My experience with the Columbia CSP pressings is that they are inferior
ones, sometimes in phony stereo. I would bet that you are always better
off with the original issue LP.
I have the Reiner Brandenburgs as issued on Lys CD, and I recall them
sounding fine. The performances are excellent and stylish, but that's no
On Mon, Aug 18, 2014 at 7:19 PM, Paul Urbahns <[log in to unmask]>
> Thomas Stern wrote:
> > There was also a Columbia Special Products release of Volume 1 on
> > Does anyone know the story behind the CSP issue (i.e. was it issued as a
> > premium for some company, or marketed by Columbia. )
> A still sealed copy is for sale on eBay. No ads on the cover. There was a
> period in the late 70s (I believe) where Columbia started reissuing a lot
> of standard albums on the CSP label. I have several of them. Since they
> were budget reissues I seem to remember they were sued by someone for
> reissuing their material at a bargain price, causing unfair completion with
> their current full priced product. Seems like at the time columbia was
> trying to compete with Pickwick reissues of RCA/Mercury / and other labels.
> But Columbia reused the original full priced covers etc. So the CSP product
> was exactly the same as the full priced produict. Typically Pickwick would
> make new covers and cut some selections from the original albums.
> Oh by the way, I understand the disk is rechanneled, not true mono.
> Paul Urbahns
> Radcliff, Ky