Ella Fitzgerald – A Night in Tunisia Classic Records unreleased 78 RPM test pressing


A rare unreleased Classic Records 78 RPM test pressing of “A Night in Tunisia” and “You’re My Thrill” by Ella Fitzgerald.

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Offered for sale is a one-sided unreleased test pressing of “A Night in Tunisia”/”You’re My Thrill” by Ella Fitzgerald, released by Classic Records cut at 78 RPM on 180 gram vinyl.

About this copy: This is a one-sided 12″ single containing the sonsg “A Night In Tunisia” and “You’re My Thrill” by Ella Fitzgerald, taken from the album, Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie!

This single-sided disc was pressed on 180 gram vinyl and plays at 78 RPM.

The disc was issued in a plain white cover, stamped with the date “Dec 5 1994” and the catalog number “MGVS6 4053 A1 78.” Side one of the disc is a standard RTI test pressing label with the same information stamped on it as on the cover. The B side label is blank, as is the B side of the record itself.

Record and cover are in M- condition. The record appears to have had little, if any, play.  It sounds terrific, of course.

These were issued as test pressings only and were not intended for commercial release.  Only 10-20 copies were pressed for in-house use at Classic Records.

Background: Ella Fitzgerald’s Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie! was originally released in 1961 and has long been a favorite among audiophiles.

In the mid-1990s, Classic Records founder Michael Hobson had mastering engineer Bernie Grundman cut at least four different titles at 78 RPM as a test to see how they would compare in sound quality to their 45 RPM and 33 1/3 RPM pressings.

The first of those was “A Night In Tunisia,” as Hobson was concerned about some issues with vocal sibilance, and Grundman told him that cutting at 78 RPM could minimize that problem.

They cut four different titles to test this.

Due to the limitations of the 78 RPM format, particularly the short playing time, these recordings were not considered for commercial release, but were instead used only for in-house testing. It is estimated that no more than 20 copies were pressed of any one title.

You can listen to “A Night in Tunisia” here:

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Additional information

Weight 12 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.2 in