Let’s talk LPs …

Niel Tingley writes:

I’ve been checking out some newly mastered LPs from the EMI catalogue including a 1968 Klemperer Beethoven 7 that I have to admit I’ve never seen of heard (yet). Who regrets parting with they LP collection?

7 thoughts on “Let’s talk LPs …

  1. Robert Roy

    No regrets! Unreliable, poor sound quality, side breaks in all the wrong places and generally fiddly. I do have a Linn turntable which I use twice a year that serves to remind me how antiquated the whole experience was. And they couldn’t be posted easily or lent without tremendous angst. The covers were nice though.

    I still have the first two cds I ever bought (Uchida/Tait Mozart 20 & 21 piano concertos and Elgar/Mackerras) and they sound as wonderful today as when I first bought them. The Elgar was ‘Falstaff’ and there were 40 tracks describing each moment of the score. Try doing THAT with an Lp!


    1. Robert Roy

      Well, it was really thanks to this cd (and EMI’s exhaustive track list) that I was, finally, able to gain a handle on an Elgar work that had long eluded me. I could beam up a track and know exactly what was going on.

      I think the problem with Lps was that the budget end had low production values with poor quality vinyl employed leading to frustration. Not that the top end were immune. I remember the howl of frustration I let out when the brand new DG 1977/78 Karajan ‘Pastoral’ had a click going all through the first side. My local record store were very good about replacing it but it was a major disappointment for a 14 year old who had spent all his birthday money on it.

      Sorry, but cds are the best! In fact, I remember a friend commenting that the development of the cd was long overdue.


  2. Just can’t give up the 78’s never mind the LP’s and still collecting – The format is immaterial to me, what matters is the performance and sometimes there is no choice in the matter. The intractability of fashion and the tangle of competing copyright means that only a fraction of what has been recorded will ever see the light of day again in a new format.


  3. The New Philharmonia Klemperer 1968 Beethoven 7th is on CD, in EMI’s recent Klemperer Beethoven box. I have kept LPs of music that has not been reissued on CD or officially digitized elsewhere. In many cases I’ve kept LPs because of the excellent booklet or liner notes. Many of which are by….Rob Cowan!


    1. Oh goodness Jed … thanks! I’ve a theory that in years to come, when downloads are the order of the day, booklets will be more sought-after than CDs (mine aside!). There have been some wonderful essays over the years, some of them fairly extended (Tully Potter’s for example … his note for the Music & Arts Schneider/Haydn Quartets box, a marvellous piece of work). Not wishing to launch a Wagner/Liszt style love-in, your essay for that fabulous new Sony Richter box. Aside from the noisy Metro beneath Carnegie Hall, the tubercular-sounding audiences and Richter’s frequent thumping (makes Serkin sound positively balletic) – what playing! Only listened to the first Prok 6 so far …. but that finale! Jeez!!! And the Haydn. A set that’s second only to Sony’s Horowitz Carnegie Hall box in terms of artistic quality.


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