Offered for sale is an original “Living Presence” stereo copy of Hi-Fi A La Espanola by Frederick Fennell and the Eastman-Rochester “Pops” Orchestra, released by Mercury Records in 1960.
About this copy: This copy of Hi-Fi A La Espanola is an original stereo Mercury “Living Presence” pressing, released in 1960s. It’s an early pressing; stamper numbers are:
The cover is VG++, with traces of wear at the corners.
The disc is VG++. It’s close to M-, but there are a couple of sleeve scuffs and a couple of faint fingernail marks through a couple of tracks (“Intermezzo” and “Jamaican Rumba”) that do not affect play. It’s a very clean disc that plays well.
A nice copy of an audiophile rarity and the only original stereo copy we’ve ever had for sale.
Background: One of the most eagerly sought after light classical recordings is the album, Hi Fi a la Espanola, by Frederick Fennell and the Eastman-Rochester “Pops” Orchestra. The original pressings, released by Mercury in 1958, have sold for as much as $2000 to audiophiles, who particularly revere the track, Brazilian Sleigh Bells.
It doesn’t help that the album didn’t sell particularly well when it was new, or that most of the copies that were sold were pressed in mono. Hi-Fi A La Espanola is not only one of the most sought out classical audiophile LPs, but it’s also one of the rarest.
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