GCS-6 – Berlioz – Symphonie Fantastique ~ Munch – Boston

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Monte Fullmer August 18, 2013 at 3:51 pm

Most of these tapes were sold via mail order thru audio hardware stores-both in the “Displaced” (Staggered head) and the “Stacked” (in-line) head form on these early releases. By the ECS-20 Rach/Rhapsody/Reiner, displaced releases were thinning out in favor of the stacked format. Columbia got on the 2trk inline stereo bandwagon in late 1956 to early 1957 .. too bad they couldn’t have got into stereo for then they could have captured Walter in stereo before he retired instead of be drug out of retirement to make his stereo releases.


Mark Wieman August 18, 2013 at 5:38 pm

Awesome info, Monte. Thanks so much for sharing! Your comment solved a mystery for me. I was wondering what the nature of the two catalog numbers was on the Monteux/BSO Debussy Nocturnes tape insert. The first page of the insert shows “CCS-12” and “CCSD-12.” I assume the latter was the displaced version. Correct?

Monteux/BSO Debussy Nocturnes page:


Mark May 17, 2014 at 9:11 am

Does this tape box represent Munch’s earlier or later Boston SO rec of the Berlioz?


Mark Wieman May 17, 2014 at 2:03 pm

This would be the earlier recording (Nov 14 & 15, 1954), of which no Living Stereo LP was originally issued.