Sunday, December 17, 2006

BBC Radio Soundtrack Disc


Whilst I'm in the mood for uploadling these old 78's I might as well include this oddity which I've had for 30 years or more. It's a BBC soundtrack disc made of metal with a plastic coating. It plays at 78 and is very scratched so apologies for the crackles and pops. The handwritten label suggests it was made for inclusion in the radio series "Journey Into Space" that was popular in the 50's but why this song? I have another version of "When It's Night Time In Italy , It's Wednesday Over Here" by the Everly Brothers. Bing Crosby apparently recorded a version but I've never heard it. I assume its an old music hall song. I will delve further into the internet and see what I find.

You can find the full lyrics to the song HERE.

Discover more about "Journey Into Space" HERE.


Unknown - When It's Night Time In Italy...

Unknown - When It's Night Time In Italy..Pt. 2


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8 comments:

Andy said...

It might be worth checking (if you haven't already) that the BBC aren't interested in getting this back. They're always on the look out for stuff that's been lost...

michael said...

Thanks for the link Andy though I imagine they are more interested in lost episodes of Steptoe or the Likely Lads!

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michael said...

That's quite a coincidence !

Andy said...

I have been known to occasionally work in the BBC archive and have seen them get very excited about even the smallest of finds so it's always worth checking. It would be hard to imagine the excitement when a Steptoe & Son does turn up!

michael said...

I did drop them a line Andy but as yet no response. I expect its a busy time of year for them though what with all the office parties and suchlike!

spice-the-cat said...

Hi Michael, hope you had an enjoyable Christmas and you're ready for the post holiday deluge of goodies that are likely to hit the boot sales and charity shops.

I don't know if you are aware, and my apologies if you are, but what you have is an acetate. These are shellac coated metal discs which are cut directly on a record lathe, often right there in the studio, and allow instant playback of recorded material. They will generally only last for a limited number of playbacks before the shellac surface starts to degrade.
They are very interesting items and modern (relative term) ones from the 1960's and 70's often contain alternative versions of the songs that were eventually released on real vinyl and therefore command very high prices from collectors.

I find it strange to imagine the BBC using an acetate for broadcast purposes - I can't imagine the quality being nearly good enough, or the disc actually being reliable enough to depend on. Maybe it's possible to check against the actual programme if any copies survive.

michael said...

Hi spice. Yes, I've heard of acetates ofcourse but never seen one. I had no idea they made them back in the 50's. It is rather worn and scratched so that might explain it . The other one i have of rockets taking off is just one sided and is even more degraded. The Beeb haven't been in touch so I assume they have plenty of this kind of old tat in their archives already!

More charity shop obscurities and boot sale wonders to come in 2007 I hope. One never knows what one will find which is the fun of it for me and hopefully for you too - my faithful listener!