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Weird and Obscure Facts About Vinyl Records

Weird Vinyl Record

Now much like the Vinyl Record Language we’ve talked about Vinyl also has some weird customs and facts surrounding it. Just like the people who created the music Vinyl itself is also swimming in uniqueness and quirky features. We’ve pulled together below some of Vinyls eccentricities to leave your beguiled, fascinated and perhaps even a little weirded out by the endlessly interesting world of Vinyl Records. Enjoy!

  1. Secret Messages: Some vinyl records, particularly in the 1970s and 1980s, contained hidden messages etched into the run-out groove area. These messages were often jokes or hidden easter eggs for dedicated listeners.

    Great Example of Vinyl Record Secret Message on This Pink Floyd LP

    Pink Floyd 'Empty Spaces' Secret Message on Vinyl

  2. Locked Grooves: Some albums, like The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” featured locked grooves at the end of a side. When the needle reached this point, it would keep playing the same loop until manually lifted, creating a continuous and sometimes eerie sound.

    Locked Groove Example From The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,”

    The Beatles Sgt Pepper Inner Groove 3 Different Editions

  3. Coloured Vinyl: While most vinyl records are black, there are numerous coloured vinyl variations, including transparent, splatter, marble, and even glow-in-the-dark versions. These variations are often sought after by collectors.

    A Nice Example in this video of Coloured Vinyl

    Negative Scanner Nose Picker TV On Green Vinyl Record Play

  4. Double Groove Records: Some experimental records, like Monty Python’s “Matching Tie and Handkerchief,” had two parallel grooves on one side, resulting in different audio tracks depending on where the needle was placed, providing a surprise listening experience.

    Double Groove Record Example From Tool-Opiate

    Tool-opiate Lp double groove hidden track

  5. Holograms: In the 1970s, a few records featured holograms on their surfaces, creating a unique visual effect when the record rotated on the turntable.

    Hologram Record Example Star Wars The Force Awakens LP

    Quick look at the hologram on the Star Wars vinyl lp

  6. Etched Records: Some vinyl records have elaborate etchings on the non-playing side, turning them into miniature works of art. Bands like Tool have employed this technique for their albums.

  7. Liquid-Filled Records: In the 1970s, promotional records with liquid-filled grooves were created. These records typically contained small amounts of colourful liquid that would move around as the record played, creating a mesmerising visual effect.

    Example of a Liquid Filler Record – Year Of October (Trouble Comes)

    Red Wizard - Ogami 7" Liquid Filled Vinyl "Blood of a Warrior" Variant

  8. 78 RPM Records: Before the standard 33 1/3 and 45 RPM records, there were 78 RPM records. These early discs were typically made from shellac and were much more brittle than modern vinyl records.

    Example of a 78 RPM Record – The Beatles (I Saw Her Standing Their) Indian Issue

    The Beatles: I Saw Her Standing There - Indian issue 78rpm

  9. Flexi-Discs: Flexi-discs were ultra-thin, flexible vinyl records often included as promotional items in magazines. They were cheap to produce and offered a brief musical experience. The Beatles and Elvis Presley are among the artists who released flexi-discs.

    Example of Flexi-Disc – Billie Eilish (Everything I Wanted)

    Billie Eilish - Everything I Wanted (2020) [Flexible Vinyl Sheet Video]

  10. Picture Discs: Picture discs have images or artwork printed directly onto the vinyl surface, making them visually striking but sometimes sacrificing audio quality due to the added thickness.

    Example of a Picture Disc and How There Made From Ensiferum (Two Paths)

    Picture Disc Vinyl - Ensiferum - Two Paths [Pallas Group]

  11. Quadrasonic Records: In the 1970s, there was an attempt to introduce quadrasonic sound by encoding audio on vinyl records with four separate channels. However, the format didn’t gain widespread popularity and was short-lived.

    Example of a Quadrasonic Record From Pink Floyd (Dark Side Of The Moon)

    Pink Floyd – Time *1973* /// *vinyl* *quadraphonic*

  12. Odd Sizes: While 7-inch and 12-inch records are common, there are many obscure vinyl sizes, including 10-inch, 16-inch, and even 5-inch records. These formats were often used for special purposes or niche markets.

    A Whopping 20 Inch Example Record From a 1905 Pathé

    A 1905 Pathé 20 inch record 120rpm on a Timestep RA turntable

  13. Records Made from Unusual Materials: Some experimental artists have released vinyl records made from unconventional materials like wood, chocolate, and even ice. These records often had limited playability and were more about artistic expression than practicality.

    An Amazing Ice Record From Shout Out Loud’s – Blue Ice

    Shout Out Louds - Blue Ice The Ice Record Project

  14. Reverse-Playing Records: Certain albums, like The Flaming Lips’ “Zaireeka,” were designed to be played on multiple turntables simultaneously, with each turntable playing a different track. The listener would need multiple record players to experience the music as intended.

    An Intentional Secret Message From Queen’s – Another One Bites The Dust – Who Knows?

    Queen - Another One Bites The Dust - Backwards

  15. Most Valuable Vinyl Record: The most expensive vinyl record ever sold at auction is a rare copy of Wu-Tang Clan’s “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin,” which was sold for millions of dollars. This record was treated as a unique piece of art and was produced in a limited edition of just one copy.

    f Wu-Tang Clan's "Once Upon a Time in Shaolin,"

These obscure facts about vinyl records highlight the rich history and creativity associated with this analog music format. Vinyl continues to captivate collectors and enthusiasts with its unique quirks and charm.

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Vinyl Record Slang Words and Phrases – The Record Lexicon

Girl pictured listening to a record in the far distance

Now for anyone out there who has just been into a record shop for the first time you probably came out wondering what on earth the weird dwellers inside were going on about. The world of Vinyl Records has like so many other hobbies a language all of its very own. Breaking into this world can be tough if you’re trying not to let everyone else know you’re a Vinyl Virgin. This why we’ve had a go about bringing light to this hidden language.

Below you’ll find an explanation of many of the slang words and phrases you generally hear being thrown around by Vinyl Record enthusiasts. Now by no means is this the complete bible of Vinyl Slang – its a big old list but there are likely other phrases out there we’ve never heard of – If you’ve got any others we’ve missed feel free to drop them in the comments at the bottom and we’ll add them in. Let’s help out the kids and the uninitiated – wax can be scary!

Vinyl Record Slang Words and Phrases Guide

  1. 45: A vinyl record with a play speed of 45 RPM (Revolutions Per Minute).
  2. 78: A vinyl record with a play speed of 78 RPM, often made of shellac.
  3. 12-inch: Refers to a vinyl record with a 12-inch diameter, typically an extended play (EP) or single.
  4. 33⅓: The standard RPM for long-play (LP) records, often simply called “33s.”
  5. 7-inch: A vinyl record with a 7-inch diameter, commonly used for singles.
  6. Acetate Disc: A type of record used for mastering and testing, often made of acetate material.
  7. Anti-skate: A feature on turntables that prevents the stylus from skating across the record.
  8. Analog: Sound recorded and reproduced through physical means, like vinyl records.
  9. Audiofile: An audiophile who prefers the sound quality of vinyl records.
  10. Audiophile Pressing: A vinyl record pressed with meticulous attention to sound quality.
  11. B-side: The lesser-known track on the flip side of a single or EP.
  12. Backcueing: Moving the stylus backward on a spinning record to cue a specific point.
  13. Bakelite: An early material used for records before vinyl, known for its brittleness.
  14. Bleed-through: When sound from one side of the vinyl record is faintly heard on the other side.
  15. Bootleg: An unauthorized or illegal recording or pressing
  16. Breakbeat: A drumbeat sampled from a vinyl record, commonly used in hip-hop.
  17. Crate Cruiser: A dedicated cratedigger who searches far and wide for records.
  18. Crate Digging: The act of searching for vinyl records, especially rare ones.
  19. Clipping: Distortion caused by the audio signal exceeding the limits of the recording medium.
  20. Collector’s Item: A vinyl record with significant value to collectors due to rarity or historical significance.
  21. Cork Slipmat: A slipmat made of cork material, often used for DJing.
  22. Crosstalk: When the audio from one groove leaks into another on the same side of the record.
  23. Cue: Marking a specific point on a vinyl record where playback will begin.
  24. Cue Burn: Wear and damage to the grooves caused by repeated cueing.
  25. Cutting a Record: Creating a vinyl record by cutting grooves into a lacquer disc.
  26. Dead Wax: The area on a vinyl record between the label and the grooves, often containing matrix numbers.
  27. Deck: Slang for a turntable.
  28. Dirtbox: A slang term for a DJ’s setup, including turntables and mixer.
  29. Digging in the Crates (DITC): Searching for rare records in crates.
  30. DJ Crate: DJs often have a collection of records that they use exclusively for DJing. These records are known as “DJ crates.”
  31. Djent: A genre of music characterized by palm-muted guitar sounds often found in metal records.
  32. Djungle Fever: The exhilaration of discovering a rare record while digging.
  33. Dust Cover: A hinged cover that protects the turntable and record from dust.
  34. Dust Magnet: A vinyl record that easily attracts dust and needs frequent cleaning.
  35. EP (Extended Play): An EP is a vinyl record that has more tracks than a single but fewer than a full-length album. It typically contains around 3 to 6 songs.
  36. Fadeout Groove: The gradual reduction of audio level at the end of a track.
  37. Flipper: Someone who buys records with the intention of selling them for a profit.
  38. Flipping: Buying records to sell at a profit.
  39. Gatefold: An album cover that folds out to reveal additional artwork or information.
  40. Gig Crate: Records a DJ brings to a gig for their set.
  41. Goldmine: A valuable record find, often unexpected.
  42. Groove: The spiral path on a vinyl record where the needle runs.
  43. Groove Master: An expert at finding the best-sounding pressings of records.
  44. Groove Wear: Damage to the grooves of a record due to repeated playback.
  45. Headshell: The part of the tonearm that holds the cartridge and stylus.
  46. High Fidelity (Hi-Fi): High-quality audio reproduction.
  47. Inner Groove Distortion: The distortion that can occur at the end of a side of a record.
  48. Inner Sleeve: A protective sleeve inside the LP jacket.
  49. Label Art: The design and artwork on the record label.
  50. Lead-in Groove: The initial groove on a side of a record before the music starts.
  51. LP Jacket: The outer cover of an LP.
  52. LP (Long Play): An LP is a full-length vinyl album, typically containing 8 to 12 tracks or more.
  53. Mint: Perfect, like-new condition for a vinyl record.
  54. Needle Drop: Placing the needle onto a specific groove to start playback.
  55. Outer Sleeve: A clear plastic sleeve that protects the LP jacket.
  56. Picture Disc: A vinyl record with artwork or a photograph printed on the disc.
  57. Playback Speed: The speed at which a vinyl record is played on the turntable.
  58. Rarities: Extremely rare vinyl records that collectors seek.
  59. RPM (Revolutions Per Minute): The speed at which the turntable spins the record.
  60. Scratch DJ: A DJ who specializes in using turntables and vinyl records to create rhythmic scratches and manipulations as part of their performance.
  61. Scratching: Manipulating a vinyl record back and forth to create rhythmic sounds.
  62. Shelf Queen: A rare, valuable vinyl record that is displayed but rarely played.
  63. Shellac Spinner: A vintage term for a record player used to play shellac records before the widespread adoption of vinyl.
  64. Sibilance: The hissing sound sometimes heard in vocal recordings on vinyl.
  65. Single: A vinyl record with one song on each side.
  66. Sleeve: The paper or cardboard cover that protects the vinyl record.
  67. Soundstage: The spatial representation of sound when listening to vinyl records.
  68. Spin: Playing a vinyl record on a turntable.
  69. Spindle: The central rod on a turntable where you place the record.
  70. Spindle Hole Adapter: A small insert that allows a 45 RPM record to fit on a turntable spindle.
  71. Stacks: A collection of vinyl records.
  72. Stash: A hidden collection of vinyl records.
  73. Stylus: The needle that reads the grooves on a vinyl record.
  74. Surface Noise: The inherent noise produced by the friction between the stylus and vinyl surface.
  75. Tonearm: The arm of a turntable that holds the cartridge and needle.
  76. Tonearm Weight: The adjustable weight on the tonearm to ensure proper tracking.
  77. Tone Poet: A collector who values the tonal qualities of vinyl records.
  78. Tracking Force: The pressure applied by the stylus to the vinyl surface.
  79. Turntablism: The art of using turntables and vinyl records as musical instruments, often involving scratching and mixing.
  80. Vinylhead: An enthusiastic collector or aficionado of vinyl records.
  81. Vinyl Junkie: Someone with an insatiable addiction to collecting vinyl records.
  82. Vinyl Revival: The resurgence in popularity of vinyl records in recent years.
  83. Warmth: The unique, rich sound quality associated with vinyl records.
  84. Warped: When a vinyl record becomes warped, causing playback issues.
  85. Warped Tour: When a DJ’s records warp due to outdoor exposure.
  86. Wax: Refers to the vinyl record itself.
  87. White Label: A vinyl record with a plain white label, often a promotional or test pressing.
  88. 100g Vinyl: Refers to a record pressed on 100-gram vinyl, which can affect sound quality.
  89. 180g Vinyl: A thicker, heavier vinyl record known for its improved sound quality.
  90. 240g Vinyl: An even thicker and heavier vinyl record, often considered audiophile-grade.
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Can Any Record Player Play a 7-Inch Record? Unpacking the Compatibility of Vinyl Records

7 Inch Records Lying On Top Of a Record Player

Lets Dive into the Mysteries of The 7 Inch

Vinyl records, with their rich sound and nostalgic appeal, have seen a resurgence in popularity in recent years. Collectors and music enthusiasts often cherish these analog treasures, which come in various sizes, including 7-inch records. While many record players can handle standard 12-inch LPs, the question arises: can any record player play a 7-inch record? In this in-depth article, we will explore the compatibility of 7-inch records with different types of record players, examining the essential factors that determine whether your turntable can handle these smaller vinyl gems.

Understanding Vinyl Record Sizes

Before delving into compatibility, it’s crucial to understand the various vinyl record sizes. There are three primary sizes:

  1. 12-Inch LPs (Long Plays): These are the standard-sized vinyl records that contain full-length albums. They play at 33 1/3 revolutions per minute (RPM) and are the most common size.
  2. 7-Inch Singles: Often referred to as 45s, these smaller records contain single tracks or shorter recordings. They play at 45 RPM and are commonly used for individual songs or promotional releases.
  3. 10-Inch Records: These intermediate-sized records are less common but exist in various genres. They can play at either 33 1/3 RPM or 45 RPM, depending on the content.

Record Player Types

Record players come in various types, each with its own features and capabilities. To determine whether a record player can play 7-inch records, it’s essential to understand the distinctions between these types:

  1. Manual Turntables: These record players require manual operation, including manually placing the needle on the record and lifting it off when the playtime ends. Many manual turntables can play 7-inch records as long as they have the appropriate RPM setting (45 RPM) and a spindle adapter to fit the smaller center hole of the 7-inch record.
  2. Automatic Turntables: Automatic turntables have features like auto-start and auto-return, making them more user-friendly. Some models have settings for both 33 1/3 RPM and 45 RPM, accommodating 7-inch records with ease.
    What is Auto Stop on a Turntable and How it Protects Your Records (crazy example included)
  3. Belt-Drive vs. Direct-Drive: The type of drive system in a turntable can affect its compatibility with 7-inch records. Belt-drive turntables are generally more versatile and can handle different RPM settings with ease. Direct-drive turntables are often better suited for DJing and may require additional adjustments for playing 7-inch records.
  4. Vintage Turntables: Vintage record players, while charming and collectible, may have limited compatibility with 7-inch records. They might not support 45 RPM or require a manual switch to change speeds.
Vintage Portable 7 Inch Record Player
Vintage Portable 7 Inch Record Player

Considerations for Playing 7-Inch Records

When attempting to play 7-inch records on your turntable, here are some considerations:

  1. Speed Adjustment: Ensure that your turntable can switch between 33 1/3 RPM and 45 RPM. Most modern turntables offer this feature.
  2. Spindle Adapter: Many 7-inch records have a larger centre hole than their 12-inch counterparts. You may need a spindle adapter to fit the 7-inch record securely on the turntable.
  3. Tracking Force: Adjust the tracking force and anti-skating settings on your tonearm to ensure proper playback and prevent damage to the smaller grooves of 7-inch records.
  4. Stylus Compatibility: Check that your turntable’s stylus (needle) is suitable for playing 7-inch records, as different stylus shapes and sizes are optimized for various vinyl sizes.
Black Aluminium Record Adapter
Example of a Record Adapter


In answer to the question, “Can any record player play a 7-inch record?” the answer is generally yes, with some important caveats. Most modern turntables, whether manual or automatic, should be capable of playing 7-inch records, provided they offer adjustable speed settings and can accommodate the smaller center hole. Vintage or specialty turntables may require additional attention to ensure compatibility.

To enjoy your 7-inch vinyl collection fully, it’s essential to understand your specific record player’s capabilities and make any necessary adjustments. With the right setup and attention to detail, you can relish the unique sound and experience that 7-inch records offer, making them a valuable addition to any vinyl enthusiast’s collection.

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The Magical Mechanics of Vinyl Records: A Deep Dive into Their Inner Workings

A Shiny Vinyl Record Photographed in Black and White

An Introduction To How Vinyl Records Work

In a world of digital streaming and MP3 downloads, the allure of vinyl records persists, drawing in music enthusiasts and audiophiles alike. These discs have a remarkable history. There’s something undeniably captivating about the warm, analog sound and the tangible connection to the music that vinyl records offer. But how exactly do these circular marvels work? In this article, we’ll embark on a journey through the mechanics of vinyl records, from grooves to vibrations and everything in between.

The Anatomy of a Vinyl Record

Before we dive into the workings of vinyl records, let’s dissect one to understand its physical structure. A standard vinyl record consists of several key components:

  1. Vinyl Disc: The most apparent part is the vinyl disc itself, usually 12 inches in diameter, although other sizes like 7-inch and 10-inch records exist. This disc is made primarily of polyvinyl chloride (PVC).
  2. Grooves: The grooves are spiral indentations etched into the vinyl’s surface. These grooves contain the audio information in the form of tiny wiggles and undulations.
  3. Label: The label is at the centre of the record and provides information about the album, tracklist, and more.
  4. Lead-In and Lead-Out Grooves: These grooves at the beginning and end of each side of the record serve as guides for the stylus (needle) and contain no music.
Vinyl Record Groove Up Close

The Playback Process

Now that we’ve examined the physical structure of a vinyl record, let’s explore how it actually produces music:

  1. Cutting the Master: The process begins with the creation of a master recording. Sound engineers use a cutting lathe to translate the audio signal into physical grooves on a blank disc, referred to as the master.
  2. Playback Equipment: To play a vinyl record, you need a turntable or record player equipped with a tonearm and a stylus (needle). The stylus, typically made of diamond, is mounted at the end of the tonearm.
  3. Placing the Needle: Gently placing the stylus at the edge of the record starts the playback process. As the record spins, the stylus follows the grooves, tracing the undulations created during the cutting process.
  4. Mechanical Vibration: As the stylus moves along the grooves, it encounters variations in the groove’s shape. These variations correspond to the original audio signal. The stylus vibrates as it navigates the grooves.
  5. Translating Vibrations: The stylus’s vibrations are transmitted through the tonearm, which is connected to a cartridge. The cartridge contains a tiny magnet and a coil of wire. The movement of the stylus within the grooves generates electrical signals in the coil.
  6. Amplification: These electrical signals are weak and require amplification to be audible. They are sent to a phono preamplifier, which boosts the signal to line level.
  7. Signal Processing: The amplified signal then goes through an equalization (EQ) process, which compensates for the natural frequency response of vinyl records. This is known as the RIAA curve.
  8. Amplification Again: After EQ, the signal is further amplified to a level suitable for powering speakers or headphones.
  9. Sound Reproduction: The final, amplified signal is sent to your speakers or headphones, where it is converted back into sound waves that you can hear.
Vinyl Record Amplification Equipment

The Beauty of Vinyl

So, what sets vinyl records apart from their digital counterparts? Several factors contribute to the unique appeal of vinyl:

  1. Analog Warmth: Vinyl records produce an analog sound that many enthusiasts describe as warm and organic, with a rich depth that digital formats often struggle to replicate.
  2. Tactile Experience: Handling vinyl records, carefully placing the needle, and watching the spinning disc create a tactile and immersive connection to the music.
  3. Album Artwork: Vinyl records feature larger album artwork and additional physical elements like lyric sheets and posters, enhancing the overall sensory experience.
  4. Collectibility: Collecting vinyl records has become a hobby in itself, with a vibrant community of collectors seeking rare and limited-edition releases.
A sound engineer checking a vinyl record for quality


In a world increasingly dominated by digital convenience, vinyl records remain a testament to the enduring appeal of analog technology. Their intricate mechanics, from grooves etched in PVC to the vibrations of a diamond stylus, bring music to life in a way that’s both nostalgic and timeless. Vinyl records aren’t just about music; they’re about the experience, the connection, and the appreciation of the artistry that goes into every groove. Whether you’re a seasoned audiophile or a curious newcomer, vinyl records offer a tangible and magical gateway to the world of music.

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Collectors Guide To Building a Vinyl Record Collection

Someone Leafing Through a Collection Of Vinyl Records

Collectors Handbook For Building a Collection Of Vinyl LP’s

The Collectors market for LP’s from the 50’s up to the 90’s can be explained only by what was available then, and what we have today. Many people wonder why it is so hard to find things they are looking for.

This guide will show why some vinyl records are considered valuable and others are less so. All music is collectable, depending on each collectors interests. This guide will show the market as it appears today. Rating the music style of the past up to the present.

I’ll list the categories and then rate them based on the demand and also the value of each music interest. Whether it be 12 inch or 7 inch discs – let’s see what the market has to offer.

Categories of Music and Their Collectiblity 

Rock Music Vinyl Records Are Ranked As Excellent For Their Collectability and Demand

Keith Richards Playing a Guitar at a Rock Concert

I start with this category since it is by far the most collected field of music among LP collectors. However it doesn’t mean it is the most valuable category. With out a doubt, Jazz is and that will be explained later.

Music in the 50s produced more Adult oriented music. Rock and Roll attracted the younger crowd. For that reason LPs were not bought by younger people. The 45 rpm single was more affordable to them. For that reason many Rock and Rollers had very few LPs produced by them. For that reason only, they are more scarce and as compared to the 60s and as a consequence are of the most valuable. Elvis changed all that in the 60s. He almost single handily sold more LPs than any other Rock group, prior to the British invasion. Soon the younger generation was now buying more LPs.

The Adult listening crowd stopped going to the music stores, since stores were now being populated by teenagers, as opposed to the 50s, teens went there maybe once or twice a month.

Finally in the 70s, the Rock LPs dominated the market and that is why it represents one of the most overstocked and least valuable categories. Then the 80s brought the CD into the market and LP sales gradually began to fade. This was not by popularity. (The record labels pulled the plug on LP’s in order to force people into buying CD’s.)

Because of this, most LP titles during the 80s are harder to find and by the end of the 80s, most releases did not even have a LP (vinyl) version.

The early 90s brought back a small amount of titles yet they are scarce and are considered, instant collectibles. Once they were gone from the retail, the only way to find them is through resale. That almost instantly drives the prices up, within months of issue dates and can in some cases create a false market among collectors. Still if you were not on the band wagon when the record came out, wanting to get it later will be costly.

This has driven the collector to the import market. At least a good amount of vinyl LP’s were still being made around the world. They will cost more to domestic collectors, yet even common titles from the 70s should be picked up when you can find them, since they are often superior pressings.

Doo-wop Vinyl Records Are Ranked As Excellent For Collectability and Demand

Early doo-wop is extremely hard to find, yet is highly sought after. Of the best and most desired, such groups as the Five Satins and Five keys. Not to mention Penguins, Del-vikings and many others. These artists can be worth anywhere from hundreds to thousands. Near Mint items will almost always sell for more than book prices since price guides become out dated quickly when it comes to rare Near Mint gems.

Early Rock n Roll Vinyl Records Are Ranked As Excellent For Collectability and Demand

Buddy Holly Looking Remarkable on This Early Photo of Him

Bill Haley is still hot. Elvis and other early Rockabilly stars (Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, some Johnny Cash) are still in big demand, as are other stars such as Johnny Burnette, and Marvin Rainwater. 

Rockabilly may be the single most valuable category in the Rock category. Not just because they are scarce, but because they represent a join a mix of Country and R&B; collectors seeking this style of music.

Rock and Rollers such as Buddy Holly and Little Richard are very collectable, and valuable, yet Rockabilly for the very obscure titles and artists can command thousands in the open market. Find them in Near Mint condition will be costly unless you strike a great find in a flea market. That is to say the least, a very rare occurrence. Be prepared for years of searching or else paying top rates for them when they are available from sellers and dealers who know what they have. They just don’t come cheaply and perhaps never will.

Late 50s-early 60s Rock and Roll Are Ranked As Very Good For Collectability and Demand

Chuck Berry is a legend and remains at the top of this category. Followed by other legends such as The Everly’sDuane EddyBelmontsRoy Orbison and The Platters. Etc., the list could go on and on.

Early 60s Teen Idols Are Ranked As Very Good For Collectability and Demand

Value wise they are not of the highest, yet some teen idols still command decent prices. Paul Anka, Avolon, Ricky Nelson, Rydell and so on.

60s Girl groups Are Ranked As Excellent For Collectability and Demand

Still very hot and some getting harder to find in decent condition. The Angels, Crystals, Ronnettes, Chiffons, are some very desirable girl groups.

The British invasion is Ranked As Very Good For Collectability and Demand

The Beatles with there fantastic mop haircuts

The market is mostly dominated by The Rolling StonesThe Beatles and The Dave Clark Five. Some lesser demand exists for Herman’s Hermits, Freddy and the Dreamers and Chad and Jeremy.

The Beatles Are Ranked As Excellent For Collectability and Demand

They alone are the single most collectable group of this century. Say what you will about them having made a lot of records, yet finding the Near Mint gems of the fab four has become more difficult than ever before. Still the number 1 group in the market. Plenty of people have Beatles records. Only a handful have a unique collection.

The doors stay open for new finds. Prices are not getting lower. They will be hot for a long time to come. Even the new Anthology issues have become instant collectibles, only because they were limited in pressings. The BBC release is already commanding more than double the original retail price. Sealed copies are already getting 3 times book value. This may be hard to believe, but is quite true!

Elvis Presley Vinyl Records are Ranked As Excellent For Collectability and Demand

Elvis Presley Looking Every Bit The King of Rock and Roll on This King Creole Album Cover

Whats more is there to say. He is after all ‘The King.’ Collectors (just like those of the Beatles) are all over the world. The demand for Elvis is as high as it ever has been. Value wise, prices vary, yet even after his death, reissues are commanding top rates. Collectors seem to want it all, when it comes to Elvis. Duplicate copies, originals, and rare imports. They just can’t get enough of him.

Mid 60s And Surf Are Ranked As Very Good For Collectability and Demand

The Beach BoysJan and Dean, Dick Dale, Astronauts, Surfaris, etc… Still a great investment for the popular ones. some will not be valuable, yet if demand stays high, the market prices will either remain stable or gradually increase over the next few years. Once again the serious collector is looking for Near Mint, so although the Beach Boys sold better than most, they are still valuable if Mono and Near Mint.

Folk Rock Vinyl Records Are Ranked As Average For Collectability and Demand

Apologies to Bob Dylan fanatics. Although Dylan is priced high in most situations, the Folk Rock music overall is not in as big of a demand. Groups like the Byrds, Simon and Garfunkel and Joni Mitchel, are only so-so collectibles. Value wise, they are still fairly easy to obtain.

Late 60s Early 70s Are Ranked As Very Good For Collectibility and Demand

The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane… They are all still desirable and still in demand. Some are valuable and some not, but still popular in today’s market.  Remember, Hendrix only made 5 LPs up until his death. There are over 300 LPs by him, since his death. Originals from his first 5, will command big prices in a serious market pool.

70s Mainstream Are Ranked As Average For Collectibility and Demand

Peter Frampton, Styx, Seger, Chicago, Doobies… Although there was some good music here , they are rather easy to find, and so not much interest or huge value. Best to just pick them up for the music.

Too many of these titles were produced and so the market is only for the music, not for originals, or rarity.

Soft Rock Is Ranked As Average For Collectibility and Demand

The obvious choice in this area are Carly Simon, America and Bread.

British Progressive Rock Is Ranked As Above Average For Collectability and Demand

Iconic Pink Floyd Album Cover Of Wish You Were Here

Although such groups like Pink Floyd are still a great sound to collect, most Prog rock is not in heavy demand but there are undoubtably bright spots in the marker. Most titles from early GenesisYes, Emerson Lake and Palmer and Mike Oldfield are growing in demand are becoming harder to find in good shape. Floyd can be increasingly scarce at times, yet there are plenty of their Dark Side of the Moon reissues out there.

Hard Rock Is Ranked As Above Average For Collectability and Demand

Black Sabbath, Scorpions are very strong in this sector with interest unquestionably growing as the stars grow older. Kiss stands out as very collectible.

Heavy Metal Is Ranked As Above Average For Collectability and Demand

Maybe not now but definitely gathering pace.

Speed Metal Is Ranked As Very Good For Collectability and Demand

Metallica heads the list. Garage Days being harder to find, and one of the most counterfeited metal LP’s around. Motorhead, Slayer, Possessed, etc… There is a demand for these groups.

Punk Is Ranked As Very Good For Collectability and Demand

Ramones, Sex Pistols, Dead Kennedys… Punk is hot, and getting hotter. Many recorded for obscure record labels and were issued in stores that could handle vaster varieties of music. The pop music stores were turned off by Punk and thus they are a bit more scarce and will command more value in years to come.

There are a lot of punk bands releasing on Vinyl now and who can blame them, it is a strong sector and growing. One to watch for future collectables.

Late 70s-Early 80s

New Wave Is Ranked As Very Good For Collectability and Demand

Eurythmics Vinyl Album Cover

Some good music from these time periods with some huge and obvious bright spots. Elvis Costello, The Clash, Talking Heads, PretendersDuran DuranCulture ClubDavid Bowie (Bowie (a god in human clothes) cuts across a number of categories), BlondieAdam and The AntsAlison MoyetThe EurythmicsThe Police to name but a few. This niche is really gathering pace and discovering new collectors all the time.

Alternative Is Ranked As Very Good For Collectability and Demand

R.E.MDepeche Mode, The Cure, Red Hot Chilly Peppers, Green Day, Cranberries… Although some alternative can easily be described as folk rock and some as punk, this is hot among younger collectors. What is now is what counts, at least to the Generation-X crowd. Finding titles became more difficult during the late 80s and early 90s.

Some groups have been around since the early 80s with the area only growing in popularity.

Garage and Psychedelic Bands Are Ranked As Excellent For Collectability and Demand

These were groups that can vary in interest. Book prices are not up to date when it comes to Garage Bands. Many were only regionally released. Some are impossible to find on LP. Some made it to bigger labels but only sold marginally or were discontinued since there was little interest at the time. Some got no air play assistance from DJ’s or Radio in itself. Some bands wrote their own music and these original scores are highly sought after. The one problem has been, lack of information on these low key (shadowed) groups. People are looking and if you’ve got Garage or Psychedelic rarities you should test the market.

Latest and New Indies Are Ranked As Excellent For Collectability and Demand

These are our groups of tomorrow. Many more labels exist for the sole purpose of releasing industrialised sounds and noise. The names of groups are often obscure, since they are mostly regional artists, much like the Garage band era of the 60s. Probably more popular with younger people than those who grew up in the 70s and 80s. Prices almost always start out at collectors prices.

LP’s are even more scarce. Hang on to your hats. If these groups make it to a bigger label, their original indie labels will draw mega bucks in the open market. Nirvana’s Sup-pop indie titles command top rates. Pearl Jam is another star performer.


One of the best categories in collecting is Soul music. Foreign markets are one of the biggest for this style of music. Because of the foreign market, even titles of only a few years ago, are proven harder to find. It appears that most of the people in the United States took Soul for granted over the last 10 to 15 years. Because they feel they are easy to find, they are not valuable to them. This simply is wrong! Original Soul records are selling for 2 to 5 times what price guides quote them as.

50’s Rhythm & Blues  Is Ranked As Excellent For Collectability and Demand

Lavern baker, Chick Willis, Etta James, Ray Charles, Ruth Brown…

Before the Motown sound there was the very good black R&B; that circled the market. Some are very obscure today since most of them were limited in release either by region or because of the control that white R&B; had on the market. With out a doubt, rare black R&B; will be harder to find than most any LP’s styles from the 50s. Perhaps even more scarce than Rock and Roll.

60s Soul Is Ranked As Very Good For Collectability and Demand

Ray Charles Album Cover

Once again Ray Charles, Sam & Dave, Aretha FranklinThe Isley BrothersGladys Knight… These are some of the more well known people. There are some very obscure artists on independent labels (regional releases) that will command even more in value than these artists. For the record, if it did not chart in the pop charts, it is probably a good bet that it is wanted today. Songs that sold millions are easier to find. But those non-charted singles and LP’s will be in higher demand, in todays market.

Memphis Sound Is Ranked As Very Good For Collectability and Demand

Bar-kays, Sam and Dave, Otis Redding Booker T & the MG’s, Wilson Picket, etc… A good bet on these artists are not their hits, but the songs that just would not make any dent in the pop charts. They may have done well in the R&B; charts, but that was not a basis to tell how well they sold globally. If you find them and don’t recognise the song, you will likely have a winner (if it’s a good song, of course).  Although some Soul music which was considered not that good, may be the most valuable items to find! If it did not go anywhere in any chart, it may be a big demand item.

Not all collectable music has to be good. You will learn about this when we discuss Celebrity vocals, later in this guide. Celebrity LP’s have a cult following that will more than surprise you… But that will be later when we discuss them.

Motown Is Ranked As Very Good For Collectability and Demand

Temptations, Four seasons, The SupremesStevie WonderMarvin Gaye, The Miracles, Mary Wells, etc… These are still hot artists. Value wise only the very early material is hard to find. Once the groups started putting out hit after hit, they would then be easier to find. Still if Near Mint, they are a great find. Near Mint soul from 25 to 30 years ago is still the desired interest here.

Chicago Soul Is Ranked As Very Good For Collectability and Demand

Impressions, Chi-lites, Curtis Mayfield, Jerry Butler… Still in good demand, however value wise, they begin to fall once we find them from the 70s. Late 60s are good finds still.

70s Soul Is Ranked As Very Good For Collectability and Demand

Kool and the GangEarth Wind and FireBarry WhiteThe Stylistics, Joe Simon, Chaka Kahn… Are becoming harder to find. They are definitely collectable and are commanding higher values.

Phillie Sound Is Ranked As Very Good For Collectability and Demand

Fantastic Johnny C., O’Jays, Spinners, Harold Melvin… Yes they are hot as well. Value is not important and whether they are rare or not, makes no difference. They are still in demand.

Funk Is Ranked As Excellent For Collectability and Demand

Parliament, Funkadelic, George Clinton, Bootsy, Ohio Players, Sly Stone… Oh yes, with out a doubt, Funk is very hot. They sell well just about anywhere. Got em? Hang on! This music has regained some steam among collectors. Value will increase.

80s Soul Is Ranked As Good For Collectability and Demand

PrinceCameo, Peabo Bryson, Rick James, Luther Vandross, New edition, Bobby BrownWhitney Houston, etc…

Since Prince death his popularity and collectability has grown. He did however release a huge amount of music so is as yet not considered rare.

The Eighties era is growing in demand with lots of brights spots, cultural embracing of the decade is undoubtably fuelling the market.

Disco Is Ranked As Good For Collectability and Demand

I can’t say this will always be this way.  It was laughed off the market during the 80’s but when the word “Dance” replaced “Disco”, it made its slow comeback. It has gained some force in the market, yet most LP titles are rather easy to find, and are not considered valuable at this stage, there are however alway exceptions. It is definitely worth keeping your eye. KC and the Sunshine BandDonna Summer, Irene Cara, The Village People are certainly ones for the collectors radar.

Rap Is Ranked As Average For Collectability and Demand

Even though rap is definitely a hot category, the volume of people who buy Rap LPs is lower than in other niches. There are though signs this is changing

This is certainly a selected area of interest but one to watch.


Kid Ory Tailgate Vinyl Album Cover

The hottest field world wide today is with out any doubt – Jazz. Demand for Jazz LPs from the 50s and 60s has reached unprecedented heights. The values of a lot of the choice titles have escalated and it seems there is no limit to what collectors will pay to get rare LP titles. If you have a large collection of vintage Jazz LP’s, it could be worth thousands.

Probably the biggest reason for the explosion in the market is the unquenchable thirst that the foreign buyers have for this music. This is mostly true of Japan. The buyers from there have been coming into Western markets and are paying top rates and above for wide varieties of Jazz LPs.

They especially like the original recordings on these labels:

ArgoAtlantic, Blue Note, CapitolColumbia, Contempory, DeccaEmarcy, Fantasy, Impulse, Mainstream, Mercury, Pacific Jazz, Prestige, Riverside, Roulette, and Verve.

Don’t worry if all your Jazz titles are not 1st pressings. Later pressings are still worth money, just not as much. Jazz is a complex field. The mono releases have been said to be more in demand since stereo was generally a later issue and most times was not even true stereo. And also stereo just does not allow all the instruments to be heard to their richest dynamic peek. 

There have been many different styles of Jazz. Here I list them and how they rate among collectors.

DixieLand Jazz Is Ranked As Very Good For Collectability and Demand

Louis ArmstrongKid Ory, Johnny Dodds and Jelly Roll Martin.

Chicago Style Jazz Is Ranked As Very Good For Collectability and Demand

Red NicholsBix BeiderbeckePee Wee Russell, Bud Freeman, Eddie Condon, Jimmy McPartland… Too name a few.

Swing Jazz Is Ranked As Very Good For Collectability and Demand

Fats WallerBen WebsterFletcher Henderson… These are not to be mistaken with big band swing music. Swing Jazz is smaller in proportion to Big Band. Big Band were full blown Orchestras, and the Swing bands were more downsized, perhaps as little as 3 to 6 members.

Dance Big Bands Are Ranked As Average For Collectability and Demand

Glenn MillerTommy DorseyHarry JamesArtie ShawCharlie BarnetLes Brown, etc… Although it’s great to hear the big band sound, they were very popular during the 40s. Most Adult listeners got a chance to trade in their 78 album sets for the 10″ and 12″ LPs. Perhaps 10″ LPs would have some value, yet the sound quality for most is not as good.  The demand may though still be there.

Bebop Jazz Is Ranked As Excellent For Collectability and Demand

Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan, Paul Desmond, Coleman Hawkins, Bud Powell, Dexter Gordon, Chet baker… Very good music and super hot!

Hard Bop Is Ranked As Excellent For Collectability and Demand

 John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins, Horace Silver, Donald Byrd, Art Blakely… Once again very good music and very hot in the market!

Free Jazz Is Ranked As Very Good For Collectability and Demand

Ornette Coleman, Archie Shepp, Anthony Braxton, Sun Ra, Carla Bley, Paroah Sanders, etc… Perhaps not as valuable but still good pieces can command top rates.

Fusion Jazz Is Ranked As Average For Collectability and Demand

Weather Report, Billy Cobham, Larry Coryell, Stanley Clarke, Chick Corea… More modern style and not as hard to find. There are some new collectors who like this style yet market value is not high. Too many issues can drop the market demand.

New Age Jazz Is Ranked As Below Average For Collectability and Demand

This could be even lower. Not much interest at all. Too much like listening to waves splashing against shores, or seagulls chirping. It’s definitely music, just not many people buy it.

Vocal Jazz Is Ranked As Excellent For Collectability and Demand

 Ella FitzgeraldChris ConnorBillie HollidayJune ChristySarah VaughnDinah Washington, Mabel Mercer…

Some very good Blues and Jazz vocalists. There LP’s are hard to find these days. They are also extremely high in demand. Value for them will with out doubt rise for vintage, premium condition pieces.

 We will talk more about Vocal singers in the Easy Listening portion of this Guide.


This is the biggest category and by definition also contains the largest selection of albums. As mentioned in (about Rock) we know that the majority of the 50’s and 60’s LP’s produced were for the adult listening crowd. The young R’N’R’ generation was not loaded with a lot of money so they spent their money on 45 singles (and 78s). The adult crowd bought millions of LPs, mostly in the Classical and Easy Listening fields. (This category does not include Classical however. That is forthcoming.)

In the older days, more adults were seen in record stores than the younger crowd. Seldom were teen’s in them. That’s one reason why the record stores sold more easy listening than anything else.

But by the early 70s the adult easy listening crowd became almost extinct. The mid to late 60s was a dynasty of rock and roll and most adults stopped going to record stores all together.

Male Vocals Within Easy Listening Are Ranked As Average For Collectability and Demand

Tony BennettNat King ColePerry ComoBing Crosby, John Gary, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Frank SinatraJohnny Mathis and Frankie Laine, etc…

Many guides have these artists are valuable and collectible and the great news is great copies in excellent condition are available.

Female Vocals: Within Easy Listening Are Ranked As Average For Collectability and Demand

Shirley BasseyVikki CarrDoris DayJudy GarlandEydie GormePeggy LeeJulie London, Patti Page, Barbra StreisandRosemary Clooney, etc…

A bit more interest in female singers than the men. Some of the girls mentioned, should also be noted as performing some great Jazz and their easy listening titles should not be confused with the Jazz LPs they produced. If a big name Jazz artist appeared with them, a Jazz collector would still love to have them.

Vocal Groups: Within Easy Listening Are Ranked As Average For Collectability and Demand

Ames Brothers, Four Aces, The Ink Spots, Lettermen, Mitch Miller and his gang, etc..

Instrumentals: Within Easy Listening Is Ranked As Average For Collectability and Demand

Herb AlbertPercy FaithFerrante and TeicherAndre KostelanetzLiberace, Enoch Light, MantovaniBert Kaempfert, Lawrence Welk, 101 StringsBilly VaughnRoger Williams, etc

Many of these titles have excellent album covers which can influence their collectability, though there are lots of copies around there are always buyers and collectors in every niche.

Exotica: Within Easy Listening Is Ranked As Below Average For Collectability and Demand

I am not too familiar with the many artists who have been categorised as Exotica performers. A few such as Martin Denny and Esquivel, have proven to be sought after artists. But by definition of value, which this guide is to help you determine, there are very few people who buy them. They may have some real value, but without a strong demand in the global market, very few will be considered strong investments.

The prices for these are generated by those who sell them and those who buy them. Most of the people who wish to buy them, are only going to be willing to pay small amounts. So if we stated here, that most are worthless, that would be false. To say they are worth hundreds, would also be a misleading statement. It is best to shop around for titles you seek. They may not come easy, but you won’t have much competition from other potential buyers seeking the same things. Many of the collectors who seek Exotica are interested in the covers as well. The covers may be the hardest thing to find in good shape. The records should be much easier to find in collectable condition. For that reason, we gave them a middle of the road evaluation.


Country and Western Is Ranked As Average For Collectability and Demand

Hank Williams Look Fresh and Sharp on This Rare 10 inch Record

Country and Western is a select of niche with an ardent following, though not super hot if should not be dismissed. New artists as well as those from the past are in demand. The basic crowd seemed to switch almost entirely to cassette tapes in the 80s. Most serious country collectors wish to have the artists from the 50s and 60s who had the more western sound than a country sound in their music. There are plenty of modern country artists who have abandoned that sound today and some I would not even call Country.

Below is a list of the more collectable artists

Chet AtkinsFerlin HuskyMarty RobbinsGene AutryGeorge Jones, Roy Rogers, The Browns, Brenda LeeSons of the PioneerJohnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Hank SnowPatsy ClineWillie Nelson, Ernest Tubb, David Allan Coe, Buck Owens, Conway Twitty, Merle Haggard, Web Pierce, Hank Williams Sr.Johnny Horton, Tex Ritter, Hank Williams Jr.

What many people like about todays country is the Honky Tonk sound. Such desired artists with this feel for the music are..

Alabama, Sweethearts of the Rode, Emmylou Harris, Travis Tritt, Kentucky Headhunters, Randy Travis, Dolly Parton, Dwight Yoakam, Linda Ronstadt


Comedy Is Ranked As Average For Collectability and Demand

Comedy LP’s have a small yet a very loyal following. Not too many titles will have any value. Yet it can be a good category to have around especially if you have the very rare titles. 

Most of the rare ones from the 50s and 60s will be the Triple X party humour records. They were played over and over again and to find them in better than VG condition is difficult.

Of course the so called risque records of the 50s and 60s are pretty tame compared to todays “foul mouthed humour”. The real good LP’s to have are those that show nudity or even those that show obscene acts on the covers.  Like it has been said before, “Sex sells”. LP covers of any musical category, which shows some form of nudity or obscenity, will be desired by some collectors.


Spoken Word Is Ranked As Below Average For Collectability and Demand

Most Spoken Word records will be mostly Historical recordings which were either speeches, actors reading Shakespeare or poetry and complete boxed sets of Plays. They may have great Scholar value but the financial values can be erratic. They are not really that common which correspondingly increases their rarity and potentially value.

This though is a highly specialised area and should be entered with caution if you are just starting out collecting.


Blues Are Ranked As Excellent For Collectability and Demand

No matter who the artist is, whether it be good or bad, all of the Blues are collectible. Next to Jazz, I would say that some very old artists are very rare and highly in demand. Some titles may be worth thousands. Unfortunately for LP collectors, the Blues from the 30s and 40s were not available on vinyl. 78 rpm albums of some of the greats, will still command mega rates. That is if you can find them at all, and if you do, they need to be very very clean copies. Near Mint 78s are almost impossible to find these days.

The 50’s Blues on obscure Chicago and eastern labels will command mega rates as well. When you come across obscure labels and artists, it is wise to pick up on them. They could be worth having around for some time to come. The Blues never went away and more and more people are seeking the older titles. The higher the demand, the higher the cash flow! ;)(Need we say more?)


Celebrities Are Ranked As Below Excellent For Collectability and Demand

Leonard Nemoy, Tab Hunter, Robert Mitchum, Jack Webb, Walter Brennan, William Shantner, Mae West, Clint Eastwood, Billy Dee Williams, George Hamilton, Richard Chamberlain, Adam West…

Celebrity Records (also called “Personality” records) have become a very popular cult item. A celebrity record is a recording of a person who became famous for doing something OTHER than singing. In many cases they are actors and actresses. Some were noted for both. For instance Debbie Reynolds, Sandy Dee, Ann-Margret, Jane Powell, Marylin Monroe, etc..

But most were done by people who redefined the term “Singing”. Some of these people were so bad, they were good. Some could actually sing but were bad actors. Not many could do both “well” at the same time.

It’s a good bet that many of them will never be released on CD. To this day, I can’t always understand why they were even recorded to begin with. Never the less, they are becoming hot among collectors. Some are very scarce and the prices (value of them) have escalated in the past few years. Many will undoubtedly be bad performances, but if you’re a really hard core collector of celebrity LP recordings, they will not go cheaply. They are a good investment for now as well. But beware, the market for these have gone both ways. That means they once were regarded as unwanted. But since they don’t grow on trees, they should be kept, just in case the market does go back up. As for now it is as high as it has ever been.


Folk Is Ranked As Average For Collectability and Demand

Lightfoot, Kingston TrioPete Seeger, etc…

Folk was very popular in the 60s. The majority of people who listened to it were also members of the blue collar working class. But by the late 60s the message that was sent by the artist was that of anti-government and anti-war.  The Hippies, Yippies, and Liberal white collar do-gooders, were the main groupies.

Now that people have become desensitised to the world around them, nobody has a cause to fight for.

And for the most part, we now have those who listen to new musical messages through the means of Alternative pop and rock artists. New fears and trends. We don’t hear songs saying “Stop the War”. We now hear songs about “Social injustice”


Iconic Disney Vinyl Record Album Cover From The 1950s

Children Records Are Ranked As Good For Collectability and Demand

Old Children records bring back fond memories and the nostalgia effect is often in evidence. There are some strong areas in the category. A prime example is Disney vinyl records, the album covers, sleeves and inserts that come with these records speak for themselves as collectible.


Christmas Records Are Ranked As Average For Collectability and Demand

Very important to remember. Christmas records only get played around the holidays. So when the only time they are being sought for is around Dec. 1st up until New Years day. After that, the records go back into storage. Dealers don’t sell them all year round, so collectors don’t look for them for the first 11 months.

The only reason why we have it listed as average is the seasonality aspect to the market, the records are still wanted. 

Religious Records Are Ranked As Below Average For Collectability and Demand

Sandi Patti, Amy Grant, Petra, Mahalia Jackson, etc…

There has always been a strong base for religious recordings. Contemporary Christian music is selling very well right now. But the oldies are going unwanted. Don’t be confused with this category and Southern Gospel which borders on a mix of religion and R&B.; That can be very collectable to an R&B collector.

Still, Older religious music sells to the older crowd but has lower values to collectors.


Musician playing a violin

Classical Records Are Ranked As Excellent For Collectability and Demand

Probably the biggest kept secret is the Classical LP. Some are worth money. A lot of money!  When CD’s first hit the market, Classical collectors were the first people to jump out and buy them. Further more, after playing them, they were the first to jump back to vinyl LPs! They thought that when they bought their first CD’s, they would never have to worry about pops skips and surface noise, which is a big turn off to some music listeners. They were right, however they now had to worry about tape hiss, cheap plastic cases, terrible artwork crammed inside much smaller and often blurred because the original artwork was recopied and shrunk down to size. The liner notes all but impossible to read, being so small, was another turn-off.

The true audiophile and sound buffs agree unanimously that the LP, played on a fine stereo system, is the ultimate home listening experience one can have. These people are now buying up the choice titles that are in the market. These people have spent thousands on their systems and think nothing of it to drop a few hundred on choice LPs.

So what are the choice LP titles? They are mainly those from 1958 up to 1964. There was a combination of superior recording techniques, genius sound engineers, expert mastering, and tremendously high quality vinyl. All the money in the world could not reproduce these masterpieces. The prices for Near Mint to Mint recordings from this era, will stand to increase in prices for years to come.

We will start with the 2 most respected labels of the Classical music field RCA and Mercury. Here’s what you should look for in these 2.


In 1958 RCA started to release a series of records on their classical label. RCA Red Seal, under the banner of RCA Living Stereo. They also released Living Stereo in the Pop field, but it’s the Classical Red Seal which commands the top prices. These are recognised by the 1-1/2 inch black strip along the entire top of the front cover, with the words “Living Stereo”.  Slightly later releases have the same strip on top but only are 1 inch in width. Later the strip disappeared but the words still remained on top “Living Stereo”.

The original pressings of the first 5 or 6 years are those that are commanding top prices today. The records that are referred to as the most valuable are those known to collectors as the “Shaded Dogs”. This term comes from the label on the record itself. The original pressings of these records have the famous dog listening to his masters voice. A trade symbol for RCA for many years. The original Red Seal label was a dark red, but an even darker red, shaded area appears behind the dog and the phonograph on the label. Some of these titles are more rare than others.

 The Mono copies will only get 10% of these prices for the same issues. So one must remember that it is the true “Living Stereo” copies these collectors seek. Prior to 1958, Stereo recordings were taped. As soon as early 1957. However no stereo was issued until 1958. The ones that may have been early stereo experimentation can only be the most wanted, since they became the originals that were issued during 1958.  In order to get this information, one may not be able to do so very easily. Thus is a guess at times, as to which stereo issues were in fact recorded in 1957. Perhaps early numbers are the best way to determine this, but some may have came in later numbered issues.

Remember, Stereo was experimental in 1957 and also in 1958. But what we get from them, technically speaking, are some of the best recordings ever produced in analog history!

To read out valuing records read our article: What Vintage Vinyl Records Are Worth Money?

Later, RCA changed the Red Seal label. The shaded dog and deep red were gone.  A bright red label replaced the deep red labels and a white dog without the shaded area. These are referred to as the “White Dog’s”.

They don’t have as much value but still can command good prices. The quality of the pressings was still good at this time. Then finally they dropped the dog logo all together from the label. By then the RCA pressings were just ordinary and these records have lower values.


Equally as valuable are these Mercury recordings. They were available in mono or stereo but to have any value, they must be in stereo. They are easily recognised by the 1-1/2 inch wide strip on top front of the cover with the word “STEREO” in big letters. And the word “Hi-Fi” in small letters super-imposed over the letter T in Stereo. Also the words “Mercury Living Presence” are found in a small banner at a diagonal on the right side of the cover. The earliest and most desirable records have a 3 inch wide colour picture running the entire side of the back of the cover. Some of the later releases have all the logos and slogans in smaller print but they still are collectable.

The most determining factor for the value of the records are the labels. Those that have dark maroon are the best. However, If you see the words, “Vendor: Mercury Record Corporation”, you have a slightly later pressing. If the label is a lighter shade of maroon, it is also a later pressing. And if it’s an orange label, it’s even a much later pressing.

Other Labels On Classical:

This is a brief rundown on other classical labels of importance


A major label with hundreds of releases, but inconsistent pressings have made them oddly enough, not very collectable.


 A division of Deutsche Grammophon that specialised in early music. Limited demand for them as well.


 This is a Swedish label with high sound quality yet only carry moderate value among collectors.


Contains some very interesting releases along with some exciting covers. Only a small percent of them have any real value.


 A fine British label and all titles have some value.


One of the largest with many major artists, but huge pressings and ordinary vinyl quality have made the majority of  the titles by them, less than valuable.


Some very unusual repertoire has made this label somewhat valuable. 


 A German label that has nice pressings but most titles are very common.


 A very interesting and very hot label. Many titles sell at medium to

high prices. Not many were imported into the United states, so they

will be scarce here (the US).


A French label which has never really caught on here in the US might be “a sleeper” as known in the collectors market, as a label that is virtually unknown but with a little circulation, can open up the flood gates. Don’t hold your breathe though. 


 Another sleeper. A budget label that specialised in Historic reissues. Getting harder to find, but has only moderate value today.


Like RCA and Mercury, their 1958-64 releases can be very valuable. Look for Stereo releases that collectors call “Bluebacks” because the back of the cover was a light shade of blue.


This was a mail order company that licensed recordings from other major labels and offered the reissue with cheap boring, black and white covers. Little demand, if any.


Another budget label with strange releases. Very common and not a great deal of interest with these.


A truly high quality Dutch label. They had some of the most consistent quality pressings in recording history. Most titles are not worth much, but will sell.


Since this label was known more for Folk recordings, the classical recordings may be of some interest. Not that many titles, but is now getting some attention.


Another budget label that sells so-so.  However the famed VOX-BOX, boxed sets will sell, but only for moderate prices.


A cheaper label that tried to humour us with their funky artwork with classical music.


Mary Poppins Album Cover

There are 3 types of soundtrack vinyl recordings:

Movie Soundtracks, TV Soundtracks and Original Cast Recordings

Movie Soundtracks Are Ranked As Very Good For Collectability and Demand

This is a strong category but you will note that not all Movie Soundtracks are worth large amounts. With collectors of Soundtracks, these people can be fanatical at times. There are a lot of them around, even though you would think there are only a handful.

 A lot of popular movies sold millions of soundtracks. Many even were reissued in the 70s and early 80s.

What we will try to do is help weed out the good from the bad. The ones to go with, more than those that we already know are common. Those that are more common though becoming rarer and collected are mostly from the 70s and 80s.

Most soundtrack collectors build their collections around the composers. So with that in mind, here are a few that are worthy composers to be looking for..

Malcolm Arnold, Bonislau Kaper, Leonard Rosenma, John Barry, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Nino RotaElmer Bernstein, Ennio Morricone, Miklos Rozsa, George Delure, Mario Nascimbene, Max Steine, Hugo Friedhofer, Alfre Newman, Dimitri Tiomkin, Jerry Goldsmit, Alex North, Franz Waxman, Bernard Hermann, Andre PrevinVictor Young, Maurice Jarre, David Raskin

These composers did what are known as Orchestral Scores. Which are different than the pop scores that we mentioned above.

Some people will collect soundtracks by different genres of movies. Such as Horror, Sc-Fi, Spy, African Jungle Movies, Fictional thrillers, Westerns, etc… They will want all John Wayne, all Clint Eastwood or all Jack Nicholson movies when they collect based on who the favourite actor is. Especially if the actor is featured on the cover such as almost all of Elvis’s did. Artwork is probably just as important to the soundtrack listener as any other type of collector. Often it is the covers themselves, and not the music which they seek.

One of the best labels to look for obscure titles on Varese Sarabande. There are many movies that were so obscure, and the studios did not wish to create a release. But this label did, and they are very scarce. A lot of Sci-fi and Horror collectors seek these titles and will snap them up when ever they can. Beware however, that this label has done a lot of reissuing, and the reissues, although just as scarce, are not worth as much as the originals.

There are some soundtracks that were foreign release only and are also very scarce. Some soundtracks are considered unauthorised and were not supposed to be released. They look legit but were basically stolen from  the private owner of the material. Not bootleg or counterfeits. But like those types of releases, royalties were not paid to the artist or composers. Japan has been noted for reissues and unauthorised releases for years. No laws in their country prevent this from happening.

TV Soundtracks Are Ranked As Average For Collectability and Demand

There has not been many released over the last few years, but those from the 60s and 70s do have some value.  Look for those that were from TV series and not TV specials, to have more value. Cartoon TV soundtracks are collectable and so are those that were based around multiple episodes.

Original Cast Recordings Are Ranked As Very Good For Collectability and Demand

This actually falls into 2 categories by itself. The very common titles (those that were from major Broadway hits) and those that are obscure and are mostly forgotten. Here is a list of some of collectibles:

AnnieHello Dolly, Annie Get Your Get Your GunKing And I, Belles Are Ringing, Kiss Me Kate, Brigadoon, Mame, Bye Bye Birdie, Man Of La Mancha, CabaretOklahomaCamalotOliver, Can Can, Paint Your Wagon, A Chorus Live, Pajama GameSound Of MusicSouth PacificFunny Girl, Sweet Charity, Flower Drum SongWest Side Story, Guy and Dolls.

Thats all for now folks. Though by no means an exhaustive list we’ve covered some of the main areas. Music is labyrinthine and by its nature, ever changing and developing. Whatever your interests, Happy Collecting!

For more Record History articles try these: History of the LP RecordUK Capitol 45 Record Labels and Sleeves Archive From 1953 to 1983, 45 Record Guide – Size, Value, Prices, Worth and History of 45 Records or What Vintage Vinyl Records Are Worth Money?

If you’d like to buy some 45’s checkout our 45 Record Collection here.

You can find our selection of music for sale here – Used CDsUsed RecordsNew Vinyl RecordsNew CDs7 Inch Records12 Inch Records and LP Records.

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The History of The LP Record

The LP or Long Playing Record is the key tenet of how the recording industry grew into what it is today.

By way of introduction to the development of the LP Records we need to consider the first devices that held pre-recorded music, these were Player Pianos. These devices sat in many saloons, theatres, pubs, restaurants and the homes of the rich. They amazed their owners and patrons with their automated Piano playing. The devices featured large rolls of punched paper that acted like a “programme”, sitting on a drum they served as the storage media for peoples favourites tunes, guiding the machinery inside the devices on what notes to play. The system did though prove troublesome and unreliable, being delicate and prone to jams and rips.

Though not capturing the full nuance and sensitivity of human piano playing Player Pianos were popular and fed a desire for recorded music.

A Player Piano
An Example Player Piano Paper

With the industrial revolution in full swing and a growing middle class the appetite for technology and entertainment grew, feeding that appetite in 1877 was Thomas Edison. He invented a pre-recorded sound system principally for use in the home which comprised of a wax cylinder. In similar style to the Player Piano this drum mechanism featured a mechanical windup motor that turned the cylinder picking up grooves in the wax to produce sounds amplified through the now familiar acoustic horn. There were many similar systems vying for receptive ears at the time and of course none were compatible with each other!

With the thirst for recorded music increasing a bright inventor stepped into the race in 1888 with an inspired and timeless design, that inventor was Emile Berliner. Berliner noted the limitations the cylinders design came with which included quality issues and difficulty of manufacture. Berliner eventually opted for a flat disc design reaping the benefits of space saving this afforded combined with greater information storage. The grooved discs with their spiral pattern were to say the least an inspired and exceptional idea.

Emile Berliner

Berliner used Shellac as a material to produce his discs this later become the Vinyl we all know and love. A lump of Shellac was used forming the A and B sides of the disc. This lump was pressed between two plates which acted as the master template driving the grooves into the Shellac discs.

These discs have transcended time evolving into Vinyl Records and of course CDs and DVDs.

The evolution from these Shellac discs into the Long Playing (LP) Vinyl record occurred on 27th February 1946, being produced at the CBS factory and laboratory. The LP undertook two further years of development as the boffins at CBS perfected the technique for producing records, improving the production and processes to develop the best quality sound. The first LPs were released to the public in Christmas of 1948. LPs were a huge improvement over Shellac records with amazing dynamic ranges and fidelity previously unexperienced by the buying public.

Engineers like Peter Bartok continued to push the technology to better levels of quality, with crisper and wider ranges being developed. Engineers were constantly furthering the boundaries of development and wilfully shared their findings helping to elevate the record producing industry to the highest levels of quality.

Developments such as the Hot Stylus pushed LP records to the edge of the possible. This process used a tungsten wire similar to the filament in light bulb technology. This wire formed part of the stylus with electric current running through it allowing the stylus to cut a smoother groove through the acetate coated disc leading to much quieter master discs.

Other advances in the technology included increasing the length of the Long Play record. This process involved utilising a playback advance head. This system anticipated loud sections in the music by advanced reading of the music. This enabled a widening of space of adjacent grooves to compensate for the loudness thereby optimising the use of groove space.

The Music and Entertainment industry were not slow to benefit from the capability of Long Playing technology with Theatres and Broadway shows launching ground breaking releases on the media such as South Pacific and My Fair Lady.

The versatility and robustness of the LP offered expansive and unprecedented growth of the Music and Recorded word industry. Never before had such a utilitarian sound recording product ever been available to people. This drove exponential growth in the Independent Label sector of the record industry. With a cheap to produce media available to them they were brave in the production and depth of repertoire. As a result the LP captured a massive range of artists, tastes and genres that would send the record business into stratospheric levels of growth.

And the rest folks as we know is history. The LP record is of course still with us today with many artists still releasing on the format and a growing appreciation among the young of what Vinyl Records have to offer. 12 Inch Vinyl Records and indeed 7 Inch Vinyl Records are as popular as ever. Just visit your nearest records fair to see the enthusiasm, diversity and clamour of the buyers. As an investment choice they are a sound move, as a collectors hobby they represent countless hours of pleasure and as a method for consuming music they show no sign of leaving the stage just yet!

You can find our selection of music for sale here – Used CDsUsed RecordsNew Vinyl RecordsNew CDs7 Inch Records12 Inch Records and LP Records.

For more Record articles try these: 45 Records Guide, UK Capitol 45 Record Labels Archive, What Vintage Vinyl Records Are Worth Money? or Collectors Guide To Building a Vinyl Record Collection.

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7 Inch Vinyl Record Latest Stock From March 2023

Some Gems from our latest 7 Inch Vinyl Record Stock additions for March 2023. These titles include many bangers from the 80s and 90s with some outstanding Dance 7 Inches in there, enjoy!

You can find more of our range here: New CDsUsed CDsLP RecordsUsed Records12 Inch Vinyl Records7 Inch Vinyl Records

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Some Gems from our latest 12 Vinyl Record Stock additions for March 2023. Titles include a signed Hollies Vinyl Record from the Sixties.

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45 Record Guide – Size, Value, Prices, Worth and History of 45 Records

45 record being played in a youtube video

45 Record Guide – Size, Value, Prices, Worth and History Of 45 Records

45 Records have a huge following, massive history and many names. As is the case with so many products exchanged across the Atlantic Ocean the countries who enjoyed them developed their own language to talk about them. This is certainly the case with 45’s as they are affectionately referred to in America, while across the pond in Great Britain people call 45’s Seven Inches. We’ve produced a definitive 45 Record guide here to help the uninitiated and plain old interested amongst you to the get the full skinny on this much loved piece of music history.

What Are 45 Records?

Put simply a 45 Record is a vinyl disc which holds your favourite music for playback. Now clearly a 45 is much more, let’s dive in.

First released by RCA on March 31st 1949 the 45 Record was an act of sheer design and product development genius. The discs were ten years in the design process and were developed under a veil of secrecy. They were produced on vinyl, a durable and hard wearing material. The 45 Record came in at seven inches in diameter, light, compact and ever so cute. They were designed to be technologically superior to the 12 Inch and 10 Inch heavy shellac records of the time. 45’s were a great leap forward and in many respects caught the buying public and industry off guard.

45 Records were a highly refined product, cheap to produce with massive sales potential built into the format. The storage capacity of a 45 Record is 5 minutes per side with a maximum of 10 minutes of playback available when you include the B side. With a music storage capacity of that size the birth of the music single was nigh. This was a huge driver of consumption and collectability for the format and was perfectly suited to align itself to the stellar consumerism of Fifties America and the Post War World.

In many ways 45 Records spawned an early format war with the United States opting for a 1.5 inch opening for the centre of a 45 Record and the UK preferring a 0.25 inch hole. The larger hole on the US version allowed for Jukebox machines to receive the drop of the records consistently and accurately while also allowing for “changer-only” playback machines to be sold into the buying public.

Jukebox Machine For Playing 45 Records With a 1.5 Inch Centre Opening
Jukebox Records With a 1.5 Inch Opening
45 Record With The Centre Adapter Removed For a 1.5 Inch Opening
45 Record With The Adapter Removed to Create a 1.5 Inch Opening
45 Record With The Centre Adapter Still in Place For a 0.25 Inch Opening
45 Record With The Adapter Still in Place for a 0.25 Inch Opening

Are 45 Records Worth Anything?

Now inevitably we’ve arrived at the question of money and frankly I can’t help it, so……what price or worth do you put on the price of happiness itself? I say this, as for many a 45 collection is happiness itself, they are collecting 45’s because they hold a nostalgic element in their life which they simply can’t put a value on. For others collecting 45’s is a counter cultural manifestation, in essence its a two fingered salute to the streaming platforms and the march towards a totally controlled and monitored life. 45’s are an act of rebellion that goes a lot deeper than money. Trends have come and gone but the 45 is still with us despite every effort at times by the music industry itself to wipe it out.

With the above as a backdrop it’s far easier to discuss the monetary value of 45 records and in some cases they are literally eye watering. Emotion is a powerful driver of value and 45’s are dripping with emotional sentiment.

Let’s look at some of the big ones to kick off this analysis of sales values:

  • Sex Pistols – God Save the Queen – A&M AMS7284 sold 02/06/2006 for £12,675. Yes, that’s right folks, Punk, it might have a ring through its nose but original Punk goes for big money even when stored on the tiny 7 inches of a 45.
Sex Pistols Line Up For a Photo
  • The Beatles Love Me Do Demo 1st Original sold 12/09/2017 £14,014. Now, when a British invasion gets going like a Beatles invasion clearly it brings with it a lot of gold. Astonishing.
Early Photo of The Beatles
  • Rolling Stones Street Fighting Man LONDON with Picture Sleeve sold 29/11/20 for $18,100. The British invasion continues with those Rolling Stones blowing up the gates of the fort.
Early Photo of the Rolling Stones
  • Northern Soul 45 Junior McCants KING Promo sold 5/10/08 for £11,324
A Northern Soul Dancer Giving His All at a Gig

When looking at those sale values it really is difficult to imagine another 7 inches of real estate ever being more valuable than that of a 45 Record. Completely remarkable. Much of the driver is the qudos that surrounded many bands like the Stones, Beatles and Sex Pistols. They were are literally legendary and represent a piece of pop culture and rebellion which is unlikely to ever be repeated. To own an original 45 from one of those bands is to own part of the mystique itself. Powerful stuff.

Now I don’t want you to run away with the view that every 45 out there is going to make you a fortune. They won’t, obviously. Many 45’s trade for pennies and cents. But, and this is a big but, many 45’s go for reasonable sums of money, anything from a few Dollars and Pounds, to hundreds and thousands. Original 45s are highly collectible and should not be underestimated as a value store.

As a final roundup on 45 Record values, never dismiss the weird and innocuous. You’ll have noticed from the extreme sale values we talked about above that a Northern Soul record sold for big money. Now this record is pretty unknown to the uninitiated, and with Northern Soul a complete anathema to many music enthusiasts, you could easily imagine this 45 being brushed over while rifling through a thrift store collection. Northern Soul is though of course a highly collected genre of 45 Record and values have literally gone stratospheric. The moral of the story is, after a while of collecting and being around 45’s you’ll get to know the common artists and labels. After building your knowledge, should you ever spot anything obscure or unknown to you, always pause and check those values – you might just get a nice surprise!

If you’d like to check more sale prices of records and 45’s try They aggregate much of the auction sales data for vinyl records. A useful tool for gauging the value of records.

How Big is a 45 Record?

It’s not all about size you know, it is what you do with it that counts, sorry…….I couldn’t resist. If you have though not yet figured this out, a 45 Record is, yes you’ve guessed it, 7 Inches in diameter or 17.78 cms if you’re thinking of joining the EU.

How to Clean 45 Records?

There are more potions, lotions, creams and cloths to clean 45 Records available to you as a 45 Collector than you can shake a stick at. The market is literally awash with machines and advice. In many ways the cleaning process you adopt comes down to your budget, level of fanaticism and your willingness to engage in the process.

If you’re a moderate collector and care for your records our advice would be to invest in some antistatic clothes, some pure alcohol, distilled water and pure soap detergent. 45’s are best cleaned with a homemade solution of distilled water, alcohol and pure soap. Use a very small amount of alcohol and soap within the water solution. Try not to get the paper label at the centre of the record wet and dry off quickly if you do. It really is quite simple and not rocket science as many would have you believe. You don’t have to spend a fortune on equipment. It’s almost as easy as washing the dishes.

We’ve posted a video below which demonstrates the record washing process. Only thing we’d add is don’t use tap water if you live in a hard water area, definitely invest in some distilled water. And try, if at all possible, not to get the 45 Record label wet.

How to Play 45 Records?

The simple answer is you can play your 45s on a record player. They need to be played at 45 RPM (Revolutions Per Minute) play speed. You can find the speed selection option on your record player. Most players have the option to play at 33 RPM and 45 RPM with some players having the options to play at 78 RPM. The 33 RPM speed is reserved for 12 Inch records the bigger brother of 45’s. Many believe the faster play speed of 45 RPM to deliver a superior sound quality which we’ll discuss later.

One of the beauties of 45’s is their compact size which allows for a dedicated 45 record player that only plays 7 Inch size records. The stacking arrangement systems are a work of design brilliance and allow for quick fire playing of your favourite 45’s.

dedicated 45 rpm record player with staked records

Increasingly popular are reconditioned Jukebox machines for playing 45s. They are stunning pieces of pop culture nostalgia with epic levels of style and counter culture chic.

Reconditioned Jukebox looking amazing

When Did 45 Records Come Out?

45 Records were first released in 1949 in the United States. Arriving into the music buying market like a meteorite RCA’s design sent cold shivers through the competition. The buying buying public were initially confused by the format but soon warmed to the design realising its obvious advantages of size, low price, quality and durability. Within five years of its market release 200 million 45s had been sold.

What is a 45 Record Adapter?

A 45 Adapter is a little piece of kit that sits inside the 1.5 inch hole in a 45 allowing the record to be played on a turntable with a 0.25 inch pin. The device takes up the space between the record and central pin or LP Size spindle of the record deck.

Black Aluminium Record Adapter
Black Aluminium Record Adapter

45’s were eventually issued with “knockouts” or “spiders” which take up the space in the 1.5 inch hole achieving the same outcome as the 45 Record Adapter. Buyers then had the choice to knock out the centres on the records or leave them in place depending on their playback preference.

An orange spider or knockout record adapter
A Spider or Knockout Record Adapter

UK manufactured 45’s or Seven Inches often come with solid centres when the records were intended solely for the UK or European Markets.

The UK Didn’t start selling 45’s or Seven Inch Records until 1952. Britain was though well aware of the product when it did arrive and launched into a frenzy of buying supported by the take up of the format by acts such as The Beatles.
45s were unquestionably supported by the new found rebellion of the Teenage generation keen to throw off the shackles of the post war world and embracing a new found individualism. Rock and Roll, Beat Music, Surf and Soul fuelled this fire driving 45 sales into the stratosphere.

Do 45 Records Sound Better?

And now folks for a bit controversy. Sound quality. Do 45s really sound better? The laws of Physics says yes they do. It all comes down to storage and speed. On a 45 Record there is more of the waveform stored on the disc as 45’s by their nature travel faster than 33’s or LP records. The additional speed of the 45 record allows for more waveform to be featured and read on the disc.

Turns out speed beats size on the vinyl record measure when it comes to sound quality. As a modern day comparison with a 45 record you’re getting a far higher kilobytes per second playback than the equivalent 33 record. In essence a 45 record might be small but the pages of data it can playback are far superior to that of a 33.

The result of all this is 45’s sound crisper and are a closer representation of the original intended sound than of a 33. With a 45 you get it harder, faster and in more detail.

Wrap Up and More

We hope you’ve enjoyed our 45 Record guide as a treat we’ve featured some of our 45 Record videos for you to taste the awesomeness of this moved loved Record.

If you’d like to buy some 45’s checkout our 45 Record Collection here.

Like our guide to 45’s? Try our History of the LP Record, UK Capitol 45 Record Labels and Sleeves Archive From 1953 to 1983, What Vintage Vinyl Records Are Worth Money? or Collectors Guide To Building a Vinyl Record Collection.

You can find our selection of music for sale here – Used CDsUsed RecordsNew Vinyl RecordsNew CDs7 Inch Records12 Inch Records and LP Records.

Our 45 Record Demonstration Videos

Love and Pride King 7 Inch Vinyl Record (45 Record) Play and Paper Sleeve
ABC Poison Arrow 7 Inch Vinyl Single Picture Sleeve and Record (45 Record) Play
Ben E King Stand By Me 7 Inch Vinyl Single Picture Sleeve and Vinyl Record (45 Record) Play
Laura Branigan Gloria 7 Inch Vinyl Single Picture Sleeve and Record (45 Record) Play
Thompson Twins Doctor Doctor 7 Inch Vinyl Single Picture Sleeve and Vinyl Record (45 Record) Play