I bought the above LP album around February or March of 1985
from a record store in Portsmouth shopping centre. An astounding 27
and 3-quarter years ago, meaning I've now had it for more than half mylife. To me, this is absolutely mind-staggering, because it seems like just a
few years ago since I got it and it's been played only a handful of times in
all that period. In fact, most of those spins occurred only recently when I
dug it out to transfer to CD and it took several attempts to get right.
The B side features two SUPERMAN radio broadcasts from 1947,
the first being markedly inferior in audio quality to the second, as well as
to the earlier episodes on side A, which hail from 1945 & '46 respectively.
Also, the adoption of the SAMMY TIMBURG theme from the '40s MAX
FLEISCHER Superman cartoons lends an immensely juvenile air to the
later programmes which doesn't do them any favours in the slightest. I'd
guess that digitally restored, superior-sounding versions of these episodes
have been issued since the album's release in '84 (I know that the earliest
episodes from 1940 have been), but, to be honest, I doubt it will make
them any more enjoyable from a purely historical point of view.
Interestingly, a lot of what eventually became Superman lore first
occurred on radio. KRYPTONITE, JIMMY OLSEN, the BATMAN/
SUPERMAN team-up, and the famous call to action as Supes took flight:
"Up, up and awaaayyyy!!!" One of the more interesting aspects of the
album is a selection of extracts from interviews with BUD COLLYER,
the radio and cartoon voice of Superman and CLARK KENT. Certainly
worth having in my collection, and maybe I'll listen to it again in
another 27 and 3-quarter years.