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
February 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
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
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 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.
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 information
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
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
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
(Neil Patte, 2004)
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