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The Master Tape - Beans, Bond, Beatles & Beyond

It’s an unusual experience to know that a man-made thing you hold in your hands is the only one in existence in the world. Of course it happens all the time in nature, pick up a rock or a leaf and it’s unique…but when it comes to a master tape containing recordings heard by millions, it's not something that happens every day.

When you consider the time and the people involved in making it, the writers, musicians, recording equipment…all used just to get one good recording on a few feet of tape on a'd think this would be priceless, but we'll just call it £40 (plus postage).

One of the benefits of assembling a HiFi that can play a large number of recording formats is that whenever an opportunity arises to buy an unusual recording off eBay, I'll happily put in a bid…and that’s how I came to own this master tape of advertisement jingles from the 1960s.

I bought this more out of curiosity than anything. I was hoping that there would be some interesting jingles that I could use in future videos and I also wanted to find out how well a 2-track recording would play back on a 4-track machine.

It was only when I looked into the history of the tape that I found out it was one degree of separation away from many important pop culture events from the last fifty years. So in this video I'll be playing back some of the contents of the tape and explaining it's cultural significance along the might even hear a couple of familiar voices from yesterday.


If you want to read more about CTS Studios - this is an excellent resource.  

The Heinz Soup Advertisement heard in the video can be watched here.

Master Tapes can sometimes be found on eBay


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Reader Comments (7)

Thank you for sharing this masterpiece of history. An excellent idea to play with speeds with audacity at your computer in order to listening properly the contents of this tape.

I'm quite analogical and I would have link another reel tape machine to your excellent Pioneer RT 909 and I would recorded it at 3.75 ips; by playing then the second tape at 7.5 ips it should have been possible to listen to it at the correct speed. This is more analogic, more beautiful... but is a question of space: and that's another problem. So, your's better solution.

I have a too a Tascam portastudio 424 mkII, with 2 speeds, and I can do the same, but recording on a cassette tape.

Thanks for your video and keep posting.

October 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJaume Martí

Baked beans make you fart. The more you fart, the better you feel. Baked beans for every meal!

October 14, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermesh

What a great find. I've got a 2 track Studer A807 that'll do 15IPS here in Worsley if you ever fancied doing another transfer?

October 14, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAndy

Hi Mat, briiliant as always, interesting and nostalgic.

Great work


October 14, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDaz

The German advert, which sounds not like it was spoken by a native speaker, says:

Enjoy Carlton together
That's the new style we love
of the (tearing??? being enough???) tire
the sympathically clear, the full taste of enjoying Carlton.
Enjoy Carlton together out of the (full?) good taste.

I cannot imagine someone in Germany put that on the air. It's clearly meant as a soundtrack for some film, but it's mostly really bad grammar which doesn't make sense. Some words are badly mangled.

My guess is that this is some sort of "demo" where the voice artist tried to go for a feel the German ad should have so the translators would have something to work on.

October 19, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChristian Berger

It really is "The Master" tape, Roger Delgado voices the Hienz soup commercial!
Very much enjoying all the vintage videos.


October 20, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterwormhole

What a wonderful trip to the past... Thank you!

October 31, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAndy

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