That's when my dog is lying beneath her favorite tree. But most audiophiles would be refering to the old RCA vinyl that has the shadded dog RCA label in the center.Enjoy!
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It's when your blind date shows up wearing Oakleys, but looks more like Lassie than Cameron Diaz.
Beyond that, Krell1 is correct. The RCA shaded dogs are the LP pressings where the RCA dog on the label is not white, but illustrated with grades of shading that outline his body parts.
Typically these series of pressings are numbered as LSC **** ( 4 digit numeral) and the designation "Living Stereo."
The Classical (LSC "Living Stereo Classical"), are the valuable ones. There are shaded dogs in the LSP ( LIving Stereo Popular) pressings, but few have any value.
Also make certain that they are LSC (stereo) as there are tons of LM (mono's) around. Some of these are OK as well if your system is setup to play mono. Even the non-classical LSC's that I have are nice recordings and should not be passed up, if inexpensive (I pick them up for $1 @ the thrift's if the LP is mint - don't care about the covers).