RCA Compact 33 RPM Record Guide (US) (LPC Prefix)

In 1960, RCA and a number of major record labels had introduced the compact 33 single in an attempt to create a one-speed format market. It was a move that many within the industry had thought would take two to five years for the market sales to switch from the 45s to the compact 33s. With a shortage of inexpensive automatic 33-speed singles players to discourage promotion of the compact 33 and the majority, of 3,000 discount stores cutting their prices of the 45 RPM from ninety-eight cents to seventy-seven cents, by 1961 the “concept of the” compact 33 as an industry standard was no more.1

The Compact 33 was released in two formats, the Compact 33 single and the Compact 33 double. The Compact 33 double generally contained four tracks whereas the single contained two tracks like their 45 RPM counterpart. The RCA LPC prefix series, which likely means (by my own assertion) Long-Play Compact 33 is an example of the Compact 33 double format.

LPC-115 100x100LPC-000 100x100LPC-116 100x100LPC-000 100x100LPC-135 100x100

Mfg.  Catalog   ArtistSelectionPrice RangeYear
RCALPC-100Artie ShawThe King of the Clarinet31961
RCALPC-101Glenn MillerSerenade71961
RCALPC-102Tommy DorseyTommy Dorsey Originals111961
RCALPC-103Sons of the PioneersTumbling Tumbleweeds101961
RCALPC-104Henry ManciniHenry Mancini Showcase101961
RCALPC-105Neil SedakaNeil's Best141961
RCALPC-106Frankie CarleThe Golden Touch81961
RCALPC-107Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur FiedlerOld Timer's Night at the Pops111961
RCALPC-109Perry ComoTill the End of Time71961
RCALPC-110The Three SunsTwilight Time31961
RCALPC-111Della ReeseAnd Now Presenting Della Reese101961
RCALPC-112Ames BrothersThe Ames Brothers Sing the Best of the Bands111961
RCALPC-113Jeanette MacDonald & Nelson EddyFavorites71961
RCALPC-114Perez PradoBig Hits by Prado1961
RCALPC-115Eddy ArnoldSings Them Again1961
RCALPC-116Hank LocklinHank Locklin's Greatest Hits101961
RCALPC-117Mario LanzaThe Student Prince101961
RCALPC-118Morton Gould and his Symphonic BandMorton Gould Plays Sousa1961
RCALPC-119Buddy MorrowNight Train1961
RCALPC-120George Beverly SheaInspirational Songs101961
RCALPC-121The RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra, Robert Russell BennettSuite From The Score Composed By Richard Rodgers Victory At Sea Vol. I1961
RCALPC-122Brother Dave GardnerRejoice, Dear Hearts! (Highlights)1961
RCALPC-123Elvis PresleyLove Men/a1961
RCALPC-124Chet AtkinsChet Atkins Plays Great Movie Themes121961
RCALPC-125Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur FiedlerThe Skaters Waltz1961
RCALPC-126Sam CookeSam Cooke Sings151961
RCALPC-127Harry BelefonteBelefonte at Carnegie Hall (Highlights)121961
RCALPC-128Elvis PresleyElvis By Request151961
RCALPC-129Otto PremingerOtto Preminger Presents Exodus Original Sound Track From The Film Exodus by Ernest Gold1961
RCALPC-130Henry ManciniMr. Lucky Goes Latin1961
RCALPC-132The LimelitersTonight: In Person121961
RCALPC-133Jim ReevesThe Blizzard and other Tall Tales131961
RCALPC-134Floyd CramerOn The Rebound / Last Date101961
RCALPC-135Neil SedakaLittle Devil101961
RCALPC-136Nino C RotaLa Dolce Vita181961
RCALPC-140Perry Como (Canadian Release)Sing To Me Mr. C.1961

Note: LPC-123 by Elvis Presley was to apparently contain four tracks. Side 1 Love me and Hound Dog and Side 2 Don’t Be Cruel and Jailhouse Rock. (source) As far as I know, no copies exist.

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  1. Russell Sanjek, American Popular Music and Its Business: The First Four Hundred Years (New York: Oxford University Press, 1988), pp. 365, 366.