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Created three decades ago by Jan-Eric Persson, this company continues to produce discs of exceptional quality. Persson's two-channel discs are nearly all made by the classic stereo microphone setup described by Alan Blumlein, and the result is a 3-dimensional image that is startlingly revealing. Several titles are available on LP, and new titles are in HDCD, or in SACD/CD hybrid discs. NOTE: Many of these titles are offered at a lowered price, thanks to a special purchase. Prices hold while quantities last. Beyond that, prices may change, or the recording may be discontinued.

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Records shown in red are used in UHF Magazine's tests of audio equipment.


Test Records 1, 2 & 3
Is
this ever a blast from the past! When the Opus 3 label was launched in 1977, Jan-Eric Persson’s clever gambit was to bring out three “test records” -- actually samplers. It worked. The Opus 3 sound was a revelation. Persson used a single pair of microphones, arranged in classic Blumlein pattern, plugged directly into his analog tape recorder. It feels good to listen to these pieces again. It begins with Thérèse Juel’s Tiden bara går. There are guitar pieces, by Peder Riis, Duodecima and the Stockholm Guitar Quartet. There’s the Buddy Bolden Blues, by Tomas Örnberg’s Blue Five. It’s still great!.
CD: CD22081 $24.50 Click to buy

Jazz Trio
The volcanic jazz pianist Knud Jörgensen, in a superb LP re-release of his 1984 recording. High quality German pressing.
LP: LP8401 $24.50 Click to buy

A Unique Classical Guitar Collection
Uniwue indeed, this SACD contains extended excerpts from Opus 3 classical guitar LPs of the company's early years: the Stocholm Guitar Quartet, Duodecima, Petter Riis, and others. Terrific!
SACD: CD22062 $
24.50 Click to buy


Test CD 5 (replaced by Showcase 2005, below)

Showcase 2005
The latest sampler of great music from opus 3: classical, jazz and blues. Great SACD sound.
SACD: CD22050 $24.50 Click to buy

Autumn Shuffle
Guitarist Peder af Ugglas wanders among blues and rock in this hybrid SACD. Always beguiling, sometimes downright enthralling.
CD: CD22042 $24.50 Click to buy
LP: LP22042 $24.50 Click to buy

Showcase
An SACD sampler of recent Opus 3 recordings, many of them from analog originals. Includes Eric Bibb, Lars Erstrand. the Swedish Jazz Kings, many more.
LP: LP21000 $20.95 Click to buy
DOUBLE 45 rpm LP: LP19603 $35.00 Click to buy

Spirit and the Blues
Like his father, the legendary Leon Bibb, Eric Bibb understands the blues. He and the other musicians, all playing strictly acoustic instruments, have done a fine recording, and Opus 3 has made it sound exceptional. The stupendous LP version is double, and was cut at 45 rpm.

SACD: CD19411 $24.50
Click to buy
DOUBLE 45 rpm LP: LP19401 $35.00
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Tiny Island
More from Eric Bibb and his Needed time Gospel Blues group.
SACD: CD19824 $24.50
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Just Like Love
The newest disc from Eric Bibb, this one is (mostly) less oriented to Gospel and more to Blues. Bibb’s group, Needed Time, is not here, but he’s surrounded by half a dozen fine musicians. A nice recording. This is a hybrid disc, with a conventional CD layer and a Super Audio high definition layer too.
SACD: CD21002 $24.50 Click to buy

Levande
The full recording from which “Tiden Bara Går” on Test Record No.1 is taken. This great song isn’t even the best on the album! A fine singer, doing folklike material…and who cares about understanding the words?
CD: OPCD7917 $16.95
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Concertos for Double Bass
This album of modern and 19th Century music is a favorite among Opus 3 fans for its deep, sensuous sound. And the music is worth discovering. It is sensuous and lyrical, a delight in every way.

SACD: OPCD8502 $24.50
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Test Record No.4
This latest sampler disc from Opus 3 contains several cuts from records we use in our tests, including Larson’s Concertino for double bass and the Tomas Örmberg jazz group. Eleven cuts: classical, jazz and pop. The clarity and the stereo image are both exceptional.
LP: OPLP9200 $24.50
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LARS ERSTRAND AND FOUR BROTHERS
Erstrand's followup album, also excellent.
LP: 8402 $24.00 Click to buy

TEST RECORD 3: DYNAMICS
Perhaps the least known of Opus 3's four samplers, it is full of fine selections, pop and classical, from (often discontinued) Opus 3 albums. The sound is exceptional, as usual. Our remaining copies include a (very good) inner sleeve, but no outer sleeve. But look at the price!
LP: 8300 $12 Click to buy

ALL PRICES SHOWN IN CANADIAN DOLLARS. REMEMBER, WE CAN ORDER VIRTUALLY ANY RECORDING ON THE OPUS 3 LABEL. FOR RECORD ORDERING INFORMATION, IN CANADA OR ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, GO BACK TO THE MAIN AUDIOPHILE STORE PAGE.