Urania Stereo Sampler Disc: Varese, Bach, Rossini, Offenbach, Strauss - Urania USS 58
Jacket VG / LP EX / US pressing
This quite rare and greatly enjoyable stereo sampler LP from Urania (USS 58, US pressing, brown/white label) features one of the more elusive demonstration LPs from the early years of stereo, issued by the enigmatic Urania label and containing 13 truly remarkable tracks.
Although the surfaces are not silent, the music and other sonic effects come through with wonderful clarity and presence and must have provided a highly convincing introduction to the new format. The album opens with a spoken introduction (a skit) by Flloyd Mack and Jack Scholle, and then proceeds onto the musical tracks, all chosen from the Uriana catalog.
The exact track listing is as follows:
- Introduction by Floyd Mack and Jack Scholle, with such sound effects as keys, thunder, rain, gun shots, etc., as well as excerpts from the following Urania recordings:
Saint-Saëns: excerpt from the Symphony No. 3 in C minor Op. 78 “Organ”
> with conductor Hans Swarowsky and the Vienna Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
Hubert Bath: excerpt from the Cornish Rhapsody
> with duo pianists Ferrante and Teicher
- Offenbach: Aria “A Cheal sur la Discipline”, from La Grande Duchesse de Gerolstein
> with John Riley, bass and chorus and orchestra conducted by Rene Leibowitz
- Rossini: Final section from the William Tell Overture
> with conductor Rene Leibowitz and the Pasdeloup Orchestra
- Offenbach: opening from Gaite Parisienne
> with conductor Rene Leibowitz and the London Philharmonic Orchestra
- Bach: Prelude in G minor BWV 535
> with Robert Noehren, organist – playing the Beckerath Organ of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Cleveland
- Sousa: Stars and Stripes Forever
> with Capt. Gerhard Scholz conducting the Musikkorps der Bundeswehr, Hamburg
- Johann Strauss Jr.: Champagne Polka Op. 211
> with conductor Hans Hagen and the Vienna Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
- St. Regis Medley
> with Milt Shaw and His Orchestra
- There is a Tavern in a Town, from the Urania LP “Drinking Songs Around the World”
> with The Revelers and Instrumental Group directed by Jacques Belasco
- Oh, You Beautiful Doll, from the Urania LP “Razz-ma-Tazz”
> with Phil Moody, honky-tonk piano; Nick Fatool, drums; Frank Harrison, banjo
- Snow Flurries, from the Urania LP “Seven Winds”
> with Mahlon Merrick and His Orchestra
- Adeste Fideles, from the Urania LP “Silent Night”
> with Barron Smith on the John Wanamaker Organ, Philadelphia
- Varese: Ionisation, from the Urania LP “Breaking the Sound Barrier”
> with conductor Paul Price and the American Percussion Society
There are brief but interesting liner notes on the reverse side of the jacket by Robert J. Wattoff, printed in English only. The striking cover design is uncredited.
CONDITION – PLEASE READ VERY CAREFULLY:
The gradations of condition I use are as follows: MINT, Near-Mint, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor.
The condition of the jacket is VERY GOOD. There is a 1” crack to the lower edge, wear at corners, and discoloration along the edges and to the rear panel. However, there are no seamsplits, bends, owners' markings, or other defects and the album remains solid, bright, and highly attractive in appearance – overall, this is a very good collector's copy.
The condition of the LP itself is EXCELLENT. Though there is some occasional light surface noise, in general the playback is quite fine. However, if you must have flawless or near-mint surfaces, then please do not buy this LP. Overall, this rates as an excellent collector's copy.