Offered for sale is a sealed copy of the Classic Records reissue of Also Sprach Zarathustra, by Fritz Reiner and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, pressed on 4 single-sided, 45 RPM, 180 gram discs, originally released in 1960 by RCA as LSC-1806.
About this copy: The copy offered for sale is a still sealed 4 LP reissue by Classic Records, pressed on 180 gram vinyl using 4 single sided discs and cut at 45 RPM for optimum sound quality. This is an early pressing; each of the discs is sealed separately and packaged in a printed cover with a sticker indicating which of the four discs is contained inside. There is no mention of “Quiex, 200 Gram, or Clarity” on the cover. The discs are still sealed and are believed to be perfectly mint and unplayed. The covers duplicate the original cover art and the labels duplicate the original RCA “shaded dog” labels.
A great copy of a highly sought out and legendary classical title.
Background: Originally released in 1960, RCA’s release of Also Sprach Zarathustra by Fritz Reiner and the Chicago Symphony has become one the most sought-after classic records ever released, with original U.S. pressings selling for $500 or more.
In the 1990s, 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 RCA 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.
Shortly before they went out of business in 2010, Classic began experimenting with clear, “Clarity” vinyl, which offered a quieter playing surface than black vinyl. Only a few titles were released using this formulation.
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