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Johnny Mann on Liberty
« on: August 05, 2009, 01:43:40 AM »
I am wondering in general if anyone knows of the existence of any of three volumes of folk songs by the Johnny Mann singers on the Liberty label on tape.
The vinyl of these is hard enough to find on Ebay, much less the tape.  Where else does one look for 4 track prerecorded tapes?
A bit of background, they were responsible for many of the radio station id. jingles in the 60s including the rather famous KSFO "sounds of the city" one. Their bass was Thurl Ravenscroft of Disney, grinch, and Kelloggs Sugar frosted Flakes fame. His male vocal group backed Elvis a time or two in place of the Jordanaires. One of those people whose voice I had heard my entire life without realizing it.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Mann
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thurl_Ravenscroft

My grandparents had a mono copy of the 1st volume of the Johnny Mann folk album, which was on their record changer year after year when I went down there to visit as a kid. (I, in fact inherited it.) I think I am the only one who ever listened to their records. I loved it despite the fact they had one of those cheap glossy fake wood Morse(?) console stereos with a plastic arm BSR changer with crystal cartridge which skipped on every loud dynamic peak.
I now own a better stereo copy which is very well recorded, so now I want them on R2R.
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Re: Johnny Mann on Liberty
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2009, 12:24:36 PM »
Hey Steve,

Do you have the release dates of the records you're looking for?
I have a lot of tape catalogs but they're organized by year of release so if I can get a release date of the lp's I'll know where to start.
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Re: Johnny Mann on Liberty
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2009, 02:06:17 PM »
Hey Steve,

Do you have the release dates of the records you're looking for?
I have a lot of tape catalogs but they're organized by year of release so if I can get a release date of the lp's I'll know where to start.

1962, 63 and 64 respectively for the 3 volumes.
The proper title is "The Johnny Mann Singers" "Golden Folk Song Hits", then vol. 2 and  3
The stereo Lp on Liberty is LST-7253 for the first one.
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Re: Johnny Mann on Liberty
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2009, 02:30:01 PM »
I have a number but it must be extremely rare.
Volumes 1&2 were issued on a 7 1/2  1/4 track tape -
Liberty - LST-7901
I did find vol. 2 & 3 on vinyl on eBay in stereo ( I think - at least 2 is) at a reasonable price.
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Re: Johnny Mann on Liberty
« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2009, 04:40:13 PM »
I have a number but it must be extremely rare.
Volumes 1&2 were issued on a 7 1/2  1/4 track tape -
Liberty - LST-7901
I did find vol. 2 & 3 on vinyl on eBay in stereo ( I think - at least 2 is) at a reasonable price.

I found it!
Compilation of vol. 1&2 on a single 4 tr. 7 1/2 tape. I will report back after I have listened to it. :)
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Re: Johnny Mann on Liberty
« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2009, 04:56:07 PM »
Congrat's Steve!

Persistence pays in these "fringe" pursuits.
So, who is it that produced the tape? I tried to find it in my tape catalogs and never did (maybe it was released a while after the records).
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Re: Johnny Mann on Liberty
« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2009, 06:30:58 PM »
Listening to it right now. Better than the vinyl. It's proper number is Liberty  LTP-7901
It came with a lot of other tapes that Ben would like - Tommy Garrett and his 50000000 guitars etc :) plus some interesting classical like some Fennell Eastman Wind Ensemble Mercury Living Presence (but 4 track) and other classical and easy listening. Perhaps 40
pre-recorded tapes + another dozen self recorded from vinyl. Oh, and some  narrow gauge live steam train recordings made by the uncle of the person I got all this from, (who somehow owned these locomotives and restored them) which I promised to duplicate to CD for the former owner.
_AND_ a Roberts 770 tube cross-field head recorder that sort of works.
On  red oxide duped by bel canto div. Thompson Ramo Wooldridge Inc. (yes TRW) who also made the Bell RT-360 recorder I have that I am so fond of, mentioned elswere on this forum.
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