Slatkin: Overture! (1812, William Tell, Light Cavalry, etc.) - Capitol SP 8380 (UK)
Jacket EX / LP NM
This superb LP from Capitol (SP 8380, UK EMI pressing, rainbow label, Capitol / FDS logo at 9 o'clock, glossy laminated flipback jacket) entitled "Overture!" features conductor Felix Slatkin and the Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra in truly rousing of four famous overtures.
The exact track listing is as follows:
A1 Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture
A2 Suppe: Light Cavalry Overture
B1 Rossini: Overture to William Tell
B2 Suppe: Poet and Peasant Overture
All four works were vividly recorded in 1958 and these brilliant performances are imbued with a tremendous sense of occasion.
There are informative liner notes (uncredited) on the reverse side of the jacket, printed in English only. The striking cover photo / design is similarly uncredited.
The gradations of condition I use are as follows: MINT, Near-Mint, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor.
The condition of the jacket is EXCELLENT. There is minor wear at corners and along the open edge, but that is all. There are no seamsplits, bends, or other defects, and the album remains solid, bright, glossy, and highly attractive – an excellent collector's copy.
The condition of the LP itself is near-MINT. Though the surfaces are not perfectly silent (and thus I have rated it NM vs. MINT) this is a fine copy and playback is superb. If you must have perfect surfaces, then please do not buy this LP. Overall, this rates as a NM collector's copy.