Arnold, Eddy-One More Time- LP- Living Stereo-LSP 2471 - 1962 release consisting of re-recordings of his biggest hits. Produced by Chet Atkins. As is usual on these Living Stereo LPs, sound is rich & full! Tunes include "One Grain of Sand", "Just Call Me Lonesome", and "Just Out of Reach". Cover is quite clean, with one slightly bent corner. Also 2" seam split. Disc shows little use with no discernable wear & only a couple of extremely light marks. Nice Living Stereo copy with great sound! - (EXC+/NM-) - $4.99- Order
Ashkenazy, Vladimir/Philharmonia Orchestra-Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition & Borodin: Polovtsian Dances- LP- stereo-London 410 211-1 - 1983 33 1/3 rpm LP release, featuring pianist and conductor, Vladimir Askenazy, with the Philharmonia Orchestra in a program of classic Russian repertory. Copy at hand is an original London Records digital LP-still factory SEALED and 100% new and unused. Disc was pressed in the Netherlands and features excellent audiophile quality sound. Cover (record company sticker on the front, 1/4" saw mark at top left edge, a very tiny bit of creasing to top left corner) is near-perfect inside shrinkwrap. Disc within is, of course, MINT and unplayed.
Benson, George-Breezin' (Mobile Fidelity audiophile LP)- LP- stereo-MFSL 1011 - original master, 1979 rel., top seam frayed, 3" seam split, vinyl is nice - (EXC+/M) - $24.99- Order
Diamond, Neil-You Don't Bring Me Flowers (Half Speed Mastered LP)- LP- stereo-Columbia HC 45625 - 1981 33 1/3 RPM LP release by singer/songwriter, Neil Diamond. Copy at hand is a special edition Mastersound 'Half Speed Mastered' LP. Mastersound was a series of audiophile releases by Columbia/CBS Records. For certain classic albums, a Mastersound edition was produced by playing the original master tapes at half speed while running the cutting lathes at half speed. Result is a record with much more detailed information, and a beautifully clear, nearly silent playing surface. The following is quoted from the AllMusic.com website: "Neil Diamond -- the voice, the artist, the entertainer -- is best described through this record as a rhapsody of American pop culture during this period in the late '70s. Directly and appropriately, Diamond sings with sincerity that "the American popular song goes on." Perhaps this record best demonstrates a mission statement of creating an endearing work of music that all Americans can feel happy and satisfied with. Much of the material is uplifting, both in tempo and lyrical expression. Other songs are emotionally gripping and romantically involved." Track Listing: 1. The American Popular Song 2. Forever In Blue Jeans 3. Remember Me 4. You've Got Your Troubles 5. You Don't Bring Me Flowers 6. The Dancing Bumble Bee/Bumble Boogie 7. Mothers And Daughters, Fathers And Sons 8. Memphis Flyer 9. Say Maybe 10. Diamond Girls. Copy at hand is still in it's original resealable plastic jacket, which has preserved the cover in MINT condition. Vinyl is clean, glossy and MINT. Disc plays MINT with virtually no surface noise and rich, clear, audiophile sound.
Domingo, Placido-Perhaps Love (Half Speed Mastered Audiophile LP)- LP- stereo-CBS 47243 - 1981 33 1/3 RPM LP release by Spanish opera star, Placido Domingo. Copy at hand is a special edition Mastersound 'Half Speed Mastered' LP. Mastersound was a series of audiophile releases by Columbia/CBS Records. For certain classic albums, a Mastersound edition was produced by playing the original master tapes at half speed while running the cutting lathes at half speed. Result is a record with much more detailed information, and a beautifully clear, nearly silent playing surface. The following is quoted from www.wikipedia.com: "Perhaps Love is a 1981 crossover album by operatic tenor Plácido Domingo. First released in the United States in September 1981, within half a year it had achieved gold record status. It was certified as platinum by the end of the decade. The title song is a vocal duet between Domingo and its composer John Denver. It was released as a single, peaking at #22 on the U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary chart and #59 on the Hot 100 chart. Never going out of print, the song sold almost four million copies by 2008. The album was released on CD in 1990 and again in 2008. The album's producer, Milton Okun, encouraged Domingo, a famous Spanish opera singer, to try his hand at recording popular English-language songs. Domingo later recalled, "Milton is the first person who believed I could do that kind of music." The producer also suggested the idea that the tenor collaborate with folksinger John Denver on the album's most successful number, "Perhaps Love." Domingo and Okun went on to make several more recordings together, but Perhaps Love remained the tenor's best-selling album of pop music. Domingo credited the success of the album with increasing his fanbase, including drawing more new people to his opera performances. He said in 2008: "As an opera singer, you never think of the Billboard list. Without any doubt, it really helped my following records." The album's conductor, Lee Holdridge, considered Domingo and Denver's collaboration on "Perhaps Love" to be the start of the modern operatic pop phenomenon." Track listing: "He Couldn't Love You More" "Sometimes a Day Goes By" "Annie's Song" "Time After Time" "To Love" "Perhaps Love" "Now While I Still Remember How" "Yesterday" "My Treasure" "An American Hymn".Copy at hand is still in it's original resealable plastic jacket, which has preserved the original gatefold cover in MINT condition. Vinyl is clean and glossy, showing only one imperfection-a 1/2 inch spindle mark across the last track on side 2. (Spindle marks are caused by careless handling when the vinyl surface of the underside of a record is accidently dragged across the spindle. As the spindle is smoothly polished, it is rare for these to affect play.) This does NOT affect play. Disc plays MINT with rich, clear sound and almost no surface noise.
Dylan, Bob-Blonde On Blonde- CD- stereo-Sony/Epic EK 64411 - 1994 Audiophile CD reissue of classic '66 2 LP set by Bob Dylan, w/great players like Robbie Robertson, Al Kooper, Charlie McCoy. Tracks incl. "Pledging My Time", "Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat", & hits "Rainy Day Women" & "Just Like a Woman", & "I Want You".
CD is a Sony 24 karat gold-plated "Mastersound" compact disc, remastered for audiophile sound. Process uses original master tapes, & Sony's Super Bit Mastering Process. Has original outer slipcase, w/slit in front to reveal part of front cover. Inside slipcase is standard jewel case w/white tray & front & back insert. Front insert unfolds into 6 sections to reproduce art inside original album cover. (The long-deleted Dylan ex-girlfriend is NOT depicted, however.) Disc is clean, glossy & Mint. Plays beautifully w/rich full-spectrum sound superior to regular commercial releases! Great copy!
Exodus-Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by Ernest Gold- Reel to Reel- Living Stereo-RCA FTO 5007 - 1961 4 track 7 1/2 IPS reel to reel motion picture soundtrack. "Exodus" movingly told story of the events that led to the creation of Israel. Original score, composed by Ernest Gold, weaves elements of Israeli & Arab music into a powerful orchestral statement. Album won Grammys that year for best song & best soundtrack. "Exodus" was recorded with RCA's legendary "Living Stereo" process, which produced audiophile-quality playback that was considerably ahead of it's time. Track listing: Theme of Exodus, Summer in Cyprus, Escape, Ari, Karen, Valley of Jezreel Elliot Fight for Survival, In Jerusalem, The Brothers, Conspiracy, Prison Break, Dawn, Fight for Peace. Box is extremely clean with only very light wear-2 inch piece of scotch tape on bottom front center corner. Back cover has 2 one inch splits at top center and bottom center. Tape is in Near Mint condition.
Gardony, Laszlo-The Secret- LP- stereo-Antilles New Directions 90694-1 - 1991 33 1/3 RPM LP release by Hungarian-born Jazz pianist, Lazlo Gardony. Gardony studied at Boston's Berklee School of Music, and is East Coast based. LP at hand finds Gardony working with Ian Froman on drums and the great Miroslav Vituous on bass. Track Listing:
3. Big Red,
LP, which is an audiophile DMM (Direct Metal Mastering) pressing, is still sealed in it's original shrinkwrap. Cover and disc are Mint and unused. Album is out of print in all formats.
Gould, Morton-Beyond the Blue Horizon- LP- Living Stereo-RCA LSC-2552 - 1961 33 1/3 rpm LP release by Classical & Pop arranger/conductor, Morton Gould. In this album, Gould arranges 11 moody standards for orchestral treatment. Track listing: Beyond the Blue Horizon, Stardust, Stormy Weather, Where Or When, Over the Rainbow, Body and Soul, Speak Low, Poinciana, Shadow Waltz, Time On My Hands. Copy at hand is an original first press RCA Victor Living Stereo LP, offering rich audiophile sound which was well ahead of it's time. Cover is extremely clean with slight creasing to 2 corners-no splits, tears, writing, etc. Disc (heavy vinyl, black label with silver print, dog on top, "deep groove", is clean, glossy and Near Mint. Dead wax on the disc bears the following desirable markings: "I" (superior Indiana pressing), "1S/1S" (lowest possible stamper numbers), "?/A2" (mother number on A side is illegible, B side bears low number). Vinyl plays nicely with only minor surface noise and rich, clear sound.
Lambert, Hendricks, and Bavan-Basin Street East- LP- Living Stereo-RCA LSP-2635 - 1963 33 1/3 RPM LP release. Copy at hand is an original RCA Living Stereo title, offering excellent audiophile-quality sound. This album, recorded "live" at Basin St. East in NYC, features the LP debut of Yolande Bavan, who replaced the ailing Annie Ross. The excellent backing band features Guildo Mahones on piano, and Pony Poindexter on soprano sax. Selections include "Shiny Stockings," "April in Paris," and "Swingin' Till the Girls Come Home." Cover is very clean with slight wear. Disc is Near Mint. Plays clean with only minor surface noise and rich, clear sound.
Lanza, Mario-For the First Time -Original Soundtrack Recording- LP- Living Stereo-RCA LSC-2338 - Orange shaded dog label, 2" seam split, tiny staple holes, Indiana pressing, matrix #65, mother #K2 - (NM-/NM) - $4.99- Order
Munch, Charles/Charles Munch Conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra, with Berj Zamkochian, organist-Saint-Saens: Symphony No.3 ("Organ")-- LP- stereo-RCA/Teldec ATL1-4039 - 1981 33 1/3 RPM audiophile LP reissue of classic 1959 recording by Charles
Munch and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, with guest, organist Berj
Zamkochian. LP was released as part of the short-lived, but excellent, RCA
Red Seal .5 ("Point Five") Series, which used the original master tapes,
played at half-speed (these are known as "half-speed master recordings") for
extra-high fidelity. Vinyl pressed at Teldec in West Germany. Cover
(enclosed in original resealable sleeve) is extremely clean. Small crease at
top center on front-no stains, tears, splits, or writing. Disc is clean,
glossy, and Near Mint. Plays beautifully with rich sound and quiet surface!
Rampal, Jean-Pierre/Claude Bolling-Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano- LP- stereo-Columbia Half Speed Master HM 43233 - Groundbreaking Classical/Jazz fusion effort by French Classical flutist, Jean-Pierre Rampal, composed by pianist Claude Bolling. The duo is rounded out by Marcel Sabiani on drums and Max Hediguer on bass. Tunes include "Baroque and Blue", "Javanaise", and "Fugace". 1975 release, 33 1/3 RPM LP. LP at hand is an audiophile recording, released on Columbia's excellent "Mastersound" series. LP was made with the original master tapes, played at half speed for superior fidelity, with several of the usual transfer steps eliminated. Result is a superior LP, with finer detail, richer sound, and low surface noise. Cover is Near Mint, disc is Mint.
Robbins, Gale-I'm a Dreamer- LP- mono-BMG VICTOR INC (Japan) BVJJ-2839 - Extremely handsome Japanese vinyl re-issue of a 1958 LP featuring vocalist and actress Gale Robbins backed by Eddie Cano & His Orchestra. LP was originally issued as VIK (RCA Subsidiary) LX 128 and was available in mono only. Robbins sang with some top name big bands, but got sidetracked into movies and TV as a result of her stunning good looks. Cover photo of the red-headed Robbins is classic Cheesecake. Robbins has the low sultry voice of a classic Torch singer. Latin pianist & bandleader Cano (known for some fine RCA & Reprise recordings) provides excellent backing for Robbins: jazzy Big Band on about half the tracks and string orchestra on the remainder. Highlights include "Them There Eyes", "Golden Earrings" & "What Is This Thing Called Love". This handsome Japanese vinyl edition, naturally, is LONG out of print. Cover (with original OBI strip) and disc are both MINT. Vinyl plays beautifully with rich sound and almost no surface noise. This pressing is so good we'd put it in the Audiophile category.
Rowland, Billy-They Laughed When I Sat Down- LP- Living Stereo-RCA Victor LSP 1872 - 1959 33 1/3 RPM LP release by pianist Billy Rowland. Rowland had wide-ranging career in Jazz & Pop: w/Les Brown, Benny Goodman, Raymond Scott (may explain offbeat sound of this LP!), much session work, incl. many Honky Tonk piano albums under name Knuckles O'Toole. Album touches on Jazz, Dixieland, Honky Tonk, & cool '50's Lounge-all with adventurous, slightly zany arrangements. Tracks incl. "Am I Blue", "Your Spell Is Everywhere", & "Narcissus". Allstar sidemen incl. Al Caiola, Bob Haggart, Terry Snyder, & Yank Lawson. LP was recorded with the legendary Living Stereo process for super-audiophile sound. Cover is Near Mint. Disc grades Excellent Plus-extremely clean grooves-A side shows long spindle mark which does NOT affect play. Never reissued on CD. Plays clean with rich Living Stereo sound!
South Pacific-Original Motion Picture Soundtrack- Reel to Reel- stereo-RCA Victor FTO-5001 - 1960 7 1/2 IPS 4 track reel to reel tape release of the famous (and great) musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein, "South Pacific." Soundtrack stars Rossano Brazzi and Mitzi Gaynor, with music conducted by Alfred Newman. This album won an Academy Award for "Achievement in Sound." Copy at hand is an original RCA Living Stereo reel, offering excellent audiophile-quality sound. Songs include "Some Enchanted Evening," "There is Nothin' Like a Dame," and "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair." Box and tape are both Near Mint.
Stanley Black/London Festival Orchestra-Spectacular Dances for Orchestra- LP- Phase 4 Stereo-London SPC 21020 - Mid-1960's 33 1/3 RPM LP release, featuring conductor Stanley Black with the London Festival Orchestra. Program is all symphonic dance: Dvorak/Slavonic Dance #1, Strauss/Die Fledermaus, Gliere/Russian Sailor's Dance, Ponchinelli/Dance of the Hours, Saint-Saens/Danse Macabre, Brahms/Hungarian Dance #5 & de Falla/Three Cornered Hat. Laminated gatefold cover is Mint, as is the vinyl disc. London Phase 4 Stereo recordings are prized for their rich sound reproduction, and this one is no exception! Plays virtually free of noise with wide-spectrum sound!
Streisand, Barbra (White Label Promo w/booklet)-Color Me Barbra- LP- mono-Columbia CL2478 - 1966 33 1/3 RPM LP release by Barbra Streisand. Tracks include "Yesterdays", "Where or When", and a lengthy Broadway medley (entitled "medley"). Cover is Near Mint. Disc is a white label promo (360 degree sound label) and is MINT. Inside cover is a special 2 page booklet from Chemstrand Company (some sort of commercial tie-in, apparently-this is a very unusual feature!), featuring great color photos of Babs. Rare promo copy with insert. Top condition.
Suitner, Otmar conducting Staatskapelle Berlin-Beethoven : Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 55 "Eroica"- LP- stereo-Denon (Japan) OX-7202-ND - 1980 33 1/3 RPM LP release. Early Japanese digitally recorded audiophile LP, offering rich wide-spectrum sound against a clean, virtually silent playing surface. Cover shows only the most minor wear-small dent to bottom left corner. 2 inserts enclosed: LP notes (in Japanese) and Denon PCM Digital series catalog depicting other rare releases in this series. Disc is clean, glossy, and MINT. Plays beautifully with almost no surface noise and rich sound.
Various-The Feeling of Jazz: The Best if Impulse! Volume II- LP- Stereo-Impulse MCA2-8028 - 1988 release, 33 1/3 RPM 2 LP se featuring the "best" of Impulse! recordings from 1960 to 1974. Artists and tracks include "Alfie's Theme" by Sonny Rollins, "Africa" John Coltrane, "Blues for Gwen" McCoy Tyner, "The Feeling of Jazz" Duke Ellington and John Coltrane, "Angkor Wat" The Gil Evans Orchestra, "I Just Dropped in to Say Hello" Johnny Hartman and more. This is a limited edition audiphile LP custom pressed on KC 569 blend premium vinyl with superior sound and a clean playing surface. Glossy gatefold cover (with gold Promo stamp an back) is Near Mint. Great sounding vinyl LP featuring classic modern Jazz on Impulse.
Various Artists-The Spectacular World of Dynagroove: His Master's New Voice- LP- Stereo-RCA Victor PRS-143 - Approx. 1963 release, 5 disc set in heavy cardboard slip case, issued to cash-in on the the craze for exaggerated stereo effects. Dynagroove followed "Stereo Action", which was in turn preceded by the legendary "Living Stereo" process. Dynagroove produces a rich full-frequency sound on a clean, quiet playing surface & was well-regarded in its time. The set includes the following 5 discs (all in individual jackets): Peter Nero (Hail the Conquering Nero), Uniquely Mancini (The Big Band Sound of Henry Mancini), The Rome Sound Stage Orchestra (The Themes From Cleopatra), Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops (Jalousie-Pops "Latin" record!), Marty Gold and His Orchestra (Soundpower! Music to the Limits of Audibility). Cover is intact & shows only very slight wear. All discs are Near Mint. Comes w/2 page insert with pictures of other Dynagroove releases.
Walker/Billy Joe Walker, Jr-Universal Language- LP- stereo-MCA 6247 - 1988 33 1/3 RPM release by guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter, Billy Joe Walker, Jr. Album was issued as part of the MCA Master Series, which released audiophile records by virtuoso players pressed on KC 569 premium vinyl, offering crystal clear sound reproduction. Walker plays acoustic and electric guitars and sings. Allstar accompanists include Barry Beckett, Leland Sklar, & Russ Kunkel. Tracks include "I Can Fly", "It's Morning", and "Jazz Age". Glossy cover is extremely clean-no stains, tears, writing, splits, etc. Disc is stone Mint. Currently out of print on CD.
Welcome, Ruth/Dick Marta-The Zither/The Cimbalom- LP- mono-Cook 1032 - 10" album, approximately 1954 release, side one by R. Welcome on Zither performing pop, folk and classical tunes, side two by D. Marta on cymbalom performing Hungarian folk and classical tunes, Cook was well regarded in the 50's for it's audiophile quality recordings! front cover is clean with a little wear, slight stain on back cover, disc looks great! - (EXC+/NM) - $9.99- Order