Offered for sale is a sealed copy of the 4 LP, 180 gram, 45 RPM Classic Records reissue of Milhaud’s La Creation du Monde, performed by Charles Munch and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, originally issued in 1960 by RCA Records as LDS-2625.
About this copy: The copy offered for sale is still sealed, limited edition, 45 RPM set pressed on 4 single-sided 180 gram discs for optimum sound quality. This is an early pressing; each of the four discs is packaged in a printed cover that duplicates the original RCA cover. The labels (we can’t see them; it’s sealed) should also duplicate the original RCA Soria Series labels that were used on the 1960 issue. The shrinkwrap is fully intact with no tears or rips.
A beautiful copy of one of the best-sounding classical recordings ever.
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.
RCA’s 1960 release of Milhaud’s La Creation du Monde, performed by Charles Munch and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, is regarded as one of the best sounding albums ever released in the Living Stereo series. Original pressings command huge prices, provided that you can find one. About ten years ago, Classic Records reissued the album at both 33 1/3 and 45 RPM speeds, and all are long out of print.
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