Music: The Spirit of 78

They were easy to break. They held only about four minutes of music per side. They were so heavy that a complete Don Giovanni ran to 23 records and weighed in at a shelf-sagging 14 pounds. Most people in the late 1940s were glad to see the old 78-r.p.m. disks being phased out in favor of lightweight, long-playing, superior-sounding microgroove records. Now, though, those old 78s may be coming back again.

The British Institute of Recorded Sound Ltd. has just announced it will issue exact copies of some of the choicest antiques under the His...

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