Wednesday, April 6, 2011

2 CRUISIN' LPs--Detroit 1956 & L.A. 1965

I had this 8 Track when I was a kid featuring Detroit rock & roll radio. This one features Robert W. Morgan as the DJ for KHJ in Los Angeles in 1965. See Cap'n Billy's quotes below for more info about why this LP was considered the "best of the series."

These CRUISIN' LPs were re-creations of U.S. rock and roll radio broadcasts from the 1950's and 1960's featuring the original DJs from the various radio stations around the U.S. and the original hit songs by various artists. Pieced together in the early 70's (at the same studio that Casey Kasem was recording "American Top 40"), Bill "Cap'n Billy" Hergonson put many of the original LPs together. These quotes are from Lee Michael Withers excellent CRUISIN' site that you should check out for more info.

I've always enjoyed these LPs but beware, there are later pressing from the 80's that are edited down with less songs than the originals.

Cap'n Billy says: The toughest part of Cruisin' series was getting the old COMMERCIALS and JINGLES. ALL of the Cruisin' albums are recreations...however, there are some portions that are actual airchecks. I can only speak for the ones I recorded, but on Cruisin' 1965, Robert W. Morgan, KHJ, which I recorded (and we considered the best of the series, because it was the original DJ, PD and 15ips TAPE MASTERS of the Johnny Mann a cappella "Boss" jingles), there is a portion near the end that features "The Real Don Steele" calling in regarding the "Boss Mustang" and THAT is a snip of real, 1965 aircheck. The FIRST series - 1956, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62 - were recorded sometime in either late 1969 or early 1970 before I worked at Watermark. Any errors in jingle packages from that early are probably due to the absolute lack of original material. If you've ever spent any time in a radio station, you KNOW that the chances of a master tape of jingles surviving is miniscule. The early Cruisin' series from this FIRST round of releases were mastered so that the track change on an 8-track player would hit at the end of a segment and then start the next segment on the next track. This is because Jacobs saw people actually CRUISIN' to these on 8-track (this is BC...before cassette) in their cars and wanted to maximize the experience. The series I worked on the only consideration was side 1 and side 2 of an LP.

1 comment:

  1. Holllllly Crap Michael and I used to listen to your 8 track of Crusin 56 ALLLLL the time. I used to see this series everywhere back in the early 80s