Label: Project 3 Total Sound - PR 5086 CD4 • Format: Vinyl LP, Quadraphonic • Country: US • Genre: Stage & Screen •
After a near-fatal car accident in and World War II interrupted his classical career, he organized his own dance band, "The Light Brigade," and worked in clubs and hotels around the Northeast, including the Grill Room of the Hotel Taft. It was a conservative band, what was known Day Breaker (Airbase Mix) - Rank 1 - A Trip In Trance 4 a "sweet band," Gene Marshall - Merry Christmas All / Christmas Day in music for middle-aged dancers.
He recorded with this band for RCA and Columbia. He broke up the band toward the end of the s and went into management, working for several record companies before becoming president of Waldorf Music Hall Records in Grand Award featured some of the ugliest covers and worst presentations ever put out--which was remarkable, considering Light's next venture: Command Records.
Light sold Grand Award to ABC Records and formed Command in with the specific aim of capitalizing on the emerging market of stereo fanatics. He wanted his recordings to take maximum advantage of left-right channelization without stooping to tricks like "ping-pong" effects.
He was a meticulous engineer and put as much effort into the quality of his recording equipment and production systems as into the music itself. He tested a number of New York studios before selectingand he was the first to arrange the musicians to suit the audio effects he wanted to achieve. He devoted a considerable amount of prose to describing the acoustic aspects of each number--to the point that he started a new LP packaging format, the gatefold, to fit it all in.
Finally, he set Command LPs apart on the store racks with bold abstract designs, the It Had To Be You - Enoch Light & The Light Brigade* - Great Hits From The Great Gatsby Era few by the artist Josef Albers. It was unlike anything before it because its sales came almost exclusively from retail exposure--its numbers received relatively little airplay on the mono AM radio.
Joel Whitburn lists "Persuasive" as one of the 25 best-selling albums of the modern era. The comments of Hi Fi magazine's reviewer R. Darrell capture the impact of "Persuasive Percussion" on its target audience: This new label's debut in the audiophile-showpiece stakes certainly lives up to its name with its arresting black-and-white dotted cover and the bold claims of its album notes for the dynamic channel-balancing and transient-response-checking virtues of its contents.
And the fancy Lew Davies novelty arrangements not It Had To Be You - Enoch Light & The Light Brigade* - Great Hits From The Great Gatsby Era effectively exploit the extraordinarily even in these days wide dynamic frequency range and marked channel differentiations of the recording, but also--with the help of dramatic channel switching--do indeed provide useful and rigorous playback system tests.
Among these infinite varieties of jingle-jangle, the omnivorous sound fancier will certainly find a few new sonic titillations. November issue As Darrell's comments suggest, Light always stressed both musical and technical aspects in his recordings. As High Fidelity wrote in a profile, He spends almost as much time in the control booth with the engineer as he does on the podium, and he makes a practice of letting his orchestra, after a thorough rehearsal, play through the entire program, without him, while he listens with the engineer and explains what effects he wants.
Light lavished attention on the recording techniques because, in his words, "Stereo is like an open umbrella. Every rib is exposed and any flaw in the silk is right there in front of your eyes. Light produced a steady stream of Command releases, under a variety of names, sometimes featuring musicians such as Tony Mottola or Dick Hymansometimes under anonymous groups like "Los Admiradores. He continued to experiment with techniques, becoming one of the For Lovin Me / Did She Mention My Name - Gordon Lightfoot - Gords Gold to use 35mm film to record instead of magnetic tape.
One big advantage of film over tape was that distortions due to the drag of the original tape across the recording head "wow" and "flutter" were reduced dramatically.
You can easily mark the end of Light's reign at Command: ABC dropped the gatefold package like a hot potato. Later, it stopped bothering with any of the interior liner notes. MCA further Felonious Bosch - The Bent Slinky Session the label by making it a budget label, pressed on recycled vinyl, until it discontinued selling Command entirely in the mids.
That's all they are: gangsters! Like Command, Project 3 featured immaculate recordings and beautiful glossy gatefold designs. Overall, though, Project 3 recordings are more conventionally easy-listening and rely far less on dramatic contrasts between channels and dynamic extremes. Light retired in All rights reserved.
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