. A quick study, I'm not.