The most “futuristic” piece of vinyl in my record collection, by far, would have to be the Fabulous Las Vegas Roulette multi-groove LP. To fully appreciate the specialness of this disc, I must first bring up that classic Trivial Pursuit question:
Q: How many grooves are on one side of a standard LP?
A: Wait for it ………………………………… exactly one.
However, unlike every other record in my LP collection, Fabulous Las Vegas Roulette has 38 grooves: one for each of the numbered pockets on the roulette wheel! Each groove leads the listener to a 30-second “live” recording of a roulette wheel spin (for example, 13 in the red) that a tonearm stylus – when placed at the edge of the record – could theoretically select at random and play. Thus, you are the croupier, and your home becomes “the house” when you use this multi-groove LP version to play the French casino game with family and friends (though possibly in defiance of country and/or state and/or federal law).
In actual practice, however, I found that certain grooves on my copy played much more frequently than others. Consequently, just for a challenge, I attempted to make individual recordings for each of the 38 grooves and then copy the 38 “clean” recordings onto a single CD for playback on a compact disc player with built-in capability for random song selection. Unfortunately, three of the grooves never came into contact with my turntable style despite many dozens of attempts. Thus, in order to complete my disc, I had to fabricate three of the recordings with the help of a microphone and my Yamaha REX 50 effects unit — here are two of them:
[Pssst! Click on the triangle above to hear these home-spun recordings]
This album was produced in 1974 by Multi-Track Sound Enterprises of Glendale, California -includes fold-out paper roulette board.
These notes from Discogs tell a more complete picture:
Front and back have photos of various Vegas casinos with a map on the back of the jacket.
Side A has instructions on how to play this “Multi Track” Roulette game on the album. They also give a History of Roulette lesson and pitch a vacation to “Fabulous Las Vegas” but…
Turn the record over to get the full effect of the album. The center label has no words, just the image of a Roulette wheel that “Spins” on your turntable.
The record comes with an insert of a fold-out paper roulette table so you can place your bets.