Benjamin Britten ‎– Peter Grimes

Decca ‎– SXL 2150-2, Decca ‎– SXL 2150-1-2
3 × Vinyl, LP, Stereo, Gatefold


Peter Grimes
A.a Prologue - Peter Grimes ! Peter Grimes !
A.b Interlude 1 (Dawn)
A.c Act 1 - Scene 1 - Oh, Hang At Open Doors The Net, The Cork
B.a Act 1. Scene 1. And Do You Prefer The Storm?
B.b Interlude II (Storm)
B.c Act 1. Scene II (Concl.) : Past Time To Close !
C.a Act II. Interlude III (Sunday Morning)
C.b Scene 1. "Glitter Of Waves And Glitter Of Sunlight"
D.a Act II. Scene 1. We Planned That Their Lives Should Have A New Start.
D.b Interlude IV (Passacaglia)
D.c Scene II (Concl.) : Go There ! Go There! Go There ! Here's Your Sea Boots
E.a Act 3. Interlude V (Moonlight)
E.b Scene 1. "Assign Your Prettiness To Me ...."
E.c Embroidery In Childhood Was A Luxury Of Idleness
F.a Act 3. Scene 1. Mr. Swallow ! Mr. Swallow !
F.b Interlude VI
F.c Scene II (Concl.) : Steady ! There You Are ! Nearly Home !
F.d Sail Out Till You Lose Sight Of The Moot Hall Then Sink The Boat

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Recorded 2 - 9 December 1958 in Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London.

First UK version for this cat#.

Versions with the same or a similar cat# :
- Red plastic gatefold sleeve, first labels (this version)
- <a href=>Box set</a>

- Black/silver 'grooved wideband' labels
- "ORIGINAL RECORDING BY" at 11 o'clock
- "Made in England" at bottom
(labelography code: ED1)
- "Hawkes & Son" on all sides
- Matrix numbers printed upside-down
- Side numbers are in 'auto-coupled' order

- Dark red plastic gatefold with gold lettering
- Has four separate die-cut pockets inside the gatefold, which hold the records, the booklet and the photo insert
- Gold lettering on spine
- Triangular "DECCA STEREOPHONIC" logo on front

- 12 pages
- Doesn't contain a libretto
- Contains an opera introduction and synopsis
- Contains notes on the recording
- Contains a contemporary discography of the works of Benjamin Britten recorded on the Decca label
- "© The Decca Record Co. Ltd., London, 1959."

Also contains a 1-page insert showing the 'anchor chain' image that was later used as a cover photo for the box set.
The insert is printed on thin cardboard.

1st cat# on spine and inside of booklet.
2nd cat# on front of sleeve.

Corresponding mono issue has cat# LXT 5521-3

Tracklisting taken from labels.
Inconsistencies in separators and numbering are printed this way on labels.
Subtracks are not banded on vinyl.
No track duration info on sleeve or labels.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A - machine stamped - this variant): ZAL-4385-1E BI ⵎT 2 1 SM
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B - machine stamped - this variant): ZAL-4386-2E K 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side C - machine stamped - this variant): ZAL-4387-3D K ⵎT 3 2 B SM
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side D - machine stamped - this variant): ZAL-4388-2E M ⵎT 2 B
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side E - machine stamped - this variant): ZAL-4389-2E C ⵎT 2 1 SM
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side F - machine stamped - this variant): ZAL-4390-2E K ⵎT 2 1 SM
  • Matrix / Runout (Matrix on label - side A): ZAL.4385
  • Matrix / Runout (Matrix on label - side B): ZAL.4386
  • Matrix / Runout (Matrix on label - side C): ZAL.4387
  • Matrix / Runout (Matrix on label - side D): ZAL.4388
  • Matrix / Runout (Matrix on label - side E): ZAL.4389
  • Matrix / Runout (Matrix on label - side F): ZAL.4390
  • Other (Cat# record 1): SXL.2150
  • Other (Cat# record 2): SXL.2151
  • Other (Cat# record 3): SXL.2152

Other Versions (5 of 11) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
475 7713 Pears* / Watson* / Britten* Pears* / Watson* / Britten* - Peter Grimes(2xCD, Album, RE, RM) Decca 475 7713 UK 2006 Sell This Version
SXL 2150, SXL 2151, SXL 2152 Benjamin Britten Peter Grimes(3xLP, RE + Box) Decca, Decca, Decca SXL 2150, SXL 2151, SXL 2152 UK 1959 Sell This Version
K71K 33 Benjamin Britten Peter Grimes(3xCass, Album) Decca K71K 33 UK 1977 Sell This Version
414 577-2 Benjamin Britten, Peter Pears, Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden Benjamin Britten, Peter Pears, Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden - Peter Grimes(3xCD, Album, RE + Box) Decca 414 577-2 UK 1985 Sell This Version
OSA 1305 Benjamin Britten Peter Grimes(3xLP) London Records OSA 1305 US 1959 Sell This Version