• Duane Cozzen

Runout Groove Hidden Messages

The first hidden message in the runout groove of a record I discovered was The Beach Boys Endless Summer double album released on Capitol Records in 1974. The message was, “We Love You Brian”.

The runout groove is the groove that runs from the last track to the label. Since then I check the runout grooves for these messages and have come to find out they are more common than you may think.

Here are some other examples:

Led Zeppelin – III (Atlantic)

Side A: “So Mote Be It.”

Side B: “Do what thou wilt.”

Eagles – "One of These Nights" (Asylum)

Side A: “don't worry - - -”

Side B: -” - - nothing will be ok!”

Foreigner – 4 (Atlantic)

Side A: "Welcome Christopher"

Side B: "'Up to the Sky 'Roman"

Genesis – Genesis (Atlantic)

Side A: “Renee, I love ya.”

Side B: blank

You may not see these messages on every copy unless they are engraved on the master. If done on the stamper, which is only good for so many pressings, they may not be on each release and would vary from pressing plant to pressing plant.

  • Duane Cozzen

It's a known fact that The Beatles “Sgt. Pepper's” album was Mono and Stereo but did you know that technically, the original Mono release is considered the bible?

According to Richard Lush, one of the 2nd engineers, the album was intended to be a Mono release only but due to EMI's insistence, near the completion, it had to be mixed as Stereo, also.

This presented a problem for producer George Martin and the engineers who had to go back and remix the album for Stereo. As a result, some effects were left out or not done exactly as intended on the Mono version (i.e. flanging on some of John Lennon's vocals). Some of these effects were overlooked in the remix because they were being rushed to mix the Stereo version.

In all actuality, according to Rush, the Mono and Stereo releases are TWO DIFFERENT ALBUMS and the true album is the Mono version.


  • Duane Cozzen

Updated: Aug 11

The best description I've read about CBM is from - this a repost of their description:

Beach Music music style made popular in the Carolinas, it combines many styles that may include but are not limited to Rhythm and Blues, Soul Music, and a little bit of Disco. Basically anything you can “Shag” to (The Shag, or Carolina Shag, is a dance style that has been around almost forever. We are not referring to the slang term made popular by a major movie personality portraying a British spy from the 60’s)

When you ask the question”What is Beach Music?”, you will hear a wide variety of answers. Some may try to define the genre, some may simply describe the feeling they get when they hear Beach Music. Ask the person answering the question how they associate themselves with beach music and you may understand their comments. Old School DJs will tell you something different than guys that have only been playing in bands for a few years. Shag Dancers will have different definitions than the fans of the bands. You may hear varied answers depending on which state the person lives in or was born.

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