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The Long-playing Microgroove Record

The word 'Album' originates from the days of the 78 record, whereby sets of records would be sold or collected together into a bound linen book of discs - just like a photo album, but with records inside. In 1950 however the microgroove 'Long Playing' record was introduced onto the market, which aimed to replicate those old 78 'albums' on a single disc - making such collections more convenient (to store, retrieve and play), more durable and improved sound quality.

Parlophone's very first 12" LP record, with catalogue number PMC 1001.

There were however earlier 10" LP releases (PMA and PMB 1001) - click on the catalogue shown, right.

PMC1001 - L R Royal Opera House Nutcracker - Web
PMC1016 - Fauré and Ravel - L R Poulet+LSO
PMD1044 - Humphrey Lyttleton - L R 1956 Humph Swin

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