Sonic Grade: F
A Hall of Shame Pressing and a Classical Record we can’t recommend.
We’re big fans of Decca/London Records in general, but in this case the sound and the performances are simply not acceptable.
We had three original UK pressed copies of CS 6554 and none of them sounded any good to us.
What’s worse, Mehta and the Los Angeles Phil play the work poorly. How this album got released in 1967 I have no idea.
A Public Service
We play mediocre-to-bad sounding pressings so that you don’t have to, a public service from your record loving friends at Better Records.
You can find this one in our Hall of Shame, along with more than others that — in our opinion — qualify as some of the worst sounding records ever made. (On some Hall of Shame records the sound is passable but the music is bad. These are also records you can safely avoid.)