My good old-fashioned 45

Queen's Teo Torriatte in Japanese 45 rpm.

Now it sounds like an anachronism, especially considering how digitally oriented I am, but I always liked 45s. (I won’t mention what kinds of 45s I bought when I was a kid. Let’s just say I was a kid.) Recently I became reacquainted with Queen’s A Day at the Races, after years of never listening to it for reasons unknown. (Actually, the reason is very well known: I thought I didn’t like the album.) Upon learning that one single from that album, “Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together),” with “Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy” as the B side, was published only in Japan back in 1977, I decided I had to have it.

Fortunately, I found it on eBay, in mint conditions. Well, I guess it has some minor scratches—but who doesn’t have a few scratches at 34? Now I’ll have to go find a turntable to test it on.