If you're looking for high-end audio, you picked the wrong post. This is a very enjoyable LP, but the recording quality is atrocious, at least on Side A, where the vocals and vocal backing take turns fading in and out. I have no idea what was going on, but it's nothing I did while remastering. And Side B, while it sounds considerably better, is hampered by surface noise--the type this label group is famous for. But, personally, I think the low fidelity adds to the fun. Maybe I' m getting too used to budget fidelity!
Excellent singer on the Side A Gershwin material--a mezzo-soprano, I assume? No credit, of course. (Update: the singer is Mona Paulee. See comment by RecordHunter.) The Viennese Symphonic Orchestra is for real, and I can believe it's them on the Cavalleria Rusticana and Tosca opera highlights, but not the three Gershwin tracks. But who knows? Labels like Plymouth (which was part of the Remington, Masterseal, Paris, and Merit family) always gave as little info as possible, if even that much. Heck, it was common for the cheapies to mismatch the titles between label and jacket, and look what we have here: George Gershwin Melodies and Other Popular Favorites on the cover, and George Gershwin Favorites and Favorite Musical Gems on the A and B labels. Told you. For this post, I went with the jacket info, title-wise.
And I love my scanner, but it sometimes fails to reproduce colors with total accuracy. This Plymouth label is more maroon than dark red, but I did what I could, post-scan.
The Gershwin tracks are spirited and the "Highlights" on Side B are expertly rendered, so this LP makes for very pleasant listening. I did what I could as far as tweaking the response curve, but you can't get highs where there aren't any, and the louder portions on Side A sound tinny enough to start with, so I mostly left things alone in that regard.
As noted before, the Remington group of labels, some of which contain highly collectible material (I don't think this is one of them), are known for their surface noise--and, sure enough, this LP has lots of that. I timed the track fade-outs to kill the in-between noise, but side two ends with a pause followed by a crescendo tonic chord, so how to fix that? Easy: I cut out the pause portion, used MAGIX's denoiser on it, then split the mono track into two tracks, placing the filtered portion below, so I could fade into it, thus avoiding a sudden volume drop. You can see the final chord very clearly on this screen capture:
I really enjoyed this LP, so I thought it was worth some extra work.
Click here to hear: George Gershwin Melodies
The Man I Love
Somebody Love Me
Lady Be Good
Cavalleria Rusticana and Tosca Highlights
George Gershwin Melodies and Other Popular Favrorites--Viennese Symphonic Orch. (Plymouth P12-67)