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RE: Les Paul and the Les Pulveriser

 >> But he did in fact invent multitrack recording.  <<
well, we'll never know the truth about this.... he certainly raised it's profile, but I'm not sure he was the first musician to consider the possibility.
(was it possible to perform punch-ins or overdubs with player-piano recorders?) 
wikipedia, disappointingly, has a section called "the impact of multitrack recording on popular music" which, instead of analysing it's supposed subject, just lists the first dozen or so well-known & commercially successful recordings to use the technique; there's no mention of how it changed the business of capturing a single performance into this present ritual of "painting over" guide tracks & forever punching-in & so on.