Intro...

In the mid seventies I purchased a boxed set of albums from the well established UK division of Reader's Digest. I was impressed, not only with the quality of the vinyl, but the fact that, unlike many of their contemporary compilation competitors, they actually used the original recordings.
The album sleeves were interesting, and the information concerning each of the tracks on the set was amazingly detailed. It began a lifelong affair with music in general, and I became an avid collector of other RD sets.
In 1993, I was lucky enough to work for Reader's Digest, creating their compilations and seeing my own mark put upon their releases.When I left in 2003, I had no control over the output, even though I held a higher position within the company. Their releases had certainly become less about quality and more about keeping costs down, this resulted in more cover version collections and sets made by other companies.
This is why this list only goes up to 2003.
The forty years that will be covered by this blog, hopefully lists every music collection released by the company in the UK during the period. I welcome details on any that I may have missed.

The list includes all main releases. Bonus albums, demos and other items will be listed seperately...eventually!

PLEASE NOTE: This is a work in progress - details and corrections will be made as I notice them...

THIS SITE IS FOR UK RELEASES ONLY - The best site I have found for US releases is Sepp & Brian's site which can be found HERE - You can contact them through their pages for any questions concerning US packs!

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KEY TO FORMATS

RDM = Mono LP

RDS = Stereo LP

RDES = Electronic Stereo Code for LP

RDC = Cassette Tape

RDC = Compact Disc
 


101 Glorious Melodies From Operetta
112 Rock 'n' Roll Greats
150 Top Ten Country Hits
25 Years Of Great Original Hits - The Motown Story
90s Hits!
A Merry Christmas With World Famous Artists
A World Of Music - Volume 1
A World Of Music - Volume 2
ABBA Collection
The Best Of ABBA
The Very Best OfABBA
All-Star Festival Of Easy-Listening Mood Music
All-Star Jazz Festival
The Artistry Of Artur Rubinstein, Romantic Piano Music
The Best Of Bacharach
Background Moods - Music for Your Every Mood
The Great Barbirolli
Shirley Bassey – This Is My Life
The Best Of Shirley Bassey
The Beethoven Treasury
The Nine Symphonies Of Beethoven
The Very Best Of Harry Belafonte
The Best Of Your 100 Best Tunes
The Bing Crosby Years
The Best of Pat Boone~April Love
Victor Borge - His Greatest Hits And Finest Performances
British Light Music Favourites
Sing Along With Max Bygraves
Candlelight Classics
Magical Memories Of The Carpenters
Magical Moments Of The Carpenters
The Magic Of José Carreras
The Best Of Johnny Cash
Castaway's Choice Century of Unforgettable Favourites
Century Of Unforgettable Favourites 
Charles Gerhardt conducts - Themes Of Love
Chartbusters!
Chas 'n' Dave
Childhood Favourites
Christmas Round The Fireside
Clannad
The Very Best Of Petula Clark - Songs Of My Life
Command Performance - A Night At The Opera
The Best Of Perry Como
The Incomparable Perry Como
The Very Best Of Perry Como
The Complete No.1s Of Country
Connect The Classics
Connecting The Classics
Best Of Ray Conniff
COUNTRY CLASSICS : Crystal Gayle
Country Connection
Country Magic
Country Moods And Memories
Country Music's Golden Hit Parade
Country Nice 'N' Easy
Country Performance - A Night At The Opera
The Legendary Vic Damone
The Unforgettable Doris Day
Neil Diamond - Live
Disco Dynamite!
DISCOVERING THE CLASSICS – 300 Years of Glorious Music
DISCOVERING THE CLASSICS – A Night At The Opera
DISCOVERING THE CLASSICS – Celebration And Ceremony
DISCOVERING THE CLASSICS – Classics For Eternity
DISCOVERING THE CLASSICS – Classics Of The Dance
DISCOVERING THE CLASSICS – Discovering The Orchestra
DISCOVERING THE CLASSICS – Discovering The Symphony
DISCOVERING THE CLASSICS – Elements In Music
DISCOVERING THE CLASSICS – Emotions In Music
DISCOVERING THE CLASSICS – Great Adventures In Music
DISCOVERING THE CLASSICS – Impressions In Music
DISCOVERING THE CLASSICS – Light-hearted Classics
DISCOVERING THE CLASSICS – Music For All Seasons
DISCOVERING THE CLASSICS – Piano Masterworks
DISCOVERING THE CLASSICS – Pride And Patriotism
DISCOVERING THE CLASSICS – The Music Of Old Vienna
DISCOVERING THE CLASSICS – The Romantics
DISCOVERING THE CLASSICS – Themes And Variations (W/T)
The Very Best Of Fats Domino
The Many Moods Of Val Doonican
The Incomparable Tommy Dorsey
Down Memory Lane
Down Memory Lane - A Salute To The 40s
Easy Listening Favourites Of The 70s And 80s
Easy Listening Jazz Classics
European Light Classical Festival
The Sensational Everly Brothers
The Fabulous Fifties
Favourite Operettas
FAVOURITES FROM THE CLASSICS (SERIES)
Festival Of Light Classical Music
Festival Of Light Classics
Arthur Fiedler & The Boston Pops - Rhapsody In Blue
Arthur Fiedler & The BostonPops - Treasury Of Family Favourites
Film And Concert Favourites
The Magic Of Ella Fitzgerald
The Best of Foster and Allen
The Best of Connie Francis - Among My Souvenirs
The Best Of Connie Francis
Best Of James Galway
Gay Festival Of Light Classics
Giants Of Country
The Best Of Gilbert And Sullivan
Give Me That Old Time Religion
GOLDEN AGE OF ROCK 'N' ROLL – 1956
GOLDEN AGE OF ROCK 'N' ROLL – 1957
GOLDEN AGE OF ROCK 'N' ROLL – 1964
GOLDEN AGE OF ROCK 'N' ROLL – Rock Britannia
GOLDEN AGE OF ROCK 'N' ROLL – Rock 'n' Roll Is Here To Stay!
GOLDEN AGE OF ROCK 'N' ROLL – Teenage Heaven
GOLDEN AGE OF ROCK 'N' ROLL – The Early Years
The Golden Age Of Strauss
Golden Age Of Swing
Golden Greats of the 50s
Golden Greats Of The 50s & 60's
Golden Guitar Magic
Golden Hits - The Magic Of The Moog
The Golden Melodies Of Burt Bacharach
Golden Memories Of The 60s
Golden Moments From Handel's 'Messiah'
Golden Organ Favourites
Golden Sounds From The Classics
Good Time Song Time
The Goon Show
Great Easy - Listening Chart - Toppers
Great Music From The Movies
Great Musics Greatest Hits
Great Organ Classics
Great Original Country Hits of the 80s
Great Romantic Piano Classics
Great Stars - 61 International Evergreens
Great Stars - The Golden Years Of Show Business
Great Stars Sing Their Greatest Songs
Greatest Hits Collection
Greensleeves
The Best Of Merle Haggard
Handel: Messiah
The Best of Ted Heath & Syd Lawrence
The Exotic Adventures of Henry's Cat
Highlights From The World's Best-Loved Operas
Hits From The Shows
The Unforgettable Buddy Holly
Holst - The Planets
Hot Hit Mix
Hot Party Mix
I Love A Piano
In Perfect Harmony
In The Groove
Infinity
Instruments In Gold
International Gold
Easy Listening With Kaempfert And Last
The Very Best Of Frankie Laine
The Best Of Mario Lanza
The Very Best Of Mario Lanza
James Last - Maestro Of Melody
Best Of James Last
The Andrew Lloyd Webber Showcase
Love Collection
Love Story
Magic Moments - 112 Golden Easy-Listening Hits
The Magic Of Strauss and Vienna
The Magic Of The Pan Pipes~=
Magical Christmas Favourites
The Magical World Of Melody
Magical Worlds Of Melody
The Best of the Mamas and the Papas - California Dreamin'
Man, Myth & Music
Henry Mancini - Moods And Melodies
Mantovani - The Master Of Melody
The Magic Of Mantovani (Vinyl)
Mantovani's Treasury of Melody
The Best of Lena Martell
Dean Martin - His Greatest Hits And Finest Performances
Masters Of Melody
The Best Of Johnny Mathis
The Very Best Of Johnny Mathis
Max Bygraves presents Wonderland Of Sound
Mediterranean Melody
Mediterranean Melody (II)
Memory Lane Organ Plays 101 Favourites
Glenn Miller: His Greatest Hits And Performances
The Million Sellers
The Best Of The Monkees
Matt Monro - Yesterdays
Hugo Montenegro Plays!
Mood Music For Every Moment
Mood Music From The Movies
Moonglow
Moonlight And Melody
Moonlight Piano
The Most Beautiful Melodies Of The Century
Most Inspiring Songs Of The Century
The Best Of Nana Mouskouri
MUSIC & MEMORIES OF THE 30S & 40S : As Time Goes By - Favourites From The 40s
MUSIC & MEMORIES OF THE 30S & 40S : Cheek To Cheek - Dancing Through The 30s & 40s
MUSIC & MEMORIES OF THE 30S & 40S : I Remember You - The Great Songs
MUSIC & MEMORIES OF THE 30S & 40S : In The Mood - The Great Instrumentalists
MUSIC & MEMORIES OF THE 30S & 40S : Pennies From Heaven - Favourites From The 30s
MUSIC & MEMORIES OF THE 30S & 40S : Sophisticated Ladies - The Great Female Stars
MUSIC & MEMORIES OF THE 30S & 40S : There's No Business - Hits From Stage And Screen
Music For The Starlight Hours
Music For You
Music For You - Volume 1
Eric Robinson Presents Treasury Of The World's Best Loved Melodies Or Music For You
Musical Trip Down Memory Lane
Nature's Realm
The New Seekers
The Best of Nina and Frederik
North Of The Border
The Number One Collection
The Best Of Daniel O'Donnell
Roy Orbison
Orchestral Magic
Passionate Encounter - The Romance Of Rachmaninov
The Luciano Pavarotti Collection
Peace And Tranquility
The Very Best Of Gene Pitney
Pomp and Ceremony
Pop Jubilee: 25 Years Of Great British Hits
Pop Piano Party
Popular Hits...... Nashville Style
Popular Music Varieties
Porter~Cole
Power Of Rock
Elvis Presley's Greatest Hits
Charley Pride's Country
Quiet Music For Quiet Listening
The Romantic Rachmaninov
The Immortal Jim Reeves
Reflections
Reflections Of The 60s
Relaxing With Country
Remembering The Forties
Reminiscing With The Crickets
The Best Of Cliff Richard And The Shadows
Romantic Strings Play Your Favourite Light Classics
Sax Moods
The Best Of Harry Secombe
The Very Best Of Harry Secombe
The Very Best Of The Seekers
SENSATIONAL 70s – Feel The Noize
SENSATIONAL 70s – Oh Boy!
SENSATIONAL 70s – Sing, Baby, Sing
Sensual Moods
Sentimental Journey
Silver Jubilee Festival Of Music
Smash Hits Of Today - Instant Replay
Something For Everyone
Songs Of Joy
The Sound Of Brass
The Sounds Of Christmas
SOUNDS OF THE FIFTIES – 1951
SOUNDS OF THE FIFTIES – 1952
SOUNDS OF THE FIFTIES – 1953
SOUNDS OF THE FIFTIES – 1954
SOUNDS OF THE FIFTIES – 1955
SOUNDS OF THE FIFTIES – 1957
SOUNDS OF THE FIFTIES – 1958
SOUNDS OF THE FIFTIES – 1959
SOUNDS OF THE FIFTIES – Top Ten hits
SOUNDS OF THE FIFTIES – Laughter On The Air           
SOUNDS OF THE 60s – 1961
SOUNDS OF THE 60s – 1962
SOUNDS OF THE 60s – 1963
SOUNDS OF THE 60s – 1964
SOUNDS OF THE 60s – 1965
SOUNDS OF THE 60s – 1966
SOUNDS OF THE 60s – 1967
SOUNDS OF THE 60s – 1968
SOUNDS OF THE 60s – 1969
SOUNDS OF THE 60s – Country Style
SOUNDS OF THE 60s – Easy-Listening Favourites
SOUNDS OF THE 60s – Favourite TV Memories
SOUNDS OF THE 60s – The End Of The Decade
SOUNDS OF THE 60s – The Golden Groups
SOUNDS OF THE 60s – The Lennon & McCartney Songbook
SOUNDS OF THE 60s – Top Ten Hits
SOUNDS OF THE SEVENTIES – 1970
SOUNDS OF THE SEVENTIES – 1971
SOUNDS OF THE SEVENTIES – 1972
SOUNDS OF THE SEVENTIES – 1973
SOUNDS OF THE SEVENTIES – 1974
SOUNDS OF THE SEVENTIES – 1975
SOUNDS OF THE SEVENTIES – 1976
SOUNDS OF THE SEVENTIES – 1977
SOUNDS OF THE SEVENTIES – 1978
SOUNDS OF THE SEVENTIES – 1979
SOUNDS OF THE SEVENTIES – END OF THE DECADE
Toscanini Conducts Light Classical Favourites
Treasury Of Classical Favourites
Treasury Of Golden Voices
Treasury Of Greatest Operettas
Tunes Of Glory
Two Hundred Years Of Classical Favourites
The Ultimate Easy Listening Collection
Variety Showcase
Voices Of Tranquility
We Remember Them Well - The Great Unforgettable Stars
Wally Whyton Sings 250 Childrens' Songs
Earl Wild's Classic Piano Magic
Andy Williams – His Greatest Songs & Finest Performances
The Best Of Andy Williams
The Ultimate Wombles Collection - Underground, Overground
The Wonderful World Of Disney
Wonderful World Of Melody
WONDERFUL WORLD OF MUSIC: A World Of Music
WONDERFUL WORLD OF MUSIC: Dancing & Romancing Through The Years
WONDERFUL WORLD OF MUSIC: Favourite Melodies for Relaxation
WONDERFUL WORLD OF MUSIC: From The Heart
WONDERFUL WORLD OF MUSIC: Golden Favourites of the 50s and 60s
WONDERFUL WORLD OF MUSIC: Golden Shows, Golden Memories
WONDERFUL WORLD OF MUSIC: Magical Melodies That Will Live Forever
WONDERFUL WORLD OF MUSIC: Most Beautiful Pop Melodies
WONDERFUL WORLD OF MUSIC: Romantic Piano Magic
WONDERFUL WORLD OF MUSIC: Sixty Years Of Movie Magic
WONDERFUL WORLD OF MUSIC: Today's Favourites, Tomorrow's Evergreens
Wonderful World Of Wonderful Music
The World's Greatest Mood Music
Young At Heart
Your 101 Favourite Melodies
Your 101 Favourite Melodies - Volume II

42 comments:

  1. Hi, I'm trying to find a RD cassette set which was Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton. I think it was also on vinyl and then possibly CD. Any ifo would be appreciated. Thanks

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    1. Could be "The Heart and Soul Of Country" which featured these two (See track listing). I'm afraid most country packs issued by RD had Kenny and Dolly on there somewhere. If it's not HSC, if you have any more info, I'll do my best to help.

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  2. I'm hoping your UK experience can help with a US question. I am trying to determine what the catalog number of a RD box set would be. There are many numbers in various places, so finding the number that represents the box set is troubling. I have several of the RD box sets, but for example, "The Best Of The Swing Years" has RDA-113/A in the lower left corner of the box set's front image. It also has RD4A-113 on each disk with a "-1", "-2", etc. to represent the number of the specific record within the set. Each side also has a specific number, H1RS-1001 for record 1, side 1; H1RS-1002 for record 1 side 2, etc. In addition, the enclosed program notes booklet has RDA-113-E on it's back. I believe that the catalog number for this set should be the base number on each record: RD4A-113.

    Your thoughts? Thanks for your time and help.

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    1. Hi Gary, the bad news is that every edition had it's own numbering system. Each country that issued music had seperate code numbers for albums, cassettes and CDs. Sometimes these would match each-other, other times not. Because RD released albums initially as a test, and then again for a full blown release, these numbers would sometimes change on identical packages. In addition to the confusion, there would be two sets of numbering systems for internal and external use. In the UK there was the code prefix (normally 3 or for characters) followed by a sequential number. There was also a 'production' number indicated by RDC for cassettes, RDCD for CDs and RDS or RDM for stereo/mono albums. There is also a ‘matrix’ number for each side of an album (RDES with 4 digits). Finally, many releases were 'adapted' locally, but kept the same international numbers or were allocated entirely different numbers. Unfortunately when I started at RD, there was only rough notes and scraps of paper as records, and I was the first person to organise these into a usable database, and begin a proper sequence to releases - therefore, I guess the system in the states may have been similar. I aim to organise as much as I can on this site for the UK, but unless one of my ex-colleagues in the States has a similar anal obsession, there may never be a definitive list.

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  3. Dear Sir, Last year I acquired a box set you have listed above without details: 'Three Piece Suite – An Easy-Listening Trip' (RD UK 1996). Could you tell me whether it was actually a faithful reproduction of an equivalent LP set from ...based on the vintage of the music...1969-75? Did the LPs use the same cover as the CD set? The cover of the set was extremely evocative of the early 1970s with a portrait of Burt Bacharach hung in the far corner of a Hi Fi living room/lounge. Many thanks for any information you can shed light on....A collector from Singapore. ALAN

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    1. As I actually produced this set (Three Piece Suite), I am able to tell you that the 3CD set was not reproduced from any single previous collection. However the recordings had all been used on previous RD collections, including those published in the period you mention. The cover was actually a new photoshoot designed by a RD designer and myself, and was laid out to recreate that period, but with a contemporary feel (I briefed the designer showing them the 'Definitely Maybe' album cover by the UK band Oasis who were very popular at the time). The picture of Burt Bacharach on the wall was a reference to the second disc which comprised entirely of Bacharach compositions. I also purposely placed some of the original RD vinyl albums in the foreground of the picture to evoke the period, but the whole room was a construct in a very modern 1990s studio. Ironically, this was a very popular release by RD, but unfortunately the sales figures erroneously showed that the recordings were licensed from other companies, and when these incorrect figures were added to the cost of the photoshoot for the album, a decision was made to withdraw the set from sale. A single disc 20 track version of the Bacharach CD was released seperately as "The Golden Melodies of Burt Bacharach" (RDCD1761 BBAC 397) in the same year with a slightly different cover shot to the 3 disc set.

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    2. THANK YOU very much SFC Pres! This confirms the rarity of THREE PIECE SUITE. I have actually completed a review of it with full track listing for my own 'Easy Listening in Hi Fi' blog spot. Unfortunately, the site was taken down mistakenly by Google thinking I had overloaded the page with spam ! It's probably because I used high resolution scans of the box set. I am trying to get it restored as quickly as possible and will post the web address here for you and other collectors of Easy Listening. I want to congratulate you for producing such a fine product. The quality of the pop choruses were so good that this set has become my staple discs for testing new amplifiers and CD players. In fact, the sound quality blurs the analogue differential between CD and Vinyl sources if you ask me. As for the photo shoot, it was AWESOME...worthy of being archived in any museum dedicated to 60s-70s pop paraphernalia! Much appreciated!

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    3. Dear SFC Pres, my easy listening site is back up. Read my review of the THREE PIECE SUITE here: http://easylisteninghifi.blogspot.sg/ under the entry 10 March 2014. I will advertise your wonderful site on my page. Many thanks for the information. ALAN

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  4. You have a very impressive collection! Can you send me the information in the booklet for the 3 CD set 'Classics For Eternity' (1996?) - I've lost my booklet somewhere along the way?

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    1. Contact me directly at sfcpres99 @googlemail.com and I'll see what I can do Robert.

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  5. I'm not sure if my memory is serving me well, but could you tell me if the track "Go Before You Break My Heart" by Gigliola Cinquetti was ever on a Readers Digest compilation.

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    1. Yes - in the UK the track appeared on the collection "LOVE STORY" (LOV-023) (Cassette RDC90881-6) I don't have the LP code to hand, but will track it down. It also appeared on the Bonus album to "The Best Of Andy Williams" (AND-013) (LP RDS9431-6 Cassette RDC90561-4) called "I WISH YOU LOVE - 16 GREAT LOVE SONGS" (LP RDS9437 Cassette RDC90565). However the track never appeared on CD to my knowledge.

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  6. Hello I purchased a set of 6 CDs titled the Wonderful World of Opera but it has no booklet so I don't know all the singers and artists can you assist please?

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  7. Sorry I am being stupid the box CD of 6 CDs I bought is the Magical World of Opera not the wonderful world as previously stated. Would you be able to give me a list of all the 6 CDs (artists) I can see all the arias etc on each CD but I don't know the artists. Many thanks

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    1. Certainly David - All tracks now listed in the Full Index!

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  8. My brother has a large collection of Reader's Digest CD's but he has found that humidity has stuck some of his booklets together. I was wondering if you are able to publish the contents of the following -
    The Reader's Digest Favourites From The Classics - Tchaikovsky
    The Reader's Digest Favourites From The Classics - Mozart
    The Magical World Of Melody
    The Worlds's Most Beautiful Melodies - Golden Family Classics
    He and I would be very appreciative

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  9. The first three are already listed above, just cllick on the links. I'll be completing WMBM-GFC soon!

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  11. Rights from seeing the enjoyment my late Grandfather received from playing his Readers Digest Record sets on his HMV Stereomaster 2026 in the late 60's & early 70's, I have always really enjoyed them myself. Now 51, I have over 100 Readers Digest record sets & ten of the twelve HMV Stereomaster models that were produced. Definately my favourite combination of products. I also have a 70's Readers Digest stereo record player....the one made for them here in the UK by Wye Electronics of Chesterfield.

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  12. I have an additional set in the WONDERFUL WORLD OF MUSIC series: 'From the Heart' {although I only seem ton have discs 2 and 3}. The other title that's truncated in your listing is WONDERFUL WORLD OF MUSIC 'Most Beautiful Pop Melodies'

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  13. Found your site accidentially, must say your work is impressing! Actually I wonder, if "Treasury of Great British Music" is a re-release of "Halcyon days", published in 2004 and out of stock since years. Could you please link a list, so as to allow for comparison? Thanks a bunch for everything!

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    1. Thanks for your comments. 'Treasury...' was actually released in 1998. It is possible that 'Halcyon Days' is a re-release of 'Treasury', but, as explained above, everything after 2003 will not be covered by this blog. It doesn't sound like a very 'Digesty' type of title, but after 2004 they did try all kinds of collections. If I come across it, I'll post it anyway - do you have a catalogue number for it?

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    2. I found a record copyrighted in 2000. The number is LGBM-B-427. Thanks again!

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    3. Yes, that is the 1998 set listed above:- http://rdboxsets.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/treasury-of-great-british-music.html. It is possible that 'Halcyon Days' is a non-UK version of the same release.

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  14. ' Treasury of Family Favourites - The Boston Pops Orchestra conducted by Arthur Fiedler ' (8 records)
    A Reader's Digest Collection
    All themes played by the "Boston Pops Orchestra" conducted by Arthur Fiedler 
    - Eight records, with the musics on each side relating to a topic.   
    1- Pops Today / Pops goes Latin 
    2- Glenn Miller Hits / The Beatles Hits 
    3- Pops Serenade / Boston Pops Hits 
    4- The Million Dollar Movies / Warsaw Concerto 
    5- Pops Out West / Pops goes Country 
    6- The sound of Richard Rodgers / Waltz Time 
    7- Sweet and Lovely / Tenderly 
    8- Old Time Varieties / Song Festival

    I bought this recently. Is it a British release?

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    1. Interesting one this, Darren. Although it does not appear in the UK RD database, it does appear to be a UK pressing. The catalogue numbers for the LPs are RDM2941... and RDS6941.... (for mono and stereo versions). Although all Boston Pops albums were issued in the States, I'm guessing that this was a small release in the UK, just taking the American set and printing it over here. The other point is that the Catalogue code for this pack (G_FAM) appears to have been used again in 1985 for the (definitely British) 'Family Favourites' release. Again, I assume that because the Boston Pops version wasn't on the database (scraps of paper in a folder at this time) the code was used in error. I'll look into this some more and update the listings when I have more details. Email me directly at the donating address if you have / want more info. Thanks

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  15. Hi, I love your readers digest blog and have started to collect these fabulous CDs myself now after I bought a couple of them very cheaply a while back and became very impressed with the quality...track listings..booklet information. I have just bought a 17 cd collection on ebay in mint condition of Readers Digest 1989 release 'Klassissche Kostbarkeiten' (Classic Treasures), do you happen to know anything about this collection?, I'm guessing they're German, they have das beste readers digest on the front, did readers digest have a German branch?, any information would be gratefully received. Many thanks.

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    1. Hi,
      As you guessed, the collection you have was released by the German Branch of RD "Das Beste". The first was originally issued in 1987 on 4LPs, 4 cassettes and 3CDs, it ran for 15 volumes and became the basis for the 1991 UK series "Favourites From The Classics". RD UK 'softened' the concept into a more 'user friendly' packaging, although the concept of each collection concentrating on a single composer remained the same. Starting with Johann Strauss (see link above for more info) in place of Mozart, the UK series was extremely successful and led to the USA releasing their version "Favorites From The Classics". The Australian Branch and other European editions released their own versions, but it was the UK one that was most profitable and run for the longest number of CD volumes (25 x 3CDs in total).

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  16. great work on this list - Can't seem to find one of my favourite RD Box sets in the list thoough - Stardust ,released in the early 70s (My copy has the readers digest catologe for 1975 and it's in there so i'm guessing it was rfirst released around 71 or 72 https://rateyourmusic.com/release/comp/various_artists_f2/stardust_f2.p/

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    1. Thanks for your comment darnall. I've just added Stadust to the list above. On the original RD listings the code STA is allocated to "Superstars Of The 70's & 80's" so it's obvious that the reference has been overwritten. I'll try and add full listings and pics soon, but in the meantime, if you could send me any details you have direct to sfcpres99 @ googlemail.com (no gaps), I'd be very grateful. Thanks

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    2. Stardust details & pics now added!

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  17. Hia,
    Please can you let me know about the great ladies of song 6 cd set?
    great sight, thanks!

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  18. Recently we stumbled across GREAT LADIES OF SONG. READER'S DIGEST. RDCD-1961-6 in a "charity shop" for 50p, in 6 plastic envelopes, the booklet is still with them but in a shocking state, where can i get the original artwork to remake the sleeves ? it would be good to restore rthem to as near original as possible - Celestial Toymaker

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    1. Hi - Original artwork is, of course the property of RD and will probably have been destroyed a long time ago, but if you e-mail me directly at the address above - I may be able to help.

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  19. Thanks so much for your site! I wish there was a US site with the equivalent track listings!

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  20. My father worked in the Art Department at Reader's Digest for many years, and he designed some of the box and lp sleeve artwork listed above. I can remember him working on them at home in his study, layouts and photos everywhere. The Many Moods of Val Doonican, the New Seekers and the Fabulous Fities box sets stick in my memory in particular. Thanks for reviving some old, happy memories!

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    1. Thanks for the comment. Please feel free to email me directly at sfcpres99 @googlemail.com. I'd like to talk more of your father's work, if possible?

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  21. Hi.
    Do you ever sell any of your CDs? I have a small collection of RD sets and am looking to extend. I am interested in the Sounds of the Seventies.
    Regards
    Kevin.

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    1. Hi Kevin, I do indeed sell CD sets, and am currently setting up a blog page to do just that. In the meantime you can contact me at sfcpres99 @googlemail.com with your requests, although I currently only have 1977 on the SOTS series.

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