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Enoch Light

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Enoch Light (August 18, 1905 - July 31, 1978) was a classical violinist, bandleader, and recording engineer. He is credited with being the first musician to go to extreme lengths to create quality recordings that took full advantage of the technical capabilities of home audio equipment of the late 1950s and early 1960s, particularly stereo effects that bounced the sounds between the right and left channels (often described as “ping-pong”). He arranged his musicians in ways to produce the kinds of recorded sounds he wished to achieve, the first to do so. The first of the albums produced on his record label, Command Records, Persuasive Percussion, became the first huge hit based solely on retail sales. His songs received little or no airplay on the radio, because AM radio, the standard of the day, was monophonic. Light went on to release several albums in the Persuasive Percussion series, as well as a Command test record.

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  • Rejjazz

    yes, he's amathing .)

    10 Mar 1:26pm Reply
  • igorgeneration

    amazing!

    6 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Satmin

    The king of panning

    26 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Crabroast22

    My grandad introduced me to this bloke.

    21 Jul 2013 Reply
  • nesacelavi

    Recently discovered him. Brilliant!

    14 Jun 2011 Reply
  • JackBNimble66

    I flippin' love Enoch Light. He's so Daggy he's cool!

    18 Aug 2010 Reply
  • LNB613

    Deserves more listens.

    29 Jul 2010 Reply
  • ikabupini

    I thought there's something wrong with my earphones XD

    30 Jun 2010 Reply
  • calmfocus

    This is some good stuff. Not really into much actual "space age" stuff.. but, some stuff I really like, Combustible Edison, Grenadine, Kid Koala, etc... have obviously taken a lot of influence. Suppose I should explore this guy more.

    23 Feb 2010 Reply
  • SonOfThirteen

    Legend. A true audiophile and pioneer.

    14 Nov 2009 Reply
  • larrybob

    I've got a burned-from-LP copy of Enoch Light and the Brass Menagerie - Blowin' in the Wind, The Fool on the Hill, Soulful Strut, etc. Great stuff!

    28 Dec 2007 Reply
  • bougre

    Oh yea, Holy Cow, I've got a lotta Enoch Light/Command lps and cassettes I keep pickin' up in thrifts. What a guy.

    18 Jun 2006 Reply
  • SixShooterSam

    There are other albums I have atleast 2 other albums that aren't on here.

    27 May 2006 Reply