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Mention Everest Records to anyone today and they will automatically assume that you are talking about mountain climbing stats. Unless you're from my generation, and/or a classical music collector, you could be excused for not knowing that Everest was one of the best classical music labels during the 1960s. (Remember the old analogue days?). Despite the fact that they didn't last long enough as a business to produce a comprehensive or in depth catalog, their reputation for top quality stereo analogue recordings still stands today.

I grew up with that label, and I'm convinced that many of my vinyl acquisitions back then were strongly influenced by that label. Even though all the major labels like Columbia, Angel (EMI), Decca, Mercury and so on, were very active at the time, Everest's sound quality, presentation, cover art and adventurous choice of music, never failed to capture my interest. Other labels like Vanguard, Pye Golden Guinea, and Turnabout also had interesting repertoire to offer, all at the time when "stereo" was the only thing audio buffs talked about, but to me it seemed Everest had the best sound. With the advent of the CD back around 1982, they all but disappeared on vinyl and have always been very difficult to find on CD. Until now that is. Thanks in great part to the efforts of Lutz Rippe from Countdown Media based in Germany, they are now readily available through the Amazon Disc-on-Demand service, at an unbelievable price.

Here is what Mr. Rippe himself wrote about Everest: "The Everest catalog is one of the truly historic and ground-breaking music catalogs of the past half century. Everest created a number of historical sonic and music benchmarks during its early history in the 1950’s and 60’s. Everest was one of only two labels (arguably the first, with the historic Mercury Living Presence to follow) to record in 3-channel stereo, mostly with the London Symphony, London Philharmonic, and New York Philharmonic (in the guise of the 'Stadium Symphony Orchestra' due to contractual obligations). Some of the famed conductors active during the middle of the century, including Leopold Stokowski, Sir Malcom Sargent and Sir Adrian Boult, were responsible for these ground-breaking recordings on 35mm video tape (also a landmark accomplishment which would hearken the arrival a decade later of the usage of 2” master tape for studio recording). The albums will be published with the original cover artwork, in many cases created by the “inventor” of the Vinyl Cover, Alex Steinweiss, plus a digital booklet containing comprehensive additional information on the recordings and the technical background."

Some of my personal favorites include the Villa-Lobos, (reviewed here) with sound that will stop you in your tracks (pun intended), the Dvorak Symphony No. 9 (I played that one until the needle poked through to the other side), the Shostakovich Symphony No. 6 conducted by Sir Adrian Boult (I believe that was my initial exposure to that composer), the Vaughan Williams Symphony No. 9 again with Sir Adrian Boult, the Respighi Roman Festivals conducted by Eugene Goossens, and Copland's Billy the Kid. This was the world première recording of Ralph Vaughan Williams' Symphony No. 9, I believe the first symphony to utilize saxophones as part of the orchestral fabric, and to great effect. The composer had planned to attend the Everest recording sessions, but passed away just a few hours earlier that morning on August 26, 1958. The original recording began with a commentary about the composer's death by Sir Adrian Boult himself.

Unbeknownst to them at the time, the recording engineers at Everest had discovered how to make music recordings sound as close to the real thing as possible, without the need to resort to extraneous tactics or techniques. No one else has ever really achieved the same results in over 50 years. Not all titles are available at the present time as all Amazon Disc-on-Demand releases. They are being remastered and released in small batches at the moment, but we will try to keep adding them to this list as they come out.

Here is a list of all the titles presently available for you to pick and choose from:

Villa-Lobos
HEITOR VILLA-LOBOS - THE LITTLE TRAIN OF THE CAIPIRA
ALBERTO GINASTERA - ESTANCIA and PANAMBI BALLET SUITES
LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
SIR EUGENE GOOSSENS (Conductor)
EVEREST SDBR-3041

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Khachaturian
ARAM KHACHATURIAN - GAYNE BALLET SUITE
LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
ANATOLE FISTOULARI (Conductor)
EVEREST SDBR-3052

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Bartok
BELA BARTOK - CONCERTO FOR ORCHESTRA
HOUSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI (Conductor)
EVEREST SDBR-3069

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Strauss - Till
RICHARD STRAUSS - DON JUAN - SALOME
TILL EULENSPIEGEL'S MERRY PRANKS
STADIUM SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA OF NEW YORK
LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI (Conductor)
EVEREST SDBR-3023

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Everest-Scheherazade
NIKOLAI RIMSKY-KORSAKOV
SCHEHERAZADE
LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
SIR EUGENE GOOSSENS (Conductor)
EVEREST SDBR-3026

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Bolet - Liszt Vol. 2
FRANZ LISZT
SONATA IN B MINOR
FUNERAILLES - MEPHISTO WALTZ
JORGE BOLET (Piano)
EVEREST SDBR-3064

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Copland - Billy the Kid
AARON COPLAND
BILLY THE KID
STATEMENTS FOR ORCHESTRA
LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
AARON COPLAND (Conductor)
EVEREST SDBR-3015

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Bolet - Chopin Recital
FREDERIC CHOPIN
A PIANO RECITAL
JORGE BOLET (Piano)
EVEREST SDBR-3079

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Beethoven - Symphony No. 3
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
SYMPHONY NO. 3
LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
JOSEF KRIPS (Conductor)
EVEREST SDBR-3087

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Beethoven - Symphonies 2 and 4
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
SYMPHONIES 2 AND 4
LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
JOSEF KRIPS (Conductor)
EVEREST SDBR-3113

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Grofe - Grand Canyon Suite
FERDE GROFE
GRAND CANYON SUITE
PIANO CONCERTO IN D MINOR
JESUS MARIA SANROMA (Piano)
ROCHESTER PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
FERDE GROFE (Conductor)
EVEREST SDBR-3044

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Schumann - Piano Concerto
ROBERT SCHUMANN
PIANO CONCERTO IN A MINOR
CESAR FRANCK
VARIATIONS SYMPHONIQUES
PETER KATIN (Piano)
LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
SIR EUGENE GOOSSENS (Conductor)
EVEREST SDBR-3036

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Tchaikovsky - Francesca
PIOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY
FRANCESCA DA RIMINI - HAMLET
STADIUM SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA OF NEW YORK
LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI (Conductor)
EVEREST SDBR-3011

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Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 5
PIOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY
SYMPHONY NO. 5
LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
SIR MALCOLM SARGENT (Conductor)
EVEREST SDBR-3039

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Beethoven - Symphony No. 9
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
SYMPHONY NO. 9
LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
JOSEF KRIPS (Conductor)
EVEREST SDBR-3110

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Beethoven - Symphony No. 6
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
SYMPHONY NO. 6
LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
JOSEF KRIPS (Conductor)
EVEREST SDBR-3074

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Liszt - Piano Concerto No. 1
FRANZ LISZT - PIANO CONCERTO NO. 1
HUNGARIAN FANTASY FOR PIANO AND ORCHESTRA
JORGE BOLET (Piano)
SYMPHONY OF THE AIR
ROBERT IRVING (Conductor)
EVEREST SDBR-3062

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Khachaturian - Piano Concerto
ARAM KHACHATURIAN
PIANO CONCERTO
PETER KATIN (Piano)
LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
HUGO RIGNOLD (Conductor)
EVEREST SDBR-3055

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Stravinsky - Petrouchka
IGOR STRAVINSKY
PETROUCHKA
LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
SIR EUGENE GOOSSENS (Conductor)
EVEREST SDBR-3033

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Mahler - Symphony No. 9
GUSTAV MAHLER
SYMPHONY NO. 9
LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
LEOPOLD LUDWIG (Conductor)
EVEREST SDBR-3050

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Shostakovich - Symphony No. 6
DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH
SYMPHONY NO. 6
LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
SIR ADRIAN BOULT (Conductor)
EVEREST SDBR-3007

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Sibelius - Violin Concerto
JEAN SIBELIUS
VIOLIN CONCERTO IN D MINOR
TOSSY SPIVAKOVSKY (Violin)
LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
TAUNO HANNIKAINEN (Conductor)
EVEREST SDBR-3045

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Kodaly - Psalmus Hungaricus
ZOLTAN KODALY
PSALMUS HUNGARICUS
LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
JANOS FERENCSIK (Conductor)
EVEREST SDBR-3022

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Berlioz - Symphonie Fantastique
HECTOR BERLIOZ
SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE
LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
SIR EUGENE GOOSSENS (Conductor)
EVEREST SDBR-3037

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Stravinsky - Rite of Spring
IGOR STRAVINSKY
THE RITE OF SPRING
LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
SIR EUGENE GOOSSENS (Conductor)
EVEREST SDBR-3047

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Shostakovich - Symphony No. 9
DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH
SYMPHONY NO. 9
PROKOFIEV: LIEUTENANT KIJE SUITE
LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
SIR MALCOLM SARGENT (Conductor)
EVEREST SDBR-3054

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Sibelius - Symphony No. 5
JEAN SIBELIUS
SYMPHONY NO. 5 - FINLANDIA
ROCHESTER PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
THEODORE BLOOMFIELD (Conductor)
EVEREST SDBR-3068

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Arnold - Symphony No. 3
MALCOLM ARNOLD
SYMPHONY NO. 3
SCOTTISH DANCES
LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
MALCOLM ARNOLD (Conductor)
EVEREST SDBR-3021

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Strauss - Ein Heldenleben
RICHARD STRAUSS
EIN HELDENLEBEN
LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
LEOPOLD LUDWIG (Conductor)
EVEREST SDBR-3038

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Prokofiev - Chout
SERGEI PROKOFIEV
CHOUT, BALLET SUITE
LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
WALTER SUSSKIND ( Conductor)
EVEREST SDBR-3001

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Tchaikovsky - Manfred Symphony
PIOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY
MANFRED SYMPHONY
LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
SIR EUGENE GOOSSENS ( Conductor)
EVEREST SDBR-3035

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Respighi - The Pines of Rome
OTTORINO RESPIGHI
THE FOUNTAINS OF ROME
THE PINES OF ROME
LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
SIR MALCOLM SARGENT (Conductor)
EVEREST SDBR-3051

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Wagner - Parsifal
RICHARD WAGNER
PARSIFAL - ACT III SYMPHONIC SYNTHESIS
HOUSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI (Conductor)
EVEREST SDBR-3031

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Beethoven - Symphony No. 7
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
SYMPHONY NO. 7
LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
JOSEF KRIPS (Conductor)
EVEREST SDBR-3088

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Antill - Corroboree
JOHN ANTILL
CORROBOREE
ALBERTO GINASTERA - PANAMBI
LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
SIR EUGENE GOOSSENS (Conductor)
EVEREST SDBR-3003

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Scriabin - Poem of Ecstasy
ALEXANDER SCRIABIN
THE POEM OF ECSTASY
HOUSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI (Conductor)
EVEREST SDBR-3032

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Copland - Symphony No. 3
AARON COPLAND
SYMPHONY NO. 3
LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
AARON COPLAND (Conductor)
EVEREST SDBR-3018

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Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto
PIOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY
VIOLIN CONCERTO
TOSSY SPIVAKOVSKY (Violin)
LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
WALTER GOEHR (Conductor)
EVEREST SDBR-3049

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Beethoven - Symphony No. 5
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
SYMPHONY NO. 5
LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
JOSEF KRIPS (Conductor)
EVEREST SDBR-3086

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Stokowski Conducts
RICHARD WAGNER
THE VALKYRIE
CHOPIN: ORCHESTRAL TRANSCRIPTIONS
HOUSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI (Conductor)
EVEREST SDBR-3070

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Vaughan Williams - Symphony No. 9
RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
SYMPHONY NO. 9
LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
SIR ADRIAN BOULT (Conductor)
EVEREST SDBR-3006

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Mahler - Symphony No. 1
GUSTAV MAHLER
SYMPHONY NO. 1
LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
SIR ADRIAN BOULT (Conductor)
EVEREST SDBR-3005

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Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition
MODEST MUSSORGSKY
PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION
A NIGHT ON BALD MOUNTAIN
LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
SIR MALCOLM SARGENT (Conductor)
EVEREST SDBR-3053

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Beethoven - Symphonies 1 and 8
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
SYMPHONIES 1 & 8
LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
JOSEF KRIPS (Conductor)
EVEREST SDBR-3089

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Prokofiev - Symphony No. 5
SERGEI PROKOFIEV
SYMPHONY NO. 5
LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
SIR MALCOLM SARGENT (Conductor)
EVEREST SDBR-3034

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Debussy - Iberia
CLAUDE DEBUSSY - IBERIA
MAURICE RAVEL - LA VALSE
ROCHESTER PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
THEODORE BLOOMFIELD (Conductor)
EVEREST SDBR-3060

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Schubert - Symphony No. 8
FRANZ SCHUBERT
SYMPHONY NO. 8 'Unfinished'
LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
LEOPOLD LUDWIG (Conductor)
EVEREST SDBR-3046

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Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue
GEORGE GERSHWIN
RHAPSODY IN BLUE
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS
PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
WILLIAM STEINBERG (Conductor)
EVEREST SDBR-3067

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Dvorak - Symphony No. 9
ANTONIN DVORAK
SYMPHONY NO. 9
"FROM THE NEW WORLD"
LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
LEOPOLD LUDWIG (Conductor)
EVEREST SDBR-3056

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Hindemith - Symphony in E flat
PAUL HINDEMITH
SYMPHONY IN E FLAT
LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
SIR ADRIAN BOULT (Conductor)
EVEREST SDBR-3008

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Stravinsky - Ebony Concerto
IGOR STRAVINSKY
EBONY CONCERTO
SYMPHONY IN THREE MOVEMENTS
WOODY HERMAN AND HIS ORCHESTRA
LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
SIR EUGENE GOOSSENS (Conductor)
EVEREST SDBR-3009

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De Falla - The Three-Cornered Hat
MANUEL DE FALLA
THE THREE-CORNERED HAT
LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
ENRIQUE JORDA (Conductor)
EVEREST SDBR-3057

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