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About Classic 45s
Classic 45s opened for business in 2001 as a model web-based record store geared exclusively to 45 collectors. We designed the store to provide as much information as possible about each 45 record in our inventory--including not only Artist, Title, and Label, but also release year, songwriter and producer credits, a scan of the label (in many cases), detailed grades (4 for each record), chart history, sleeve information, and genre. We continually contribute to Discogs, helping to flesh out existing entries and occasionally adding a missing release.

About our descriptions
The descriptions that accompany each 45 in our Discogs inventory are written for the context of the Classic 45s website rather than for Discogs. As a result, some aspects of the descriptions may not be clear as they are mirrored here on Discogs, because of limitations in the Discogs marketplace. The first problem is that Discogs limits the length of the description field, so Classic 45s descriptions beyond that length simply get truncated. This truncation sometimes has the unfortunate side effect of eliminating detailed grading language, which always forms the end of our descriptions. The second issue is that Discogs doesn't let sellers display an image of their specific item for sale. Thus, when we use the phrase "see scan" in our descriptions, we're referring to the image that accompanies the record's description on Classic 45s... not the image that accompanies the record in Discogs. To get around the truncation problem, we try very hard to send truncated sections of text to the buyer before they commit payment on a record.

About grading
Classic 45s uses a somewhat different grading system than the one Discogs uses. The Discogs grading system is borrowed verbatim from the collector's magazine Goldmine. You can see a full description of our system on the Classic 45s website.

One big difference is that the Classic 45s system assigns every record 4 separate grades -- an overall grade, and distinct grades for Label, Vinyl and Audio. Unfortunately, we are not able to mirror those detailed grades on Discogs.

Another major difference is in the definition of the term "Mint." The Goldmine system that Discogs uses defines Mint as "absolutely perfect in every way." In other words, "Mint = Perfect". By defining mint as "perfect," whoever wrote this system made it uncomfortable for dealers and collectors to use that grade, because after all, nothing is perfect, let alone "absolutely perfect in every way." What those who defend the Goldmine system don't consider is that the real meaning of "mint" isn't "perfect," it's "new, like new." This is a big distinction, and one that confuses a lot of people. In the Classic 45s system, the definition for "mint" starts with "Looks new and unplayed." In the world of comic books, the definition for "mint" starts out: "Near perfect in every way." Again, that's a big distinction, between "absolutely" and "near" perfect, and it means that it's possible to use the condition "Mint" in the comic book world without violating the "mint = perfect" conundrum. Now, this doesn't mean that all new, unplayed 45s are mint, because they may have some defect(s), such as light ringwear, that lower the grade to near mint. So, when we use the grade "Mint," we don't mean "perfect," we mean "new, like new" or "near perfect." And since "mint" doesn't mean "perfect" in the real world, we can still use the grade "Near Mint" to describe an otherwise mint record with a flaw of some kind. The Classic 45s grading system description includes a long list of possible minor flaws for near mint records.

Classic 45s specializes in finding and selling records that are in new, unplayed condition (that is, no previous owner has played the record). As a dealer in new 45 stock (both original pressings and reissues), it makes no sense to me when I see a dealer call a brand new record "Near Mint" merely because they have taken an oath to never call a record "Mint." New records are by definition "Mint" in the real world, and "Mint" is the correct grade to label a record that has never before been played and is otherwise lacking any notable flaws. Since a large part of our inventory consists of new, unplayed stock, it's important that customers can clearly distinguish this from our used inventory as they shop.

Recent Activity

Action Description
Bobby Jones (7) And The Para-Monts - Beware A Stranger
submitted Bobby Jones (7) And The Para-Monts - Beware A Stranger . over 3 years ago
Rod Stewart - Twisting The Night Away
posted a comment on Rod Stewart - Twisting The Night Away. over 3 years ago
Also, it says "Promotional Copy/ Not For Sale" (all caps) on both sides.
Rod Stewart - Twisting The Night Away
posted a comment on Rod Stewart - Twisting The Night Away. over 3 years ago
The stock copy has a red label, and this release has asterisks on the A side.
Little Pete & The Youngsters - You Told Another Lie
submitted Little Pete & The Youngsters - You Told Another Lie. over 3 years ago
Troy (20) - And Tomorrow Means Another Day We're Apart
submitted Troy (20) - And Tomorrow Means Another Day We're Apart. over 4 years ago
Cabo Frio - She's The One
submitted Cabo Frio - She's The One. over 4 years ago
Screaming Headless Torsos - Vinnie / Kermes Macabre
submitted Screaming Headless Torsos - Vinnie / Kermes Macabre. over 4 years ago
Desmond Dekker & The Aces / Small Faces - Israelites/Itchycoo Park
posted a comment on Desmond Dekker & The Aces / Small Faces - Israelites/Itchycoo Park. over 4 years ago
The label says Stereo, but to my ears it's the original Mono mix.
Cashmere (2) - Keep Me Up
submitted Cashmere (2) - Keep Me Up. over 4 years ago
Keith & Darrell - Kickin' It Around
submitted Keith & Darrell - Kickin' It Around. over 4 years ago
The Bluebells - Cath / Patriots Game
submitted The Bluebells - Cath / Patriots Game. over 4 years ago
Emblems* - Poor Humpty Dumpty / Would You Still Be Mine
submitted Emblems* - Poor Humpty Dumpty / Would You Still Be Mine. over 4 years ago
The El Domingos - Made In Heaven / Lucky Me I'm In Love
submitted The El Domingos - Made In Heaven / Lucky Me I'm In Love. over 4 years ago
Soul Survivors - Turn Out The Fire / Go Out Walking
submitted Soul Survivors - Turn Out The Fire / Go Out Walking. over 4 years ago
Secret Agents Of The Vice Squad - I Saw Sloopy / Things Happen
submitted Secret Agents Of The Vice Squad - I Saw Sloopy / Things Happen. over 4 years ago
Etta James - At Last / I Just Want To Make Love To You
submitted Etta James - At Last / I Just Want To Make Love To You. over 4 years ago
Pat Cordel And The Crescents (13) - My Tears / Darling Come Back
submitted Pat Cordel And The Crescents (13) - My Tears / Darling Come Back. over 5 years ago
Gwen Guthrie - Padlock
submitted Gwen Guthrie - Padlock. over 5 years ago
Lance Rentzel - Lookin' Like Somethin' That Ain't
submitted Lance Rentzel - Lookin' Like Somethin' That Ain't. over 5 years ago
Bunny Sigler - Will You Love Me Tomorrow / Let Them Talk
submitted Bunny Sigler - Will You Love Me Tomorrow / Let Them Talk . over 5 years ago
Little Walter - My Babe
submitted Little Walter - My Babe. over 5 years ago
The Persians (5) - Dance Now / Tears Of Love
submitted The Persians (5) - Dance Now / Tears Of Love. over 5 years ago
The Cameos (11) - Wait Up / Lost Lover
submitted The Cameos (11) - Wait Up / Lost Lover. over 5 years ago
The Rainbows (3) - Minnie / They Say
submitted The Rainbows (3) - Minnie / They Say. over 5 years ago
Lewis Lymon And The Teenchords* - I'm Not Too Young To Fall In Love / Falling In Love
submitted Lewis Lymon And The Teenchords* - I'm Not Too Young To Fall In Love / Falling In Love. over 5 years ago
The Myddle Class - Don't Let Me Sleep Too Long / I Happen To Love You
submitted The Myddle Class - Don't Let Me Sleep Too Long / I Happen To Love You. over 5 years ago
The Kiwis (2) - Oopy-Doopy-Sam / John
submitted The Kiwis (2) - Oopy-Doopy-Sam / John. over 5 years ago
Wyatt (Earp) McPherson - That's Why I Love My Baby / Here's My Confession
submitted Wyatt (Earp) McPherson - That's Why I Love My Baby / Here's My Confession. over 5 years ago
Cliff Dawson - It's Not Me You Love
submitted Cliff Dawson - It's Not Me You Love. over 5 years ago
Marvin Gaye - Praise / Funk Me
submitted Marvin Gaye - Praise / Funk Me. over 5 years ago
Rosie Flores - Crying Over You / Midnight To Moonlight
submitted Rosie Flores - Crying Over You / Midnight To Moonlight. over 5 years ago
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas - I Should Be Proud / Love, Guess Who
submitted Martha Reeves & The Vandellas - I Should Be Proud / Love, Guess Who. over 5 years ago
Lou Christie - Two Faces Have I
submitted Lou Christie - Two Faces Have I . over 5 years ago
Voyeur - Paradise / Midnight Dancer
submitted Voyeur - Paradise / Midnight Dancer. over 6 years ago
The Possessions (3) - No More Love / You And Your Lies
submitted The Possessions (3) - No More Love / You And Your Lies. over 6 years ago
Little Willie Littlefield - K. C. Loving / Pleading At Midnight
submitted Little Willie Littlefield - K. C. Loving / Pleading At Midnight. over 6 years ago
Dixie Humming Birds* - It Must Have Been The Lord (That Touched Me) / Take Care Of Me
submitted Dixie Humming Birds* - It Must Have Been The Lord (That Touched Me) / Take Care Of Me. over 6 years ago
Uriah Heep - Look At Yourself / Love Machine
submitted Uriah Heep - Look At Yourself / Love Machine. over 6 years ago
Vanity Fare - Hitchin' A Ride
submitted Vanity Fare - Hitchin' A Ride. over 6 years ago
Jean Austin - The Failure Is Not In God / Don't Have To Worry
submitted Jean Austin - The Failure Is Not In God / Don't Have To Worry . over 6 years ago
Lou Rawls - It's You / Sweet Charity
submitted Lou Rawls - It's You / Sweet Charity. over 6 years ago
Ronnie Limar - You Mean The World To Me Sweetheart
submitted Ronnie Limar - You Mean The World To Me Sweetheart. over 6 years ago
Banks & Hampton - Make Do With Whatcha Got / Caught In The Act (Of Gettin' It On)
submitted Banks & Hampton - Make Do With Whatcha Got / Caught In The Act (Of Gettin' It On). over 6 years ago
Billy Ford - My Girl / This Is Worth Fighting For
submitted Billy Ford - My Girl / This Is Worth Fighting For. over 6 years ago
Jimmy Love - Two Sides To Every Story
submitted Jimmy Love - Two Sides To Every Story. over 6 years ago
Kiss - Shout It Out Loud
submitted Kiss - Shout It Out Loud. over 6 years ago
Herb The
submitted Herb The "K" - (Breakin') Super Turf. over 6 years ago
Merle Spears - It's Just A Matter Of Time / Ain't No Need
submitted Merle Spears - It's Just A Matter Of Time / Ain't No Need. over 6 years ago
Knight Brothers - Ghetto Joe / Tried So Hard To Please Her
submitted Knight Brothers - Ghetto Joe / Tried So Hard To Please Her. over 6 years ago
The Goodnight Kisses - If He Kissed Me / Devil In The Dark
submitted The Goodnight Kisses - If He Kissed Me / Devil In The Dark. over 6 years ago