45 Singles You Just Had to Buy

In the bad old days before the internet & streaming😀, what pieces of music did you have to purchase on a 45rpm single because there was no other genuine way of getting them home? The trouble was that more often than not, an album cut of a rock-and-roll hit would be a different version/take/mix of the one you loved hearing on the radio. Which means you just had to get the 45.

Here's a random handful of mine --

Hanky Panky -- Tommy James & the Shondells

Save the Country -- Laura Nyro

She Don't Care about Time and Change is Now -- The Byrds

Baby Please Don't Go -- Them

Candy Girl -- Four Seasons

The Battle of New Orleans -- Johnny Horton


I have lots of 12" 45's purchased in the 80s. They contain remixes and extended club versions of the single or a popular track found on the LP. And they weren't over compressed, just enough to keep the disc from jumping the grooves.

These tracks were recorded very hot and usually had better SQ than the album. Mostly owned by DJs and collectors. 



Joy to the World

Top of the World

Man in Black

Loves Theme

Popcorn (Hot Butter)

Crocodile Rock

Joy (Apollo 100)

Hollywood Swinging


Yeah baby…grooovy!


@lowrider57 my 12” “Cat People” single by Giorgio Moroder/David Bowie sounds ridiculously good.