Alexander Gibson - Witches' Brew
Alexander Gibson - Witches' Brew
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Alexander Gibson - Witches' Brew
Alexander Gibson - Witches' Brew

Alexander Gibson - Witches' Brew

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Malcolm Arnold - Overture To "Tam O'Shanter", Op. 52

Modest Mussorgsky - Gnomus From "Pictures At An Exhibition" & A Night On Bare Mountain

Camille Saint-Saëns - Danse Macabre

Engelbert Humperdinck - Witches' Ride From "Hansel And Gretel"

Franz Liszt - Mephisto Waltz

Arranged by Maurice Ravel (A2), Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (A3)

New Symphony Orchestra of London

Alexander Gibson, conductor


1 LP, Tip-on jacket by Stoughton Printing 

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33RPM

Size : 12”

Stereo

Studio

Record Press :  Quality Record Pressings

Label :  Analogue Productions

Original Label :  RCA Victor Red Seal

Remastered by Willem Makkee

Originally released in 1958

Reissued in 2020


Tracks :

Side A:

  1. Malcolm Arnold - Overture To "Tam O'Shanter", Op. 52
  2. Modest Mussorgsky - Gnomus From "Pictures At An Exhibition"
  3. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov - A Night On Bare Mountain

Side B:

  1. Camille Saint-Saëns - Danse Macabre
  2. Engelbert Humperdinck - Witches' Ride From "Hansel And Gretel"
  3. Franz Liszt - Mephisto Waltz

 

Awards:

TAS Super LP List! Special Merit: Collections


Reviews :

"Of the most rare RCAs, Witches' Brew rates near the top of the heap of desired RCAs. ... The LP selections were recorded by Decca recording engineer Kenneth Wilkinson in fabled Kingsway Hall and released in 1958. ... The reissue maintains the big, explosive sound of the original with up-front sound. It avoids some of the unnatural sizzle and harshness in the Classic Records version and probably gives as good an indication of why this record became so collectable as any of us are likely to encounter. ... For sheer fun, fabulous sound and a taste of record collecting history without the financial pain, this is hard to beat." Dennis D. Davis, Hi-Fi +, Issue 141

This famous Alexander Gibson/New Symphony Orchestra of London collection from 1958 debuted at the dawn of the RCA Living Stereo era. It became one of the most sought-after Living Stereos with music by Arnold, Liszt and Mussorgsky amongst others, all with a spooky, witchy theme. The performances remain today as characterful and incisive as they were then.

We've taken this classic and given it the full Analogue Productions reissue treatment, featuring a remaster by Germany's Willem Makkee from the original analog tapes, and plating and 180-gram pressing by Quality Record Pressings. Topping it off is a thick cardboard Stoughton Printing tip-on jacket.

If such music didn't cast the right sort of spell, so many listeners wouldn't be returning to it on so many occasions, somehow feeling constantly refreshed.

 

Ratings:

Discogs 4.49 / 5 , Hi-Fi + : Recording = 10/10; Music = 8/10

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