There are lots of happy memories on these threads! One thing I do notice is that many contibutors seem to be listing favourites without saying if they still own the LPs. Is this because they have abandoned vinyl altogether? I have a big CD collection, but there are still about 1500 LPs on my shelves including quite a few that have been mentioned, they are far too good to lose and still sound good on my Linn Sondek. Now that dates me doesn't it?
Re prices. When I started out, 78s were very expensive items compared with books, and the LPs that followed were even pricier, taking up quite a slice of weekly income if you succumbed to temptation too often. We are incredibly fortunate now, even if we pay for premium labels.
My LP collection is diminishing, but I keep all those I don't have on CD. The biggest Albratross is the Philips Mozart Edition, which I have on CD, but without certain treasured performances, such as Haebler's set of the piano concertos.
I still have all my LPs although I rarely listen to them. I suppose I treat my CD/ cassette (!!!)/ LP/ downloaded music collection as a library resource and have come to accept that, unlike my formative years when I knew every snap, crackle and pop on every LP I owned, I doubt if I shall listen to every note I have in the years to come, but am aware I have them when the need arises! Regarding LPs specifically - I love the art work and often find the notes valuable still - and I like the feel and smell of LPs too!
Although I do not listen frequently to LPs I would hate to be without the facility for playing them, there are those vinyl masterpieces that have avoided silver transfer to date! My collection of LPs has dwindled as I have replaced with CDs and I do use my playing deck to transfer LPs to MD or CD, but I have difficulty in seeing a box of albums in a charity shop or car-boot sale and not thumbing through to see undiscovered gems or more often than not have that moment of nostalgia in seeing an 'old friend'.
I abandoned LPs in the early 80s as there were so many poor pressings and have far too many cassettes that languish unplayed in the attic .
Tonight , however, I dug out the Kletzki Scheherazade on tape as I do not have it on CD. What a wonderful performance that is - Hugh Bean surely unmatched in the violin solos and such lovely playing from the Philharmonia .
There was also a budget price series of LPs called, if I remember correctly, Camden Classics that one found in vast quantities in Woolworths and Smiths. They were, I think, trying to ape DG by having a masthead on each cover but unfortunately in screaming bright orange and an 'old master' reproduction underneath which was nearly always historically wildly inappropriate to the work(s) on the LP.
http://www.vinylsearcher.com/Labels/...-classics.aspx Awful, weren't they?!
But serious content: http://www.avidvinyl.com/pic/DCP_8348.JPG Fritz Reiner/Chicago in the Pathetique - plus 'wildly appropriate' artwork!!
"The isle is full of noises... Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not"
The Tempest, Act III scene 2 ll 148-9
Thanks Caliban, a real whiff of nostalgia there! A Tchaikovsky symphony illustrated with a 17th century Dutch painting...who on earth was responsible for that "artwork"?
Phew, a lot of posts here that had me scurrying to my shelves. I've got around 7000 LPs and am making it a retirement project to play through the whole lot: after about four years, I'm a bit over half way. I do have CDs too, but find I never play them, except occasionally in the car when I dont like what's on R3.
One HEAD LP, HEAD 5, Gerhard's 'The Plague' is on the TAS 'Best of the Bunch' list and a decent copy will set you back a lot of money. Sadly, I dont have it.
Mahlerei #30, the Decca Headline LP series is popular with collectors, I think there was a time when it was not available on CD (maybe still isnt?). HEAD 1 and 2 is a two disc set of Messiaen (La Transfiguration de Notre Seigneur Jesus Christ) by the National SO of Washington DC, conducted by Dorati. No mention of Preston though: the soloists include Yvonne Loriod no less on piano, but it doesnt feature an organist.
MickyD #67, I have a couple of Camden LPs, they were RCA Camden, manufactured by Decca (confusing, isnt it?) and appear to be re-issues of the RCA 'Living Stereo' series, so probably were at a lower price than the originals. Mine were second-hand and I dont know the original price. One is a recording of Brahms symphony 1 with the Oslo PO conducted by Odd Gruner-Hegge (who? Apologies, should be an umlaut on the u, but I dont know how to do it). Its a long time since I played it, but I dont recall anything wrong with the sound, RCA are usually pretty good. And there's nothing amiss with the cover, its a rather boring black and while photo of a field of daffodils. The sleeve appears to be dated 1960, if I've interpreted the printing code correctly.