Tuesday, August 20, 2013
The damage was quite severe, In addition to the obvious de-lamination,it also had some greasy white palmitic acid build up. Senior audio geeks will swear by a dilute vinegar solution to take that off. I usually just start with soap and water. Water is generally a no-no, but this disc was obviously pretty far gone. Some of the groove walls had collapsed requiring some edits to the above audio. Some are very noticeable, others not.
At the end of the recording you can clearly hear the male singer say "Okay!" It is from that single word that I know this was a live recording, and neither a radio dub nor a copy of a commercial release. I can only assume somewhere out there was a disc for Act II but maybe it was in worse shape than this one.