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Art & Inspiration LP of the Week: The Big Sounds of the Drags!

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  1. Jive-Bomber
    Joined: Aug 21, 2001
    Posts: 3,561


    Jive-Bomber submitted a new blog post:

    LP of the Week: The Big Sounds of the Drags!


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  2. tubman
    Joined: May 16, 2007
    Posts: 6,159


    It was either the winter of 1960, or 1961 that I went to the big GSTA (Gopher State Timing Association) show in St. Paul. They had records like this on sale there. I bought one titled "Hot Rods and Dragsters in Hi-Fi". The next morning, I played it on my record player in my upstairs bedroom. When I came downstairs, my mother told me : "There's someone stuck in the snow out there; I can hear them, but I can't see who it is?". I was a little confused at first, but then I realized that the muffled sounds of a dragster could be mistaken for someone spinning their wheels in the snow.

    When I told her what was going on I was told never to play the record again when she was around.
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  3. Oilguy
    Joined: Jun 28, 2011
    Posts: 650


    DSC08354.JPG I have a copy hanging on the shop wall.
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  4. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 5,743


    ;Have this, but it's about worn through!
  5. I got into collecting any “drag racing” type album…have 2 copies of Big Sounds….a couple years ago Mutltey in here was offering up a jump drive with his massive collection downloaded on it..happy to say I bought one..can plug it in at will and dream I’m at the Winternationals watching Dyno Don run down the track..

    My Dad was a big “audiophile” in the late 60’s to middle 70’s and I remember him blading these albums to test out his “Hi-Fi”

    Hell I nabbed one this weekend at a swap meet just for the cover…had a bunch of 60’s Hot Rod songs we all have heard of over the years..but the cover was so bitchin I couldn’t leave it there…

    Big Sounds Of The Drags is the Top Dog
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  6. mrspeedyt
    Joined: Sep 26, 2009
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    The things we liked back then...
  7. jnaki
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
    Posts: 7,168



    Hey CD49,
    Ion Products are one of the oldest transfer companies from back in the cassette tape era. Their products are pretty good and transfers sounds good. We currently have an Ion Cassette Player transfer unit. They are the first ones to get a good product out to the consumers. We found a box of our son's cassette tape recordings from the toddler days... They are not high quality, but good clear sounds recorded 40 years ago. So, I am in the cassette to digital transfer stage.

    Our next purchase would be this ION model as an LP album transfer to digital files. It has bluetooth transfers and can project sounds to any bluetooth speaker. The sounds of my original 1959 purchase of an LP recorded at the Detroit Nationals was one of the best transfers for me. I had a friend who had a similar system do the transfers.

    That LP gets played quite often and the quality never goes away. Digital files do that for all of us. If you get a chance, the record player can also be used for high quality LP playing like the old days. We have our high end record player for that reason, but our son has 99% of our LP albums. So. it sits and has its own memories.

    If the cost seems high, one album transferred to digital files makes the cost of the record/digital player go down. Each following transfer makes it less and less. Amazon has a ton of them for all different tastes and styles. Your choice for any item. But, contact @Muttley, as he has a business going to do transfers. they are high quality sounds, too.
  8. HAHAHAHAHAHA, that's my YouTube channel.
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  9. Muttley
    Joined: Nov 30, 2003
    Posts: 18,480


    This one?

    Vinyl 72.JPG
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  10. tubman
    Joined: May 16, 2007
    Posts: 6,159


    Yep, that's it! Thanks for confirming that my memory still works.:)

    My copy is, unfortunately, long gone.
  11. Paul
    Joined: Aug 29, 2002
    Posts: 15,822


    I have a few of those, great background sounds for working on hot rods.
    Or just hanging out to.

  12. Here's the full On the drag strip:

    Hot Rods in Action 1960:

    And later various announcements:
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  13. ccain
    Joined: Jun 13, 2009
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    There's a joke about men in dresses here somewhere but I'm way too tired to come up with it right now.:p
  14. Garpo
    Joined: Jul 16, 2016
    Posts: 263


    Back in the '80s a friend had a Ford sedan with a BIG sound system, and drag race sound on tape. Wind the windows down and he volume way up, then push the go button while at the traffic lights. Startled reactions from pedestrians and other motorists was fun. Only needed a few seconds, then quietly drive away from the panic.
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  15. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 31,310


    I bought one at a car show in Seattle in the early 60's. It sounded ok on the record player we had at the house but after I told a buddy about it I took it over to his house were his dad had quite a sound system set up for that time period. You put that record on and you could hear the cars fire up over on one side of the room and go out the top end on the other side of the room.
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  16. jnaki
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
    Posts: 7,168



    For those that want visuals with the sound, here is a recorded film of the 1960 version of Lefty Mudersbach vs Howard Cam Twin at Lions in 1960. The sound recording made famous by "you will see" was recorded on another rock album.

    But a lot of us are "visual" people and not audio, so inclined. I was going to add it as a sound track to my film from 1960 at Lion's Dragstrip, but could not get over the announcer interrupting the race sounds.

    At 21:03 (Big Sounds LP)the description if almost perfect, but not the same. We like the pure sound of the super high performance motor(s) adding to the silent race... not the announcer giving us the $.02 cents worth of drabble.
    SBC twin Mudersbach VS SBC Howard Cam Twin 1960


    One day, I will find a good recording to some of my films for the full 1958-60 early drag racing experience.
    I have the original 1959 Detroit Nationals in its LP record album purchased at Wallich's Music City in Lakewood, CA in November 1959. Now, they are digitized and forever clear as 1959. The only way to record the actual sounds back in 1959 was to use a reel to reel recording device.

    We had one, but it was not portable and it picked up too much external noise, besides the pure drag racing sounds. Kudos to those LP albums for that and their studios.

    So far, the tracks are a pure delight as it is described. It shows who is racing and the sounds are not interrupted by a gabby announcer. If and when we can identify the racers and edit out the announcer without giving up the drag racing sounds, then it will be a good recording of those early historic times. I do not have a $$$ million dollar sound editing office equipment...

    Here is the back cover in all of its great description and glory. So far, it is the best recordings from early drag racing all in one... YRMV


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  17. ramblin dan
    Joined: Apr 16, 2018
    Posts: 2,990

    ramblin dan

    My uncle had the album but it was in rough shape so I found a mint copy of it at a flea market and bought it. I also have copies of albums that were given out if you bought a Hi Fi stereo back in the day with sound effects to test the your sound system.
  18. Robinson
    Joined: Apr 5, 2007
    Posts: 29


    I stole this album from my Dad about 30 years ago and haven't given it back! I digitized it a few years back and made CDs for a few people as a gift. It's dangerous to play in the car while driving.
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  19. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 28,993


    I've had a copy since new, another item that should get framed and hung on the wall.


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