45RPM red vinyl boxed sets ?

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45RPM red vinyl boxed sets ?

Post by audiopile » 29 Jul 2012 05:49

Picked up three boxes today of red vinyl 45 RPM sets - each box or package has multiple 45 rpm records (7") in it - thought at first glance that these were R2R tapes - but they are actually sets of RCA records - box numbers are WMO1154 ,WDM1075 and WDM1166. all the records are translucent red vinyl -none of the boxes say stereo - so I assume they are not. Been buying too many records for 40 plus years and have never seen anything like this ?

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Re: 45RPM red vinyl boxed sets ?

Post by oldgarrards » 08 Aug 2012 00:40

The RCA Victor red vinyl box sets date from the late 40's through the early 50's and were on the RCA Red Seal label. These sets were the equivalent of Rca's 12" 78 album sets. Some of these 45 sets were rather large. I have opera sets on the red vinyl format that contain up to 19 discs.

Besides the 78 format these same discs also appeared on 10" and 12" LPs as singles and box sets.

RCA was marketing these 45 sets to go along with the release of their new 45 rpm only record changers which started to appear on the market in 1949. It was also part of their color coding of records:

Black - popular
Yellow - children
Green - Country & Western
Blue - Light Classical/Broadway Show Tunes
Red - Red Seal classical/opera
Dark orange - Rhythm and Blues

The color coding never quite caught on and by 1951 most of the records were on black vinyl with the exception of Red Seal which kept the red vinyl until around 1952/53.

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Re: 45RPM red vinyl boxed sets ?

Post by audiopile » 08 Aug 2012 05:14

OG -thanks for the info -color coded vinyl - I woulda never thought of that.I knew that micro-groove 78's existed - but had no idea that micro-groove 45's pre-dated those . Best estate sale find in awhile.

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