Handel – The Gods Go A Begging (1969, World Record Club ST 837)

And so at the third attempt tonight, we get something we actually want to listen to. This is a bit of a compilation job, not just Handel but Mozart and Rossini as well. Conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham, performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Actually not half bad – quite listenable, quite stirring in places (in the music, not places in me – it’s not that good). I even recognised a couple of bits – Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, I think.

What I’ve never seen before is that the back cover has little diagrams for your treble, bass and stereo balance dials – so you can make a note of how the album sounds best and re-set it like that next time you listen to it. Simple genius.

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