45 RPM Records
Quality, Selection & Value
Since 1973 Continental
Records has built their reputation on:
- 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
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 $75 or more to USA & Canada
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 (US$2.47 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 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 -
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
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 : 2016