The CSP series was also issued on cassettes, or at least some of them.
Pretty sure I had the New Music Qt Mendelssohn one that Steve mentions, on
a cassette. The quality of these cassettes wasn't great.
I can recall sales where the CSP LP's were remaindered cheaply in a bin,
maybe a buck each, and I bought a bunch of them, sealed. Way back when. I
recall Munch's Saint-Saens Organ Symphony with the NY Phil and Mitropoulos
conducting symphonies. Also Rodzinski. I also recall how bad they
On Mon, Aug 18, 2014 at 9:54 PM, Steve Smolian <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I don't think I ever knew who the executive was who was in charge of this
> If memory serves, a duplicated stapled group of sheets was sent to larger
> buyers with this catalog. I don't know the minimum order. Probably Record
> Hunter- Rose Records sized.
> S could be Suffolk Distributors- they one-stopped department stores and
> the like in the NY-NJ area.
> I'm home now. I'm pretty sure I have a copy of at least one edition of
> these listings at the studio.
> There was a shift at some point at Columbia from offering phony stereo to
> mono versions. A careful look at the Odyssey catalog should give you an
> issue number where this changed at which point it remains to figure out the
> date that record was issued. I think it was during the run of this CSP
> series. CSP- that's "Columbia Special Products," incidentally.
> The gems in this run are the New Music Quartet records of Boccherini and
> Mendelssohn. I can't imagine the Mendelssohn ever being bettered. I don't
> remember if their Schumann was in his series and I'm pretty sure the Wolf
> wasn't- another spectacular reading.
> Steve Smolian
> -----Original Message----- From: Thomas Stern
> Sent: Monday, August 18, 2014 9:33 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Brandenburg Concerti - Reiner 1949
> Thanks for all the input.
> There are many LP copies on eBay of all versions, wide range of prices.
> Looks like the Harmony series does NOT have liner notes, unless they were
> inserts - jackets show album listings.
> I see one Columbia with a Ionic? Column style jacket - from Canada - was
> this the original issue jacket in the US, or only Canada?? Most of the
> Columbia's have a small line drawing upper left.
> I don't see anyone offering the Dante/LYS
> CD's other than at inflated prices.
> Input from another source indicates the following on the CSP album:
> "Distributed by SR, New York N.Y. 10021"
> Any idea who "SR" was ???
> Best wishes, Thomas.
> -----Original Message-----
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> [log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Paul Urbahns
> Sent: Monday, August 18, 2014 8:34 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: [ARSCLIST] Bandenburg Concerti - Reiner 1949
> I received this information from a researcher of Columbia records.
> "The Columbia Special Products label release on P-14161 was a late 1971 /
> early 1972 pressing release. It seems common. I know little else about this
> issue, as Columbia Special Product releases discontinued using XTV (mono)
> and/or XSV (stereo) matrix number in January of 1971, There are most
> probably a couple of hundred (or more) of these (5 digit) releases on
> COLUMBIA SPECIAL PRODUCTS or CSP label after this date, but I have never
> catalogued these releases, so therefore know nothing about them. "
> Paul Urbahns
> Radcliff, Ky