Offered for sale is a sealed copy of the 4 LP, 180 gram, 45 RPM Classic Records reissue of the self-titled album by Ben Webster and Sweets Edision, originally issued in 1962 by Columbia Records as CS-8691.
Classic Records earned a solid reputation by reissuing long-out-of-print and highly sought out classical titles originally released by RCA 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.
This copy of Ben Webster & “Sweets” Edison is a still sealed copy of the 4 LP, 45 RPM reissue from Classic Records, pressed on four single-sided 180 gram vinyl discs for optimal sound quality. The first two discs are in a printed cover that duplicates the original Columbia release; the other two discs are in plain white jackets. The label art duplicates the original Columbia “360° Sound” artwork from the label of the original release. The set is still sealed and there are no rips or tears in the wrap. This is an early pressing; there is no mention of “Quiex”, “200 gram” or “Clarity” on the cover. The discs are unplayed and believed to be perfectly mint.
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