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Almost, but not quite, the original version,
This review is from: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the Complete Radio Series (Audio CD)As with previous releases on vinyl etc, this is NOT the original radio show. Episodes 1-4 sound like they have been re-recorded, from the voices and the technical sound I'm guessing this was done at the time of the third series. The script, the sound effects and music all contain differences - I've compared it to my original (very old) cassette recordings off the radio and the CD version is definitely different - cleaner maybe but somehow rather "flat".
Maybe the BBC lost the original recordings as they did with so many other radio and TV shows? Maybe the quality was thought to not be good enough? Maybe they thought they could improve the original sound effects with newer technology? Whatever the reason, claiming this as the original is not quite true. BBC, if you have the originals you should include them as an "extra", or release them seperately.
From episode 5 on this sounds like it is the original in every respect.
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Initial post: 14 Dec 2008 23:27:10 GMT
C. Mason says:
they are the originals! they've just been cleaned up. don't you think its more likely that your old casettes have deteriorated over time?
Posted on 17 Feb 2009 16:47:08 GMT
I think I remember hearing something about the BBC not being able to get the rights to distribute the incidental music, hence having to re-record some of the original episodes.
Posted on 22 Sep 2009 13:22:52 BDT
Last edited by the author on 22 Sep 2009 13:26:57 BDT
These are the original broadcast versions, albeit it digitally cleaned up, with one or two tiny cuts, owing to music copyright issues. There is a bit in the original, for example, where Marvin hums Shone On You Crazy Diamond by Pink Floyd while on the surface of the planet Magrathea. These tiny snippets were not even included on the original audio versions on cassette (although they can be found with a bit of mooching around the internet). They are inessential and only the most passionate of fans will feel they are missing anything without hearing them. None of the episodes was ever rerecorded, despite what the original reviewer and Stumo suggest. It's not surprising that a digital clean-up has made a difference, as the episodes were recorded in a very hurried fashion; Douglas Adams' legendary dislike of deadlines meant that recording on some episodes began before he had finished that episode's script.
In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jan 2010 10:28:27 GMT
Mr. IAN MCCORRY says:
I transferred my original radio recordings to CD some years ago, after buying the old BBC tape box and noticing differences. As you say it seems mostly to be music copywright, but it also then drops the odd bit of dialogue with it, some of which is worth retaining (like the Floyd joke you mention). If I was anorak enough to be bothered, I could sit and annotate the differences, but I can't - though I'm sure someone has already! It still doesn't affect the overall fantastic experience of immersing yourself in Douglas Adams' brilliant satire of philosophy, science, religious irrationality and the absurdity of the "human condition".
Posted on 20 Feb 2010 00:09:00 GMT
They certainly didn't re-record the original series at the time of the third series. They couldn't, if only because Peter Jones (who plays the Book in series 1-2), David Tate (who played Eddie the computer in the original series) and Richard Vernon (the original Slartibartfast) had all died before the third series was made, to be replaced by William Franklyn, Roger Gregg and Richard Griffiths respectively. Your ears, and your stereo, are deceiving you.
The Original Records vinyl recordings of Hitch Hiker were indeed re-recordings. But these are the original recordings of the radio series: same cast, same dialogue, same sound effects. Only the music is different, where the BBC couldn't obtain the rights to the tracks originally used (some of which were by people like Pink Floyd who have very good lawyers.)
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