We are 45 RPM all of the time with passion!

We are Kent and Nathan. The Czars of 45 RPM. We are 45 RPM all of the time with passion. We spotlight 45 RPM records of various genres and tips for improving playback of your collection and our goal is to have fun! We especially love rare Soul, R&B, Garage, Psych, classic rock and more. Welcome to our world!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

A new record of the week and Alabama aping the British Invasion and successfully!

Here is a great double sided piece of Muscle Shoals wax from Alabama. The Villagers here do a superb cover of "Laugh It Off" by The Tams. The Tams being the legendary Carolina Beach Music group. On the flip side the Villagers turn in a nice Beatles cover of "You're Gonna Lose That Girl" which is also equally amazing. Both on the legendary Fame Label. From 1965 when Fame Records switched from Vee-Jay distribution to Atco Record Sales. The lost Manfred Mann tunes you never heard. Unsung, underrated British Invasion bluesy classic we love. Paid $2 for this at last year's Chattanooga Record Show. Unheard at that. Took a punt on this one due to being on Fame. Sure glad I bought this one.

Friday, January 14, 2011

45 RPM playback and the equipment we use!

Kent's turntable setup,

Technics SP-25 motor unit (their parlance for turntable)
Audio-Technica ATP-16T tonearm
Stanton 681 EEE-S II cartridge (I use the A light tracking conical stylus for 45 RPM playback and mono LP use). All of this mounted in a custom mounting base. Basically a broadcast turntable in home use. It worked at an FM station when new. Nathan and I both use Stanton 680 family cartridges with conical needles. We use these conical styli to reduce wear on styrene injection molded 45 singles and also due to their superb tracking on loudly cut 45 singles. Nathan's main turntable is the Technics SL-1200 Mk II. He uses a Technics receiver with Kenwood speakers. I use a McIntosh MAC 1900 receiver or my Sansui 4000 receiver. My speakers are original Large Advents from 1973. All of this equipment was purchased used and retail. No free equipment supplied to us.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The new record of the week.

Sunday afternoon was very nice and I visited Nathan at the record shop. He explained about some new 45 RPM singles in stock. Didn't see much which grabbed me until I saw a 45 with a White Peacock Label and I had him play it. A nice rocking instrumental with slam and impact and the ad libbed Vocal aside "Spunky Onions" interspersed. Don't know the date of this one but it sounds like 1960 all over again. Billy Davis and crew really turned in a nice Texas slab of wax. Flip side is a Doo-Wop ish tribute to the late Jesse Belvin of "Goodnight My Love" fame. Cost me $3. Not bad for this one. And it's a high VG original. Not too many nice Peacock originals down this way in Tennessee. Many thanks to our reader, Chip-HP for giving me a correct issue year for this 45, 1960.