45 RPM Records
Quality, 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.


FOR SALE

20,342 Brand New 45s !

No, we are not closing! We recently combined all our warehouse stock with our store inventory. We then separated our surplus inventory to sell as a single lot. Please click here for more details.
 

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 bulk

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 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

Ordering records 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 (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)


Most recent page review : 2013 05 29


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