As kids, my brother and I would sit around a turntable listening to Bill Cosby performances. We must have worn out “Revenge” and “Bill Cosby is a funny fellow, right!” When I was 10 or 11, I scrimped and saved to buy myself a copy of “The Story of Star Wars,” a narrated recording of the movie on vinyl. I simply could not get enough of this audio. That was in the late 1970s and early 1980s, when children still appreciated a good story.
Among my favorite recordings were several by AudiSee, including “The Star Prince,” “The Lost Ones,” and “The Time Machine.” I lately found “The Lost Ones” in a box of old tapes, only to discover I had recorded over it! (Blondie is on the recording, so this must have happened in the mid-1980s.) I checked eBay and Amazon to see if copies were for sale, and they were… but for upwards of $100!
One of the supreme ironies of life is that I lately discovered two of these recordings on YouTube. Oh, to hear them again. What I appreciate most about these recordings is that sense of fantasy they convey. Even though I would picture actors recording these stories in a studio (I, myself, made fantasy recordings at home), I nevertheless was taken by the stories. I was fully engaged.
I don’t know how long these recordings will be on YouTube, but, if you’re clever, you can download them using any number of YouTube downloaders. Until then, here they are —
The Lost Ones:
The Time Machine:
I don’t know much about these recordings, except that they were produced in the late 1970s by Bonneville Productions. AudiSee appears to be a brand. According to this site, Bonneville Productions released six titles:
- The Lost Ones
- The Rebels of Impiria
- The Star Prince
- The Time Machine
- The War of the Worlds
- Voyage to the Center of the Earth
Here is a blurb for The War of the Worlds:
Brace yourself for an exciting, realistic sight and sound journey into another world. . . . .another adventure. AudiSee Presents: H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds; adapted and produced by Lawrence Tamblyn with original music by Phil Davis. Includes a half hour stereo cassette drama with original cast and music and out-of-this world special effects; PLUS a 36 page book with full color, original illustrations. A computer tone on the cassette tells you when it’s time to turn the page in your adventure book. Cast includes: Narrator …………. Robert C. Simmons Mason (Mase) ……… Coleman Creel Tori …………….. Barta Lee Heiner Students …………. Craig Shipler, Jonathan Gochberg, Mark Anderson, Courtney McKenna, Melinda White, Margaret M. Varra Newswoman ………… Debbie Bromberg Man Reporter ……… Craig Clyde Dr. Brechtmeier …… Stanley Russon Flight Command ……. Michael Bennett Big Apple Leader ….. Michael Ruud Blue Fox Leader …… John Mason Crazy Horse Leader … H.E.D. Redford Charlie Alpha Leader . Scott Curran Red Tango Leader ….. Hyde Clayton Newswoman ………… Beverly Rowland
Here is one for The Time Machine:
Brace yourself for an exciting, realistic sight and sound journey into another world. . . . .another adventure. AudiSee presents: H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine; adapted and produced by Lawrence Tamblyn with original music by Phil Davis. Includes a half hour stereo cassette drama with original cast and music and out-of-this world special effects; PLUS a 36 page book with full color, original illustrations. A computer tone on the cassette tells you when it’s time to turn the page in your adventure book. Narrated by Robert C. Simmons with the voice talents of: Alan ……….. Russ Tamblyn Kingford ……. Gene Pack Guard ………. Richard E. Cannaday Receptionist … Jan Noyes Eugene ……… Oscar Underwood Old Man …….. Jim Strong Rulo ……….. Michael Leuders Mena ……….. Christine Konkol Taifa ………. Terri Purles Aliso ………. Hyde T. Clayton Eloi Voice ….. David K. Chambers Eloi Voice ….. Nancy Borgenicht
I recall owing “The Lost Ones” and “The Star Prince” and “The Time Machine.” Having found two on YouTube, I’d really like to hear “The Star Prince” too.