Boult / NPO – Holst: The Planets (Franklin Mint pressing, red vinyl)

# Composers: Gustav Holst
# Orchestra: The New Philharmonia Orchestra
# Conductor: Sir Adrian Boult
# Vinyl (1967 / 1979)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 12
# Label: Franklin Mint Record Society | Record 28 of 100
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (2.06GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.04GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (285MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

It’s been almost two years since I posted anything from the Franklin Mint classical collection. This one is by request.

The Planets is one of my all-time favorite classical works. Breathtaking sound quality, a (mostly) great pressing, and an thrilling performance make this one of the best Planets around.

Highly recommended, whether you’re a Planets fan or not.


This recording of The Planets with Sir Adrian Boult was my introduction to the composer, the piece, and to the conductor. The LP was one of those memorable moments in our lives that are remembered as a spark, a tweak, to our consciousness… a bit of enlightenment and growth that will change us forever. I cut my teeth so to speak with this lovely old record.

Over the years, many more recordings of this work have made their way into my collection, and some of those have been truly wonderful renditions, accompanied by great sound, etc. They hold their own place in my mind and on my shelves, rightly as they should. But, this 1966 recording, even with its problems, has always held a special place in my heart.

Of course, one of those more recent recordings was the one in — by Sir Adrian himself, and it holds great sway as his final thoughts on the work, and also the level of perfection in playing and engineering, and for that it necessarily tops this one out. This one under review, though, gives us a more energetic, animated documentation from a younger Boult that is undeniably the more exciting…even with a flub and some rough playing.

This will not want to be your only choice for a recording of this great work, but a great many like myself will always want this beautiful gem, even with a bad facet or two, at hand because of the way it shines in spite of itself. – Gregory E. Foster,

Track Listing:

Side One
01 – Mars, the Bringer of War
02 – Venus, the Bringer of Peace
03 – Mercury, the Winged Messenger
04 – Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity

Side Two
05 – Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age
06 – Uranus, the Magician
07 – Neptune, the Mystic *

* featuring The Ambrosian Singers

Recorded 21 & 22 July 1966, Kingsway Hall, London

Additional info can be found here.

Notes about this pressing:

Aside from some minor “swishing” at the beginning of Saturn, this was another outstanding pressing from the folks at the Franklin Mint.

Ripping Info:

All vinyl is cleaned on a VPI 16.5

Technics SL1200-MK5 (modified)
– Rega RB300 arm with RB700 wiring
– Michell Tecnoweight
– SoundSupports armboard
– Trans-Fi Audio ResoMat
Audio Technica AT33PTG/II
AVID Pellar preamp
RME Hammerfall 9632 ADC

Processing: Sound Forge 10, ClickRepair (manual mode only), iZotope RX3

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