Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Ten Inches of Pleasure

Format wars - they've been going on as long as there has been audio and video recording. Remember VHS vs. Beta? Three different laserdisc systems? 8-track vs. cassette? Windows Media vs. Real Audio? 45/45 vs. hill and dale stereo? Edison cylinder vs. Berliner disc?

The early hi-fi era managed to standardize everything (disc speed, stereo format, equalization curve) except the actual disc size. Today's selection comes in the 10" LP format, which quickly lost out to the 12" LP format (though it had a brief attempted resurrection in the early 80's).

Today's record (Background Music Volume 6: Music Blended To Mix Graciously With Social Gatherings) is directed at those of you who will be entertaining during the upcoming holidays.


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