Music: Five Years of LP

Columbia Records celebrated the fifth anniversary of LP recordings with self-congratulatory statistics last week. In five years the company has issued 20 million of its own LPs and pressed over a million for independent labels. Best of all, from Columbia's point of view, LPs helped the company account for nearly a quarter of all records sold in 1952, appreciably narrowing the gap which has long existed between Columbia and giant RCA Victor.

For music lovers, the long-play record has produced a top bonanza. New titles are being issued at ten times the rate they were on 78-r.p.m. disks. The new records also...

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