Offered for sale is an original test pressing of Novella by Renaissance, manufactured by the record company for internal use to evaluate the pressing.
About this copy: This copy is a test pressing with blank labels that have only the name of the record company, the 1977 date, and a legal disclaimer. The record came with a plain white cover. The catalog number SR-6204 is etched in the dead wax, along with a machine stamped “sterling.”
The record is in gorgeous VG++ condition, with just a few light marks from the paper sleeve and a couple of spindle marks on the label. We doubt that it has been played more than a couple of times.
The included label copy sheet, which was intended to indicate the material contained on the enclosed record, is incorrect, and is actually a label copy sheet from another album by Renaissance, Scheherezade and Other Stories. We don’t know if the record and sheet were originally paired this way by accident, or if they somehow ended up together later.
A nice example of a rare pressing of a terrific album.
Background: The 1977 LP by Renaissance, Novella, was well-received by both the critics and the public. In addition, the album is highly regarded by audiophiles as a well-recorded album.
Test pressings are usually made in very limited quantities (less than 20) for evaluation purposes by the artist and record company personnel. They are, by their very nature, among the first discs pressed from the stampers and usually sound as good or better than commercial stock copies.