Classic Records

Classic Records

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Mike Hobson and Ying Tan formed Classic Records in January 1994, licensing approximately 30 titles from BMG's RCA Living Stereo classical LP catalog and later licensing material from from PolyGram's Verve jazz archive.

The acclaimed reissue label, which specialized in audiophile LP reissues of classic albums, employed its own custom-built tube-based mastering equipment on all of its releases; mastered its releases from original master tapes (or the best sources available). Earliest releases were a box set of RCA Living Stereo classical titles and Verve jazz titles (subsequently sold individually). In later years they took on some new releases as well, both in their Prevue series and under the Classic imprint.

Classic Records were pressed on standard 180g vinyl until September 2001 when they switched to 180g "Quiex SV" (Super Vinyl) and added a sticker specifying the type of vinyl to all their LPs. These pressings have a raised outer edge like most modern vinyl. In July 2002 they introduced 200g flat profile "Quiex SV-P" vinyl. In March 2008 they started making the 200g flat profile "Hand Made" records on the semi-automatic presses at Bill Smith Custom Records while continuing to press a few titles on 180g conventional profile at RTI. That year they also introduced "Clarity Vinyl" and "SV-P II" vinyl with an improved profile.

In the 2000s, they also introduced lower-priced versions of many of their LPs, pressed from the same masters but on regular 150g, 140g, or 120g vinyl. Represses were always done on the latest vinyl formulation and can be dated by the sticker. SV-P, SV-P II, and Clarity pressings which all have a flat profile.

Classic also produced a line of gold CDs in the 1990s and then 24/96 HDAD digital disks. Mastering was typically done at Bernie Grundman Mastering by Grundman himself or Chris Bellman. Classic's assets were purchased by Acoustic Sounds in 2010.
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Status Catalog Number  Image Artist Title (Format) Label Catalog Number  Country Year Actions
Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin(4x12", S/Sided, Album, RE, 200 + 4x12", S/Sided, A) Atlantic, Classic Records US 2006 Sell This Version
7E 1001-45 Joni Mitchell - Court And Spark Joni Mitchell Court And Spark(LP, Ltd, Num, TP) Classic Records 7E 1001-45 US 2010 Sell This Version
0641 The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Hey Joe The Jimi Hendrix Experience Hey Joe(7", Single, RE) Classic Records 0641 US Unknown Sell This Version
1000 La Rene La-Rue Christmas Is Here(7", Single) Classic Records 1000 US Unknown Sell This Version
1044 Jimi Hendrix - Dolly Dagger / Star Spangled Banner Jimi Hendrix Dolly Dagger / Star Spangled Banner(7", Single, RE, Gre) Experience Hendrix 1044 US 2008 Sell This Version
1413 Artie Shaw And His Orchestra - 1951 - 1954 Artie Shaw And His Orchestra 1951 - 1954(CD, Album, Comp) Classic Records 1413 France 2006 Sell This Version
1464 Eddie Condon - 1954 - 1955 Eddie Condon 1954 - 1955(CD, Album, Comp) Classic Records 1464 France 2008 Sell This Version
1588 Sonny Clark - Cool Struttin' Sonny Clark Cool Struttin'(LP, Album, Mono, RE, RM, Dee) Blue Note, Blue Note, Classic Records 1588 US 2004 Sell This Version
1999 Al Cohn & Jimmy Rowles - Heavy Love Al Cohn & Jimmy Rowles Al Cohn & Jimmy Rowles - Heavy Love(CD, Album) Prevue 1999 US 1999 Sell This Version
3057Q De Falla* – Enrique Jorda* Conducting The London Symphony Orchestra, Barbara Howitt (2) - The Three-Cornered Hat (Complete Ballet) De Falla*Enrique Jorda* Conducting The London Symphony Orchestra, Barbara Howitt (2) De Falla*Enrique Jorda* Conducting The London Symphony Orchestra, Barbara Howitt (2) - The Three-Cornered Hat (Complete Ballet)(LP, RE, RM, 200) Everest, Classic Records 3057Q US 2006 Sell This Version
4052 Tina Brooks - Back To The Tracks Tina Brooks Back To The Tracks(LP, Mono, RE, 200) Blue Note, Classic Records 4052 US 2005 Sell This Version
5651-7 Jimi Hendrix - Merry Christmas And Happy New Year Jimi Hendrix Merry Christmas And Happy New Year (EP) 5651-7 US 1999 Sell This Version
1 (800) 4 LSC LPS Various - RCA Living Stereo - The Brit Box Various RCA Living Stereo - The Brit Box(LP, Album, RE, RM + LP, Album, RE, RM + LP, Album,) RCA Victor, Classic Records 1 (800) 4 LSC LPS US 1994 Sell This Version
2-4435-R Neil Young - Living With War Neil Young Living With War "In The Beginning"(LP, Album, TP, 200) Classic Records, Reprise Records 2-4435-R US 2006 Sell This Version
41498-4 Cracker The Golden Age(LP, Album, TP, 180) Classic Records 41498-4 US 1996 Sell This Version
43328-1 Neil Young - Massey Hall 1971 Neil Young Massey Hall 1971(2xLP, Album, 200) Classic Records, Reprise Records 43328-1 US 2008 Sell This Version
44429-1 Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Live At The Fillmore East Neil Young & Crazy Horse Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Live At The Fillmore East March 6 & 7, 1970 (Album) 44429-1 US 2008 Sell This Version
48423-1 Eric Clapton - Me And Mr Johnson Eric Clapton Me And Mr Johnson(LP, Album, 140) Reprise Records, Classic Records 48423-1 US 2004 Sell This Version
48935-1 Neil Young - Greatest Hits Neil Young Greatest Hits (Single, Comp, EP) 48935-1 US 2005 Sell This Version
49593-1 Neil Young - Prairie Wind Neil Young Prairie Wind(2xLP, Album, Gat) Reprise Records, Classic Records 49593-1 US 2005 Sell This Version
90051-1 Led Zeppelin - Coda Led Zeppelin Coda(LP, Album, RE, RM, 200) Swan Song, Classic Records 90051-1 US 2001 Sell This Version
90097-1 Pete Townshend & Ronnie Lane - Rough Mix Pete Townshend & Ronnie Lane Pete Townshend & Ronnie Lane - Rough Mix (Album) 90097-1 US 2002 Sell This Version
484231 Eric Clapton - Me And Mr Johnson Eric Clapton Me And Mr Johnson(LP, Album, 200) Reprise Records, Classic Records 484231 US 2004 Sell This Version
512606 CSNY* - Déjà Vu Live CSNY* Déjà Vu Live(2xLP, TP, 200) Classic Records 512606 US 2008 Sell This Version
593 002 The Who - A Quick One The Who A Quick One (Album) 593 002 US 2005 Sell This Version
612.002 The Who - The Who Sell Out The Who The Who Sell Out (Album) 612.002 US 2005 Sell This Version
612 006 The Who - Direct Hits The Who Direct Hits (Comp) 612 006 US 2006 Sell This Version
612006-M The Who - Direct Hits The Who Direct Hits(2xLP, Comp, Mono, TP) Classic Records 612006-M US 2005 Sell This Version
613.002 The Who - The Who Sell Out The Who The Who Sell Out (Album) 613.002 US 2005 Sell This Version
613 013 The Who - Tommy The Who Tommy (Album) 613 013 US 2006 Sell This Version
2001 277 Jimi Hendrix - Johnny B. Goode / Lover Man Jimi Hendrix Johnny B. Goode / Lover Man(7", Single, RE) Polydor, Experience Hendrix 2001 277 US 2007 Sell This Version
2406 001 The Who - Live At Leeds The Who Live At Leeds (Album) 2406 001 US 2005 Sell This Version
2408 102 The Who - Who's Next The Who Who's Next (Album) 2408 102 US 2005 Sell This Version
2408 201 Pete Townshend - Who Came First Pete Townshend Who Came First(LP, Album, RE, 200) Track Record, Classic Records 2408 201 US 2005 Sell This Version
2490 129 The Who - The Who By Numbers The Who The Who By Numbers (Album) 2490 129 US 2008 Sell This Version
2657 013 The Who - Quadrophenia The Who Quadrophenia (Album) 2657 013 US 2007 Sell This Version
01704-2012-1 Various - Power Of Soul - A Tribute To Jimi Hendrix Various Power Of Soul - A Tribute To Jimi Hendrix(2xLP, Ltd, RE, RM, 200) Experience Hendrix, Classic Records 01704-2012-1 US Unknown Sell This Version
2-4435-200G Neil Young - Living With War Neil Young Living With War(LP, Album, 200) Reprise Records, Classic Records 2-4435-200G US 2006 Sell This Version
2490 147-45 The Who - Who Are You The Who Who Are You(4xLP, S/Sided, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, TP, 200) Classic Records, Polydor 2490 147-45 US 2009 Sell This Version
72445-11050-1 Matthew Sweet - Altered Beast Matthew Sweet Altered Beast(LP, Album, RE, RM, 180) Zoo Entertainment 72445-11050-1 US 1995 Sell This Version
72445-11081-1 Matthew Sweet - 100% Fun Matthew Sweet 100% Fun(LP, Album, HQ-) Zoo Entertainment, Classic Records 72445-11081-1 US 1995 Sell This Version
72445 11087 Tool (2) - Ænima Tool (2) Ænima(2xLP, Album, TP, 200) Classic Records 72445 11087 US 2002 Sell This Version
72445-11097-1 Little Feat - Ain't Had Enough Fun Little Feat Ain't Had Enough Fun (Album) 72445-11097-1 US 1995 Sell This Version
84800-16-200G Norah Jones - Feels Like Home Norah Jones Feels Like Home(LP, 200) Blue Note, Classic Records 84800-16-200G US 2004 Sell This Version
0946 3 50416 1 3 Amos Lee - Supply And Demand Amos Lee Supply And Demand (Album) 0946 3 50416 1 3 US 2006 Sell This Version
0946 3 50416 2 0 Amos Lee - Supply And Demand Amos Lee Supply And Demand(CD, Album, Club) Blue Note, Classic Records 0946 3 50416 2 0 US 2006 Sell This Version
0946 3 68270 1 8 Suzanne Vega - Beauty & Crime Suzanne Vega Beauty & Crime (Album) 0946 3 68270 1 8 US 2007 Sell This Version
09463 74516 1 8 Norah Jones - Not Too Late Norah Jones Not Too Late (Album) 09463 74516 1 8 US 2007 Sell This Version
60170402019-1 The Little Willies - The Little Willies The Little Willies The Little Willies(LP + 7") Milking Bull Records, Blue Note, Classic Records 60170402019-1 US 2006 Sell This Version
7243 5 97350 1 6 Amos Lee - Amos Lee Amos Lee Amos Lee (Album) 7243 5 97350 1 6 US 2005 Sell This Version
8 84385 49339 4 Cab Calloway Minnie The Moocher(CD) Classic Records 8 84385 49339 4 2011 Sell This Version
601704265735 The Who - Quadrophenia The Who Quadrophenia(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Hea) Classic Records 601704265735 US 2008 Sell This Version
ADS1501 Big Star - Radio City Big Star Radio City (Album) ADS1501 US 2009 Sell This Version
ADS-2803 Big Star - #1 Record Big Star #1 Record (Album) ADS-2803 US 2009 Sell This Version
AEVC 3034-45 Prokofiev*, Sir Malcolm Sargent, London Symphony Orchestra* - Symphony No. 5 In B Flat Major, Op. 100 Prokofiev*, Sir Malcolm Sargent, London Symphony Orchestra* Prokofiev*, Sir Malcolm Sargent, London Symphony Orchestra* - Symphony No. 5 In B Flat Major, Op. 100(2xLP, Album, RE, RM, 200) Classic Records, Everest, Analogue Productions AEVC 3034-45 US 2019 Sell This Version
AL 7002 The Alan Parsons Project - I Robot The Alan Parsons Project I Robot(LP, Album, RE, RM, Qui) Arista, Classic Records AL 7002 US 2004 Sell This Version
AL 8594-45 Sarah McLachlan - Touch Sarah McLachlan Touch(4xLP, S/Sided, Album, Num, RE, TP, 200) Classic Records AL 8594-45 US Unknown Sell This Version
AL 8594-45 Clarity Sarah McLachlan - Vox Sarah McLachlan Vox(12", Ltd, Num, TP) Classic Records AL 8594-45 Clarity USA & Canada Unknown Sell This Version
ALSC 1000 Jascha Heifetz - Heifetz Box Set Jascha Heifetz Heifetz Box Set(9xLP, Ltd, RE, RP + Box, Comp) Classic Records ALSC 1000 US Unknown Sell This Version
APP 8382-45 Creedence Clearwater Revival - The Best Songs From Creedence Clearwater Revival Creedence Clearwater Revival The Best Songs From Creedence Clearwater Revival(12") Classic Records APP 8382-45 US Unknown Sell This Version
AR 9518 The Alan Parsons Project - The Turn Of A Friendly Card The Alan Parsons Project The Turn Of A Friendly Card(LP, Album, RE, RM, TP, 200) Classic Records AR 9518 US 2004 Sell This Version
AR 8040-45 CLARITY The Alan Parsons Project - I Robot The Alan Parsons Project I Robot(4x12", S/Sided, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, RM, TP, 200 +) Classic Records AR 8040-45 CLARITY US 2010 Sell This Version
AR 8226-200G The Alan Parsons Project - The Turn Of A Friendly Card The Alan Parsons Project The Turn Of A Friendly Card(LP, Album, RE, RM, 200) Classic Records AR 8226-200G US 2006 Sell This Version
ARTH 53545Q Aaron Neville - Warm Your Heart Sampler Aaron Neville Warm Your Heart Sampler ARTH 53545Q US 2003 Sell This Version
ATRC 20Q Doug Watkins - Watkins At Large Doug Watkins Watkins At Large(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, 200) Transition, Classic Records ATRC 20Q US 2004 Sell This Version
Audiophile Edition Albeniz* / Ravel*, Jean Morel / Paris Conservatoire Orchestra* - Iberia (Complete) / Rapsodie Espagnole Albeniz* / Ravel*, Jean Morel / Paris Conservatoire Orchestra* Albeniz* / Ravel*, Jean Morel / Paris Conservatoire Orchestra* - Iberia (Complete) / Rapsodie Espagnole Audiophile Edition US 1995 Sell This Version
B 6017 The Little Willies - The Little Willies The Little Willies The Little Willies(LP, Album, RM, Cla) Milking Bull Records, Classic Records B 6017 US 2006 Sell This Version
B0007323 Diana Krall - From This Moment On Diana Krall From This Moment On(LP, Album, TP, 200) Classic Records B0007323 US 2006 Sell This Version
B0000698-01 Jimi Hendrix - Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues Jimi Hendrix Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues (Comp) B0000698-01 US 2003 Sell This Version
B0004717-01 Diana Krall Featuring The Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra* - Christmas Songs Diana Krall Featuring The Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra* Diana Krall Featuring The Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra* - Christmas Songs(LP, Album, Red) Verve Records B0004717-01 US 2005 Sell This Version
B0007323-01 Diana Krall - From This Moment On Diana Krall From This Moment On (Album) B0007323-01 US 2006 Sell This Version
B00 7323-45 CLARITY Diana Krall From This Moment On(4x12", S/Sided, Album, TP) Verve Records, Classic Records B00 7323-45 CLARITY US 2008 Sell This Version
B0002380-200G John Coltrane - One Down, One Up (Live At The Half Note) John Coltrane One Down, One Up (Live At The Half Note)(2xLP, RE, RM, 200) Impulse!, Classic Records B0002380-200G US 2006 Sell This Version
BA 17008 The Dave Bailey Sextet - One Foot In The Gutter: A Treasury Of Soul The Dave Bailey Sextet One Foot In The Gutter: A Treasury Of Soul (Album) BA 17008 US 1995 Sell This Version
BA 17012 Charlie Rouse - Yeah! Charlie Rouse Yeah! (Album) BA 17012 US 1995 Sell This Version
BA 17015 Johnny Coles Quartet - The Warm Sound Johnny Coles Quartet The Warm Sound BA 17015 US 1999 Sell This Version
BA 17023 The Tubby Hayes Sextet Featuring Clark Terry And Eddie Costa - Tubby The Tenor The Tubby Hayes Sextet Featuring Clark Terry And Eddie Costa The Tubby Hayes Sextet Featuring Clark Terry And Eddie Costa - Tubby The Tenor(LP, Album, RE, TP, 180) Classic Records, Epic BA 17023 US 1997 Sell This Version
BA 17033 Illinois Jacquet Illinois Jacquet (Album) BA 17033 US 1997 Sell This Version
BA 17033-45 Illinois Jacquet - Illinois Jacquet Illinois Jacquet Illinois Jacquet(4x12", S/Sided, Album, RE) Epic, Classic Records BA 17033-45 US 1997 Sell This Version
BL-28998 'Baby Face' Willette - Stop & Listen 'Baby Face' Willette Stop & Listen(LP, Mono, TP) Classic Records BL-28998 US 1994 Sell This Version
BLP 1518 Horace Silver And The Jazz Messengers* - Horace Silver And The Jazz Messengers Horace Silver And The Jazz Messengers* Horace Silver And The Jazz Messengers* - Horace Silver And The Jazz Messengers(LP, Comp, Mono, RE, 200) Blue Note, Classic Records BLP 1518 US 2006 Sell This Version
BLP 1536 J.R. Monterose - J.R. Monterose J.R. Monterose J.R. Monterose (Album) BLP 1536 US 2002 Sell This Version
BLP 1538 Lee Morgan - Indeed! Lee Morgan Indeed!(LP, Album, Mono, RE, 200) Classic Records, Blue Note BLP 1538 US 2009 Sell This Version
BLP 1539 Horace Silver Quintet* - 6 Pieces Of Silver Horace Silver Quintet* 6 Pieces Of Silver (Album) BLP 1539 US 2004 Sell This Version
BLP 1577 John Coltrane - Blue Train John Coltrane Blue Train (Album) BLP 1577 US 2000 Sell This Version
BLP 1588 Sonny Clark - Cool Struttin' Sonny Clark Cool Struttin' (Album) BLP 1588 US 1996 Sell This Version
BLP 1593 Lou Donaldson - Blues Walk Lou Donaldson Blues Walk(LP, Album, Mono, RE, 200) Blue Note, Classic Records BLP 1593 US 2007 Sell This Version
BLP 4003 Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Moanin' Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers Moanin'(LP, Album, Mono, 200) Blue Note, Classic Records BLP 4003 US 2004 Sell This Version
BLP 4017 The Horace Silver Quintet & Trio* - Blowin' The Blues Away The Horace Silver Quintet & Trio* The Horace Silver Quintet & Trio* - Blowin' The Blues Away (Album) BLP 4017 US 2008 Sell This Version
BLP 4074 Horace Parlan Quintet - On The Spur Of The Moment Horace Parlan Quintet On The Spur Of The Moment (Album) BLP 4074 US 1999 Sell This Version
BLP 4083 Dexter Gordon - Dexter Calling . . . Dexter Gordon Dexter Calling . . .(LP, Album, Mono, RE, RM, 200) Classic Records, Blue Note BLP 4083 US 2009 Sell This Version
BLP 4123 Kenny Burrell - Midnight Blue Kenny Burrell Midnight Blue(LP, Album, Mono, RE, 200) Blue Note, Classic Records BLP 4123 US 2005 Sell This Version
BLP 5040 Miles Davis - Vol. 3 Miles Davis Vol. 3(10", Mono, RE) Blue Note, Blue Note BLP 5040 US 2002 Sell This Version
BLP-5040 Miles Davis - Volume 3 Miles Davis Volume 3(10", Advance, Mono, Num, TP, Mic) Blue Note Records, Classic Records BLP-5040 US 2002 Sell This Version
BLP 1595-45 Cannonball Adderley - Somethin' Else Cannonball Adderley Somethin' Else(4x12", S/Sided, Album, Mono, RE, RM, Cle + Box, Mo) Blue Note, Classic Records BLP 1595-45 US 2008 Sell This Version
BLP 5040-45 Miles Davis - Volume 3 Miles Davis Volume 3(LP, Mono, RE) Classic Records, Blue Note BLP 5040-45 US 2009 Sell This Version
BLP 4082-200g Horace Parlan - Up & Down Horace Parlan Up & Down(LP, Mono, Ltd, RE, RM, 200) Classic Records, Blue Note BLP 4082-200g US 2009 Sell This Version
BLP 4084-200 Baby Face Willette* - Stop And Listen Baby Face Willette* Stop And Listen(LP, Album, Mono, RE, 200) Blue Note, Classic Records BLP 4084-200 US Unknown Sell This Version
BLP-5013-33 / 45 COMP. PKG. Miles Davis - Young Man With A Horn Miles Davis Young Man With A Horn(10", Album, Mono, RE, RM + 12", Album, Mono, RE, R) Classic Records, Blue Note, Blue Note BLP-5013-33 / 45 COMP. PKG. US 2002 Sell This Version
BLP 5040-33/45 COMP. PKG. Miles Davis - Vol. 3 Miles Davis Vol. 3(10", Mono, RE, RM, 200 + 12", Mono, RE, RM, 200) Classic Records, Classic Records, Classic Records, Blue Note BLP 5040-33/45 COMP. PKG. US 2009 Sell This Version

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violao62

violao62

September 28, 2021
edited 11 months ago
I have about 30 of their classical reissues and they sound incredible to my ears - better than Speakers Corner imho.
tom807

tom807

August 17, 2021
edited 12 months ago
Since I am old(er) I was able to purchase just about every Classic Records album I was craving back in the day, when they were first pressed and “new”. Yes, they were kind of expensive, and often had to sacrifice to be able to afford them, but it was SO worth it!

I have the entire Led Zeppelin catalog (except for “In Though The Out Door”(…don’t ask) on Classic Records, also the Gabriel-era Genesis albums, all The Who LP’s with Moon, The ‘87-‘89 Peter Gabriel releases, the Jimi Hendrix LPs they put out, and many, many more, including many jazz and classical (Living Stereo!) albums.

When I read some comments about some [fill in the blank] album sounding better on some other label, I let them be. To each their own. Or maybe they have never directly compared them on the same turntable, same system, on the same day, because other than perhaps the Living Stereo LPs on Analogue Productions, I can’t imagine anyone with ears thinking that any other pressing is superior. Damn, when I spin Classic Records version of Led Zeppelin’s “Rain Song” from their Houses Of The Holy LP, I often feel like I’m going to start to cry.

Plus, I also must be the luckiest Classic Records buyer ever. I have a very high-end analog front-end, and I never received or otherwise played a defective record from them. No off-center, or non-fill LP or other vinyl, I’ve heard nothing but great sounding LPs. Odd, I know, especially since I listen to my LPs on a top-notch high-end audio system.

I dream about the days that never were, the time when they were never granted the masters to the Ozzy-era Black Sabbath records. just Imagine?! Or If they pressed The Beatles stereo or mono LP box sets! I could go on…
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ronmellot

ronmellot

February 18, 2021
Not sure which specific titles had issues, but the Blue Note releases are stellar. Also, every classical title I've heard is top-notch. Both 180 and 200 gram releases are as good as it gets.
patientot

patientot

July 18, 2019
If you're wondering why some shops are still stocking NOS sealed Classic Records pressings years after the label shut down, it's because "people in the know" remember regular complaints about this label's pressing quality and realize buying those is a risk.

Non-fill, off-center, and other problems were pretty common. That means no matter how much work was put into the mastering, the actual pressing process can mean you get a pretty crappy record if you're unlucky. Classic went through a few pressings plants too AFAIK - first RTI, then Bill Smith, then pressing some records themselves in-house with their own equipment. The 200g pressings in particular had a lot of complaints toward the end of the label's life, so watch out for those.
uncdoug

uncdoug

July 11, 2016
Miss these guys. They were the absolute best! Maybe Analogue Productions can mimic the quality of the Clarity vinyl at some point.
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