The Wacky Sonic Experiments of Early Stereo
Here’s a JazzWax blog about some ill-advised stereo recording experiments, back in the day when stereo was new, needed a different stylus than mono and cost a dollar more in the days when a dollar was worth something more than a chicken nugget. Enoch Light’s ping pong stereo recordings with flying bongos were the worst. Controversy still surrounds stereo. When audiophile labels issue Rudy Van Gelder’s Blue Note masters, the big question is whether to leave the two channels completely separate, as they were recorded, or brought in toward the center, as intended. People have come down on both sides of that question. Others skirt the issue entirely, as with Music Matters’s recent mono issue of Coltrane’s Blue Train and Sony’s coming set of classic Miles Davis Columbia albums in mono.