Audio Fidelity recordings

image In 1969, the Clancy Brothers left Columbia records and signed with Audio Fidelity. The group released four LPs on Audio Fidelity between 1970-1973.

Accurate information about this company, concerning the Clancys' LPs and subsequent reissues, is scarce — at best. Audio Fidelity Records was founded by Sidney Frey in 1955, and released the world's first commercially available stereo LP, in November 1957. Apparently, Frey sold the company to Herman Gimbel, around 1965. Gimbel is credited as "executive producer" on the Clancys' Audio Fidelity albums. The company went into decline sometime in the late 70's or early 80's, and eventually out of business — possibly bankrupt. It is not known what became of the masters of the Clancys' Audio Fidelity recordings, or even if they still exist.

There is currently an Audio Fidelity label in business, founded by Marshall Blonstein; other than the name they have no connection to the company founded by Sidney Frey.

Some of this information came from Bruce Laing's Audio Fidelity website, which is now off-line.


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