What's All This Then

Why should I care what this guy has to say?

The correct answer is that you shouldn’t. We’re all entitled to our opinions. Develop your own. I try to be sane and rational, but that may change with the level of caffeine intake. I’m just telling my stories in the hopes they may amuse and/or inform others. And... I Confess... I'm showing off my bitchen collection a bit.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

I Love 45's

I started with 45's.  Beatles, Monkees, Stones, one hit wonders.  This was the way of the world back then.  When the album became the medium of choice coupled with the rise of FM radio, 45's tended to be relegated to bubble gum or top 40 music.

I never lost my love of 45's and still actively seek them out.  For starters, if you can find one that wasn't over loved, they boast a thick meaty sound.  Most of them were mastered to sound good on less than hi-fi transistor radios.  Play that same record back on modern equipment and the effect can be stunning.

Finding an older one in good shape is not that easy.  This was before the era of balanced lightweight single play turntables.  45's were stacked on a spindle and played with tone arms made of heavy metals.   They slid and grinded against each other.  To top it off, the anti-skating mechanism was non existent, which caused unspeakable wear to the grooves as they approached the label.

In the USA, the 45 became a second class citizen.  Not so much in the UK.   The Beatles ( and individual members) and the Who put out standalone singles into the early 70's

Once the album took over, the 45 was relegated to presenting the potential hit single from the album.  Here's where some of the fun started for me.  Often times, the B-Side of the 45 was something that wasn't included on the album.  Part of this fun of having rarities was taked down a notch with the inclusion of 'bonus tracks' on CD reissues.  There are many that still remain uncompiled. 

The punk movement signaled new life for the 45.  Part of that rebellion was against corporate rock and overblown statements. The single proved to be a great outlet once again for two minute epics.

Below is a fairly recent b-side that remains uncompiled.   The only place to get this one is on a 45.

Rolling Stones - Cook Cook Blues.    B-Side of Rock and a Hard Place   1989

Much more 45 fun to come in the future