What I know about I didn't know

by Nick Dellow

The surviving metal stamper of “I Didn’t Know” is damaged and the vinyl masters pressed from it have a noticeable degree of swish (which John R.T. Davies managed to reduce considerably for the initial LP reissue of the side). This damage is most likely due to corrosion in the intervening years, but it is not beyond the realms of possibility that the original master was damaged in some way at the time of production and that this is in fact the somewhat more prosaic reasoning for the side being rejected. Several 78 rpm vinyl masters of the side exist and they all suffer from this swish.

Many recordings were rejected for the most inane of reasons, sometimes right at the last minute before their potential release, only to be pressed up years later (the Paul Whiteman Victor alternate takes and rejected sides being a good example).

Posted on Aug 16, 2006, 9:43 AM

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