Help with Record Collection

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Help with Record Collection

I recently received a record player and 191 classical records.

 

I would love to know which ones are keepers - either because they are one of the top performances or they are not available as a cd or in hi-def digital audio.

 

I am a classical music novice and it's also my first shot at records - so I need help.

 

I put all the titles, album number, and record company in an Microsoft Excel and Corel WordPerfect file, but it doesn't look like I can attach the files here. Any ideas?

 

Thanks for your help!

CSV File

Hi again

I saved it as a csv file... so, you'll be able to copy it below and import it into Excel or another spreadsheet program.

 

SPC 21041,London,Tchaikovsky,1812,,
FM 42255,CBS Stereo,Andreas Vollenweider,Down to the Moon,,
CL 1437,Columbia,Andre Previn,Like Love,,
LSP 4370,RCA,Jose Feliciano,Fireworks,,
CMS 569,CMS,Catherine Maye,Music for Ballet Practice,,
DPL 1-0464,RCA,various,Maxell Classical Sampler II,,
SLPM 139021,DGG,Beethoven,Violinkonzert D-Dur,,
SIC 6052,Seraphim,various,Seraphim Guide to Renaissance Music,,
SIC 6081,Seraphim,Saint-Saens,Five Piano Concertos,,
ARL 1-3777,RCA,James Galway,French Flute Concertos,,
2078,Everest,various,Traditional Welsh Songs,,
6504 135,Philips,various,Russian Liturgical Chants,,
MCA 2525,MCA,Segovia,Segovia,,
CS 7015,London,Liona Boyd,Liona Boyd,,
LSC 2964,RCA,Julian Bream,20th Century Guitar,,
2860,Baroque,Mozart Society Players,various,,
STPL 511.240,Vox,Brahms Dvorak,,,
6770 017,Philips,Mozart Society Players,Piano Trios,,
STPL 516.430,Vox,Bach,Brandenburg,,
D3S 816,Columbia,Bach,Brandenburg,,
M2S 760,Columbia,Brahms,trios,,
MS 7194,Columbia,Bach,Switched on Bach,,
LSC 3125,RCA,various,Moog Strikes Bach,,
LSC 3264,RCA,Wagner,Ride of the Valkyries,Eugene Ormandy,
ARL1 0664,RCA,Tchaikovsky,symphony no.5,Eugene Ormandy,
MS 6624,Columbia,various,Eugene Ormandy,Eugene Ormandy,
35901,Angel,Liszt,Concerto 1 2,,
VCS 7091,RCA,Chopin,Piano Concertos,Rubinstein,
LSC 4016,RCA,Chopin,Chopin that I Love,Rubinstein,
LM 2576,RCA,Chopin,My Favorite Chopin,Van Cliburn,
LM 2252,RCA,Tchaikovsky,Concerto 1,Van Cliburn,
LSC 3306,RCA,various,various,van Cliburn,Eugene Ormandy
AG 385,AG,Mannheim Steamroller,Fresh Aire V,,
AG 386,AG,Mannheim Steamroller,Fresh Aire VI,,
AG 370,AG,Mannheim Steamroller,Fresh Aire 4,,
AG 355,AG,Mannheim Steamroller,Fresh Aire,,
AG 359,AG,Mannheim Steamroller,Fresh Aire II,,
AG 800,AG,Mannheim Steamroller,Classical Gas,Mason Williams,
LM 6056,RCA,Caruso,the Best of,,
CL 981,Columbia,various,Grand Tour,,
CL 700,Columbia,Gershwin,various,Oscar Levant,
UR 138,Urania,various,Romantic Music for the Harp,,
2530 475,DGG,Ravel,Bolero,,
ARC1 3686,RCA,Ravel,Bolero,,
S 36916,Angel,Ravel,Bolero,,
MRL 4572,Classics Record Library,Handel,Messiah,,
S RGC 1,S roulette,Handel,Messiah,,
6770 001,Philips,Schubert,Piano Trios,,
2709 058,DGG,Brahms,Violin Sonatas,,
,Time-Life,various,various,Great ages of music,"1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,10,11,12, 13, 14, 15, 17"
MG 35913,CBS Stereo,Dvorak,piano quartets,opp. 23 87,
9500 670,Philips,Brahms Beethoven,clarinet trios,,
9500 065,Philips,Schumann,piano quartets,opp. 47 44,
lsc 3228,RCA,Brahms Mozart,concertos,,
im 37833,CBS Stereo,Mozart  ,Violin concerto,nos 1 2,
im 37290,CBS Stereo,Mozart,Violin concerto,nos 3 5,
ms 6274,Columbia,Ravel Mozart,concerto,Eugene Ormandy,
y 30312,odyssey,Tchaikovsky,concerto,Eugene Ormandy,
cs 6943,London,various,great galloping Gottschalk,,
139 353,DGG,brahms,string sextet,no 1 op 18,
139 021,DGG,Beethoven,Violin concerto,,
wh 1031,windham hill,oskay,nightnoise,,
wh 1033,windham hill,cossu,islands,,
cb 3786,Angel,Bach,6 suites for cello,pablo casals,
srlp 10040 ,,verdi,cocktail hour,,
trs 305 s,,various,school for scandal,,
ol 5390,Columbia,,one man in his time,,
ol 5550,Columbia,various,one man in his time,,
9500 895,Philips,Beethoven,archduke,,
nw 231,new world,various,various,,
ldr 71123,London,mendelssohn,Piano Concertos,nos 1 2,
sri 75106,mercury,various,balalaika favorites,,
im 37814,CBS Stereo,chausson,concert,perlman,bolet
ms 6683,Columbia,mozart,piano quartets,,
vics 1026,RCA,brahms,Piano Concertos,no 2,
6527 181,Philips,brahms,Piano Concertos,no 1  ,
mg 30838,Columbia,Tchaikovsky,Piano Concertos,Eugene Ormandy,
srv 288 sd,vanguard,Dvorak,piano quintet,,
m 36705,CBS Stereo,various,phases of the moon,,
6570 058,Philips,mozart beethoven,violin,david oistrakh,
s 37053,Angel,vivaldi,4 seasons,perlman,
410 526 1,DGG,Saint-Saens Wieniawski,Violin concerto,,
79048 1,nonesuch,prokofiev,string quartets,,
m 35835,CBS Stereo,mendelssohn,trios,,
arl1 1419,RCA,Beethoven,concerto 4,rubinstein,
lsc 3055,RCA,Chopin,various,Rubinstein,Eugene Ormandy
lsc 2252,RCA,Tchaikovsky,concerto 1,Van Cliburn,
s 35567,Angel,rachmaninoff ravel,Piano Concertos,arturo,
mcs 2069,monitor,ravel chopin,trios,,
253 0195,DGG,Tchaikovsky,swan lake sleeping beauty,,
m 33233,Columbia,various,suite for flute and jazz piano,rampal,
m 35864,CBS Stereo,various,picnic suite,rampal,
m 37798,CBS Stereo,various,suite for chamber orchestra,rampal,
wh 1023,windham hill,story,solid colors,,
ms 6025,Columbia,brahms,various,,
wh 1021,windham hill,anger higbie,tideline,,
412 221 1,Philips,zamfir,various,,
wh 1020,windham hill,stein,elements,,
ms 7067,Columbia,Schubert,trout quintet,,
ms 6351,Columbia,mendelssohn bruch,Violin concerto,,
cs 7241,London,brahms,clarinet quintet,,
y 35200,Columbia,sibelius,Violin concerto,stern,
cs 7121,London,Beethoven,Piano Concertos,no 5,
ldr 71067,London,Schubert,piano sonata,,
vsd 71267,vanguard,Schubert,piano sonata,,
410 287 1,London,Mompou,,,
sz 37477,Angel,liszt,sonata,,
6514 279,Philips,Beethoven,Piano Trios,,
im 37848,CBS Stereo,rodrigo,concierto de arajuez,williams,
2530 980,DGG,Schubert,string quartets,,
2533 425,archive,Bach,goldberg,,
37264,CBS Stereo,bolling,concerto for guitar and piano,,
sfo 36806,Angel,shankar,concerto for sitar and orchestra,,
6703 082,Philips,Beethoven,middle quartets,,
2721154,DGG,Beethoven,9 symphonien,,
cs 7064,London,elgar,Violin concerto,Sir Georg Solti,
6570 920,Philips,smetana chopin,Piano Trios,,
139 398,DGG,Brahms,horntrio,,
s 60302,Seraphim,Brahms,two clarinet sonatas,,
m 35111,Columbia,Mozart,Violin concerto,stern,
sts 15427,London,Schumann Brahms,quartets,,
im 37840,CBS Stereo,shostakovich kabalevsky,cello concertos,yo-yo ma,Eugene Ormandy
36731,CBS Stereo,bolling,toot suite - trumpet piano,,
m 35128,Columbia,bolling,suite for violin piano,,
39059,CBS Stereo,bolling,suite for cello piano,yo-yo ma,
s 35704,Angel,Beethoven,archduke,,
m2L 334,Columbia,Schumann Brahms,,,
6703 081,Philips,Beethoven,early quartets,,
6747 068,Philips,Brahms,piano quartets,,
ms 6638,Columbia,barber schuman,,,
lsc 2355,RCA,rachmaninoff,concerto 3,Van Cliburn,
arl 1-1565,RCA,paganini mendelssohn,concertos,,
ds 38130,Angel,Gershwin,an american in paris,,
s 36964,Angel,shostakovich,Violin concerto,,
rl 32030,Angel,Beethoven,Violin concerto,,
ldr 71071,London,Schubert,string quintet,fitzwilliam,
6514 153,Philips,haydn,string quartets,,
s 36937,Angel,chopin franck,sonata,,
arc 1 4849,RCA,brahms,string quintet,,
lsc 5000,RCA,rachmaninoff,,Van Cliburn,
2741 026,DGG,vivaldi mozart bach,,zuckerman stern perlman mintz,
2535 131 10,DGG,liszt,,,
6500 132,Philips,Tchaikovsky,Piano Trios,,
m 30116,Columbia,,,Eugene Ormandy,
cs 6845,London,Beethoven,sonata,perlman,
cs 6958,London,Beethoven,sonata,perlman,
cs 7012,London,Beethoven,sonata,perlman,
ms 7266,Columbia,Schumann Brahms,,,
y 30668,Columbia,grieg schumann,,,
ms 6716,Columbia,Schubert,,stern,
2530 533,DGG,Schubert,death and the maiden,,
9500 078,Philips,Schubert,string quartets,,
9500 220,Philips,Beethoven,sonata,,
ds 37471,Angel,Beethoven,Violin concerto,perlman,
mks 1530,RCA,ballet,,,
arl 2 4054,RCA,brahms,string sextet,zuckerman,
ms 6713,Columbia,,,stern,bernstein
ms 7144,Columbia,Dvorak smetana,quartets,,
ms 7003,Columbia,lalo bruch,,stern,Eugene Ormandy
802 918 ly,Philips,dvorak,,,
tvc 37002,turnabout,saint-saens lalo,Piano Trios,,
lsc 3165,RCA,saint-saens falla,,rubinstein,
ms 6631,Columbia,brahms,piano quintet,,
h 71098,nonesuch,,4 centuries of harp,,
wh 1014,windham hill,ackerman,passage,,
sts 15436,London,Schubert,octet,,
411 141 1,Philips,ravel chausson,Piano Trios,,
ms 6411,Columbia,,sound of horowitz,horowitz,
arc 1 4246,RCA,brahms,sonata,,
79068 1,nonesuch,brahms,string quintet,,
ms 7163,Columbia,paganini hayden,guitar,john williams,
wh 1028,windham hill,ackerman,past light,,
s 36241,Angel,mozart,,,
arl 1 0488,RCA,debussy,snow flakes are dancing,,
lsc 2550,RCA,Beethoven,serenade,,
9500 988,Philips,Beethoven,Piano Trios,,
6514 131,Philips,Beethoven,Piano Trios,,
6514 184,Philips,Beethoven,Piano Trios,,
410 376 1,Philips,Beethoven,Piano Trios,,
6514 315,Philips,Beethoven,Piano Trios,,
im 37802,CBS Stereo,prokofiev,Violin concerto,stern,
cs 6964,London,prokofiev,Piano Concertos,,
ms 6392,Columbia,,,previn,bernstein
36710,CBS Stereo,vivaldi,4 seasons,zuckerman,
ms 7245,Columbia,mozart,Piano Concertos,,
wgm 8274,abc,faure,quartets,,
d 79012,nonesuch,dvorak,quintet,,
arl 1 0485,RCA,segovia,my favorite spanish encores,,
sts 15227,London,Tchaikovsky,Piano Concertos,,
m 31407,Columbia,williams,greatest hits,john williams,
931680,murray hill,marx bros,,,

Keeper

Hi dnickel,

I personally think keeping one copy of Cliburn's Tchaikovsky Concerto is enough.

tjh212 wrote:

tjh212 wrote:

Hi dnickel,

I personally think keeping one copy of Cliburn's Tchaikovsky Concerto is enough.

LOL! Good Catch... I didn't realize I had doubles.

Any opinions on any other ones?

Thanks

191

It's difficult to say what's worth keeping without looking them over. I'd start off by judging what looks to be in the best (preferably flawless) condition and whether the record jacket is also in good shape. The London, Columbia and RCA recordings might stand out for their sound/recording quality. 

The heavier the platter the better (this is my bias) although some flimsy 1970's vinyl does sound very good. My understanding is that early hi-fi stereo or mono is typically preferred to most later pressings. I would then try to determine which titles are hard to come by. And finally, what it is you like!

A used record store might agree to purchase from your collection depending on where you're located. I've been told that it's better to take two or three records at a time. Also, these used record stores aren't thrift stores so they don't want stacks of undesirable albums taking up room.

goofyfoot

tjh212 wrote:

tjh212 wrote:

Hi dnickel,

I personally think keeping one copy of Cliburn's Tchaikovsky Concerto is enough.

Hi again.

Actually, one is <strong>lsc</strong> 2252 and one is <strong>lm</strong> 2252

Which one is better to keep? lsc 2252 vs lm 2252

LM LSC

Looks like LSC is stereo and LM is for the monophiles.

tjh212 wrote:

tjh212 wrote:

Looks like LSC is stereo and LM is for the monophiles.

Great - then I will keep the stereo one.

Thanks.

goofyfoot wrote:

goofyfoot wrote:

It's difficult to say what's worth keeping without looking them over...

A used record store might agree to purchase from your collection depending on where you're located...

Thank you for all the information. I appreciate that.

However, I would only be wanting to sell the ones that aren't worth keeping, i.e. the performance is not considered that good.

At this point, it doesn't matter to me if the covers or the jackets are perfect. I am just interested in the music itself.

I guess I didn't want to invest the hours listening to stuff that isn't considered a good performance. As example, I have three versions of Ravel's Bolero - 2530 475,DGG,Ravel,Bolero,,
ARC1 3686,RCA,Ravel,Bolero,,
S 36916,Angel,Ravel,Bolero,,

I was just hoping that maybe someone knew if one of them was a keeper and the others were throwaways. Or maybe the three are all throwaways and I would be better off buying the version from xyz on CD and skipping the records all together.

Hopefully, that makes sense.

Thanks again

Lucky you. There look to be a

Lucky you. There look to be a lot of nice records, as well as some I personally would probably say good bye to.

I am not you, so I'm not going to be specific. My advice is to listen to the recordings yourself, and decide whether you like them. If you like them, keep and enjoy.

If you don't like them, sell them or give them to the charity shop.

Best wishes

Adam

Mostly classical

You may (reluctantly) wish to hold on to the Steamrollers until after Christmas

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