Night Beat

The holy grail has been found, sort of… This is the All Lights Fucked on the Hairy Amp Drooling of Warhol covers – few were made, given to a selected few and no one knows how many survived. And i’ve been looking for that one for more than 10 years. Luckily this didn’t take me that long to find, or at least kind of find… From what i’ve learned from other collectors there is probably only one known copy of this and that’s the one in Paul Maréchal’s collection. Richard Forrest writes in this excellent post on the topic that he has learned that most radio stations that got a copy most likely threw them out once the episode was broadcast. So… it’s goes without saying that this is basically impossible to find.

The few who read this blog might recall the post on The Nation’s Nightmare and how lucky i was to have come to know Richard Forrest. And this hasn’t changed. A while ago he told me about his plans to create mock-ups of the Night Beat box and also how he planned to silkscreen Giant Size $1,57 Each covers. He also posted about it on his blog here and here, really great and inspiring reads. And yesterday i got to see the result when i picked up the package, and what a package! I’ll get to the five different variations of Giant Size $1,57 Each in a later post but the result is just stunning! Everything looks absolutely fantastic!

The original box consisted of 3 EPs and was released/sent out in 1949 to promote a radio show on NBC called Night Beat. It is of little importance but i think the catalogue number is NBC EO-CX-342. The series was broadcast between February 6, 1950 and September 25, 1952 and i think there were 77, 75 or maybe even 73 episodes made, depending on how you look at it. Naturally my box contained zero EP’s and zero episodes so as was the case with The Nation’s Nightmare i’ve had to look for the audio elsewhere. At first i turned to YouTube and found several episodes there. I also tried to contact all the people who put up the clips on YouTube to ask where they got them. Just on the odd chance that one of them would have the box and also be slow enough to be willing to sell it for $100 or so… I haven’t heard back from any of them yet and i most likely won’t do so either. So then i did some more digging and found a site called the Internet Archive. I haven’t had a chance to check it out too much but it has, what i assume are, all episodes ready to stream and/or download for free. The site has 77 episodes listed, the two first are listed with (Audition) after the title. I’m not sure what this means and there are also four episodes in the list marked with (Special rebroadcast), so this is why i’m a little uncertain as to the number of episodes in the series. I’ve already started to work my way through it as this kind of stuff is right up my alley. Love it!

But back to the beautiful box. It’s absolutely perfect down to the last detail, it even has the black and white dotted line around the edges that i have now learned was made to resemble the perforated border present on film. I was almost afraid to touch it at first and let alone open it. But when i finally did i noticed another great detail, the boxes are signed and numbered in an edition of 10 pieces.

I can’t ever thank you enough for this Richard, you’ve really given me some great additions to my collection. Thank you so much.


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