We go deep into the dead wax – 523

Produced by Wayne Hall and Jeffrey Crecelius

This week’s episode once again features our resident walking vinyl encyclopedia, Mark but this time I have a chance to pick his brains about the murky world of deadwax.

As you might imagine, I get out a couple of my copies of Tormato to see what I can find in the deadwax areas of those and Mark shares some fascinating insights into the production of Yes vinyl records.

Doug Curran also sent in an example of one of his Yes rarities for us to decipher and it was a real geek-fest!

  • What are acetates, test pressings and deadwax?
  • Why do Yes records have information hidden in the vinyl?
  • Is any of this any use? (Spoiler – yes it is.)

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The music I use is the last movement of Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite. This has been used as introduction music at many Yes concerts. My theme music is not take from a live concert – I put it together from:

5 replies on “We go deep into the dead wax – 523”

Thanks guys for yet another amazing episode! Totally geeking out here! My copy of Tormato has “STRAWBERRY” etched in it. The other main identifier is “ST-A-78 4145A”. Can you tell me what these mean? Cheers!

Hello Screaming Doug,

Thanks for the kind words about the show.
The “Strawberry” that’s in the deadwax represents the recording studio that did the Lacquer cut for that pressing of Tormato. …which is Strawberry Studio in England.
The “ST-A-78 4145A” is either the catalog identification number for the album (which Atlantic Records would have given) or its the identification for the Lacquer metal parts.

Hope that helps.

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