45 RPM Records
Quality, Selection, Value and Service
Since 1973 Continental Records has built their reputation on:
Quality - All brand new 45 RPM 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
Service - Real personal service - from the owner - he will take your order
This page provides links to all the 45 RPM records we sell
Free shipping on all orders of $60 or more to USA and Canada
All 45s and all CDs
On-Line 45 RPM Catalogs
All the records in the following on-line listing are arranged
alphabetically by artist or band. 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.
Special - 2800+ Favourite 45 RPM Records at half price (US$2.97/CAN$3.47 each)
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
Printed 45 RPM Catalogs
10,000 Record (45 RPM) 66 Page Printed Catalog - (1989 ed.)
This catalog sold out more than 20 years ago - we will not be
printing any more 45 RPM catalogs in the future. To obtain a
copy of Continental Records current catalog make your own.
Copy each page above (A to Y/Z) to your computer and print your
own personal copy (8 Point - 4 columns per page).
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 and ordering information
45 RPM Record "Sleeves"
This item is no longer sold by Continental Records. "Bags
Unlimited" in Rochester NY sells a variety of white and
coloured 45 RPM and LP sleeves.
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
(Peter Copeland, British Library National Sound Archive,
To market their format against the currently "reigning" 78 RPM
(and the CBS 12" LP) RCA released a series very low priced 45RPM
only players in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Both amplified and
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 65 or older,
you may remember quite a number of these players by 1955 - sitting
on top of 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.
Unfortunately, during the 1990s "oldie" (reissue) 45s were discontinued by the
record manufacturers because of decining sales.
Neil Patte (2021)
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