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BEST OF THE BUNCH: Classical
Arnold: English, Scottish, & Cornish Dances Lyrita SRCS-109
Gerhard: The Plague Decca Head 6
Gershwin: Porgy & Bess complete/Maazel Decca SET 609-11¯†
Herold/Lanchbery: La Fille Mal Gardée Decca SXL-2313¯
Hi-Fi a la Española Mercury SR-90144¯ (Also Classic)
Holst: The Planets/Mehta, LA London CS-6734¯
Prokofiev: Scythian Suite Mercury SR-90006¯ (Also Classic)
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 Mercury SR-90283¯
Respighi: Feste Romanae Decca SXL-6822
Ravel: La Valse/Paray Classic/Mercury SR-90313¯†‡
Stravinsky: The Firebird/Dorati Classic/Mercury SR-90226¯†‡
Widor: Symphony No. 6 Allegro Mercury SR-90169
BEST OF THE BUNCH: Popular
Bachrach: Casino Royale Colgems COSO-5005
Balaika Favorites Mercury SR-90310 (Also Classic)
Belafonte At Carnegie Hall Classic Records LSC-6006
Ellington: For Duke M & K Realtime 101
Ralph Hunter Choir: The Wild, Wild West RCA LSP-l968¯†
Music for Bang, Ba-room and Harp RCA LSP-1866
Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon EMI Harvest SHVL-804
The Sheffield Track Record Sheffield Lab-20¯‡
Don Shirley: Water Boy Columbia CS-9196¯†
The Weavers Reunion at Carnegie Hall, 1963 Vanguard VSD-2150¯
SPECIAL MERIT: Classical
Alain: Organ Works (complete) Erato EDO-250/2
Antill: Corroboree (Australian) EMI OASD-7603
Anderson: Music of Leroy Anderson (Vol. II) Mercury SR-90043
Arnold: Guitar Concerto/Bream RCA LSC-2487¯
Arnold: Overtures Reference Recordings RR-48‡
Arnold: Peterloo Overture: Symphony No. 5 EMI ASD-2878
Bach-Elgar: Fantasia and Fugue in C Minor EMI ASD-2970
Bach-Stokowski: Symphonic Transcriptions Chandos ABRD-1055
Balbastre: Harpsichord Works Afka SK-298
Bart?k: Concerto For Orchestra/Reiner, CSO Classic/RCA LSC-1934¯†‡
Bart?k: Strings, Percussion, Celesta/Reiner Classic/RCA LSC-2374¯†‡
Bax: Symphony No. 6 Musical Heritage Soc MHS 1198†
Beethoven: Appassionata Sonata RCA/JVC RDC-4
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6/Walter Columbia MS-6012
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9/Solti, Chicago Decca GBB-121/2
Berg: Lulu & Wozzeck (suites) Mercury SR-90278
Berlioz: Requiem/Fremaux, et. al. EMI SLS-982
Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique/Munch, BSO Classic/RCA LSC-1900¯†‡
Bizet: Carmen (Suite)/Gibson Classic/RCA LSC-2449¯†‡
Bliss: Music for Strings Lyrita SRCS-33¯
Bloch: Concerto Grosso No. 1 Mercury SR-90223¯
Borodin: Symphony No. 2 London CS-6126
Brahms: Alto Rhapsody/Walter Columbia MS-6488
Brian: Symphony No. 9 EMI ASD-3486
Britten: Four Sea Interludes EMI ASD-3154
Britten: The Prince of the Pagodas Decca Ace-of-Dmds GOS-558-9
Busoni: Piano Concerto EMI ASD-2336/7
Cage: Third Construction Classic/New World NW-319¯†
Chabrier: Espana!/Argenta Speakers Corn/Decca SXL-2020¯†‡
Copland: Appalachian Spring Can. Broadcast SM-5000
Copland: Rodeo Mercury SR-90172
Crumb: Makrokosmos I Nonesuch H-71293
Crumb: Music for a Summer Eve: Makrokosmos IIINonesuch H-71311
Debussy: Iberia Mercury SR-90010
Debussy: Iberia/Reiner, CSO Classic/RCA LSC-2222¯†‡
Debussy: Sonata for Violin & Piano Wilson W-8722
Delius: North Country Sketches EMI ASD-3139¯
Dorati: Symphony Mercury SR-90248
Durufle: Requiem Epic BC-1256
Dvorak: Cello Concerto/Starker Mercury SR-90303¯
Dvorak: Symphony No. 8/Walter CBS/Sony 20 AC 1822
Elgar: Caratacus EMI SLS-998¯†
Elgar: Coronation Ode EMI ASD 3345
Elgar: Engima Variations/Mehta, LA London CS-6816
Elgar: Symphony No. 2 EMI ASD-3266
Elgar: The Kingdom EMI SAN 244-5
Finzi: Dies Natalis World Record Club SCM-50¯
Finzi: Intimations of Immortality Lyrita SRCS-75
Franck: Pieces Heroique Mercury SR-90168
Gerhard: Symphony No. 4 Argo ZRG-701
Gershwin: An American in Paris RCA LSC-2367¯
Gershwin: Collected Works Vox Box QSVBX-5132
Gould: Latin American Symphonette Vanguard SRV-275 SD†‡ (Also Analogue Productions)
Grainger: Country GardensMercury SR-90219 (Also Mercury Wing SRW-18060)
Grainger: Lincolnshire Posy Mercury SR-90173
Grieg: Peer Gynt/Fjeldstad Speakers Corn/Decca SXL-2012¯†‡
Grieg: Piano Concerto/Lupu, Previn London CS-6840
Grieg: Piano Concerto/Rubinstein, Wallenstein RCA LSC-2566
Hanson: Symphony No. 2 Mercury SR-90192
Hanson: The Composer & His Orchestra Mercury SR-90175¯
Holst: The Planets/Previn, LSO EMI ASD-3002
Honneger: Pacific 231 EMI ASD-2989
Howells: Hymnus Paradisi EMI ASD-2600
Kabalevsky: The Comedians Classic/RCA LSC-2398†
Khachaturian: Gayaneh & Spartacus Decca SXL-6000
Khachaturian: Symphony No. 2 London CS-6323
Kod·ly: H·ry J·nos (Suite) Mercury SR-90132¯
Leigh: Concertino/Harpsichord & Strings Lyrita SRCS-126¯
Lizst: Mephisto Waltz/Reiner Classic/RCA LSC-2241¯†‡
Lloyd: Symphony No. 5 Lyrita SRCS-124
Maconchy: Symphony Dble String Orchestra Lyrita SRCS-116
Mahler: Symphony No. 1/Slatkin Telarc DG-10066
Mahler: Symphony No. 3/Mehta London CSA-2249
Massenet: Le Cid EMI TWO-350 (Also ESD-7040)
Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Nights Dream EMI ASD-3377
Messiaen: La Trans de Notre Sgnr. Jesus Christ Decca Head 1 & 2
Messiaen: Turangalila Symphony EMI SLS-5117
Moeran: Symphony EMI ASD-2913
Mozart: Concerto for Two Pianos (K. 365) Nonesuch H-71028
Mussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures/Reiner, CSO Classic/RCA LSC-2201†‡
Offenbach: Gaote Parisienne/Fiedler, BSO Classic/RCA LSC-1817¯†‡
Orff: Carmina Burana/Stokowski, Houston Capitol SPAR-8470¯
Partch: The Delusion of the Fury Columbia M2-30576
Praetorius: Dances from TerpsichoreArchiv 198166
Prokofiev: Lt. Kije (Suite)/Reiner, CSO Classic/RCA LSC-2150¯†‡
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2/FragerClassic/RCA LSC-2465
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3/Janis Mercury SR-90300†
Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet/Maazel Decca SXL-6620-2
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 6/Weller Decca SXL-6777¯
Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 1/Ricci/AnsermetDecca/Eclipse ECS-746
Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2/Heifetz RCA LSC-2314
Rachmaninoff: The Romantic Rachmaninoff Readers Digest RDA-29
Rachmaninoff: Paganini Variations/Rubinstein Classic/RCA LSC-2430
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 1 Classic/RCA LSC-2541†
Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances Athena Productions ALSW-10001†
Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 1 EMI ASD-3137
Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2 EMI ASD-2889
Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 3 (British) RCA LSB-4090
Rachmaninoff: The Bells EMI ASD-3284
Rachmaninoff-Respighi: 5 Etudes Tableaux EMI ASD-3013¯
Ravel: Concerto in G Major Linn Recut 01
Ravel: Daphnis & Chloe/Ansermet Decca SXL-6204¯
Ravel: Daphnis & Chloe/Munch, BSO Chesky RC-30
Ravel: Collected Works Vox Box QSVBX-5133 (Also Ref. Mastercuts RM-1004†‡)
Rawsthorne: Piano Concerto No. 1 Lyrita SRCS-101
Respighi: Ancient Dances and Airs/Lute Mercury SR-90199¯
Respighi: Brazilian Impressions Mercury SR-90153
Respighi: Pines of Rome/Reiner, CSO Classic/RCA LSC-2436¯†‡
Reubke: The 94th Psalm Orion ORS-78282
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade/Reiner Classic/RCA LSC-2446¯†‡
Rodrigo: Concierto Andaluz Mercury SR-90488¯
Rodrigo: Concierto Aranjuez/Yepes, Argenta London CS-6046¯
The Royal Ballet Gala Performances Classic/RCA LSC-6065¯†‡
Saint-Saëns: Carnival of the Animals EMI ASD-299¯
Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 2/Rubinstein LSC-2234¯†‡
Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3/Dupre Mercury SR-90012
Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3/Fremaux EMI TWO-404¯
Schmitt: Psalm 47 EMI ASD-2892
Schubert: Death and the Maiden Quartet/Juilliard RCA LSC-2378¯
Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1 EMI ASD-2924
Shostakovitch: Symphony No. 1/Martinon Classic/RCA LSC-2322† ‡
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7 EMI ASD SLS-897
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8/Previn EMI ASD-2917
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 13 Alto/ASD-3911¯†‡ (Also EMI)
Sibelius: En Saga EMI ASD-2486¯
Sibelius: Four Legends EMI ASD-3092
Sibelius: Symphony No. 2/Paray, Detroit Mercury SR-90204¯
Sibelius: Symphony No. 5/Gibson RCA LSC-2405
(Also Decca SPA-122)
Sibelius: The Tempest EMI ASD-2961¯
Sibelius: Violin Concerto/Heifetz, Reiner, CSO RCA LSC-2435
J. Strauss: Waltzes/Reiner, CSO RCA LSC-2500¯
R. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra/Reiner, CSO Classic/RCA LSC-1806¯†
Stravinsky: Ballets/AnsermetLondon CSA-2308
Stravinsky: Ebony Concerto Reference Recordings RR-55¯†
Stravinsky: Firebird (Suite)/Stokowski, Berlin Capitol SP-8407
Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps/Solti, CSO Decca SXL-6691
Stravinsky: Petrouchka (solo piano) Wilson W-8313¯
Stravinsky: Petrouchka/Ansermet London CS-6009
Stravinsky: Song of the Nightingale/Reiner, CSO Classic/RCA LSC-2150†
Sullivan-Mackerras: Pineapple Poll EMI CSD-1399 (Also ESD-7028)
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4/Monteux, BSO RCA LSC-2369
Tchaikovksy: Manfred/Previn Alto/EMI ASD-3018¯†‡
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker/Previn, LSO EMI SLS-832
Thomson: The Plow That Broke The Plain Analogue/Vanguard AP001†
Toch: Symphony No. 5 Capitol SP-8364†
Vaughan Williams: Choral Music EMI SLS-5082
Vaughan Williams: Job EMI ASD-2673
Vaughan Williams: Sancta Civitas EMI ASD-2422
Vaughan Williams: The Nine Symphonies EMI SLS-822
Vivaldi: Lute Concertos & Trios Hungarton SLPX-11978¯
Wagner for Band Mercury SR-90276
Walton: Crown Imperial/Fennell, Eastman Mercury SR-90197
Grace Williams: Fantasy/Welsh Nursery Tunes EMI ASD-3006¯
Wiren: Serenade for Strings EMI ESD-7001
SPECIAL MERIT: Operas
Bizet: Carmen/Bernstein, et. al. Deutsche Gramm. 2709 043
Bizet: Carmen/Karajan RCA LDS-6164†
Britten: Noye's Fludde Argo ZK-1
Menotti: Amahl & the Night Visitors RCA LSC-2762
Mussorgsky: Boris Godonov Decca SET-514/7
Puccini: La Boheme/Karajan Decca SET-565/6
Puccini: Tosca RCA LDS-7022†
Puccini: Turandot/Mehta Decca SET 561-3
Verdi: Aida/Karajan London OSA-1313
Wagner: Das Rheingold London OSA-1309
Wagner: Gotterdammerung London OSA-1604
SPECIAL MERIT: Collections
André Previn's Music Night EMI ASD-3131
Ballet for Band Mercury SR-90256
Danses Ancienne de Hongrie Harmonia Mundi HM-1003
Evensong for Ash Wednesday Argo ZRG-5365
Festival/Reiner, CSO Classic/RCA LSC-2423¯†‡
For My True Love / Terri, Almeida Capitol SP-8461†
Kronos Quartet: In Formation Reference Recordings RR-9
La Fete de la Ane Harmonia Mundi HM-1036
Fiesta in Hi-Fi Mercury SR-90134
Magnum Opus Wilson W-8111
The Moscow Sessions Sheffield TLP-1000
Musique de la Grace Antique Harmonia Mundi HM-1015
Overtures Fantaises Mercury SR-90191
Percussion Music Nonesuch H-71291
The Power of the Orchestra/Leibowitz, RPO Chesky RC-30
Rhapsodies / Stowkowski Classic/RCA LSC-2471¯†‡
Sing We Noel: Christmas Music Nonesuch H-71354
La Spagna BIS 163/164
Vienna: 1908-1914 Mercury SR-90316
Witches Brew / Gibson, NSOL Classic/RCA LSC-2225†‡
SPECIAL MERIT: Informal
Chet Atkins in Hollywood RCA LSP-1993
Chet Atkins: Caribbean Guitar RCA LSP-2549
The Other Chet Atkins RCA LSP-2175
Joan Baez: Diamonds & Rust Mobile Fidelity MFSL 1-238†‡
Joan Baez: Farewell Angelina Vanguard VSD 79200
Joan Baez: In Concert Vanguard VSD 2122
Belafonte at Carnegie Hall RCA LSO-6006
Belafonte Sings the Blues Classic/RCA LSP-1972†‡
Bob and Ray Throw a Stereo Spectacular RCA LSP-1773 (Also Classic)
Dave Brubeck: Time Out Classic/Columbia CS-8192†‡
The Civil War (Vol. 1) Mercury LPSD-2-901
Judy Collins: Judith Elektra 6E-111
David Crosby: If I Could Only Remember My Name Atlantic SD-7203
Dafos Reference Recordings RR-12
Jim Dawson: Songman Kama Sutra KSBS-2035
Davis: Kind of Blue Classic/Columbia CS-8163†‡
(Also Columbia CS-8163†)
Davis-Evans: Sketches of Spain Columbia CS-8271
Eagles: Desperado (British) Asylum SYL-9011
Eileen Farrell: Torch Songs Reference Recordings RR-34¯†‡
Electric Love Mercury Limelight LS-86072
Enya Atlantic 81842-1
Fresh Aire II American Gramaphone 359
Fresh Aire III American Gramaphone 365
Art Garfunkel: Breakaway CBS/Sony 25AP 1373
S. Goodman: Mallets, Melody & MayhemColumbia CS-8333†
Ed Graham: Hot Stix M & K Realtime RT-106
Earl "Fatha"Hines: Fatha! M & K Realtime RT-105
Jarre: OxygËnePolydor 2473-10
Bruce Katz: Crescent Crawl Audioquest AQ-1012¯†‡
Klaatu EMI EST-11542
Kraftwerk: Autobahn Parlophone EJ24 00701
Gordon Lightfoot: Summer Side of Life Reprise MS-2037
Bob Marley & The Wailers: Natty Dread Island ILPS-9281
McBroom: Growing Up in Hollywood Town Sheffield Lab-13
Charles Mingus: Mingus Ah-Um Classic/Columbia CS 8171†‡
(Also Columbia CS-8171†)
Joni Mitchell: Blue Reprise MS-2038
Joni Mitchell: Court & Spark Asylum 7E-1007
Joni Mitchell: Wild Things Run Fast Geffen GHS-2019
Van Dyke Parks: Song Cycle Warner Bros. 1727
Peter, Paul, & Mary Warner Bros. 1449
Pig's Eye Jazz (Vol. II) Insight Records Vol. 2
Pink Floyd: The Wall (Japanese) CBS/Sony 40AP 1750
Professor Johnson's Astounding Sound Show Reference Recordings RR-7¯‡
Reflections Reference Recordings RR-18¯‡
Renaissance: Novella Sire SA-2576
Rough Trade: Avoid Freud True North TN-43
Rough Trade: For Those Who Think Young True North TN-48
Rough Trade: Shaking The Foundations True North TN-50
Salt City Six: Dixieland Audiophile AP-80
Seals & Crofts: Greatest Hits Warner Bros. BS-2886
The Sheffield Drum Record Sheffield Lab-14¯
Star of Wonder Reference Recordings RR-21¯‡
Cat Stevens: Tea for the Tillerman (British) Island ILPS-9135
Cat Stevens: Teaser & The Firecat Mobile Fidelity MFSL 1-244†‡
The Strayaway Child Song of the Wood 7811
The Wilson Band Recordings Wilson W-8823/24¯†
Dionne Warwick: Soulful Scepter SPS-573
SPECIAL MERIT: Singles:
Aha: Take Me On (British) Warner Brothers W-9006
China Crisis: in a Catholic Style(British) Virgin VS-765112
Frankie Goes To Hollywood: Relax(British) Virgin/ZTT-1ZZTAS1
Freez: I.O.U.Streetwise SWRL-2210
Bill Henderson: Send in the Clowns (45rpm) Classic/Discovery JP-0779.12†
Greg Kihn: JeopardyBeserkley 0-67932
Human League: Don't You Want Me(British) Virgin 466-12B
Propaganda: Machinery(British) Virgin/ZTT 12xZ TAS 12
Lionel Richie: All Night LongMotown 4514-MG
Gerry Woo: Help YourselfPolydor 887-529-1
Yaz: Don't GoMute Yaz-001
Yello: Lost Again Elektra 966790
Yello & Shirley Bassey: The Rhythm DivineMercury 888-746-1
SPECIAL MERIT: Film and Broadway Score
Bliss: Things To Come EMI ASD-3416¯
The Flight of the Condor BBC Records REB-440
Herrmann: Citizen Kane (British) RCA GL-43441
Herrmann: The Fantasy Film World Decca PFS-4309
Herrmann: The Ghost and Mrs. Muir Filmmusic Collection FMC-4¯
Herrmann: The Three Worlds of Gulliver Decca PFS-4337
Homrich/Gascoigne: The Emerald Forest Varese Sarabande STV-81244
Horner: Glory Virgin 1-91329
Jarre: The Professionals Colgems COSO-5001
Mancini: Hatari! RCA LSC-2559
Moroder: Cat People Backstreet BSR-6107
Myrow/Seagrave: Phantasm Varese VC-81105
Prokofiev: Ivan the Terrible EMI SLS-5110
Rosza: Ben Hur Decca PFS-4394
Rosza: Quo Vadis Decca PFS-4430
Sondheim: Pacific Overtures RCA ARL-1-1367†
Sondheim: Sweeney Todd RCA CBL2-3379†
Tiomkin: Lost Horizons (British) RCA GL-43445
Tiomkin: The Thing (British) RCA RL-42005
Vangelis: Antartica (Japanese) Polydor 2MM-0290
† New entries on list
‡ Still in print
¯ Exceptionally natural and musical sound, as opposed to the merely hi-fi spectacular