This rare 45rpm "extended play" record from England
touts that the tracks are from the "Perspecta Stereophonic"
soundtrack of the film.
"Perspecta" was a sound system developed in 1954 by
Paramount Pictures to accompany their films in the new widescreen
format of "VistaVision". MGM also used the system, and the
"VistaVision" process, in the 1950s. It was supposed to be
a cheaper system for theater owners to install compared to
the new magnetic stereo films coming out, that required the
theaters to install a new speaker system. Perspecta enhanced
mono films to create a stereophonic effect utilizing the existing
directional speakers that theaters already had. The last film
to use the Perspecta sound system was released in 1957.
Due to the fact that M-G-M Records in England released various
version of their soundtracks in the mid-to-late-1950's, and
considering that the company released many 45rpm "extended
in the mid-1950's, and also considering that Perspecta was
initiated in 1954 and had a
shelf life that
only ran through 1957, it's safe to say that this 7" 45rpm
record was probably released in England around 1955.
images on this page from the collections of Scott Brogan and
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