“Pop” Concert - Pierre Dervaux & The Colonne Concert Orchestra. Cat No. SXLP 20030
Published in 1961 by EMI as part of the HMV Concert Classics Series.
This record was part of my Grandmother’s collection and was one which I had grown
up with. It has been played a lot and had become quite badly worn and damaged over
the years. As well as a lot of noise and clicks, there were some jumps on “Bolero”.
Jumps on Bolero
Noise on Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Noise on “Prelude”
Side 1 - Track 1 The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Side 2 - Track 1 Bolero (abridged version)
Side 2 - Track 2 Danse Macabre
The version of Bolero on Youtube is a cut down version due to the 15 minute limit
on Youtube videos. The full version can be downloaded in MP3 format by clicking on
the link on the right.
I bought this cassette when it was released in 1976. Although it has been played
many times on a selection of cassette players of varying quality, it is still in
reasonable condition. It did need the felt pressure pad replacing as the original
had long since fallen off.
Since this album is no longer available and was never released on CD I decided to
dig it out and have a listen.
Guitar Boogie Shuffle
After setting up the cassette deck with correct head azimuth angle adjustment, Dolby
decoding and playback equalisation, the recording still sounded muffled and noisy.
This wasn’t unusual as pre-recorded tapes often sounded poor in comparison to the
vinyl releases (in spite of usually costing more).
I applied some extra noise reduction and equalisation which resulted in a cleaner,
To listen to more examples of restored recordings, please click the following link
to my Youtube channel: