Frankly, I’ve been putting off creating a Reader’s Digest page. There’s nothing remarkable about them, other than they produced more flexis than anyone else. These preview discs must have ben a success otherwise they wouldn’t have kept pressing them, and in some instances, re-pressing - occasionally re-issuing at a later date to clear stock! More often than not, I’ve found Lyntone, Sound For Industry and Flexi Records Ltd with the same tunes advertising the same product. This product was usually a hefty box-set featuring light classical, T.V. themes, light pop, Rock & Roll, Country - in fact almost any genre that would appeal to the aspiring Middle England classes. Almost all of these preview discs were introduced by a name of the day. Brian Matthew, Christopher Howell and Eric Robertson crop up frequently with their creamy tones, all with the aim of getting the household to sign up.

So, whilst this page isn’t exhaustive, and I’ve added some more companies who employed the same tactic, it will give you a snapshot of the worst end of flexi-discs.   

RDCWM 767/6S*

Eric Robinson’s World Of Music

RDFIH 723/6-S*

Festival Of International Hits - JY

RDEKL 778/6S*

Easy Listening With Bert Kaempfert & James Last

RDGER 715/6*

Music For You

ER

RDGER 715*

Music For You

ER

RDGMY 706

The Glenn Miller Years

HL

RDINC 817/6S*

The Incomparable

BM

RDLR 705*

Mood Music For Listening And Relaxing

RDLR 772/6S*

Mood Music For Listening And Relaxing

RDMAN 743/6S*

The Magic Of Mantovani

RDML 709/6*

Down Memory Lane

JdM

RDSOF 1015

Soft Lights Sweet Music

CH - 6”

RDTOS 734/6S

Toscanini Conducts Light Classical Favourites

RDWOS 740/6S

From Wonderland Of Sound

MB

RDFAB 821/6S

The Fabulous Fifties

BM

Presenter / Introduced By Codes:-

   ER - Eric Robinson            GD - Graham Dene                  CM - Cliff Michelmore

JY - Jimmy Young              PC - Peter Clayton                MK - Murray Kash         

BM - Brian Matthew            AB - Acker Bilk                   JS - John Snagge

CH - Christopher Howell       RM - Ray Moore                    AH - Anthony Hopkins

MB - Max Bygraves             TV - Tommy Vance                  GH - George Hamilton IV

JdM - Jack de Manio           AF - Alan Freeman                 MR - Michael Reid

HM - Humphrey Lyttelton       BP - Bob Powel                   AT - Allan Toohey

AD - Alan Dell

*Denotes repeat pressing/s

Reader’s digest catalogues usually refer to the title. Where there is no catalogue number, they are numerical, or, as in the case of the Lyntone, are by Lyntone numbers which will be chronological.

RDIME 844

LYN 6013

Startime

CH

RDHIT 848*

LYN 6198

Golden Hit Parade

BM

RDLAS 859*

LYN 6994

The Best Of James Last

GD

RDOLD 861

LYN 7172

International Gold

CH

RDCLI 868

LYN 7303

The Cliff Richard Story

BM

RDSUP 845

LYN 7593

Superstars Of The 60’s & 70’s

BM

RDREM 869

LYN 8791

Remembering The 40’s

PC

RDINS 883*

LYN 9035

Instruments In Gold

AB

RDGRE 863

LYN 9846

Golden Greats Of The 50’s & 60’s

BM - 6”

RDTDC 892*

LYN 9902

The Carpenters / Neil Diamond - The Best Of

BM

RDMIL 902

LYN 11026

The Million Sellers

RM -

RDPOP 896*

LYN 11764

Popular Music That Will Live Forever


RDBLM 914*

LYN 11875

150 Best-Loved Melodies

CH

RDLAY 921

LYN 12670

Smash Hits Of Today Instant Replay

TV

RDSEN 923*

LYN 12672

The Sensational 70’s

AF - 6”

RDSIX 912

LYN 13230

The Swinging 60’s

AF - 6”

RDGSC 913

LYN 13591

Golden Sounds From The Classics

CH - 6”

RDJAM 1000

LYN 14053

James Last - Maestro Of Melody

PC - 6”

RDRIC 1003

LYN 14745

The Best Of Cliff Richard & The Shadows

AF - 6”

RDREF 1004

LYN 14974

Reflections

CH - 6”

RD-GOM 1012

LYN 20096

Golden Memories Of The 60’s

AF - gold

RDSPC 1007

LYN 16257

Romantic Strings Play Your Favourite Light Classics

CH - 6”

Flexi Records Ltd

Lyntone

RDCAR 858*

Carpenters / Neil Diamond - Best Of

BM - 6” 

RDCUN 901*

Country Superstars

BM - 6” 

RDRAL 888

Orchestral Magic

CH - 6” 

RDTEN 891

150 Top Ten Country Hits

BP - 6” 

RDTOF 895

The Best Of Shirley Basseey, Connie Francis & Lena Martell

CH 

Sound For Industry

RDBLM 904*

150 Best Loved Melodies

CH - 6” 

RDCUN 842/6S*

Country Superstars

BM  

RDCWM 761/6S*

Eric Robinson’s World Of Music

ER  

RDDUS 819/6S

Stardust Memories

CM  

RDEKL 749/6S*

Easy Listening With Bert Kaempfert & James Last

CH  

RDFIH 723/4*

Festival Of International Hits

JY 

RDHAM 830/6S*

Herb Alpert & His Friends

BM 

RDHCR 792/6S*

Take Me Home Country Roads

MK 

RDHIT 784/6S*

Popular Music’s Golden Hit Parade

BM 

RDINC 817/6S*

The Incomparable Como

BM

RDJC 761/6S

The Best Of Johnny Cash

BM 

RDLR 705*

Mood Music For Listening And Relaxation

RDLR 705/6*

Mood Music For Listening And Relaxation

RDLOV 864

Love Story

CH

RDMAN 743/6S*

The Magic Of Mantovani

RDMDM 782/6S

Million Dollar Memories

BM

RDMEL 795/6S

Mantovani’s Treasury Of Melody

CH

RDPOP 731/6S*

Popular Music That Will Live Forever

RDSEN 897*

The Sensational 70’s

AF

RDSTA 766/6S

Stardust

CH

RDTER 826

Mediterranean Melody

BM

RDTCH 822/6S

Tchaikovsky - The World’s Best-Loved Composer

CH

RDTTUN 791/6S*

Tunes Of Glory

JS

RDTVS 846

SFI 359

TV Music Spectacular

BM

World Record Club

A sub-label of EMI that was their mail-order record club

LYN 2417*

Jim Reeves

Golden Memories

SFI 197*

Jim Reeves

Golden Memories

LYN 2360*

Last The Whole Night Through - James Last

LYN 2418

Shirley Bassey

Something Wonderful

LYN 2605

Gateway To The Classics - Yehudi Menuhin

LYN 2702

The Magic Of Mancini

LYN 3479

Pick-A-Pack

BM

Others

Time Life

TL1

The Baroque Era

Sound For Industry

The Longines Symphonette Society

Those Memory Years

Lyntone - LYN 1984

Time Life

Lyntone - LYN 2361*

The Swing Era

LYN 2752

The Slim Whitman Story

World Record Club Packaging which is typical for this genre

LYN 2599*

Last The Whole Night Through

James Last

RDAND 814/6S

The Best Of Andy Williams

BM

RDINS 852*

LYN 7228

Instruments In Gold

AB - gold

RDTYL 806/6S

LYN 3749

These You Have Loved

CH

RDEKL 778/6S*

Easy Listening With Bert Kaempfert & James Last

RDMAX 790/6S*

Singalong With Max

BM

RD TUN 791/6S*

LYN 5108

Tunes Of Glory

JS

GTFM 815/6S

LYN 4296

Your 101 Favourite Melodies

AH

RDHAM 781/6S*

Herb Alpert & His Friends

BM 

SFI 199

The Great Glen Campbell

RDHCR 792/6S*

LYN 3551

Take Me Home Country Roads

MK

RDMUS 804/6S

Country Music’s Golden Hit Parade

GH - gold

RDWAY 820/6S*

Castaway’s Choice

BM - gold

RDSTP 789/6S

Stereo Spectacular

CH

Unknown

SFI 246

The Golden Age Of British Dance Bands

RDML 709*

Down Memory Lane

JdM

RDLR 705*

Mood Music For Listening And Relaxing

SFI 277

A Hundred And One Headline Hits

SFI 285

Bringing Back The Good Times BM

SFI 526

Strike It Lucky With Motown Gold

LYN 8982

The Beatles Box

Time Life

Sonopresse* - SHOL 1205

The Swing Era

RDS/S253

Australia’s Greatest

MR - clear (believed to be Australian issue by SFI) 

RDS/S 253

LYN 110441

The Sensational 70’s

MR - silver

Global Reader’s Digest

U4LP 0447 - Ambassador Records in conjunction with Industrial Communications Pty. Ltd.

Rhapsody In Blue

AH - Australia

RDEKL 753/6S*

Easy Listening With Bert Kaempfert & James Last

CH  

RDCWM 776/6S*

Eric Robinson’s World Of Music

LYN 2359

A World Of Their Own

The Seekers

SFI 169

The Cliff Richard Story

LYN 2751

Nat King Cole - Forever Yours

RDGER 715/6*

Music For You

ER

RDLEE 1001

LYN 14655

Pop Jubilee

25 Years Of Great British Hits

TV - 6”

RDMSH 742/6S*

Music For The Starlight Hours

CH

RDWWW747/6S

Wonderful World Of Music

CH

RDFAM748/6S

Treasury Of Family Favourites

CH

RDCPO 741/6S

Command Performance

CH

RDLR 705* - SHOL 887

Mood Music For Listening And Relaxation

Pressed by Sonopresse in the Netherlands.

RDHAM 781/6S*

Herb Alpert & His Friends

BM 

RDBML 721

The Best Of Mario Lanza

LYN 2356*

Sentimental & Continental

Franck Pourcel

LYN 2598

The Taste Of Kaempfert

Bert Kaempfert

LYN 2600

Their Treasury Of Mixed Moods

LYN 5498*

Pick-A-Pack!

LYN 6827

Three Of The World’s Most Fabulous Entertainers

SFI 286

The Great Transatlantic Hits

SFI 454*

Pick-A-Pack!

RDNAN 798/6S

LYN 3505

Best Of Nana Mouskouri

CH

RDMW 701

Magical Worlds Of Melody

RDTAM 885

The Best Of Abba / Johnny Mathis

BM - 6”

RDELC 911

Easy Listening Country

BM - 6”

RDCWM 751/6S*

Eric Robinson’s World Of Music

ER  

RDWOS740/6S

Wonderland Of Sound

MB

LYN 3082

The World Of Country Music

MK

SFI 194

Sentimental & Continental - Franck Porcel

LYN 3081

The Very Best Of Bing

AD

RMED 808/6S*

LYN 4022

Mediterranean Melody

BM

RDMGH 824/6S

Great Music’s Greatest Hits

CH

RDLAS 813/6S*

The Best Of James Last

GD

RDFIH 779/6S*

Festival Of International Hits JY