Music: Pseudo Stereo

Since stereo came along, the record industry has been haunted by the bogey of unplanned obsolescence: recordings that were big during the LP decade are now as dated as an automobile with fins. This week RCA Victor started to fight back by announcing the release of ''pseudo stereo"—or, as the record liners prudently euphemize, monophonic recordings with "electronic stereo reprocessing." RCA's first releases: Respighi's Fountains of Rome and Pines of Rome, Moussorgsky-Ravel's Pictures at an Exhibition, Dvorak's Symphony "From the New World", all conducted by Arturo Toscanini.

The sales of Toscanini disks, which...

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