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Stacked vintage LP stereo banners.

There's a link up top to shuffle the stack.
posted by gman (39 comments total) 25 users marked this as a favorite

 
Love the designs. But it helps me understand why The Beatles dismissed stereo as a gimmick they could delegate to their engineers.
posted by Joe Beese at 4:13 PM on January 3, 2011


Death by stereo!
posted by loquacious at 4:15 PM on January 3, 2011 [2 favorites]


such a glorious cacophony of typefaces!

/faints
posted by flyingsquirrel at 4:22 PM on January 3, 2011


Love the designs. But it helps me understand why The Beatles dismissed stereo as a gimmick they could delegate to their engineers.

Mono AM radio being the broadcast standard also had a lot to do with it.
posted by TrialByMedia at 4:23 PM on January 3, 2011


This is one reason why I enjoy vinyl: CDs and mp3s just can't fully capture the kaleidoscopic stereo wondersound.
posted by FelliniBlank at 4:25 PM on January 3, 2011


Ugh, back to mono!
posted by anazgnos at 4:28 PM on January 3, 2011


It's quadraphonic, man!
posted by swift at 4:30 PM on January 3, 2011


This Metafilter FPP
<--------------- IN WONDERFUL STEREO AND HI-FI COLOR --------------->

posted by not_on_display at 4:33 PM on January 3, 2011 [10 favorites]


Needs more stereo.
posted by mrgrimm at 4:35 PM on January 3, 2011


I still think stereo is kind of a gimmick.
posted by Threeway Handshake at 4:36 PM on January 3, 2011 [4 favorites]


hi-fi
posted by clavdivs at 4:55 PM on January 3, 2011


Would be better if it was recorded in Dubly.
posted by punkfloyd at 4:57 PM on January 3, 2011 [2 favorites]


Listen to that separation.
posted by pianomover at 4:58 PM on January 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


Threeway Handshake: I still think stereo is kind of a gimmick.

"See this system here? This is Hi-Fi... high fidelity. What that means is that it's the highest quality fidelity." -Buck Swope
posted by gman at 5:11 PM on January 3, 2011 [3 favorites]


Whole Lotta Love wouldn't be the same without stereo.
posted by bwg at 5:11 PM on January 3, 2011 [2 favorites]


This site is fucking cool. Great eye candy. And they were smart to make it shufflable.

Thanks for the fun post, gman, and happy new year to you!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:27 PM on January 3, 2011


Would be better if it was recorded in Dubly.

You know, I always thought she said "Dublin." Didn't she say "Dublin"?
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:35 PM on January 3, 2011


The guy's album cover blog is also pretty great. Thanks.
posted by OmieWise at 5:47 PM on January 3, 2011 [3 favorites]


My favorite's the one with this little mustache guy--he looks like Mr. Boh, or Mr. Pringles, or a younger Mr. Monopoly.
posted by box at 6:00 PM on January 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


Moving in Stereo: Life's the same, except for the Shoes.
posted by ovvl at 6:25 PM on January 3, 2011


Stereo isn't a gimmick, you're thinking of CDs. Vinyl is back, I tell you what.
posted by Gin and Comics at 6:47 PM on January 3, 2011


Whole Lotta Love wouldn't be the same without stereo.

Whole Lotta Love is the Avatar of classic rock.

I mean, sure it sounds nifty the first 200 times you hear it on 104.7 Lite FM's ELECTRIC LUNCH POWER HOUR, but then once you think about it, all you can imagine is Jimmy Paige there at the console, with one hand on the L/R fader, and wanking with the other.
posted by Threeway Handshake at 6:56 PM on January 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


Would be better if it was recorded in Dubly.

You know, I always thought she said "Dublin." Didn't she say "Dublin"?


"Dobly", actually.
posted by hippybear at 7:02 PM on January 3, 2011


I always heard it "doubly"
posted by InfidelZombie at 7:14 PM on January 3, 2011


Loved the second one from the top.
posted by thsmchnekllsfascists at 7:15 PM on January 3, 2011


Loved the second one from the top.

Me too. Especially after reshuffling.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:28 PM on January 3, 2011 [4 favorites]


I always heard it "doubly"

Stereo!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:30 PM on January 3, 2011


love these designs, but I only got so far before my brain did that thing where a word you see repeated a lot starts looking weird, and I had to stop.

stereo stereo stereo stereo stereo stereo stereo stereo stereo stereo stereo stereo stereo stereo stereo stereo stereo stereo stereo stereo stereo stereo stereo stereo stereo stereo stereo stereo stereo

see there it goes again

posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 7:36 PM on January 3, 2011


~-=ESTERIOFONICO=-~
posted by LiteOpera at 8:59 PM on January 3, 2011


Stereo Wonderland Of Sound. I want to go to there.
posted by davejay at 9:33 PM on January 3, 2011


RCA Introduces Living Stereo and explains how it works in this short film.
posted by LastOfHisKind at 10:10 PM on January 3, 2011


You know, the funny thing about Stereo (other than the fact that, after scrolling down that page, "stereo" no longer looks like a real word) is that the idea actually took off in the first place, while stereoscopic films (i.e. "3-D") were pretty much dismissed as a cheap gimmick from the get-go. Early stereo records (e.g. the "Stereo Percussion" genre) were every bit as hilarious and stupid and annoying as 3-D movies were...and are again. (Oh, but I'm sure 3-D TV will still be a thing five years from now... One born every minute, eh?)
posted by Sys Rq at 10:19 PM on January 3, 2011


I'd guess that it had a lot to do with most 3-D films being B-grade horror flicks while the stereo market was mostly middlebrow fare. It was first marketed to audiophiles and was often used in genres that worked well with the LP format, like musicals and symphonies.

Plus, I've never gotten a headache because of stereophonic sound.
posted by hydrophonic at 5:52 AM on January 4, 2011


Nice post
As alluded to earlier, obligatory "Back to mono" badge as worn by Phil Spector.
Oh and it's definitely 'dobly' - check the DVD subtitles. Although really it doesn't matter, it's still the same joke of mis-pronouncing 'Dolby' so never mind.
posted by w0mbat at 6:38 AM on January 4, 2011


Me too. Especially after reshuffling.

Oh goddamnit. This is what I get for commenting-while-drunk.
posted by thsmchnekllsfascists at 7:25 AM on January 4, 2011


...all you can imagine is Jimmy Paige there at the console, with one hand on the L/R fader, and wanking with the other.

Thanks for that! That will be in my brain the next time I hear that song.
posted by marxchivist at 7:53 AM on January 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


This is one reason why I enjoy vinyl: CDs and mp3s just can't fully capture the kaleidoscopic stereo wondersound.

::snicker::
posted by FatherDagon at 8:53 AM on January 4, 2011


It's maybe worth noting that although 3-D movies never got past the gimmick stage, STEREOVIEWS were a hugely popular home entertainment from (very approximately) 1890s - 1940. Although you have to make the mental switch from a visual to an audio experience, I imagine they are what many people were put in mind of when stereo records were introduced.
posted by the bricabrac man at 9:01 AM on January 4, 2011


For reasons that will remain untold, I actually walked into a Radio Shack today to purchase a CD player. There was a guy there buying his first cell phone.

Now I'm on the internets looking at a flashback to my parents' old Kingston Trio and Claudine Longet albums... I feel like I've been time-tripping all day.
posted by malocchio at 12:46 PM on January 5, 2011


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