Offered for sale is a one-sided U.S. 45 RPM test pressing 12″ single of “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin, pressed by Classic Records on clear “Clarity” vinyl.
These 45 RPM test pressings were made for in-house use by Classic Records and were not commercially released.
About this copy: This copy of “Stairway to Heaven” is a 2010 pressing on the Classic Records label. The 45 RPM disc plays the full 7:55 version of the song on side one; side two is blank.
The cover is a plain white cover with a sticker in the upper right hand corner. The sticker says “Classic Records 1/2010 SD-7208-45-200G Clarity Stairway to Heaven CRWH.” The cover is M-.
The clear vinyl disc is M- and has a single spindle mark on each label, but no marks on the vinyl. Clean disc!
This is a single-sided disc, pressed on 200 gram vinyl. The B side has the words “Classic Records”embossed in the vinyl.
A beautiful copy of a very rare Led Zeppelin item. Great sound, too!
Background: In the early 2000s, the now-defunct audiophile label Classic Records issued high-quality pressings of the entire Led Zeppelin catalog.
One of their titles was a four-LP box set containing the band’s first four albums. That box set also included a single-sided, black vinyl 45 RPM 12″ single containing the song “Stairway to Heaven” as a bonus. The singles were pressed with test pressing labels only; there were no “stock” copies.
The box set was never reissued.
In 2010, Classic Records began experimenting with a clear vinyl compound that they called “Clarity Vinyl.” They released a number of titles on this clear vinyl compound that year, but went out business shortly thereafter.
They also pressed a few test pressings of titles for in-house use. One of those titles was this 12″ single of “Stairway to Heaven.” They likely only pressed a few dozen copies, and unlike the earlier black vinyl test pressings, none of the Clarity vinyl test pressings were commercially released.
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|Country of origin:||U.S.|
|Record Label:||Classic Records|
|Year of Release:||2010|