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Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Bones Records














"Roentgenizdat" or "X-Ray Pressed" records are 7-inch bootlegs made from discarded X-Ray plates found in hospital skips. They originated in the 1950s within the underground nightspots of the USSR and Eastern Europe, and contained pirated music from the West. Are these the coolest or what?! More here (in Russian).

6 comments:

  1. Wow, extraordinary stuff.

    It's nice to have the background info, but at the same time I would have loved the chance to find one of these in a junk shop one day and have absolutely no idea what it was or where it came from...

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  2. Good Lord!!!! I want one. Wonderful.

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  3. Yes, amazing stuff. I presume they were made on those home record-cutting machines that were available at the time. You can still buy them secondhand but the actual record-blanks are hard to come by. However, if you could get your hands on some X-Ray film you could make some of these? Can't see why not?

    The only Mystery Record I've found was a white label LP with 'Planets' handwritten on it, no cover or other info. I thought it would be some incredible one-of-a-kind UFO contact recording or something, but when I played it, it was a classical recording of Holst's 'The Planets'. Bah!

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  4. Fantastic! There's a bit more about them here, in Engerlish:

    http://www.kk.org/streetuse/archives/2006/08/jazz_on_bones_xray_sound_recor_1.php

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  5. Thanks for the interesting further information. I'm surprised no-one's resurrected this wonderful format, although as that article says, the sound quality isn't that great, although that could be a positive boon with the right material.

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  6. a contemporary version
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