Offered for sale is a sealed copy of the 45 RPM, 5 LP, 180 gram Classic Records pressing of Shostakovich’s The Age of Gold, recorded in 1959 by Jean Martinon and the London Symphony Orchestra.
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.
The 5 record set offered for sale is a reissue of the 1959 pressing originally released as RCA LSC-2322. This set includes a single 33 1/3 disc containing the entire album, which includes The Age of Gold and Symphony #1 by Shostakovich and recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra with Jean Martinon conducting. The other four discs in the set contain the same recording, though pressed on four 180 gram discs and cut at 45 RPM for optimum sound quality. This set was sold as a “comparison package” to allow the listener to compare the sound of the 33 1/3 and 45 RPM pressings. The original cover is included for the first disc only; the other four are in plain white jackets. The set is still sealed and is believed to be unplayed and perfectly mint.
A nice copy of a hard to find set which, of course, sounds terrific.
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