Michael Hobson and Ying Tan formed Classic Records in January 1994, licensing approximately 30 titles from BMG's RCA Living Stereo classical LP catalog and later licensing material from from PolyGram's Verve jazz archive.
The acclaimed reissue label, which specialized in audiophile LP reissues of classic albums, employed its own custom-built tube-based mastering equipment on all of its releases; mastered its releases from original master tapes (or the best sources available). Earliest releases were a box set of RCA Living Stereo classical titles and Verve jazz titles (subsequently sold individually). In later years they took on some new releases as well, both in their Prevue series and under the Classic imprint.
Classic Records ceased in the late 2000s, the assets being acquired by Acoustic Sounds. Classic Records releases remain some of the most sought after audiophile records ever produced.