Collecting British 45's cannot get more challenging than owning this 1955 UK 7" Microgroove Test Press that was ONLY release on 10" 78 rpm Shellac.
Parlophone's desire to move into the 7" 45prm market began in earnest in 1953 after RCA launched the 7" single in 1949.
This single was an experimental project of replicating the 1955 R.4030 shellac 78rpm release, the 7" single never happened, leaving us with just this Test Press inside it's birth-sleeve as a reminder that Parlophone were not fully convinced about this newfangled smaller disc thing.
Before you today is one of the United Kingdom's rarest 45's. A subtle Rhythm & Blues stroll featuring Hot Lips Page's husky purrings, supported by jazzy backing from a sultry Saxophone, sophisticated Clarinet, a caressed trumpet, a gently plucked double-bass. A beautifully served 1955 ballad worthy of a blockbuster film score..
Flipside carries a "silent groove" cut, labels tell the whole whilst the music will drift you off to a different place and time..
Rarest of the Rare British 45 - a slice of archival history.
Single sided test press - still in birth-sleeve (with the master number 7XCE 1354-IN ) neatly written in pencil on the sleeve with original polythene inner. Vinyl is as near Mint as you could ever hope to encounter. Printed labels are totally clean with hand-written credits. <br />