Wednesday, 6 June 2007
In Wikipedia I read that Cook Records released 140 LP’s between 1952 and 1966. That knowledge made an end to my hope to have the complete collection one day. I have a handful of Cook LP’s and I could have had more, but I didn’t buy Voices from the sky, because it was to expensive. Very stupid, because there were all kind of mysterious noises from the upper layers of the Earth’s atmosphere on that LP.
I would rather have that LP than Voices of the sea or Voice of the storm, which I bought because of the sleeves, but never play.
I think that Cook Records is a joke. The owner, Emory Cook, who also can be heard talking on some of the LP’s, may indeed be the expert sound engineer as it reads on the sleeves, but somehow my intuition tells me that Cook Records is a hoax.
On the Cook LP’s are sounds from nature, which for many people who bought these LP’s in the 50’s and 60’s must have been the first time they heard them. Tectonic plate shifts, hurricanes at open sea, comets entering the atmosphere, etcetera. The recordings are probably genuine, but the information on the sleeves probably is not. ”Index of performance: moves 15” speaker cone71/2. Lash down all small children and objets d’art”, hmm!
Recently I added the LP Cook’s tour of high fidelity to my collection. On the A-side there is some talking and interviewing by Emory Cook. It is something between a comedy radio show and a scientific documentary. As an audio archaeologist I found some of the information very interesting. But it sounds as if the whole LP was recorded in one afternoon. On the other side are supposedly all the sounds that you need to make your own radio or television program at home, but it sounds to me as a bunch of cheap sound effects, that somebody recorded during a coffee break.
If anybody knows the true story behind Cook Records, I would love to hear it!