The boxed LP albums produced by Readers Digest were really great. At the time of their release, around the late '50s and 70s, they may not have been perceived for their true excellence. But playing them now is like discovering rich valuable treasures. They were excellent in terms of vinyl quality, recording techniques, artists, accompanying notes, packaging, and repertory.
I have the following boxes:
Treasury of Great Operettas
Music of the World's Great Composers
Festival of Light Classical Music
A Treasury of Great Romantic Music
The Nine Symphonies of Beethoven
The Romantic Rachmaninoff
"Romantic Piano Concertos" (alas, lost to termites!)
All of these were manufactured by RCA Custom Products Division. Most of them benefited form the RCA recording philosophy, and artists, of the "Living Stereo" era. And that, in itself, is close to the highest recommendation for any LP.
It refers to the company's golden era of:
John Pfeiffer (producer)
Lewis Layton (recording engineer)
Richard Mohr (producer), and their related counterparts in England, like:
Charles Gerhardt (producer)
Kenneth Wilkinson (recording engineer), and others who escape my memory.
A true Golden Era of music, recordings in stereo, and LP quality.
"The Romantic Rachmaninoff" was obtained about six months ago, NOS (New Old Stock) on eBay. It features all the piano concertos of Rachmaninoff played by Earl Wild in truly inspired interpretations, and truly excellent RCA sound, where their "Dynagroove" labeling is seemingly absent from its ill notoriety. A true gem of an album!
Several of these boxes are available through eBay, and are recommended with highest esteem!
But there is an important CAUTION: physical condition of the LPs and the box.
All of the albums mentioned above are in my highest esteem, as top-drawer recordings and artistic quality. If you come accross these Readers Digest albums in good condition and manageable price, you'll have an apt acquisition from a true Golden Era of recordings and music!