We scour piles of old 45s for the very best in all Rock'n'roll and soul genres to feature snippets in our online jukebox. This podcast gets the jukebox to you in a great new way.
Daydreams About Night Things by Ronnie Milsap
Label: RCA 10335
My very favorite Ronnie Milsap tune... a 2-star recommendation if there ever was one! Check out the mp3 "snippet" of it. Note: This beautiful, Near Mint 45 record has pristine Mint sound.
Over My Head by Fleetwood Mac
Label: Reprise 1339
Last Price: $14.00. Not currently available for sale.
The single has a slightly different—and shorter—mix than the longer (3:38) LP cut. This was the tune that got the Fleetwood Mac hit machine rolling in the mid- to late-1970's. It's also perhaps my personal favorite cut from their first album in their revitalized configuration (with Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham added to the mix). Interesting to note that that album, simply called Fleetwood Mac, generated three Top 20 singles, but none that made the Top 10 in Billboard's Hot 100 chart:
Over My Head (#20, released November 2005)
Rhiannon (#11, released March 2006)
Say You Love Me (#11, released July 2006)
Note: This beautiful copy comes in a vintage Warner/Reprise Records factory sleeve. It has amazing, pristine Mint sound.
Promises by Eric Clapton
Label: RSO 1039
Last Price: $9.50. Not currently available for sale.
From a warehouse find, this is a new, unplayed stock copy, in its original RSO factory sleeve. Credited to "Eric Clapton And His Band." Note: This beautiful 45 has a little "bubbling" on the labels, which separately grade Near Mint. The vinyl (styrene) looks untouched, and the audio sounds pristine! (This scan is a representative image from our archives.)
Sunday Morning/ Femme Fatale by Velvet Underground And Nico
Label: Verve 10466
Here's a beautiful copy of one of The Velvet Underground's rare singles, one of only two or three they released. Both sides are great tunes from the Andy Warhol-designed album (the one with a "peelable" banana on the front) that featured European singer Nico on some tracks (the B side here). I'm posting mp3 "snippets" of both sides. Note: This 45 record has overall Near Mint labels with a hard-to-see name and date inked at the bottom of the A side. The vinyl grades EX in appearance, reflecting some notable scuffs and some tiny abrasions on the B side. The A side audio is close to Near Mint, but grades down because of light surface noise during the quiet intro... The sound becomes Near Mint as the track progresses. The B side unfortunately has more notable and persistent surface noise, grading a weak EX.
Hot Smoke & Sasafrass/ Lonely by Bubble Puppy
Label: Int'l Artists 128
Here's a beautiful copy of this essential Garage/Psych hit. The flip is another argument for ALWAYS checking out B sides... Listen to both snippets, and I'm sure you'll agree that this single is an amazing value in one small package! Note: This styrene pressing has nearly pristine audio, despite some notable scuffing on the wax.
When I Was Young by Animals
Label: MGM 13721
Credited to "Eric Burdon & The Animals," this is the group's finest foray into psychedelic rock. Every time I hear the opening guitar growl, it's obvious where Black Sabbath got the inspiration for the similar opening growl to "Iron Man." Now in the Classic 45's jukebox, cause it's one of those nuggets that just doesn't get played often enough. The big mystery to me is why Dave Marsh left it off his list of the 1,001 greatest 45s of Rock'n'Soul. It would definitely be on my list (if I ever make one!) For one thing, this is a single that was not included on any contemporary Animals album — this was a previously unreleased, non-LP single. The two sides eventually got added to an Animals compilation CD, but you won't find them anywhere on vinyl (to my knowledge) except on this little 45 record. Note: This Near Mint copy comes in a vintage MGM Records factory sleeve.
Ok… but where is the rest?
Nice songs but they are only 1:30-1:40 long (I don't get it?)
~ I get it now, small samples of songs (singles) that are for sale…
Great way to sample tons of tunes before buying them on 45. This 45 store is awesome particularly during a pandemic. It’s just like being in a store with all the details you need to make a decision!
Why these are snippets
As author of the podcast, I wanted to explain that these are "snippets" of songs I think very highly of, and I personally listen to my iTunes "jukebox" playlist daily. When I started doing this 10 years ago, I was concerned that loading full songs for free download would be violating copyright law. Not only that, but I'm paying for the downloads myself (not YouTube, for example), and it ain't cheap! If you have, like me, a somewhat short attention span, and if you love to hear a multitude of 5-star tunes in a variety of Pop music genres from the 1950s to the present -- some familiar, some surprises -- then I think you'll get a kick out of this podcast. Lately, the podcast has leaned heavily in the direction of Soul, because there's so much great, undiscovered Soul out there! But you'll find just about every style of popular music somewhere in the podcast. Happy music discovery! It's a big universe out there where 45 records are concerned... much larger than the universe of LPs or other 12-inch vinyl. So many great tunes were never pressed on 33 rpm, and the facsimiles that may appear on reissues (if they even exist) usually don't match up to the power of the audio on the original 45 rpm grooves. 'Nuff said. Enjoy!