An excellent educational and pennywise approach to record collecting, offering the beginner the experience of the present director of Columbia Masterworks, and owner of an authoritative record collection. He provides three lists:- a basic list for the beginner, two of progressively wider range for those who have good basic collections, including the most distinguished classical composers and their most representative recorded works. Availability and the pocketbook are considered rather than concentration on particular performance, involving greater cost, and finer distinction of taste than the average amateur listener requires. No preference is given to any record company; where there is choice of recordings, all are listed. In addition to the lists, there are brief biographies of composers included and commentary on selected works. Careful exclusion of unnecessary detail are prejudiced opinion enhances the value of this book. With the increased interest in records in Public Libraries, this book should prove a useful handbook for library reference, as well as a practical aid for private collectors.