Were 45's ever sold sealed?

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Re: Were 45's ever sold sealed?

Post by josephazannieri » 21 May 2019 13:14

Yo seekers of the sealed:

I have a sealed 7" 45 RPM EP record issued on the Odeon label. It features my favorite mezzo-soprano, Nan Merriman. Odeon was a branch of the EMI combine. The record was issued later in Merriman's career after she moved from Los Angeles to Amsterdam and forsook RCA for EMI. It is in what appears to be miniature 12" LP cardboard cover with a head shot of her on the cover and extensive notes on the music on the back of the cover. The slot for the record is oriented horizontally rather than vertically, with a paper envelope inside the cardboard cover.

The record is not a typical 45 with a bog hole in the center, It has a 1/4 inch hole in the center, and breakaway holes which allow the 1/4 inch hole to be removed and replaced with a big hole so the record can be played on big- hole 45 RPM changers.

The personnel are the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Walter Susskind, with Alexander Young (tenor), and Elizabeth Fretwell (soprano), with Marie Goosens (harp soloist). The music is excerpts from Rossini's Otello including the Gondolier Song and Assisa a' pie' d'un sa'lice. Number is Odeon 7EP 7111.

Apparently produced in England. This is of course not popular material, nor is it something that would be commonly available, but it did come sealed, and I expect that there were other similar records produced.

And good luck from that sealed up old guy,

Joe Z.

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Re: Were 45's ever sold sealed?

Post by josephazannieri » 21 May 2019 13:14

Yo seekers of the sealed:

I have a sealed 7" 45 RPM EP record issued on the Odeon label. It features my favorite mezzo-soprano, Nan Merriman. Odeon was a branch of the EMI combine. The record was issued later in Merriman's career after she moved from Los Angeles to Amsterdam and forsook RCA for EMI. It is in what appears to be miniature 12" LP cardboard cover with a head shot of her on the cover and extensive notes on the music on the back of the cover. The slot for the record is oriented horizontally rather than vertically, with a paper envelope inside the cardboard cover.

The record is not a typical 45 with a bog hole in the center, It has a 1/4 inch hole in the center, and breakaway holes which allow the 1/4 inch hole to be removed and replaced with a big hole so the record can be played on big- hole 45 RPM changers.

The personnel are the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Walter Susskind, with Alexander Young (tenor), and Elizabeth Fretwell (soprano), with Marie Goosens (harp soloist). The music is excerpts from Rossini's Otello including the Gondolier Song and Assisa a' pie' d'un sa'lice. Number is Odeon 7EP 7111.

Apparently produced in England. This is of course not popular material, nor is it something that would be commonly available, but it did come sealed, and I expect that there were other similar records produced.

And good luck from that sealed up old guy,

Joe Z.

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Re: Were 45's ever sold sealed?

Post by Coffee Phil » 25 May 2019 20:10

Hi Joe,

This is not Nan Merriman but it should partially illustrate the packaging which you describe:

https://www.vinylengine.com/turntable_f ... 573/medium

This is a three disc album of June Christy. Back when this came out I was not into 45s, as I went from 78s to Lps, so I never saw the plastic wrap. I have to believe that it was similar to Lps. These records look like they started life with the big hole.

June Christy is a singer of cool jazz whom I have come to appreciate more recently than I did when she was popular.

Phil
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21 May 2019 13:13
Yo seekers of the sealed:

I have a sealed 7" 45 RPM EP record issued on the Odeon label. It features my favorite mezzo-soprano, Nan Merriman. Odeon was a branch of the EMI combine. The record was issued later in Merriman's career after she moved from Los Angeles to Amsterdam and forsook RCA for EMI. It is in what appears to be miniature 12" LP cardboard cover with a head shot of her on the cover and extensive notes on the music on the back of the cover. The slot for the record is oriented horizontally rather than vertically, with a paper envelope inside the cardboard cover.

The record is not a typical 45 with a bog hole in the center, It has a 1/4 inch hole in the center, and breakaway holes which allow the 1/4 inch hole to be removed and replaced with a big hole so the record can be played on big- hole 45 RPM changers.

The personnel are the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Walter Susskind, with Alexander Young (tenor), and Elizabeth Fretwell (soprano), with Marie Goosens (harp soloist). The music is excerpts from Rossini's Otello including the Gondolier Song and Assisa a' pie' d'un sa'lice. Number is Odeon 7EP 7111.

Apparently produced in England. This is of course not popular material, nor is it something that would be commonly available, but it did come sealed, and I expect that there were other similar records produced.

And good luck from that sealed up old guy,

Joe Z.

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Re: Were 45's ever sold sealed?

Post by josephazannieri » 26 May 2019 04:01

Hi, Phil!

Your record is very similar to mine, except that your 45 has a big hole in the center, and apparently never had the breakaway center like mine still has. Yours has the extensive notes in small type, like mine, except that yours appears to have what are apparently notes on the recording methods (note picture of singer with Neumann microphone). I would have put in a picture like yours, except that I can't get VE to take images off my computer. Thanks from the old guy with the weird format records,

Joe Z.

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Re: Were 45's ever sold sealed?

Post by KentT » 27 May 2019 04:21

LP discs in the 1950's and EP 45 RPM discs were not sold factory sealed. Some dealers began sealing the records, 1962-1963 was the era when LP discs were beginning to be factory sealed.

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Re: Were 45's ever sold sealed?

Post by circularvibes » 27 May 2019 04:48

I do have some sealed LP records from the late 1950's that are factory sealed. The HiFi label did ot seal the jackets, rather they sealed a heavy plastice U bottom bag with pirinting from the company. I do not remember off hand which other labels were doing it but some had to be cut open, others had perforations to tear open and reuse the bag as an inner sleeve. If I had a camera, I would show a few examples.