Re: Late 50's record & Sputnik
Sputnik transmitted on 20 & 40 MHz. I don't think there was any message but the signal could vary depending on pressure and temp. I too remember standing in the front with all the neighbors on the block to see it pass over head. In reality we were actually seeing the booster behind Sputnik as it was too small. interesting moment in history for sure.
Don't recall the label, it wasn't anything I recognized (at age 13 I had a good catalog in my mind of record labels).
It was probably manufactured in USA. The reason I label it Soviet propaganda is the substance recording was of no particular use to any listener at that time so I naturally assumed that the Soviets were paying to express a little hubris over their accomplishment. I doubt that many copies were sold, but it did get rack space in a major record store. One thing I did notice is the pressing was especially clean, no bubbles scratches or waviness at all it was like a black mirror, also the groove was thinner with a tight pitch, compressed like an EP.
Incidentally what jogged my memory is the other night it was really clear and I saw 2 satellites zip by in short order. In 1957 I also saw Sputnik fly over.
If I had bought the record today I could probably electronically unscramble it, the message might be something useless like "be sure to drink your Ovaltine like Ralphie with his decoder ring in A Christmas Story.
interesting for sure. Curious how it would be Soviet propaganda when it was released here. on what label? I remember it flying over when I was about 10. Along similar lines I bought an LP of Alan Shepard's first space flight. It has the actual transmissions from the capsule and a lot of news casts. Haven't listened to it in decades.
Does anyone remember from 1957 the 45 release commemorating Sputnik the Soviet satellite?
I was already frequenting the big box record stores of the day. One day I noticed a record on sale about Sputnik. This had nothing to do with the Buchanan & Goodman single, it was an actual recording of signals from Sputnik.
After I got over my indignation of looking at an obvious Soviet propaganda job, I took it off the shelf and and played it on the store machine (remember when that was routine?) What I heard on one side was a continuous high pitch modulation something close to a 1200 bps early modem sound.
I didn't play the B side figuring the A side would never make American Bandstand.
Does anyone remember coming across this early piece of Soviet 45 RPM propaganda?