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Posted by Steve L. January 23, 2013 - 09:14 pm
Hi Fred, I can't answer your question directly. However, as you can see from the article, RCA considered the Dynagroove process to be far more than just the record mastering and pressing steps. I recognize that those aspects of the process are what people emphasize these days but this was a far broader undertaking for RCA at the time. One could well argue that the pre-mastering steps were the most important parts of the process. The fact that the recordings weren't made with the specified studio, microphone, mixing and tape recording performance parameters, might have precluded applying the Dynagroove stamp of excellence.

Not that there was necessarily anything substandard about other processes. But if one is trying to establish the reputation of such a sweeping overhaul of record making practices, it would seem counterproductive to muddy the water by labeling a product with Dynagroove, when in fact it could only benefit from part of the process.

Of course, this is just my opinion and certainly marketing departments as we know them today wouldn't bat an eye at taking such liberties with labeling. On the other hand, the dates you mentioned would have been at the very beginning of the Dynagroove era, so one would expect the sanctimonious zeal to have been maximum then.

Posted by Fred E. January 23, 2013 - 08:12 pm
Did the RCA Red Seal recordings which were recorded by Decca in Europe (e.g. John Culshaw's 1963 recording of "Carmen" which was released on RCA Red Seal's Soria Series in 1964) ever have Dynagroove applied to them? If so, can you give an example of one?

Posted by Robert from NJ December 17, 2012 - 09:48 pm
I am currently chasing down a copy of what I believe to be the most difficult to find of all Dynagroove albums...Questo e' il Dynagroove (RCA DDD 33) which was released in Italy in 1966. It is a mix of the artists on the original " This Is Dynagroove" from 1963 (RCA PRS-140) with some Italian artists that were not featured on the US release (notably Ennio Morricone, Miranda Martino, Ferruccio Tagliavini and the SAT Choir). I will let you know when it arrives from Italy and how it sounds. Stay tuned!!!

Posted by Robert from NJ December 06, 2012 - 09:50 pm
Just got a copy of the 1963 RCA Victor LP "The Best of Al Hirt". Simply unbelievable sound contained in this little vinyl platter from 50 years ago. Play Cotton Candy (Side 2, Track 4) on a really good stereo system and get chills thru your body. Separation, imaging, spatial arrangement of instruments and voices, and the characteristic natural sound of woodwinds and the trumpet are remarkable.

Posted by Steve L. October 19, 2012 - 06:14 pm
No problem, Robert. I enjoyed the 35mm discussion, too. So I'm as guilty of being off-topic as anyone :)

Posted by Robert from NJ October 19, 2012 - 05:01 pm
Steve, I apologize for hijacking this Dynagroove site and shifting the topic to Command and 35mm film recording. I will address my future comments toward RCA Victor Dynagroove recording. (Can I sneak in an RCA Living Stereo/RCA Camden/RCA Red Seal comment every once in a while????)HaHaHa!!!


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