Selection & Value
Since 1973 Continental Records
has built their reputation on:
Quality - All brand new 45 records
in original manufacturer sleeves,
Selection - More than 10,000
of the most popular titles always available
Value - Low, low prices -
often lower than used 45 records on other sites
This page provides links to all the
45 RPM records we sell.
45 RPM Catalogs
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.
Favourite 45 RPM Records at half price ($1.97 each)
New 45s as low as 30 cents each in bulk
Other 45 RPM records not listed?
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
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 version.
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.
here for the ZIP download (instead of the *.exe version)
45 RPM Catalogs
- 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.
Box Title Strips
Ordering records for your juke
box? We can prepare professionally made title strips for you
(or sell you blank ones).
details & ordering information
RPM Record "Sleeves"
Need new "sleeves" for your 45 RPM
records? We stock them! Complete
details & ordering information.
World's Worst Album Covers
The worst album covers you could
ever imagine. Complete details
45 RPM Records
RCA 45 RPM Player (about 1950)
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
formula. (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)
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