Top 10 Aussie Sopranos

By Roger Neil

Sound of the Hound guest blogger
Someone started a thread on the unofficial BBC Radio 3 message boards asking for nominations for the top ten sopranos.

It seemed to me that the emerging lists were filled with the usual suspects, and since I’m currently in the process (with Tony Locantro) of finishing up a 4 x CD set for Decca Australia entitled ‘From Melba to Sutherland: Australian Singers on Record’, this is the list I offered:

Melba as Rosina

Nellie Melba
Frances Alda
Elsa Stralia
Florence Austral
Margherita Grandi
Marjorie Lawrence
Sylvia Fisher
Joan Hammond
Elsie Morison
Joan Sutherland

What a team. Other nominations?

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Memories of EMI – Tris Penna at Abbey Road, 1994

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The lovely folks from the EMI Archive Trust sat down with record industry legend – Tris Penna as a part of their Memories of EMI campaign. Tris Penna worked for EMI for 10 years from 1987 to 1997 as a producer, A&R and manager. In this video he shares a short memory of his time at Abbey Road studios and the people he worked with! 

If you are interested in taking part in this campaign you can contact the EMI Archive Trust: info@emiarchivetrust.org.

EMI’s First Vinyl 45′s

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A classic from the vinyl era – Gerry & The Pacemakers with You’ll Never Walk Alone

Have you ever wondered when the vinyl era started in the UK? The hound has come across some very exciting records from the EMI Archives relating to the start of vinyl. Here are the very first vinyl 45′s to be pressed by EMI.

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Valse Triste and Berceuse by Leopold Stokowski and his symphony orchestra, were the very first 45 singles vinyl issue on the famous red His Master’s Voice label R-100 series in November 1952.
In the same year The Philharmonia Orchestra Conducted By Nicolai Malko was also released by His Master’s voice records as one of the first 45rpm vinyl singles.
The first 45 pop vinyl record was Eddie Fisher with “that’s the chance you take” and I’m yours” released on a 45rpm vinyl single.

Use these links to find out more about 45 vinyl singles: www.45cat.com

Alan Blumlein Stereo Model

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Lets say that you are a scientist, a physicist and mathematician. You are a genius and have just invented a new technology that could revolutionise the music industry… How would you pitch the idea to the directors and business team of your company, they are not scientists, but hold the power to release the funds you need to finish off the work?

Well if you were Alan Blumlein and had just developed stereo technology at EMI’s Central Research Laboratories, you’d create a large scale model. His model showed how one needle in a specially cut groove on a record could give out two signals simultaneously resulting in a more stereophonic sound. Here is a short video of that model in action. Notice the difference in readings between the two dials.

Win a copy of Scott’s Music Box

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Win a copy of Scott's Music Box

The hound has come across this competition from the folks over at the EMI Archive Trust and thought it was worth sharing with you all! Sign up and Good luck!

This Christmas we are offering you the chance to WIN one of 5 copies of Scott’s Music Box from the EMI Archive Trust.

This double CD is mixture of music hall and theatre favourites, popular contemporary songs and instrumentals, operatic and classical excerpts, and comedy / spoken word from the time when Captain Scott made his last expedition to the South Pole, 1910 – 1913.

To win a copy of Scott’s Music Box simply sign up to our NEWSLETTER by midnight on Sunday 15th December 2013.
If you have already signed up to the newsletter then you are already included in the draw to win a copy of the Scott’s CD!

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Memories of EMI, Rupert Perry

The strong legacy of EMI is a testament to the people who worked for the company and those who loved the music across the years. We’d love to hear from those who have worked for EMI and from those who have enjoyed the music from outside of the company. What music they love? Which artists they adore? What shows they saw? And any other memories of the music that came out of EMI.
We’d love to see your pictures and learn who is in the photo and what is going on? As well as video’s of your favourite songs from across the years.

Staff from the EMI Archive Trust sat down with a previous EMI executive, Rupert Perry, to talk about a photograph when EMI staff were celebrating achieving the  No. 1 Single, No.1 Album and No.1 Video at the EMI Records Manchester Square building in 1987. (Image courtesy of the Rupert Perry Collection.)

No. 1 Single, No.1 Album and No.1 Video at the EMI Records Manchester Square building in 1987

No. 1 Single, No.1 Album and No.1 Video at the EMI Records Manchester Square building in 1987

Take a look at a blog post of his thoughts via this link.

If you have any of your own #memoriesofEMI stories to share please get in touch!

30 years of NOW Music

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The NOW that’s what I call music CD compilation album is 30 years old today.
The most successful/best selling of the NOW series was NOW 44 millennium edition in 1999 which sold 2.3 million copies and was released in November instead of the usual December release.

Can you guess which artist has the most tracks on the NOW albums?
It’s the one and only Robbie Williams!

Friday Mystery Object #6 answer

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Friday Mystery Object  #6 answer

To those who got it right, well done!

This is an experimental Digital Desk from around 1980. This is the work surface and there were also 3 full sized racks of machinery to do all the processing. It was built by EMI’s Central Research Laboratories. Read this extract from the Audio Engineering Society to find out more.