Independent American label: Reader's Digest Records was best known for its venerable monthly 'general interest' magazine. Reader's Digest eventually broadened its interest to include records as well as books. They were almost always LPs, which often came in boxed sets; such 7" records as it produced were usually flexi-discs. It was, however, responsible for at least one vinyl EP, which featured six Johann Strauss II waltzes, played by the London Festival Orchestra under conductor Eric Rogers. The tracks were all from an LP 'Strauss's Greatest Hits' (RDS-9051), which (comparing the catalogue number to others in the RDS-9000 series) appears to date from 1975 or thereabouts. The EP, which was numbered RDEP-0001, may have been no more than a sampler for the LP, but neither the labels nor the picture sleeve mention the LP, so it may possibly be a bona fide release. There's no date on the record, but it seems logical enough to place it in the mid '70s along with the LP. Pressing was by Pye. A couple of single-sided promotional records featuring excerpts from the boxed set 'Eric Robinson's World Of Music' were also vinyls; they were made by Lyntone in 1972, and were numbered RDCWM-801 and 802. Thanks to Robert Lyons For The Info.
Six Johann Strauss Ii