Offered for sale is a sealed copy of the 2 LP, 180 gram, 45 RPM Classic Records reissue of Offenbach’s Gaite Parisienne, performed by Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Orchestra, originally issued in 1960 by RCA Records as LSC-1817.
About this copy: This still sealed pressing of Gaite Parisienne is rather unusual, in that it is a two-disc set, rather than the typical four discs that Classic generally offered. This is not the complete album, but rather a 2-disc set of excerpts from the album, cut at 45 RPM and pressed on two single-sided, 180 gram discs for optimum sound quality. This is an early pressing; each disc is in a printed cover that duplicates the original cover from the 1958 RCA release and there is no mention of “Quiex”, “200 gram” or “Clarity” on the cover. The package is still sealed and the records are unplayed and believed to be perfectly mint. There is a 1″ tear in the wrap in the upper right hand corner of the cover.
A beautiful copy of a rare set.
Background: 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.
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