45 RPM Records
Quality, Selection & Value
Since 1973 Continental
Records has built their reputation on:
- All brand new 45 records in original manufacturer sleeves,
- More than 10,000 of the most popular titles always available
- Low, low prices - often lower than used 45 records on other sites
This page provides
links to all the 45 RPM records we sell
Red perforated juke box strips are back in stock
September 2016 Special
All 45s (except bulk)
On-Line 45 RPM Catalogs
On-Line Complete Alphabetical Catalogs
All the records
in the following on-line listing are arranged alphabetically by artist.
So if you're looking for records by Roy Orbison, click on O. If you
are looking for records by Harper's Bizzarre, click on H. If you don't
know the artist of a song, use our "Search Our Site" button to the left.
A . B. C. D. E. F. G. H. I. J. K. L. M. N. O. P/Q. R. S. T/U. V. W/X. Y/Z
2800+ Favourite 45 RPM Records at half
price ($1.97 each)
Brand New 45s as low as 30 cents each in
Other 45 RPM
records not listed? Our on-line listings above are updated regularly
and provide a complete listing of every record that we inventory and
current pricing. No additional unlisted artists
or titles are available.
45 RPM Catalog Download
Download our free 45 RPM catalog (also
includes all our CDs too!) to the hard disk on your computer. Once
received, just double click on the downloaded file (co_cat.exe) to
place all the 4 *.doc files on your computer. These files can be opened
and printed using your computer using Microsoft Word '97 or any newer
Note that the 45
RPM "download" catalog was compiled 2009 03 13 - and was completely
redone to include every 45 RPM we stock and sell.
Click here for the ZIP download (instead
of the *.exe version)
Printed 45 RPM Catalogs
Printed - 10,000 Record (45 RPM) 66 Page
Catalog - (1989 edition)
Now sold out
and out of print. We will not be printing any more
45 RPM catalogs in the future. To obtain a free catalog of the 10,000
different 45 RPM RPM records we currently sell download
a free copy of the file and print it on your computer printer.
Juke Box Title Strips
for your juke box? We can prepare professionally made title
strips for you (or sell you blank ones). Complete details & ordering
45 RPM Record "Sleeves"
Need new "sleeves"
for your 45 RPM records? We stock them! Complete details & ordering information.
The World's Worst Album Covers
The worst album
covers you could ever imagine. Complete details
About 45 RPM Records
RCA 45 RPM Player
The 45 RPM record
was developed by RCA Victor company in 1949 - immediately following
the invention of "vinyl" plastic and the development of the 12" LP
record by CBS engineers (in 1948). The 45 RPM speed was the only one
to be decided by a precise optimization procedure. Calculus was used
to show that the optimum use of a disc record of constant rotational
speed occurs when the innermost recorded diameter is half the outermost
recorded diameter. That's why a 7-inch single has a label 3 1/2 inches
in diameter. Given the CBS LP vinyl groove dimensions and certain assumptions
about the bandwidth and tolerable distortion, a speed of 45 rpm comes
out of the
(Peter Copeland, British Library National Sound Archive, London).
To market their
format against the currently "reigning" 78 RPM (and the CBS 12" LP)
RCA released a series very low priced 45 RPM only players in
the late 1940s and early 1950s. Both amplified & non amplified models
were manufactured. The player above was sold in the early 1950s and
was equipped with a ceramic cartridge and an "RCA" jack - also "invented"
at the time! The model above did not include an amplifier or speaker
but was meant to plugged into the corresponding female RCA jack in an
RCA radio or TV - and use that product's amplifier and speaker. If you're
aged 50 or older, you may remember quite a number of these players by
1955 - sitting atop TV sets!
In spite of the
popularity of LPs, the sales of 45 RPM records continued to increase
all through the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. In their "peak" sales years
from 1973 to 1976 more than 100 million were sold each year in the USA.
All 45s made since
1971 have been pressed in stereo and have the same fidelity output
as CDs - i.e., 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz - a credit to the RCA engineers more
than 50 years ago!
Since 1998 many
"oldie" 45s have been discontinued by the record manufacturers because
of decining sales. By the end of this decade we expect that no more
will be manufactured.
(Neil Patte, 2004)
Most recent page review : 2013