It is with great interest that I recently learned about Analogue Productions’ initiative to reissue select titles from the revered RCA Living Stereo catalogue. One wonders if an alternate mastering effort on different electronics can possibly result in a net gain in sonic potential given the expected losses that the master tape has endured since Classic Records reissued these titles some 20 years ago.
Thankfully, this new series will be cut at 33 rpm (I find that the short playing time of 45 rpm reissues disrupts the continuity of classical music) and pressed at Quality Records on 200 gram vinyl (releases from this facility have, to date, been refreshingly noise-free). Remastering (from the original analogue master tapes) is in the hands of Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound and if early reports by Harry Pearson are anything to go by this could be a very interesting series of reissues at a reasonable price, particularly for those who do not already own an original pressing or Classic Records reissue from the ’90s. I have asked our friends at Vinyl Eye Records Australia to source these LPs as they become available so that I can draw my own conclusions and report the results here.
All titles will also be available on hybrid SACD in stereo or multi-channel where three-track master tapes exist. It will be interesting to see how these stack up against the very competitively priced and still available earlier SACD versions from BMG: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=living+stereo+sacd. This series was discussed in a series of articles published in Stereophile.