Official National Lampoon Stereo Test and Demonstration Record
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|Official National Lampoon Stereo Test and Demonstration Record|
|Studio album by Ed Subitzky|
|Ed Subitzky chronology|
The Official National Lampoon Stereo Test and Demonstration Record was a comedy album in vinyl LP format which was put out by National Lampoon magazine in 1974. The album was a parody of stereo test and demonstration records, which were used by hi-fi enthusiasts to test the performance of their audio systems. The tracks are titled as if they are normal audio test tracks, but in reality each one is a piece of sketch comedy. The album does however also function as a real stereo test recording.
Included with the record was a 32-page booklet entitled "The Official National Lampoon Hi-Fi Primer," which was a parody of a hi-fi glossary. It included real advertisements from stereo equipment manufacturers. The liner notes for the album on the back of the sleeve stand as a humor piece in their own right. After each section of liner notes, the reader is "required" to take a multiple choice test to see if he/she has understood the material.
The album, liner notes, and booklet were conceived and written by Ed Subitzky. Windy Craig was the producer, and John Hechtman was the sound engineer. The album was voice acted by Subitzky, John Belushi, Chevy Chase and Emily Prager. It was narrated by Stan Sawyer.
Six years later, in 1980, the related album, The Official National Lampoon Car Stereo Test & Demonstration Tape, also by Ed Subitzky, was released on cassette tape.
- 1. Introduction to Side One
- 2. Test: Voice
- 3. Test: Balance
- 4. Demonstration: Several Parameters
- 5. Demonstration: Separation
- 6. Demonstration: Frequency Response
- 7. Test: Unmodulated Grooves
- 8. Special Service
- 9. Test: End of Side One
- 1. Introduction to side 2
- 2. Test: Realism
- 3. Resistance Accuracy
- 4. Test: Phasing
- 5. Test: Exaggeration
- 6. Test: Listener
- 7. The Punishment Band
- 8. Conclusion