45RPM 12 inch singles

Just played a 12 inch single of Phil Collins in the air tonight extended mix.
The sound quality blew me away, amazing dynamics.
Does anyone have a favorite 12 inch single that sounds awesome?

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Given the faster groove speed and (usually) wider groove spacing, 45rpm 12” vinyls certainly should sound better than 33rpm albums, all other factors being equal.

I’m strictly silver disc only, but there were some fantastic 12” mixes done in the mid/late 80s in particular. Some of my favourites are:

  • Word Up (Cameo)
  • Pump Up the Volume (MARRS)
  • It’s a Sin (Pet Shop Boys)
  • Peter Gunn (Art of Noise & Duane Eddy)
  • Revolution (Jean-Michel Jarre)
  • Radioactivity (Kraftwerk, 1991)

12”s were also great for otherwise unreleased tracks that, if you’re lucky, show up on later remastered editions.

Mark

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Two Tribes, Frankie Goes to Hollywood. Agree completely about the sound quality and dynamics.

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Ah yes two tribes, most dynamic piece of vinyl I’ve ever heard!

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Some great titles there, I might well try and seek them out. 12 inch singles make my little kans sound like isobariks!!

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Two favs spring to mind Soft Cell’s Torch with the extended trumpet playing and New Order’s Perfect Kiss with the sound of frogs during the extended instrumental section.

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OK, well not the same, but I had a James Bond theme tune album that I always put “Live and let die” on at 45, and it always sound better to me. If anyone has it, try it.

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Back in black. AC/DC.

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Oh yes. Not forgetting Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Relax and Two Tribes, Sly and Robbie - Boops (Here to go). The width of those grooves :crazy_face:

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The 12" of Peter Gabriel’s Sledgehammer has an extended version of Biko on the B side which is extraordinary.

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I’ve got that one, will dig it out for a play.

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I have about 100 or so 12" 45rpm singles. Many sound really great. FGTH’s Two Tribes is fab, and yes the PG Sledgehammer with Biko on the flip side is also excellent. I have a collection of Thomas Dolby 12" 45s and promos which mostly sound excellent too. A few stand-outs for sound quality;

Yazoo - Situation (Kevorkian Remix)
ATF - Der Kommisar (extended Remix)
Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill
Bronski Beat - Smalltown Boy
Ryuichi Sakamoto & David Sylvian - Forbidden Colours
The Blue Nile - Downtown Lights

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Thanks for these recommendations Richard, I will keep an eye out for them at my local record shop in Witney.

I have loads from the 80s and yes I agree with above, FGTH Two Tribes is fantastic, not only for it’s quality, but the mix is superb.

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Like Richard I’ve a collection of 45rpm 12" singles that runs into the 100’s mostly House Music and Reggae but of the more commercial titles I’d say my. favourites are

Long Hot Summer, Money Go Round and You’re The Best Thing all by The Style Council,

Love Wars - Womack & Womack,
Back Together - Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway
Blue Monday - New Order

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Some great suggestions above.
I’ll add:

Anything issued by the Thompson Twins
White Wedding - Billy Idol
Stay - Blue Nile
Anything issued by Propaganda.

Also, if you can find it, the original 12” extended remix of Marquee Moon by Television.

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FGTH is also real test of system dynamics

The Style Council have an album (‘The Cost of Loving’) which is actually two 12-inch 45s.
had forgotten about this and haven’t played it for ages, so can’t vouch for the recording or pressing quality - but will give it a spin later… thanks for the prompt!

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May I add: Cowboy Junkies version of Sweet Jane, and Blue Moon, along with Prefab Sprout’s Johnny Johnny?

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:rofl: I’m sure Sir Paul would be thrilled to hear this​:rofl:

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