Garage 45s are vinyl 45 rpm records that were pressed by self-financed garage bands in very small quantities, mostly in the 1960s. Some of the most sought-after 45 rpm garage recordings are prized precisely for their scarcity. By some estimates there are perhaps 250 high-quality garage 45s with remaining pressings of less than 10 copies. In other cases, as few as one or two copies of a particular garage 45 have been spotted.

Even though there is an extremely limited supply of garage 45s, there is also limited demand. In fact, there may be fewer than 100 collectors worldwide willing to pay the big bucks for the rarest, most desirable garage 45s. Still, there are many more collectors in the middle, who collect garage 45s along with psych records, Northern Soul, and 45s in general.

The music on garage 45s crosses a variety of genres, but some of the more common ones are pop, psychedelic rock, so-called proto-punk, British invasion music, and ballads. Collectors can also find R&B and instrumental garage 45s.

Beyond scarcity, the keys to collectible garage 45s include a clean and unscratched pressing of these 7-inch vinyl records. Just as important is the quality and condition of the printed label and picture sleeve. And since these records were recorded in garages or other makeshift studios with poor acoustics, audio quality is paramount in determining whether a garage 45 is a collector’s item or an expensive souvenir.

Some of the rarest garage 45s include Denise and Company’s 1966 Wee Records disk “Boy What’ll You Do Then/Chaos.” The group was led by Merry Prankster Denise Kaufman, who would go on to found the all-girl psych-rock band Ace of Cups. Recently, that 45 reportedly sold for $10,000, in no small part, perhaps, because the “boy” in the song’s title was a guy named Jann Wenner, who started a little magazine called “Rolling Stone.”

Other rare garage 45s include Sonics Inc.’s “Diddy Wah Diddy/Nobody to Love,” of which there is only one known copy, and “Dance Girl Dance/Another Boy” by Greg Barr & The Barr Association, one of several highly collected ’60s garage bands from Texas.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

45 RPM Record Label Designs

45 RPM Record Label Designs

A quick tour of 45 rpm label designs from the 1950s, 60s and 70s. Do the whole slide show or use the alphabetical i… [read review or visit site]

Vinyl Divas

Vinyl Divas

Vinyl Divas pays homage to international female opera singers of the LP era. Chronicling more than 800 singers, the… [read review or visit site]

317X

317X

Despite its mysterious title, 317X is plain and simple—an online gallery of vintage LPs, with a 1950s vintage fee… [read review or visit site]

Mybeatles.net

Mybeatles.net

Jesse Barron's collection of Beatles 45s, picture sleeves, magazines, books, and memorabilia. Browse singles and al… [read review or visit site]

Association of Vogue Picture Record Collectors

Association of Vogue Picture Record Collectors

This great site, from the Association of Vogue Picture Record Collectors, offers detailed background information an… [read review or visit site]

The Remington Site

The Remington Site

Since 1999, the Remington Site has offered classical music collectors a glimpse into Remington Records, an independ… [read review or visit site]



Clubs & Associations

Discussion Forums

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Missing Links Oz Seminal Garage/punk= Yr Drivin’ Me Insane Garage Psych Les Haunted Vapeur Mauve (purple Haze) 45 Insanely Rare Canadian Garage Punk The Haunted 1-2-5 Quality 45 Rare Canadian 'hunted' Pressing Killer!Garage Punk Don Norman & The Other Four Low Man Sir John A 45 W/ Pic Sleeve! Los Saicos - Camisa De Fuera (dis-peru 1965) Mod Freakbeat Garage Punk Listen!Frank Zappa Mothers Of Invention Trouble Comin' Everyday 45 7" 1966 Garage PunkGarage Punk The Ugly Ducklings Nothin' Yorktown 45 Rare Canadian 1st Pressing! The Stooges /iggy Pop Seminal Punk Garage 45 Orig Elektra 1969 /i Wanna Be YourThe Sorrows - Take A Heart - Original 1966 Oz Press Astor - Nm - Garage Psych60's Garage/rockabilly- Bobby Fuller- "king Of The Beach"/ "wine Wine Wine"- DjBrogues-45-killerkool Late 1965 California Garage-punk W/greg Elmore-quicksilver1967 Promo Garage Punk 45 - Nervous Breakdown "i Dig Your Mind" Take 6 RecordsThirteenth Floor Elevators You're Gonna Miss Me Hbr Orig. 1966 Garage 45Master's Apprentices ~ Oz Beat/garage Monster = Self Titled Ep Astor Aep 4012Randy And The Rest "dreaming / Confusion" Rare Garage/psych 7" On Jade Near MintGarage Punk Thee Deuces You Gotta Try Sir John A 45 Very Rare Canadian Killer! The Edicates She's Gone / Worried Mind 45 On Musicol Rare Ohio Garage M-Mile Ends 1966 Bottle Up And Go 5th Estate 8447 Rare Phoenix Az. Garage Punk NmGarage Punk The Ugly Ducklings Just In Case You Wonder Yorktown 45 Rare CanadianLittle Willie And The Adolescents 45 Stop It/get Out Of My Life (60's Garage)Garage Punk The Heart Treat Me Bad Sir John A 45 Rare Canadian Killer Mod Fuzz Garage Psych The Rabble Rising Of The Sun Trans World 45 Very Rare Canadian Nm!The Ladds I Found The Girl & Survival Ua 706 Ps Garage 45 The Leaves "hey Joe" 1966 Original California Garage Folk Psych RockLes 4sms5 (405) - Samedis Soirs - Ultra Rare Quebec Garage 7" 45 Jeunair - HearLarry’s Rebels Oz/kiwi Garage Beat/minty=i Feel Good1960's Lot Of 35 Garage, Psychedelic & Rock Original 45's Check This Out!Garage Punk The Preachers Inspiration Righteous Enterprises 45 Very Rare! The Centuries Spectra-sound 45 Rare Chicago Garage Punk Quagmire Nm- Hear!Garage Psych The Five D She Can't Be My Girl Sir John A 45 Very Rare Canadian Garage Punk The Jury Who Dat? Port 45 Rare Canadian Mod Fuzz Blaster! The Mixtures Oz Garage Beat Screamer/ First=koko JoeCollection Of 60's Rock 45's Lot Of 43 Garage Psych FreakbeatGarage Psych Rock Friday Afternoon These Roads Trend 45 Very Rare Canadian 1966 Garage Rock 45 Beaver & The Trappers Happiness Is Havin’ Listen!Garage Psych The Giant Sunflower February Sunshine Trans World 45 Rare Canadian Northwest Garage-sonics-psycho/maintaining My Cool-hear BothGarage Punk The Skaliwags Me Minus More Excellent 45 Very Rare Canadian Ottawa Rare Chaz & The Classics Picture Texas Garage Band 45 Missouri Garage Rock - 45 - The Morning Dew - FairylandGarage Surf The Fantastic Baggys Anywhere The Girls Are Imperial 45 Rare! Scientists This Heart Doesn't Run On Blood Oz Garage Kim Salmon Au-go-go Anda 32Garage Beat R&b Jack London & The Sparrows Take It Slow Capitol 45 Rare CanadianGarage Punk M.g. & The Escorts Please Don't Ever Change Reo 45 Rare Mod CanadianThirteenth Floor Elevators"garage 45rpm. Very Nice Almost M-Garage Punk Don Norman & The Other Four The Bounce Mgm 45 Rare Canadian Killer! Johnny & Velvetones " Surf 45rpm Garage. Latin Soul Surfer. Tuff One Nice CopyThe Celibate Rifles Sideroxylon Oz Garage Punk Australia Hot RecordsFagen Williams Group One Day Lover 45 On Westwood 1970 Ohio GarageGarage Beat Punk The Mersey Makers C'mon Mersey 45 Very Rare Mod Canadian BandHellacopters Dirty Women Bang Orange Spain 45 7" Swedish Garage MintMoving Sidewalks 99th Floor Zz Top Garage Tantara 45 Von Ryan's Express No Place To Hide 45 On Von Ryan Obscure Ohio Garage PsychThe Fabulous Thunderbolts “my Girl Sue” Iowa Garage Thumper Rocker 1965 Mint!!90 Lot Rock 45 Rpm Records Rnr Garage Psych Folk 60s 70s Beatles Rolling StonesLondon & The Bridges It Just Aint Right Date Promo Garage Northern Soul 45Hear♫ The Motions ‎– Land Beyond The Moon 1964 Garage Surf Vg Vinyl 7” 45 RpmFinnigans Wake - Situation Sad 45 On Disques, Cote 60s Garage Fuzz Psych RareGarage Psych American Machine Snowball Capitol 45 Very Rare Canadian Pressing Horsepower Productions To The Rescue 2x12" Tempa Uk Garage Dubstep Classic Ukg