What Are Your Best Sounding 45S ?

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Post by philmch » 30 Dec 2010 11:47

In purely audiophile terms, what are your best 45s in terms of sound and pressing quality ? Here's mine:

They are:
1. Anna Kashfi - Lakeside Call (Stolenwine 2004)
2. Rattlebus - Freak Heirs (Pink Moon 2006)
3. Voice Of The Seven Woods - An Hour Before Dawn (Twisted Nerve 2005)

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Post by prt1969 » 31 Dec 2010 02:21

I have a lot of old stuff, but the best I have is probably Mayor of Simpleton by XTC.

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Post by mysticfred » 31 Dec 2010 06:47

^^ Never heard of any of those Phil, modern singles generally reflect the same quality of their LP counterparts, though some of the oldies can hold their own for quality - here are a few that are outstanding...

Elvis Presley early Sun and RCA recordings - very nicely balanced, clear and great bass!

Anthony Newley - Do You Mind - fabulous recording from Decca, pity they couldn't have transferred the sound quality of this standard to the Stones, though a few of their early singles including "Stoned" are pretty good.

The Beatles and Cliff/Shadows Abbey Road recordings on Parlophone and Columbia were state of the art in their day thanks to the skill of George Martin, near mint copies sound stunning!

Thunderclap Newman "Something in the Air" was a nice surprise, a full sounding nicely balanced Track gem.


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Post by Terry Robinson » 31 Dec 2010 07:56

I don't have many 45 r.p.m. gramophone recordings, but easily the best is the theme from the B.B.C. television series "Doctor Who" as played by Peter Howell and the B.B.C. Radiophonic Workshop. It is on a 1980 U.K. pressing. We have it here also on a B.B.C. Lp but the sound there is not nearly as "forceful".




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Post by kamisama » 01 Jan 2011 09:44

The Kinks - Lola on Reprise 1972 GRE 0743

Not a very complex recording and probably not the best sounding single there is, but it's one you can listen to and not deny the people involved in recording knew what they were doing.

It's also a direct US import which makes it fairly rare where I live, in the US probably not so much.

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Post by LicoricePizza » 01 Jan 2011 12:39

Some of the best sounding 45s I have are on the Apple label and are in stereo. Mary Hopkins, Badfinger, Jackie Lomax and, of course, the Beatles all sound really good.

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Post by tdat7192 » 07 Jan 2011 18:45

Best sounding, would have to be a 12" Sex Pistol's 45 of Anarchy in the UK.
The recording is crystal clear and it did not get a tremendous amount of play so it has fared well.

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Post by KentT » 20 Jan 2011 23:05

Bill Haley's "Rock Around The Clock" and "13 Women" leaps out of your speakers. And those Elvis singles have nice big sound.

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Post by Mark E Smith's Dentist » 21 Jan 2011 09:18

This answers both this question and "What's your favourite B side?":

Rollercoaster by the Sea by the Modern Lovers - the B side to Egyptian Reggae. The sound quality is just divine, it sounds like it was recorded live with one mic. It sounds good on the LP but the 7" is even better.


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Post by Spyes » 23 Mar 2011 10:19

Fred - that sounds really cool even for YouTube quality! Sounds kinda like they recorded it in a garage, but with really good equipment! :P

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Post by zyzzy » 01 Apr 2011 19:37

I don't have very many 45s, since thrift shops and used record stores typically don't put their 7" discs in any semblance of order, making it hard to browse. However, I bought a copy of Steely Dan's "FM (No Static at All)" for something like 50¢ or 3/$1 last year, and it sounds excellent. There's so much depth in the recording to my ears. The film FM's soundtrack LP won the 1979 Grammy for Best Engineered Album, Non-classical; I imagine that the title track's sound may have had a significant influence on that decision.

On the other end of the spectrum, I have a 7" single of the Star Wars theme and the "Cantina Band" music that sounds pretty bad. It sounds like they compressed both tracks to near-garbage to make them pop out of the jukebox. (I'm trying to imagine any bar where "Cantina Band" would fit…outside of Mos Eisley, of course.)

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Post by jmailand » 13 Apr 2011 17:37

I have many of the original Everly Brothers singles on Cadence. The ones that aren't abused sound wonderful, with that classic mono, late 50's, tube sound.

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Post by eddie edirol » 28 Jun 2011 09:05

Definitely Beatles 45's sound great, but surprisingly, my Ray Charles "Leave my Woman Alone" on Atlantic, which was, what 1955? Sounds incredible. I got a mint one and I cant believe it sounds so good for a mono record. If anyone has "mess Around", ill buy it off ya.

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Post by CykoMF » 28 Jun 2011 09:14

I'll probably get some trouble for this but...

The 2011 Sony RSD exclusive reissue of Jimi Hendrix's Fire just blew me away. It sounds so good I am suspicious that it's been remixed or something.

I picked up a brand new copy with picture sleeve for less than $10. A used original would have cost me x3 to x4 that amount.

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