, the British
fortnightly satirical magazine
, has produced various comedic audio recordings since its founding in 1961.
The most famous of the recordings from the 1960s and 1970s were pressed on thin floppy 7" vinyl (sometimes known as "flexi-discs" or "flimsies") and they were distributed as "cover-mounts
" attached to the front cover of the magazine, which for those issues doubled its price to cover the costs of the recordings. The discs were played at a phonogram speed of either 33 1/3 rpm or 45 rpm and had a duration of approximately 6 minutes.
Private Eye also recorded material released on other configurations including 7" vinyl singles, EPs, 12" vinyl albums, audio-cassettes and compact disc.
The content for the recordings was written and performed by Private Eye staff members, contributors and friends. Among those prominently featured on the classic 1960s and 1970s recordings were: Peter Cook
, Dudley Moore
, Barry Humphries
, John Bird
, John Wells
, Eleanor Bron
, William Rushton
, Barry Fantoni
and Richard Ingrams
In addition to their original releases, some of the recordings have been reissued on vinyl and audio-cassette. To date, none of the original classic recordings have been released on CD or been available via authorised digital download.
7" flexi-discs released as "cover-mounts"
• His Master's Vass
- Issued: 2 October 1964. Themed around the upcoming October 1964 UK... Read More