Monday 10pm: LP Lounge with Willie B

Tonight (May 7th) at 10pm (US East Coast time) the LP Lounge will be featuring 2 complete vinyl LPs – the catch – these recordings were mixed for LP release, and are unavailable in any other form. They were part of the #Quadraphonic revolution that came (and went) in the 1970s. Even though 5.1 and other forms of surround sound are fully accepted standards today, both in Movies and recordings; in the 70s it was a niche market. And even though all quadraphonic LPs were playable on just about any regular stereo system, the record companies reverted back to the early days of consumer stereo (when you could buy an album in stereo or mono) – and issued most quad releases in both stereo & quad versions (the quad costing $1 more per LP).

To be fair, most of the reissues, and many of the new albums were mixed for stereo, and had to be remixed for quad. When the CD world opened up, and the old albums became available in the digital domain – it was the original 2 channel stereo masters that were used. As a result – the only way to hear the mixes used on these LPs, is to track down one of the LPs – which we have done for you. Be there tonight on RadioMaxMusic.com!

Monday 10pm: Debut LP Lounge with Willie B

Tonight, April 30 at 10pm Eastern time (US) RadioMaxMusic will be presenting the first, (hastily assembled) episode of “The LP Lounge”. A spin-off of my regular show The Vinyl Resting Place. Our plan is to play complete LPs, one side at a time – interrupting the music only as needed to turn the record over.

These will be the actual vinyl LPs, purchased over the counter, at the time of their release. In most cases – the only way to hear the particular versions we offer, is to have those original LPs. You see, while the songs, and even the specific recordings you’ll hear have been re-issued in some digital format – the LPs we are spinning are of the original quadraphonic releases of these albums.

Tonight we serve up The Isley Brothers 3+3 and Billy Joel’s Piano Man. – I think we’ll have time for a bonus track from Mr. Joel as well.

Don’t let that term “Quadraphonic” Put you off – they sound just fine in Stereo, and, if you listen through headphones, you’ll even get some semblance of the surround field.

You can hear us through the pop-up player on the website http://www.radiomaxmusic.com, or via the TuneIn app. There are rumors we are available through Itunes as well.

So why dedicate a show to the LP, especially after discovering that some of my younger associates were unclear as to what the term LP meant? Well, perhaps a bit of a history lesson;

Record companies produced collections of 78 rpm records by one performer or of one type of music in specially assembled albums as early as 1908. Odeon is often said to have pioneered the “album” in 1909 when it released the “Nutcracker Suite” by Tchaikovsky on 4 double-sided discs in a specially-designed package. However, Deutsche Grammophon had produced an album for its complete recording of the opera Carmen in the previous year. By the time the second world war came around these record sets featured their own colorful paper covers and were in both 10-inch and 12-inch sizes, and could include either a collection of related popular songs, either by performer or style, or extended length classical music, including complete operas and symphonies. The result; when the LP came along and included multiple tracks, the name “album” came along too.

Both the microgroove LP 33 1/3 rpm record and the 45 rpm single records are made from vinyl plastic that is flexible and “unbreakable” (in normal use).

In 1930, RCA Victor launched the first commercially available vinyl long-playing record, marketed as “Program Transcription” discs. These revolutionary discs were designed for playback at 33 1/3 rpm and were pressed on a 16″ diameter plastic disc. These were primarily used for Radio – programs of 30 min duration could be stored or distributed for rebroadcast.

Vinyl’s had a lower surface noise level than the commonly used shellac and was not nearly as fragile. Of course some 78 rpm records were pressed in vinyl instead of shellac, particularly the six-minute 12-inch records produced by V-Disc for distribution to US troops in World War II.

Beginning in 1939 Dr. Peter Goldmark and his staff undertook exhaustive efforts to address problems of recording and playing back narrow grooves and developing an inexpensive, reliable consumer playback system. In 1948, the 12-inch Long Play (LP) 33 1/3 rpm microgroove record album was introduced by the Columbia Record Company at a dramatic New York press conference on June 21, 1948. In February 1949, RCA Victor released the first 45 rpm single, 7 inches in diameter, with a large center hole to accommodate an automatic play mechanism on the changer, so a stack of singles would drop down one record at a time automatically after each play.

Sunday 9am/9pm: Vinyl Resting Place with Willie B

This week; Sunday (9am or pm) we feature week one of the letter R on The Vinyl Resting Place – on RadioMax – in honor of the season, we kick things off with Bob Rivers – Walkin’ ‘Round In Women’s Underwear, then stay around for Cliff Richard, Eddie Rabbitt, Helen Reddy, Jerry Reed, Johnny Rivers, Lionel Richie, Marty Robbins, Paul Revere & The Raiders, Rare Earth, Rascals, 
Righteous Brothers, and the Rolling Stones.

Wednesday 9pm: RadioMax Rewind with Willie B

Willie B takes a special look at the world of American Vocal group harmony – sometimes called street corner serenades, sometimes called doo-wop – every time two or more friend would get together and the conversation turned to music, the result could be magical. You know their names, the Belmonts, The Orioles, The Mills Brothers, the Flamingos, the Dominoes – now hear their music – interrupted only by the occasional factoid, offered by the curator of our Vinyl Resting Place – Willie B.

Sunday 9am / 10pm: Vinyl Resting Place with Willie B (Gregg Allman Special)

Yes we lost another music legend – this week, and maybe next, we pay tribute to Gregg Allman.

No – we will not be playing cuts from “Two the hard way” – this week we feature “All My Friends” On January 10, 2014, a star-studded tribute concert to Gregg Allman was held at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. All My Friends is a rousing success. Haynes and Trucks open up the show, then there’s a stretch that showcases the group’s blues and soul roots — Sam Moore and Keb’ Mo’ show up, then Taj Mahal and Dr. John. There’s space made for Americana maverick John Hiatt, ’70s peer Jackson Browne, jam band Widespread Panic, and country stars Trace Adkins, Vince Gill, Zac Brown, and Eric Church before the Allman Brothers Band ties things up with “Dreams” and “Whipping Post.” All My Friends illustrates just how rich Gregg Allman’s contribution to American music is and what we’ll miss.

It happens 9am today on The VInyl Resting Place on RadioMaxMusic and encore at 10pm.