B0780. THE WORLD’S ENCYCLOPEDIA OF RECORDED MUSIC [WERM]. F. F. CLOUGH & G. J. CUMING. Westport, CT, Greenwood, 1970 (reprint of the 1952-57 Editions). 890pp. (Incl. First Supplement, 1950-51.); Second Supplement, 1953. 262pp.; Third Supplement, 1957. 564pp. Three-Volume Set, rarely offered as a complete unit, especially in this preferred later edition. The Original 1952 UK Edition went out-of-print very quickly. This preferred 1970 reprint is also long out-of-print. 0-8371-3003-4
"The World's Encyclopaedia of Recorded Music, published in an original volume and three supplements during the 1950s, is an indispensable vade mecum to classical recordings on electric 78s and monaural LPs. Its scope is worldwide, as the title says, and the compilers, Clough & Cuming, not only cast their net very wide but did a scrupulous and scholarly job in making the listings more accurate, sometimes, than in the records' own documentation.
WERM was reprinted in the 1970s by Greenwood Press, at a high price for sale to libraries and in a reduced format making the text less readable. That edition, and the original, have been out of print for decades."
“There can be no question of reviewing, in the ordinary sense of the term, a volume of this character, and the best service I can render it and our readers, (to whom it will be indispensable) is by paraphrasing the Introduction in order to show the principles that have guided the authors in their colossal task of assembling under one cover ‘ every record of permanent music issued since the advent of electrical recording up to April 1950, throughout the world’….Enormous pains have been taken to identify the contents of the records, and in view of the careless and incorrect way so many records have been, and still are, labelled, the information presented here (not conveniently available in any other work of reference) is of the greatest value.”
- Alec Robertson, GRAMOPHONE, June, 1952