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by Mark Saha Date Added: Thursday 05 September, 2013
Re: Jack Hanson overdubs of Buddy Holly demos:

I am reviewing this Roller Coaster release despite not owning it in order to pass along the following comments. My 5 stars represents my support for Roller Coaster.

Side One MONO:

1. That's What They Say
2. What To Do
3. Peggy Sue Got Married
4. That Makes It Tough
5. Crying Waiting Hoping
6. Learning The Game.

Side Two STEREO:

1. That's What They Say
2. Crying Waiting Hoping*
3. Learning The Game 4.
Peggy Sue Got Married*
5. What To Do
6. That Makes It Tough

(* mono created stereo)

These are just comments, with no critical intentions toward the fine work by Roller Coaster.

All the Jack Hanson overdubs were three track stereo. The reason stereo versions of “Peggy Sue Got Married” and “Crying, Waiting, Hoping” are “mono created stereo” is probably because these have been taken from the single mixdowns (singles had to be mono in AM radio days). Those two songs are in 3 track stereo like the others if you can find the masters.

Here is a story worth passing along -- Coral did something pretty dumb on “The Buddy Holly Story – Vol I.” The original release was only in mono. Then as the price of stereo players came down they became increasingly popular, but buyers (having paid to hear music in stereo) tended to purchase only stereo albums. This made the scramble to create “reprocessed stereo” versions of mono albums a commercial necessity.

Coral simply issued a reprocessed stereo version of the album, apparently forgetting they had true stereo versions of “Raining in My Heart” and “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore”. Thus, those two songs on that album were (if you can follow this) mono mixdowns of stereo tracks that were then put through “reprocessed stereo” to make the mono versions “simulate” stereo.

There were various methods of creating “simulated stereo”. My memory is that for “The Buddy Holly Story” Coral simply biased one speaker toward bass and the other toward treble.

Another approach by other companies was “vibrasonic”; the same mono tape ran on both stereo tracks, but one was a fraction of a second behind the other to create an echo effect.

Finally, there was the overdubbing of minor additional instruments or vocals, often in the “footprints” of the original. Coral’s “Buddy Holly’s Greatest Hits” (1966 or ’67) is an example. Background vocals on “That’ll Be the Day” and other tracks are “beefed up” to create a “bigger” sound. On “True Love Ways” there is an added subtle “plinking” of a guitar on one speaker. "What To Do" almost buries Buddy's vocal in a waterfall of sound on this album.

Again these are just comments from memory FWIW.

Keep up the good work, Roller Coaster.

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]
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