Arturo Toscanini & The NBC Symphony Orchestra – William Tell Overture / Semiramide Overture 7″ EP

So the first catch of 2014 has finally arrived! Initially i thought there where two verions of this release, one 10″ and one double 7″ EP. The 10″ was a pretty early addition to my collection and then i found the EP sometime last autumn. For some reason i then looked it up on Warholcovers and noticed that the back of Franks cover was different than the one i had just received. So it became quite obvious that instead of there being two versions there were actually three out there. And so the chase started again…

Arturo Toscanini & The NBC Symphony Orchestra – William Tell Overture / Semiramide Overture (RCA Victor – ERB-7054)

As i’ve written before at first i actually thought that these were somewhat rare, but i know better now. However, it’s funny how something can become “rare” as soon as you start looking for it. I’ve seen plenty of these covers on ebay but never thought about giving them a closer look since i thought i had them all. And since i’ve been on the chase for the second version of the EP i have hardly seen any of them on ebay at all…

But then a few weeks ago i finally noticed a familiar back design on ebay. One neat thing about the WCCC is that on the rare occasion that something new and/or interesting pops up on ebay someone will throw an email out there asking if anyone is planning on bidding on this or that item, just to make sure we don’t go up bidding again each other. This rarely concerns me though as most of these items are generally out of my price range. But this time i popped the question and Richard Forrest, who initially thought about bidding on it very gracefully left it to me. Thank you very much for this Richard! At the end it seemed no one else on ebay was interested in it so i ended up getting it for the listing price of just $10 which surprised me a bit, but i ain’t complaining.

Condition wise i’d say it’s probably the worst of the three that i have now but still in good condition with no major flaws. One thing that i’ve noticed both on this copy and on Frank Edwards as well (i guess this might be a coincidence or that i’m just seeing things) is that the cardboard appears quite darker than on the other releases. And then there’s the thing with the two EP’s having the same catalogue number – ERB-7054. I’m certainly no expert on these things, maybe it not that unusual to have a slightly different design on the cover to the same release?

Anyways, as said this is nothing spectacular but it’s fun to finally have a complete set of something. Apart from the fantastic set of Giant Size $1,57 Each and Progressive Piano (that i’ve yet to post) that i got from Richard Forrest this is probably the only set i’ll ever get. I’m not really looking forward to finding about 10 different verions of the covers to Alexander Nevsky, A Program of Mexican Music and Both Feet in the Groove. And offcourse spend thousand of dollars to do so…

And thanks once again to Richard for not going into a bidding war with me over it.

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Arturo Toscanini & The NBC Symphony Orchestra – William Tell Overture / Semiramide Overture 7″ EP

This is the double 7″ gatefold EP of Gioachino Rossini’s William Tell Overture / Semiramide Overture and it has the same front cover as the the 10″ version that i already have. The design on the back cover is a bit different though. Initially i thought that with this one the set would now be complete. But i looked it up on Frank Edwards blog and also on Richard Forrests list on rateyourmusic and discovered that there is another 7″ version with the same catalogue number as this EP that i now need to try and find.

Arturo Toscanini & The NBC Symphony Orchestra – William Tell Overture / Semiramide Overture (RCA Victor – ERB-7054)

I picked this up from ebay about a month and a half ago and it arrived a few days ago. Shipping from the US is usually surprisingly quick so i was starting to think that this one had been lost somewhere. I’m happy it finally arrived though. At one point i thought these were quite rare but i know now that they aren’t THAT rare. Maybe a bit uncommon i guess… I haven’t seen to many copies of this particular EP lately though and i don’t know how to “rare rank” the three different variations of this recording. But seeing as i only payed $25 for it i would assume that this one is not highly sought after. There’s another copy on ebay right now in good condition listed at $55.

The cover is in very good condition with no big issues. The few flaws that it has are on the back cover – a little creasing and an old asking price written in red on the top right corner. Nothing major. I’m no expert on Warhols style but i would assume that he also did the small drawings on the back cover. I haven’t been able to find any information regarding this though so i don’t know for sure.

A very good looking cover, both front and back.

EDIT: I found the third and final version of this cover in the beginning of 2014. So now i finally have a complete set that can be seen here for anyone interested.

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Arturo Toscanini & The NBC Symphony Orchestra – William Tell Overture / Semiramide Overture 10″

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.

Great looking cover with Warhol’s take on a classic image!
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