Offered for sale is copy of the 4 LP, 180 gram, 45 RPM Classic Records reissue of Balalaika Favorites, performed by Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra, originally issued in 1962 by Mercury Records as SR 90310.
Classic Records earned a solid reputation by reissuing long-out-of-print and highly sought out classical titles originally released by RCA, Mercury and Columbia in the late 1950s and early 1960s. These pressings offered great dynamics and wide, impressive soundstages. Unfortunately, they also sold in limited numbers when new and finding mint used copies has become quite difficult. Classic Records began reissuing many of these titles in the mid 1990s, first as 180 gram 33 1/3 LPs, and later as limited edition pressings cut at 45 RPM on multiple, single-sided discs for optimum sound quality. Some of these titles were pressed multiple times at different weights and types of vinyl. Later pressings note Quiex SV, Quiex SV-P, Clarity Vinyl or 200 Gram vinyl on the jackets. Earlier, 180 gram pressings omit this.
When you see a title like Balalaika Favorites, you might not immediately think, “Wow, I’ve got to hear that!”, but in this case, you should. Originally recorded and released in 1962 by Mercury Records, this four disc, 45 RPM set sounds absolutely astonishing, with great detail, depth and a broad soundstage. The 180 gram discs are single sided for optimum sound quality. The first disc comes in a printed cover that duplicates the cover from the original Mercury release. The other three discs are in plain white jackets. The label artwork duplicates the original Mercury “Living Presence” label art.
Discs and cover are M-, and this set sounds truly incredible.
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