Walt Disney’s Fantasia – Leopold Stokowski with the Philadelphia Orchestra (Buena Vista STER-101)

A photo-heavy family showcase album for the holiday season. Lavish ain’t the word for this 1959 gatefold treble Lp soundtrack to Disney’s 1939 animated tour de force that I got from the same American charity shop as the earlier Spirituals record.  The 20 page, heavyweight paper, full-colour booklet features artwork adapted from the film and it’s interesting to see how the vibrant 1950s interpretations of the earlier art, which must have seemed hopelessly out of date at the time, now seems itself so dated.  No less glorious because of it, though, as you can see.

“We recommend that the volume control on your phonograph be kept at a moderate room level for fullest enjoyment.”  Imagine seeing those words at the bottom of a Motorhead album sleeve.

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Published in: on December 22, 2010 at 2:00 pm  Comments (6)  

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6 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. Beautiful! Colour me jealous. You don’t mention price – bargain or more than a few quid?

  2. One dollar US. 🙂

  3. Damn!

  4. […] he added appreciatively. ”And I’m sure I’ve seen that the back cover somewhere […]

  5. I also have a copy of this vinyl set. It’s simply gorgeous.

    • Tru ‘dat.


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