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Old 12th Aug 2019, 8:20 pm   #1
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Default Identify the phone....

See attachment.

This is a still from the soundtrack to "The Days of Pearly Spencer" by David McWilliams, from 1967.

Played a lot on the pirate stations of the era, thanks to Ronan O'Rahilly.

Allegedly, McWilliams couldn't make it to the studio to do the vocals so he called-in from a phone - which gave the recording its distinctive, haunting sound.

Whatever, I don't recognise the phone. The full video - if it helps identification - is here: https://youtu.be/4VDS8uArR0A?t=4
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Old 12th Aug 2019, 9:53 pm   #2
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has an ericsson look about it
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Old 12th Aug 2019, 10:18 pm   #3
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Found one!

https://www.marktplaats.nl/a/telecom...eviousPage=VIP
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Old 13th Aug 2019, 12:59 am   #4
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No, I don't think he forgot to record the chorus while in the studio
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and I doubt Caterina Caselli did in Italy
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I think the 'phone effect' had recently appeared on mixing desks and was very fashionable ofter the Beatles used it, but that stage prop phone was a nice find!
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On the Caterina Caselli version, I think they recorded the percussion and orchestra up the telephone!

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Old 16th Aug 2019, 2:54 pm   #6
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Nice!! I wonder whether it was actually a working phone when used in the video, or if it was just a case of the producer saying "Get me a wall-mounted phone" to the set-dressers??
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The Ballymoney Times reports that the telephone vocal was done by singing through a loudhailer in the studio.
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The Ballymoney Times reports that the telephone vocal was done by singing through a loudhailer in the studio.
Fascinating!

I suspect we'll only ever get to the truth if someone can persuade Ronan O'Rahilly to surrender the details.

Whatever, I find it a fascinating and inspiring example of the use of a [pseudo]telephone effect in a commercially-successful record.
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