I’m not exactly sure how to label this but i’ll go with conductor, orchestra and title. And i’m going to try and get the music right also. On one side there’s the William Tell Overture from the opera William Tell and on the other side there’s the Semiramide overture from the opera with the same name. Both composed by Gioachino Rossini.
This was released both as a 7″ and as a 10″ in 1954 and i think it was the first work Warhol did for RCA Victor. It’s also one of my favourite covers.
Arturo Toscanini & The NBC Symphony Orchestra – William Tell Overture / Semiramide Overture (RCA Victor – LRM-7054)
I got this from ebay about three years ago if i remember correctly. At the time i thought it was pretty uncommon and i was extremely happy to get it for something like $40. But i know now that it’s not rare, nor particularly uncommon. And for once there wasn’t anything wrong with the “bargain” when it arrived. It’s really in great condition, probably the best looking one of the “somewhat uncommon” covers in my collection so far. I haven’t followed this record on ebay lately so i don’t know what they sell for these days but i haven’t seen many that are in better condition than this one. I also don’t know which of the 7″ or 10″ versions that are considered most rare. So far i only have the 10″ version but a copy of the EP might be in a cargo room in an airplane somewhere over the atlantic at this very moment…
This is also the only package so far that got stuck and checked by the swedish customs, i think that cost me MORE than the record itself. So that was a bit of bummer… I also remember that is was sent in a big package rather than an LP mailer (i guess this is why it got checked) and that it was extremely well packaged. I like sellers that take the time to do that.