This is stereo. Five… Four… Three… Two… One… Zero. (Jet engine powering up) (Atomic explosion) (Car door slams shut) (Car starts) (Screeching of tires) Oh, by the way, my name’s Jack Wagner, and I’m gonna take you
on a stereophonic tour of the city of Los Angeles! Gee, it’s almost time for the first race of Hollywood Park. Let’s
pull in right here and see if we can catch it. (Announcer voice) The horses are at the gate now. (Announcer voice) The flag goes up. (Announcer voice) Now, I’m runnin’. … Blind Story taking on Tom Brandy. He’s gone to second now, William is third, Challenger Tom, Resistance, and The Sand. …by
a turn, Brandy is go, Charlie in front, Blind Story challenging on the outside, he’s not going to let him in. And now it’s Blind Story shunting in front by a head… Brandy is going second by
two, Large Cover-up is third by a half a length, Challenger Tom and our William. At the head of the stretch is Blind Story, drawing out by a length and a half, Brandy is going second
by two lengths, Challenger Tom, and here comes the Sand, by the outside. (Crowd’s cheer drowns out the announcer) (Crowd) Woo-Hoo! (Another man in the crowd)…Keep it hoopin’! Fifty to one. Who? ..
Oh no, I thought… Yeah, second. Sixth. Kill me, you could kill me… (Narrator) Well, I could tear up these tickets. Even in stereophonic
sound, you still have to have the right horse. Let’s get back into the car. I want to take you over to the
Grace Memorial Church of God and Christ to hear a pretty exciting sound. It’s right around the corner from the airport here. Hey! Look
at that four-engine job coming in for a landing! (Jet engine sounds) Here we are: the Grace Memorial Church of God and Christ. Their service in stereophonic sound is quite an experience, listen. Now we’re off to the Riverside race track. There is sports car racing going on there,
and the sounds are just tremendous. Look at those cars: Mazeratis, Ferraris, Porche Spiders. I think
they are just about ready for the next race! Some race, wasn’t it? But if you think that sports cars
are fast, just listen to this jet bomber go by. It’s getting a little late now, we’d better get back to town. Hey,
we’re really in luck, here comes a Southern Pacific freight train! Now I’ll take you to the Bel Canto recording studio,
where you’ll hear the greatest sound of all: music. This, of course, is a very modern recording studio, but back in
1900, the most up-to-date studio recorded music that sounded like this: This acoustic recording became obsolete in 1925, when the
popular 78 rpm electrical recording was developed. Shortly, over 20 years later, the epitome of sound reproduction was accepted to
be in the long-playing thirty three and a third rpm disc. We’ll have to admit, that was fine sound reproduction. But
now, listen to the finest: Bel Canto stereophonic sound. Yes, this is Bel Canto stereophonic sound: the sound that creates
the illusion that you are actually attending a live performance, for Bel Canto records sound as you actually
hear it: that is, with both ears. This is the basic principle behind authentic stereophonic sound. Stereo enables you to locate and identify sounds in
the area from which they actually originated, thus giving you the realism of a live performance. Again, let’s go back to the old acoustical recording. Then, the much improved 78. This was followed by the high-fidelity long-playing record. And now, Bel Canto stereophonic sound. This is the ultimate in sound reproduction; for stereo is not just over here,
nor is it over here, stereo is here in your own home.

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. The most famous one of these was from Audio-Fidelity in 1957. It was the first but many companies made them to demonstrate stereo sound all through the early 60's. This is a really neat one. Great find. 🙂 JC

  2. Damn! I can't believe I found this!!!!! And having a video of the LP while it's playing is a great touch! Thanks for sharing. This was one of my earliest experience with stereophonic sounds and I would play this for friends when they came over REALLY LOUD . . . for full effect. "Didn't it Rain!" and the "1812 Overture" of Tschiakovsky is pretty exciting too . . . not to mention the the sounds traveling from one speak to the other! BRAVO!!!! Does anyone know if this has been pressed to CD?

  3. @riccardo50001 Wow, I'm glad you enjoyed the video. I don't think it has been pressed to cd, since it was intended to demonstrate stereo on an lp. If you want, I can burn a cd for you and mail it. And thanks for the compliments!

  4. Hello OUT3RL1M1T5! Thanks for noticing my comment. Now can you post side 2. I love the spiritual and the 1812 overture!

    thanks,

    Richard in San Francisco

  5. @ItsACrowdedRoom I am not the original owner, since the record was my great grandfather's. He really loved high-fidelity and collected records. Also, the turntable I have is a Realistic LAB-1600. Thanks for the comment 🙂

  6. came across this by chance, WOW thanks to You (and youtube) I have heard some of the earliest Stereo ever recorded. Many thanks, Tom.

  7. @wav4rm Wow! Is it in good condition? When I found my record, I had no idea what it was either, until I got a message from another audio enthusiast (JC) who said that he found a paragraph on Wikipedia that described the record.

  8. @0UT3RL1M1T5 the record itself is in VG condition but is unfortunately missing the jacket. I even went back to the store and dug thru all the crates again looking for the jacket, but no dice. I'm in love with this thing, easily my favorite record in my collection.

  9. @0UT3RL1M1T5 when I read the label in the store that said "This is Stereo: Audio Tour of Los Angeles" I knew I had to have it just for sampling… I didn't know it was multicolored till I got it home… and then when I googled it, man was I shocked! this is my first major crate-digging success, and I'm not gonna lie, I'm pumped about it.

  10. My dad had this record. He was always into demonstration records. For those of you who don't know what these are, a demonstration record is for enjoying your equipment.

  11. The notes on the back of the sleeve of this LP mention other discs being issued by Bel Canto in 1958, so I don't think this was issued in 1957. 

  12. The public acceptance of stereo was slow at first but by 1960 it was solidly growing. Within a year FM stereo was approved and the gates were fully open.

  13. I love stereo sound so much! I hate all these "mono hipsters" saying mono is better! what effing planet are you on buddy? we have two ears for a reason , we don't naturally hear in mono stupid! mono is good for older recordings mixed that way! it's much better to have that 360 degree sound field! stereo is color for sound, not only that 3D color for sound, mono is flat 1 dimensional black & white for audio!

  14. Today, 2017, people are stereo deaf. They don't know and they don't care. They are contented with tiny squeaky speakers on their celfones or subwoofers boom boom sound.

  15. All goes well on this record, until Bel Canto gets into the "historical" section (at 7:40). I've heard some unfair, skewed, bogus demonstrations, but this is multi-dimensionally phony. The "acoustical" recording from "1900" actually is an anachronistic, fake '20s band, recorded in the '50s in an electrical recording dumbed down to approximate a phony acoustical. The "1925" electrical recording is anachronistic Swing music, in degraded fidelity, from the '50s. ALL the examples, including the "Hi – Fi," are played on only one channel. When the true stereo kicks in, you finally hear both channels, and the audio level jumps up about 20 decibels, to make pale the previous examples! Bel Canto was into some serious snake oil here.

  16. Ive never got the point of modern surround sound systems. Stereo makes more sense, 2 ears, 2 mics, 2 sound channels, 2 speakers, just makes more sense.

  17. These multi colored Bel Canto records were originally commercial demonstration records that were played on a special turntable with a clear platter and a light that shone from underneath to give a visual effect to the new stereophonic sound.

  18. As well, according to Discogs, no two copies are even alike! It just depends on how the vinyl is melted down. There are multiple versions listed, all listing multicolor vinyl. And they aren't even that expensive either! If I wanted one, I could get one, no biggie!

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