Test Pressing My Patience

by Brad Kay

Your pictured test pressing is curious. The label reads "Victor Talking Machine, Co." (i. e. made before 1929), and the recording is the truncated one. Therefore, the complete version, with comedy, may have existed only for a hot minute at the very beginning of the run. David Lennox said he had "seen and touched and got my DNA all over" this hyper-scarce record. I'll take his word. And wait for it somehow to turn up. In my lifetime, please.

The "Holiday Message From Oldsmobile" is almost painful to hear, for a couple of reasons:

1) In his address to the dealers, I. J. Reuter says, "Let us look ahead to the future. Before us, there is greater prosperity. Before us, there is greater success!" Oh man. If I only knew THEN what I know NOW...

2) Why didn't they use the END of the Goldkette record at the speech's conclusion, instead of repeating the beginning? Sheesh! Do I have to tell you people how to do EVERYTHING??

-Brad K

Posted on Jun 28, 2017, 6:32 PM

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