Many artists (examples: The Who, Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Elton John, U2, Bob Dylan, R.E.M., Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen, Beatles) put previously unreleased, non-album cuts on their singles' A and/or B sides, and a lot of these never found their way to a vinyl LP. Many of these singles appeared subsequently on one of the artist's compilation LPs, but not on any currently available U.S. LP. If you wanted the song, you had to buy the single. Simple as that! (Or wait for the greatest hits LP.) This tactic seems to have been particularly popular with U.K. acts, an observation that will be confirmed as you scan down the list (try sorting the list by artist). This is not complete, and I still have editing work to do, but I think you'll enjoy perusing this list of popular singles and B sides that you may have trouble finding on one of the group's LPs.

Note: This is a partial list that is still being fleshed out. If you know of a record that should be here, send me a note through the Classic 45s Contacts page. The records are presented in rough chronological order. Last Updated 02/11/21, this page shows about 760 45s.

1950
Hank Snow
RCA 48-0328
In 1950, there was no Hank Snow LP (RCA was pushing the 45 format at the time), making this huge hit a non-album single.
1953
Darrell Glenn
Valley 105
Yes, this song started out as a Country hit in this version, sung by the author's son. The Orioles picked it up shortly thereafter and of course recorded the version that most folks know about today. The terrific, uptempo B side is credited to 'Darrell Glenn and The Rhythm Riders.' This was a non-album single.
1953
Dean Martin
Capitol 2589
Here's a beautiful copy of the original 1953 release of this classic. This non-album track was from the Paramount movie "The Caddy."
1954
Crows
Rama 5
Because it got a lot of pop airplay, this classic early Doo Wop track is considered by many to be the first rock'n'roll record. It was also a non-album single.
1954
Jewels
R and B 1301
Here's a rare copy of the original version of the classic 'Hearts of Stone,' which is the version Dave Marsh chose to represent the song in his list of the 1,001 greatest singles of the rock era. "Hearts" has been recorded since by countless artists, and first became a chart hit in 1955 as covered by the Charms. On this original release, "Hearts" was intended as the B side, but music history changed all that. :-)
1954
Joe Turner
Atlantic 1026
Atlantic didn't get around to putting this on an LP until 1957... 3 years later, so this counts as a non-album single.
1954
Hank Ballard and the Midnighters
Federal 12195
Credited to the Midnighters, this was the group's big followup to their massive (and massively controversial) smash earlier in the year, "Work With Me Annie". Both of these were non-album singles.
1954
The Penguins
Dootone 348
This big 1954 hit, one of the first RnB "Doo Wop" tunes to cross over to the Pop market, was a non-album single.
1954
Elvis Presley
Sun 210
None of Elvis Presley's Sun singles made it onto an album at the time.
1954
Elvis Presley
Sun 209
None of Elvis Presley's Sun singles made it onto an album at the time.
1955
Platters
Mercury 70633
Curiously, the group's debut single was left off of their debut album, "The Platters," making this a non-album single.
1955
Platters
Mercury 70753
This was a non-album single available only on a later greatest hits LP.
1955
Dean Martin
Capitol 3295
The biggest hit of Martin's long career was a non-album single.
1955
Bo Diddley
Checker 814
This was a non-album single that didn't appear on LP for another 3 years.
1955
Boyd Bennett and His Rockets
King 1494
This terrific number was a non-album tune.
1955
Elvis Presley
Sun 223
None of Elvis Presley's Sun singles made it onto an album at the time.
1955
The El Dorados
Vee-Jay 147
This big hit was a non-album single.
1955
The Nutmegs
Herald 452
This was a non-album single (the group made no albums).
1955
The Turbans
Herald 458
This group had no albums, by the way, just some 45s... This was their first single and biggest hit.
1955
Chuck Berry
Chess 1604
This was a non-album single... Berry's first LP didn't appear until 1957, and it didn't include these tracks.
1955
Nappy Brown
Savoy 1155
Nappy Brown made no albums while at Savoy... all his 1950s singles are non-album material.
1955
Lillian Briggs
Epic 9115
Briggs was a white big-band singer... here she really rocks out in an RnB style, singing a Louis Jordan number from a couple of years before. By the way, this was a non-album single.
1955
Connie Francis
MGM 12015
Here's a beautiful copy of Connie Franics' very first single... it didn't get much airplay, but it's a rare artifact highly prized by Connie Francis fans. Not available on any album.
1956
Elvis Presley
RCA 6420
Curiously, Elvis' first RCA hit was a non-album single whose tracks are missing from contemporary Presley LPs.
1956
Elvis Presley
RCA 6604
Of course, both sides of this 45 were big hits, yet this was a non-album single that didn't appear on LP until a later Greatest Hits compilation.
1956
Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps
Capitol 3530
This is a nice copy of Vincent's excellent second single, which barely grazed the bottom of the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart. By the way, this was a non-album single.
1956
Ray Price
Columbia 21510
Amazingly, Ray Price's biggest hit was a non-album single.
1956
Sonny James
Capitol 3602
This huge hit was a non-album single.
1956
Chuck Berry
Chess 1626
This was a non-album single whose A side didn't appear on any contemporary Chuck Berry LPs.
1956
Clarence "Frog Man" Henry
Argo 5259
This 1956 classic was Clarence "Frog Man" Henry's first and, some think, best single, which Dave Marsh includes at #665 in his list of the 1,001 greatest singles of Rock'n'Soul. Note that this was a non-album single; Henry's only Argo album was in 1961.
1956
Nervous Norvus
Dot 15470
This big novelty hit was a non-album single.
1956
Johnny Cash
Sun 241
This great B side of "I Walk The Line" is a non-album cut that doesn't appear on Cash's Sun albums.
1956
The Wheels
Premium 405
1956
Carl Perkins
Sun 249
All of Perkins' Rockabilly singles on Sun are worth seeking out... and this one is no exception. "Rave on, cats, he cried/It's almost dawn/The cops are gone/Let's all get Dixie Fried!" Exciting stuff. This was a non-album single.
1956
Guy Mitchell
Columbia 40769
Odd as it may seem today, this huge hit (#1 for 10 weeks!) was a non-album single that only appeared on a later greatest hits compilation.
1957
Elvis Presley
RCA 47-7035
This was a non-album single available only on a Greatest Hits compilation.
1957
Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps
Capitol 3763
This non-album single didn't appear on any of Vincent's Capitol LPs.
1957
Bobby Helms
Decca 30513
This was a non-album single: It didn't appear on Helms' 1957 album "My Special Angel."
1957
Rays
Cameo 117
This big hit was a non-album single.
1957
Bill Justis
Phillips Int'l 3519
This big hit was a non-album single.
1957
Thurston Harris
Aladdin 3398
This artist had no albums, only singles.
1957
Tom & Jerry
Big 613
Simon & Garfunkel's first collaboration on vinyl... a true rarity from their early 'Everly Brothers rockabilly' phase.
1957
Charlie Gracie
Cameo 105
Gracie had no albums, only singles.
1957
Dell-Vikings
Dot 15592
This essential Doo-Wop hit appears to be a non-album cut, available elsewhere only on a 4-song Dot 7-inch EP that included "Come Go With Me".
1957
Diamonds
Mercury 71060
Here's a beautiful copy of this doo-wop classic, which was a non-album single.
1957
Jerry Lee Lewis
Sun 281
Believe it or not, this was a non-album single that didn't appear on LP until a much later Greatest Hits album.
1957
Johnnie & Joe
Chess 1654
This was a non-album single. (Johnnie & Joe had no albums.)
1957
Danny and the Juniors
ABC-Pmt. 9871
This group had no albums, only singles.
1957
The Gladiolas
Excello 2101
Some think the Diamonds cover version is superior, but you gotta give the original its due... Enjoy! By the way, this was a non-album single.
1957
Lewis Lymon and the Teenchords
Fury 1006
1957
The Mello-Kings
Herald 502
This was a non-album single until an album finally appeared in 1960 for the group.
1957
Jive Bombers
Savoy 1508
This was a non-album single.
1957
The Platters
Mercury 71011
This was a non-album single whose sides are missing from contemporary Platters LPs.
1957
Joe Bennett and the Sparkletones
ABC-Pmt. 9837
This was a non-album single, as the group made no albums.
1957
The Bobbettes
Atlantic 1144
This was a non-album single, as the group made no albums.
1957
The Dell-Vikings
Dot 15538
One of the most beloved doo-wop classics of all time. This was a non-album single, by the way.
1957
The Strikes
Imperial 5433
Here's a beautiful copy of one of my all-time favorite Rockabilly numbers... well worth seeking out! This group had only a couple of singles on Imperial to their name... no albums.
1957
Carl Perkins
Sun 287
These essential Perkins tracks never appeared on a Perkins album.
1957
Elvis Presley
RCA 6870
This was a non-album single that only appeared on a later greatest hits collection.
1957
George Hamilton IV
ABC-Pmt. 9862
This was a non-album single whose sides are missing from Hamilton's ABC-Pmt. LPs from that time.
1957
Jerry Lee Lewis
Sun 267
This big hit was a non-album single.
1958
Buddy Holly
Coral 62006
It's interesting that Holly chose to record this tune, cowritten by Bobby Darin, who had just released his own version as by The Rinky Dinks the month before. In fact, Darin had just come to National attention with his hit "Splish Splash," released 2 months earlier. And yet, Holly chose to record not only one, but two, Darin tunes, as the B side is also written by Bobby Darin. This was a non-album single.
1958
Jerry Butler
Falcon 1013
This single marked one of the very first instances of true soul music, rather than the usual RnB vocal group sound. The single was first—and very briefly—released on Vee Jay 280, then on Falcon 1013, and then on Abner 1013. The tracks are credited to "Jerry Butler and the Impressions." This was a non-album single.
1958
Kingston Trio
Capitol 4049
"Ruby Red," the B side of "Tom Dooley", is a lively, uptempo affair with some beautiful harmony singing. Interestingly, this B side was not included on any of the group's albums... it's a non-album cut.
1958
Dale Wright with the Rock-Its
Fraternity 792
This artist had no albums, only singles.
1958
Everly Brothers
Cadence 1350
This was a non-album single whose sides are missing from contemporary Everly Bros. LPs.
1958
Peggy Lee
Capitol 3998
Peggy Lee's cover of the Little Willie John classic became her biggest hit, which was a non-album single.
1958
Bobby Hendricks
Sue 706
This was a non-album single.
1958
David Seville
Liberty 55132
This big 1958 hit was a non-album single.
1958
Buddy Holly & the Crickets
Brunswick 55094
This great song didn't appear on any Buddy Holly or Crickets albums.
1958
Eddie Cochran
Liberty 55144
This huge and influential hit was a non-album tune missing from Cochran's LPs.
1958
Kuf-Linx
Challenge 1013
Here's a beautiful copy of this competing version of "So Tough", which may be even better than the Original Casuals hit version. Nice B side, too! This was a non-album single.
1958
Carl Perkins
Columbia 41131
Oddly, this hit track isn't included on Columbia's only (1958) Perkins album.
1958
Eugene Church
Class 235
This was a non-album single (the singer made no albums).
1958
Jan & Arnie
Arwin 108
This big hit was a non-album single.
1958
Jerry Lee Lewis
Sun 288
This was a non-album single whose sides only appeared on later compilation albums.
1958
Jerry Lee Lewis
Sun 301
This single was released after the sex scandal hit the news, which explains its lack of airplay. But don't miss this romp explaining the ingredients of Lewis' sound... it's a must recording for Jerry Lee Lewis fans. This was a non-album single.
1959
Bobby Darin
Atco 6140
This big hit was a non-album single.
1958
Everly Brothers
Cadence 1348
This was a non-album single: Neither side appeared on a contemporary Everly Bros. album, only on later greatest hits compilations.
1958
Danleers
AMP-3 1005
BThis group had no albums, so this big hit was a non-album single.
1958
Elegants
Apt 25005
The Elegants had no albums, only 45s, so this big hit is a non-album tune.
1958
Jimmy Edwards
Mercury 71209
This terrific rockabilly single has two great sides, with a killer A side. Edwards had previously released a different version of this song under his real name, Jim Bullington. By the way, the singer had no albums, just a few singles.
1958
Royal Teens
ABC-Pmt. 9882
Here's a beautiful copy of this big 1958 hit, which (among other things) was a non-album single.
1958
The Coasters
Atco 6116
This was a non-album single available only a later Greatest Hits compilation album.
1958
Danny and the Juniors
ABC-Pmt. 9888
This group made no albums, only singles.
1958
Eddie Cochran
Liberty 55166
This was a non-album single that didn't appear on LP until a 1960 greatest hits compilation.
1958
The Accents
Brunswick 55100
This was a non-album single, as the group made no albums.
1958
The Jamies
Epic 9281
This group made no albums, so this is a non-album single.
1958
The Chordettes
Cadence 1345
I don't believe this single, the group's biggest hit, appeared on any of the Chordettes albums.
1958
Chuck Brooks and The Sharpies
Dub 2844
Here's a beautiful copy of this rare 1958 Rockabilly single. As far as I'm aware, this is the only recorded output by this configuration... either Brooks or The Sharpies.
1958
Dicky Dell and The Bing Bongs
Dragon 10205
Here's a beautiful copy of this rare and wonderful 1958 Doo Wop treasure. This is the only single the group made, and no albums.
1958
The Hi-Fives
Decca 30657
One listen, and you'll simply have to have a copy of "Dorothy" for your Doo Wop collection. Really infectious. This group made only a handful of singles and no albums.
1959
Travis & Bob
Sandy 1017
This duo had no LPs, making this great hit a non-album single.
1959
Frankie Avalon
Chancellor 1031
This huge hit — Avalon's biggest — was a non-album single.
1959
Fats Domino
Imperial 5585
This great Domino hit was a non-album cut.
1959
Thomas Wayne With The DeLons
Fernwood 109
This big 1959 hit was a non-album single.
1959
Mystics
Laurie 3028
This group had no albums, only singles... and they're all gems!
1959
Sam Cooke
Keen 2022
This single was supposed to plug "Let's Go Steady," but "Only Sixteen" got all the airplay and sales. This was a non-album single.
1959
The Coasters
Atco 6141
This was a non-album single whose sides are available only on greatest hits compilations.
1959
Everly Brothers
Cadence 1369
This was a non-album single.
1959
Jerry Keller
Kapp 277
The hit side strangely enough didn't appear on Keller's one LP from 1959 (though it's on the U.K. version), making this a non-album single.
1959
Phil Phillips With The Twilights
Mercury 71465
This group had no albums, only singles.
1959
The Eternals
Hollywood 70
Like all of their 45s, this was a non-album single.
1959
Ray Charles
Atlantic 2043
This was a non-album single whose sides are missing from contemporary Ray Charles LPs.
1959
Ray Sharpe
Jamie 1128
This was a non-album single, as Sharpe made no albums in this timeframe.
1959
The Tassels
Madison 117
This single's rockin' B side has the best song of the two (even though it was the A side that charted)... well worth seeking out! This was a non-album single.
1959
Fabian
Chancellor 1037
Fabian's biggest hit appears to have been a non-album single.
1959
The Fiestas
Old Town 1062
This was a non-album single, as the group made no albums.
1959
Buddy Holly
Coral 62074
This was Holly's last single before his untimely death. It actually didn't chart until two weeks later... And this was a non-album single whose sides only appeared on later greatest hits compilation albums.
1959
Fabian
Chancellor 1033
This was a non-album 45 rpm release whose two fine sides are missing from Fabian's albums (not including greatest hits albums).
1959
The Bosstones
Boss 501
I believe this was the group's only single (no album).
1959
Big Jay McNeely and Band
Swingin 614
This was a non-album single.
1959
Jerry Keller
Kapp 277
Curiously, Keller released one Kapp album in the U.S. called "Here Comes Jerry Keller," but it is missing the A side of this hit single!
1959
The Genies
Shad 5002
This vocal group had a handful of singles but no albums.
1960
Neil Sedaka
RCA 7829
This hit appears to have been a non-album single, as the tune didn't appear on any contemporary Sedaka LP.
1960
Jackie Wilson
Brunswick 55166
This single's A side ("Doggin' Around") was a non-album cut not available on any of Wilson's contemporary LPs. The B side, "Night," did appear on an album.
1960
Connie Francis
MGM 12899
1960
Connie Francis
MGM 12923
1960
Elvis Presley
RCA 7810
1960
Elvis Presley
RCA 7777
1960
Elvis Presley
RCA 7740
1960
Percy Faith and his Orchestra
Columbia 41490
1960
Paul Anka
ABC-Pmt. 10062
This was a non-album single: The A side didn't appear on any contemporary Anka LP.
1960
Johnny Bond
Republic 2005
Bond released no albums until later in his career... this Republic release was a non-LP single.
1960
James Brown
Federal 12369
I believe this was a non-album single... I couldn't find the track on any of Brown's contemporary LPs.
1960
Paul Chaplain and His Emeralds
Harper 100
Here's a beautiful copy of this great version of "Shortnin' Bread," which was covered by quite a few groups in the late 1950s/early 1960s. This version was a minor chart hit and comes with another raucous rocker on the flip. By the way, there was no album for Paul Chaplain, only a handful of singles.
1960
Bobby Darin
Atco 6158
This big Bobby Darin hit was a non-album single that only appears on later compilation albums.
1960
Jessie Hill
Minit 607
Terrific New Orleans-style RnB. By the way, this was a non-album single.
1960
Ray Peterson
Dunes 2002
This was a non-album single.
1960
Drifters
Atlantic 2050
This big hit was a non-album single.
1960
Hank Ballard and the Midnighters
King 5400
This was a non-album single that fell between the group's albums.
1960
The Safaris
Eldo 101
This group had no albums, just a few singles.
1960
Elmore James
Fire 1016
This was one of James' biggest hits and was a non-album single.
1960
Little Anthony and the Imperials
End 1060
This was a non-album single.
1960
The Chants
Nite Owl 40
As far as I can determine, this particular Chants vocal group (there were several) put out nothing on vinyl but this one single.
1960
The Everly Brothers
Cadence 1380
This iconic hit was a non-album tune.
1960
The Rainbows
Fire 1012
This great uptempo number wasn't a National hit, but it probably got some airplay in the group's native Washington, DC. They made no albums... just a few singles.
1960
Jackie DeShannon
Liberty 55288
Here's a beautiful promo copy of DeShannon's very first 45 record, which was a non-album single. Great rarity for her fans.
1961
Ray Charles
ABC-Pmt. 10244
Amazing as it may seem, this epic single didn't appear on any of Ray Charles' contemporary albums.
1961
Elvis Presley
RCA 7850
1961
Everly Brothers
WB 5199
This was a non-album single whose sides only appeared on a later greatest hits package.
1961
Elvis Presley
RCA 7908
One of Elvis' greatest 1960s singles didn't appear on any of his contemporary albums, only on later greatest hits compilations.
1961
The Echoes
Seg-Way 103
This group had no albums... only singles.
1961
Curtis Lee
Dunes 2007
This artist had no albums, only singles.
1961
Sims Twins
Sar 117
This is one of the very best recordings to come out of Sam Cooke's ill-fated Sar label. Great B side, too. By the way, the group had no albums, only singles.
1961
Sam Cooke
RCA 7883
This was a non-album single whose sides are missing from Sam Cooke's contemporary LPs.
1961
B. Bumble & The Stingers
Rendezvous 140
This hit was a non-album single. (The "group" made no albums.)
1961
Neil Sedaka
RCA 7957
Here's a beautiful copy of this big 1961 hit, which by the way was a non-album single.
1961
The Blue Jays
Milestone 2008
This was a non-album single.
1961
The Earls
Rome 101
This essential Doo Wop classic is on a non-album single, as the group made no albums for their Rome label material.
1961
The Jive Five
Beltone 1006
This was a non-album single.
1961
The Ramrods
Amy 813
This was a non-album single, as the group made no albums.
1961
The Stereos
Cub 9095
This group had no albums, only some singles.
1961
Ben E. King
Atco 6185
This great B side of "Spanish Harlem" is non-album tune.
1961
Roy Orbison
Monument 447
This B side of "Crying" is a non-album cut only available on later greatest hits compilations.
1961
The Showmen
Minit 632
This was a non-album single, as the group made no albums over the years but many singles.
1961
The Dell-Vikings
ABC-Pmt. 10248
The group released a handful of singles on ABC-Pmt. in the early 1960s, but none appeared on an album.
1961
The Pentagons
Jamie 1201
Here's a beautiful copy of this great 1961 Doo Wop single, one of the Pentagons only chart hits. They released a number of 45s over the years, starting in 1958, but no albums.
1962
Buddy Holly
Coral 62329
The B side of "Reminiscing," this track previously unreleased when this single came out in late 1962.
1962
Arthur Alexander
Dot 16309
The B side of "You Better Move On" didn't chart, but it's a must-have classic! It's also a non-album tune, not included on Alexander's only Dot LP.
1962
Elvis Presley
RCA 7992
1962
Neil Sedaka
RCA 8046
1962
Connie Francis
MGM 13087
This great number fit right in during the peak year of the Girl Group sound. This was a non-album single.
1962
Mr. Acker Bilk
Atco 6217
This appears to have been a non-album single.
1962
Don & Juan
Big Top 3079
This big hit was a non-album single: The duo made no albums.
1962
Carla Thomas
Atlantic 2163
This was a non-album single released after Thomas' only Atlantic LP.
1962
Sam Cooke
RCA 8036
This was a non-album single whose two great sides are missing from contemporary Sam Cooke LPs.
1962
The Cookies
Dimension 1002
Like all the Cookies 45s, this was a non-album single.
1962
The Falcons
Lu Pine 1003
The Falcons had no albums, only singles.
1962
The Quotations
Verve 10245
This group made no albums, so this was a 45-only, non-album single.
1962
Smokey Robinson and The Miracles
Tamla 54073
This appears to have been a non-album single, as the sides are missing from contemporary Miracles albums.
1962
Arthur Alexander
Dot 16387
Probably best known to a lot of folks through the great Beatles cover... but there's nothing like the original! This was Alexander's biggest hit on the Black/RnB Singles chart. It was a non-album single whose sides are missing from Alexander's only Dot LP.
1962
Gary U.S. Bonds
Legrand 1019
This great U.S. Bonds recording ranks at #977 on Dave Marsh's list of the 1,001 greatest 45s. This was a non-album single whose sides are missing from the artist's Legrand LPs.
1962
Marcie Blane
Seville 120
This singer made no albums, just a few singles.
1962
Roy Orbison
Monument 456
This big 1962 hit was a non-album single that didn't appear on any of his contemporary albums.
1962
Barbara Lynn
Jamie 1240
This followup to "You'll Lose A Good Thing" was a modest hit... her second biggest. The hit side is a non-album cut available only on later compilation albums.
1962
James Booker
Peacock 1900
This was a non-album single.
1962
Junior Parker
Duke 351
This was a non-album single, whose sides can only be found on vinyl on this little 45 record!
1962
Rochell and The Candles
Challenge 9158
Like all their releases, this was a non-album single.
1962
Rudy & Tradewinds
Angletone 543
This was a non-album single.
1962
The Toy Dolls
Era 3093
This was the L.A. group's only chart hit. I believe it was also their only recorded output... no other singles and no album.
1962
The Volumes
Chex 1005
Like all their releases, this was a non-album single.
1962
Billy Joe & The Checkmates
Dore 620
Here's a beautiful copy of this big 1962 "Twist" hit... the nicest I've yet had to offer in the store since opening in 2001! This was a non-album single, as the group made no albums.
1963
Elvis Presley
RCA 8188
This was a non-album single available on later greatest hits compilations.
1963
Bob & Earl
Marc 104
Here's a beautiful, very clean copy of this iconic Soul classic, which by the way was a non-album single. (The duo had no albums during this period.)
1963
Marvin Gaye
Tamla 54087
This early hit was a non-album single.
1963
The Crystals
Philles 112
This was a non-album single that only appeared on a greatest hits compilation.
1963
Five Du-Tones
One-derful 4815
This group had no albums, making this a non-album single.
1963
Jan Bradley
Chess 1845
Bradley had no albums (other than greatest hits compilations), only some singles.
1963
Mary Wells
Motown 1048
This was a non-album single that only appeared on a later Greatest Hits album.
1963
Link Wray and His Ray Men
Swan 4137
This great B side of "Jack The Ripper" appears to be a non-album tune.
1963
Tommy Roe
ABC-Pmt. 10478
This big hit was a non-album single.
1963
Darlene Love
Philles 114
Like all of Darlene Love's 45s from this period, this was a non-album single.
1963
Major Lance
Okeh 7181
This big hit was a non-album single.
1963
Marcie Blane
Seville 123
Blane made no albums... just a few singles.
1963
Martha & the Vandellas
Gordy 7025
Here's a beautiful first-issue pressing of this non-album single, which was a big hit in late 1963.
1963
Randy & The Rainbows
Rust 5059
This New York group released only a few singles and no albums.
1963
Roy Orbison
Monument 824
This hit appears to be a non-album cut.
1963
The Hippies
Parkway 863
Here's a beautiful copy of this great 1963 Doo Wop 45 record, a non-album single.
1963
The Impressions
ABC-Pmt. 10487
Here's a beautiful copy of this classic Chicago Soul track, which became the group's first top 10 pop hit, and their first #1 hit on the Black chart. This was a non-album single.
1963
The Murmaids
Chattahoochee 628
Here's a beautiful copy of the group's only big hit, an early songwriting credit for David Gates. This was a non-album single (the group made no albums).
1964
J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers
Josie 923
This terrific rocker on the B side of "Last Kiss" didn't appear on the album that contains "Last Kiss," making it a non-album track.
1964
Beach Boys
Capitol 5174
This B side of "I Get Around" was a non-album tune.
1964
The Beatles
Vee Jay 581
This B side of the U.S. release of "Please Please Me," was the group's followup to "Please Please Me" in the U.K. and became the Beatles' first #1 hit there in April 1963. Here in the U.S., "From Me To You" didn't appear on any contemporary Beatles album.
1964
Kinks
Reprise 0306
This grungy B side rocker (B side of "You Really Got Me") is a non-album cut.
1964
Lou Rawls
Capitol 5160
This dynamite Northern Soul number didn't appear on any of Rawls' contemporary albums.
1964
Sugar Pie Desanto
Checker 1073
1964
Chuck Berry
Chess 1883
This 45 lands spot #661 on Dave Marsh's list of the 1,001 greatest 45s of the rock era. It was a non-album single, not appearing on any of Berry's contemporary albums, only on later compilations.
1964
Eddie Holland
Motown 1063
This was a non-album single.
1964
Neil Sedaka
RCA 8382
This one deserved much more airplay than it got at the time... I guess Sedaka seemed kind of anachronistic in the summer of the Beatles. This would have been a great hit for the Four Seasons, clearly... a really wonderful uptempo Sedaka classic with a great B side too. By the way, this was a non-album single.
1964
Gestures
Soma 1417
This was a non-album single: The group had no LPs.
1964
Searchers
Kapp 618
This was a non-album single whose tracks appear only on later compilation albums.
1964
Ben E. King
Atco 6303
The A side is a non-album track unavailable on any of the artist's albums.
1964
The Valentinos
Sar 152
This group made no albums, only a handful of singles.
1964
Barry Mann
Red Bird 10015
This was a non-album single.
1964
The Velvelettes
V.I.P. 25007
This was a non-album cut, as the Velvelettes released no albums.
1964
The Cobras
Swan 4176
This was the Black Doo Wop group's only single, and there was no album.
1964
Chuck Jackson
Wand 169
This obscure 1964 single is sought-after today mainly for the uptempo B side, which is a non-album cut.
1964
Gina Marie & The Skat Kats
Snap 107
Well worth seeking out, this was the group's only vinyl output.
1964
Jan & Dean
Liberty 55613
Everybody knows the A-side classic ("Honolulu Lulu"), but did you know that this single has another great Jan & Dean track on the B side? Yessir... By the way, that B side is a non-album cut.
1964
The Four Seasons
Philips 40238
This was a non-album single whose sides only appeared on later compilation albums.
1964
The Royal Playboys
DoDe 101
This obscure group had only one other single and no albums.
1964
The Sanshers
Kweek
This obscure 1964 single is on fire with collectors of early Garage Rock. This is also the only known release for this group.
1964
The Crowns
Old Town 1171
This group had one other single, and that's it!
1964
The Daisies
Roulette 4571
This group had only one other single that I'm aware of.
1964
The Harps
Laurie 3239
Here's a beautiful copy of this delightful Doo Wop single, from a group that apparently made only this one 45 record.
1964
The Rogues
Columbia 43190
This non-album single has an amazing and wonderful cover of Buddy Holly's "Everyday" on the A side and a surf-style instrumental on the flip
1964
Vic Mizzy
RCA 8477
Here's the amazing, still-much-loved theme from the TV series "The Addams Family," by the guy who wrote the tune. He may have had one other single, but no albums.
1965
Bob Dylan
Columbia 43389
This tune did not appear on any contemporary Bob Dylan album, but was later included in the Dylan's Greatest Hits LP.
1965
The Beach Boys
Capitol 5540
This is one of the Beach Boys singles that didn't appear on any of their contemporary albums... it was a non-album cut.
1965
The Who
Decca 31725
Like many of the group's singles, this essential rocker was on a previously unreleased, non-album single that didn't appear on any of the band's contemporary LPs.
1965
The Beatles
Capitol 5555
With both sides of this single ranking in the Dave Marsh Top 1,001—"Day Tripper" at #382 and "We Can Work It Out" at #699—this is one of the very best Beatles singles you can own. Neither of these tracks appeared on any contemporary Beatles album (they should have been on "Rubber Soul").
1965
The Byrds
Columbia 4342
This excellen B side of "Turn! Turn! Turn!" did not appear on the "Turn!" album or any other contemporary Byrds album; it only appears on later compilations of the group's work.
1965
Herman's Hermits
MGM 13354
This single was only included on the Herman's Hermits Greatest Hits compilation... it was a previously unreleased, non-LP cut.
1965
The Beatles
Capitol 5476
This B side of "Help!", which occupies spot #259 in Dave Marsh's list of the 1,001 greatest singles of all time, is listed at No. 598 in Marsh's book! So this single ends up taking two places in his book. Incidentally, "I'm Down" did not appear on a Beatles album... it is a previously unreleased, non-album track.
1965
Roy Head and the Traits
Back Beat 546
This, Head's biggest hit, wasn't included on his only Back Beat album, so this is a non-album single!
1965
Animals
MGM 13414
This was a non-album single that didn't appear on LP except for a greatest hits compilation.
1965
Kinks
Reprise 0366
Curiously, the B side (which was the A side in the U.K.) appeared on a U.S. Kinks album, but the A side is a non-album cut.
1965
Rolling Stones
London 9741
This was a non-album single whose sides only appeared on later greatest hits compilations.
1965
Lovin' Spoonful
Kama Sutra 205
The group's second single was a non-album tune that only appeared on later greatest hits compilations.
1965
Rolling Stones
London 9792
This great two-fer was a non-album single, as neither track appeared on any contemporary Stones album.
1965
Sam The Sham and the Pharaohs
MGM 13322
This B side to "Wooly Bully" has precisely the kind of sound that British groups like the Animals and Stones were striving for at the time and is one of the foundations of what became known as "Garage Rock." By the way, this very short (2:05!) B side wasn't included on any of Sam The Sham's albums... it was a non-album cut available only this 45.
1965
Dave Clark Five
Epic 9863
This chart-topper appears to have been a non-album single... The A side didn't appear on any of the group's contemporary albums, but was later included in a Greatest Hits compilation.
1965
Freddie and the Dreamers
Tower 125
This big hit appears to have been a non-album single.
1965
Mindbenders
Fontana 1503
Note that this is the first issue of the single ("Game Of Love") with its original B side, a terrific uptempo number that could have been a hit in its own right. And guess what? That B side is a non-album cut!
1965
Rolling Stones
London 9766
This was originally a non-album single, not included in the first pressings of the "Out Of Our Heads" LP; the tune was added to later pressings.
1965
Seekers
Capitol 5383
This Australian folk group made quite a splash on this side of the equator when they arrived in 1965 bearing this little goodie. It became their biggest hit in the U.S., and in the U.K. it not only went all the way to Number 1, but it became the best-selling single of 1965! This was a non-album single available only on a greatest hits compilation.
1965
Four Seasons
Philips 40317
This was a non-album single that only appeared on later greatest hits compilations.
1965
The Pussycats
Columbia 43272
Here's a beautiful copy of this outstanding all-female-group Garage Rock single, with two great sides. You can't find this on any album, and I couldn't find the tracks in iTunes or Apple Music, either.
1965
The Trade Winds
Red Bird 10020
This was a non-album single.
1965
Herman's Hermits
MGM 13398
The A side is a non-album cut that only appeared on a later greatest hits compilation LP.
1965
Roger Miller
Smash 2010
This big hit was a non-album tune that only appeared on a greatest hits compilation.
1965
Glen Campbell
Capitol 5504
This great song had dueling versions in September 1965... this one and Donovan's. Campbell's version did a little better on the chart is a much more rocking take. It was a non-album tune, by the way.
1965
The Furys
Mack IV 118
This group made no albums, just a few singles.
1965
The Hondells
Mercury 72479
This was a non-album single.
1965
The Marvelettes
Tamla 54120
This obscure hit was a non-album single whose A side didn't appear until a later greatest hits compilation.
1965
The Tangents
Impression 105
This obscure group had only two singles to their name, and this was the first one.
1965
The Underdogs
Hideout 1001
This was a non-album single and also was released on a dark blue Hideout label.
1965
Kim Weston
Gordy 7041
Weston's first Gordy single didn't chart, but it's very popular in the Northern Soul scene. It was a non-album single, like most of Weston's singles.
1965
The Knight Bros.
Checker 1107
This Washington, D.C., duo made no albums, just a few singles.
1966
Bob Dylan
Columbia 43683
On the B side of "I Want You" is a rare glimpse of Dylan on stage, performing with what would become The Band, well before bootleg vinyl of Dylan concerts was even considered a thing.
1965
Jonathan King
Parrot 9774
This was a non-album single until Parrot released an album in 1967; the B side didn't appear on that LP.
1965
Petula Clark
WB 5684
This big hit was a non-album single.
1965
Ad Libs
Blue Cat 102
This group had no albums, only singles, so this was a non-album 45.
1965
The Astors
Stax 170
This was a non-album single.
1965
The Who
Decca 31801
Here's a beautiful promo copy of The Who's great second U.S. single, which failed to gain airplay (it was the followup to "I Can't Explain"). By the way, this was a non-album single.
1965
Paul Kelly
Dial 4021
This was a non-album single. (Kelly had no albums during this period.)
1965
The Castaways
Soma 1433
This was a non-album single, as the group made no albums.
1966
The Beatles
Capitol 5651
In addition to its classic hit side, this single's flip side, "Rain," is more enduring in some ways... it's one of the touchstones where a lot of modern Power Pop gets its inspiration. Like many Beatles singles, neither of these tracks appeared on any contemporary Beatles album (they should have been on "Revolver").
1966
The Rolling Stones
London 9823
One of the Stones' very best singles, this one ranks at #190 in Dave Marsh's list of the 1,001 greatest 45s yet didn't appear on any of the band's contemporary LPs.
1966
Rolling Stones
London 903
The B side of "Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing In The Shadow?" is a previously unreleased, non-album cut.
1966
The Who
Decca 32058
This great single did not appear on any contemporary Who album... It was a previously unreleased, non-LP 45.
1966
The Who
Atco 6409
This top-tier Who single (#315 on Dave Marsh's Top 1,001 45s list) didn't appear on any contemporary Who album... it was a non-LP single.
1966
Bob Dylan
Columbia 43541
This was a non-LP single... #208 in Dave Marsh's list of the 1001 greatest singles ever made.
1966
Brian Wilson
Capitol 5610
The B side of "Caroline, No" is a previously unreleased, non-album instrumental.
1966
Rolling Stones
London 901
This great single was a non-album cut available only on greatest hits compilations.
1966
The Gants
Liberty 55853
This rarely seen Gants single, their followup to "Road Runner," features two fine, snarling Garage Rockers. FYI, these tracks were not included on any of the Gants albums.
1966
Ray Charles
ABC/TRC 10865
Here's a beautiful copy of this dynamite Northern Soul dancer, with a rhythm section that just won't quit! Absolutely essential Ray Charles. This amazing 45 appears to be a non-album single.
1966
Temptations
Gordy 7069
This was a non-album single, available only on later compilation albums.
1966
Beach Boys
Capitol 5676
Intended as the cornerstone of a great new Beach Boys album that never materialized, this Brian Wilson masterpiece ended up being a non-album single.
1966
Fontella Bass
Checker 1131
This terrific Motown-style dancer was a non-album single: Neither track is on the singer's only Checker/Chess album.
1966
Holidays
Golden World 36
Here's a beautiful copy of this group's biggest hit, which is a non-album single. (The group had no albums.)
1966
Donovan
Hickory 1417
This dynamite, rare Donovan track was a non-album single not available on album until later compilations.
1966
The Troggs
Atco 6444
As far as I can determine, this was a non-album single.
1966
Temptations
Gordy 7055
This big hit was a non-album single whose A side only appeared on later greatest hits compilation albums.
1966
Bobby Fuller Four
Mustang 3018
This great tune was from a non-album single.
1966
The End
Cha Cha 746
As far as I can determine, this single was the group's only recorded output.
1966
Red Shepard & The Flock
Philips 40398
As far as I can determine, this outrageous Garage/Psych single was the group's only vinyl output (no albums and no other singles).
1966
Shadows of Knight
Dunwich 141
The A side is a non-album recording, missing from the band's two Dunwich LPs.
1966
The Squires
Atco 6442
As far as I can determine, this is the only vinyl output by this Connecticut band... no other singles or albums!
1966
Wayne Logiudice
Philips 40383
Wayne (pronounced Locko-Dee-Cee) Logiudice made only this one single, as far as I'm aware, but it's a doozy.
1966
Christine Cooper
Parkway 971
This was a non-album single, as this artist made no albums.
1966
Earl Van Dyke & the Motown Brass
Soul 35028
This outstanding Soul instrumental is at #192 on Kev Robert's list of the 500 greatest Northern Soul classics. This was a non-album single.
1966
J.J. Barnes
Ric-Tic 110
This classic single ranks at #112 in Kev Roberts' countdown of the top 500 Northern Soul 45s. By the way, Barnes made no albums, just some awesome singles.
1966
Richard and The Young Lions
Philips 40381
This is a great Garage rocker you won't want to miss. The band only released 3 singles in 1966-67, and no albums.
1966
The Contours
Gordy 7052
The Contours made only one album for Gordy, 1962's "Do You Love Me." All of their post-1962 singles are non-album music.
1966
The Four Seasons
Philips 40370
This was a non-album cut, available only on later greatest hits compilations.
1966
The Swinging Machine
S.P.Q.R. 1001
This rare 1966 Garage single (the group's only vinyl release) offers two great sides, though I liked the B side a bit more.
1966
Gary Lewis and the Playboys
Liberty 55898
This 45 release appears to have been a non-album cut, as its sides are missing from contemporary Gary Lewis albums.
1966
Monk Higgins
St. Lawrence 1013
This was a non-album single.
1966
Shawn Robinson
Minit 32013
This rare single was the female singer's only recorded output (no other singles and no albums).
1966
The Beach Boys
Capitol 5561
Besides their hit version of "Barbara Ann," this great Beach Boys single hosts a delightful Brian Wilson obscurity (a non-album cut) on the flip... it's worth the price of admission all by itself!
1966
The Hondells
Mercury 72563
This was a non-album single, like all of their post-1965 45s.
1966
Tim Tam And The Turn-Ons
Palmer 5002
This Michigan group had no albums... just a few singles.
1967
Simon & Garfunkel
Columbia 43541
The B side of "Fakin' It" is a rare non-LP track.
1967
Procol Harum
Deram 7507
This B side of "Whiter Shade of Pale" is a non-album cut.
1967
The Animals
MGM 13721
The group's greatest foray into Psychedelic Rock, this single was not included on any contemporary Animals album — this was a previously unreleased, non-LP single. The two sides eventually got added to an Animals compilation CD, but you won't find them anywhere on vinyl (to my knowledge) except on this little 45 record.
1967
The Rolling Stones
London 905
The Stones pay obligatory homage to the psychedelic era on both sides of this single, which was a previously unreleased, non-LP 45 not included except on later compilation albums.
1967
Johnny Rivers
Imperial 66267
This B side of "Summer Rain" is a previously unreleased, non-album track.
1967
Procol Harum
A&M 885
This followup to "A Whiter Shade of Pale" didn't appear on any Procol Harum albums... it was a non-album cut.
1967
Smokey Robinson and The Miracles
Tamla 54159
This single's iconic A side was a non-album cut, available only on a later Greatest Hits album.
1967
Buffalo Springfield
Atco 6459
This was a non-album single when released, later added to the band's "Buffalo Springfield" album.
1967
Eddie Floyd
Stax 219
This was a non-album single that didn't appear on any of Floyd's Stax albums.
1967
Parliaments
Revilot 207
Neither of these great tracks appeared on an LP, by the way, because this early George Clinton-led group released no albums... only singles.
1967
Fantastic Four
Ric-Tic 122
This group had no albums, so you gotta collect the singles!
1967
Rolling Stones
London 904
This chart-topper was a non-album single... neither side appeared on a contemporary Stones LP.
1967
Supremes
Motown 1107
This appears to have been a non-album single.
1967
Strawberry Alarm Clock
Uni 55018
This B side of "Incense and Peppermints" is a non-album cut.
1967
Hollies
Epic 10180
This big hit was a non-album single: Neither side was available on a Hollies album except for later greatest hits compilations.
1967
Supremes
Motown 1116
This was a non-album single.
1967
Music Explosion
Laurie 3400
The A side is a non-album cut.
1967
The Monkees
Colgems 1004
This was a non-album single whose sides are missing from contemporary Monkees LPs.
1967
The Platters
Musicor 1251
This is one of the group's very best uptempo dance tunes from the late 1960's. It was a non-album single.
1967
The Yardbirds
Epic 10204
The A side is a non-album cut unavailable except on later compilations.
1967
Yardbirds
Epic 10248
The A side is a non-album cut that didn't appear on any of the band's albums.
1967
Bunny Sigler
Decca 32183
This was a non-album single.
1967
Otis Redding
Volt 152
This appears to be a non-album single, as its sides are missing from contemporary Redding albums (I believe the next album was "Dock of the Bay.")
1967
The Bee Gees
Atco 6532
This appears to be a non-album single, as the sides are missing from contemporary Bee Gees albums.
1967
Harpers Bizarre
WB 5890
If the A side ("Feelin' Groovy") is a little too wimpy for your taste, be sure to check out the really-quite-muscular power pop on the flip! Great stuff... totally unexpected, and it's a non-album cut found only on this 45!
1967
The Sting-Rays of Newburgh
Columbia 44235
Terrific outing by this obscure group, which made only one other single that I'm aware of.
1967
Episode Six
Elektra 45617
This U.K. band had no U.S. albums, just a few singles like this one, which has an amazing A side well worth seeking out.
1967
Music Explosion
Laurie 3414
This great single features an irresistably catchy bubblegum rocker on the A side, and a brooding, edgy, psychedelic instrumental rocker on the flip. Great stuff all around! This was a non-album single whose sides are missing from the band's only album.
1967
The Turtles
White Whale 254
This big hit was a non-album cut.
1967
Five Stairsteps
Windy C 605
This was a non-album single.
1967
Nancy Sinatra
Reprise 0620
This was a non-album single whose A side only appeared on later greatest hits compilations.
1967
The Hollies
Imperial 66231
This was a non-album single whose A side only appeared on later greatest hits albums.
1967
The Visions
Uni 55031
This great Sunshine Pop classic was first recorded earlier in 1967 by the Yellow Balloon, but it appeared on the B side of one of their singles and was called, unaccountably, "Stained Glass Window". This was a non-album single (the group made no albums).
1967
Al Kent
Ric-Tic 127
Kent made no albums, just a few singles.
1967
Leo McCorkle
Popside 4592
As far as I can determine, this was the only vinyl this artist released.
1968
The Beatles
Capitol 2138
Like many Beatles singles, this one did not appear on any contemporary Beatles album.
1968
The Beatles
Apple 2276
The B side of "Hey Jude," "Revolution" sits at #656 on Dave Marsh's Top 1,001 45s list. Marsh favors this re-recorded version of "Revolution" over those on the "White Album" because on this 3:22 track the opening fuzz guitar attack is as ferocious as The Beatles ever got — it simply powers the entire room, whereas on the longer, slower LP version ("Revolution 1", 4:16), the guitar arrives late and has a more typical Beatlesque (perfect, but nothing Nasty about it) tone. Yet this version never appeared on a Beatles LP.
1968
The Kinks
Reprise 0691
Neither of these tracks appeared on any contemporary Kinks LP.
1968
The Rolling Stones
London 908
This classic single was a previously unreleased, non-LP 45. It didn't appear on any of the band's contemporary albums.
1968
Rascals
Atlantic 2537
This Soul classic was released as a non-album single that was added to the group's next studio album in 1969.
1968
Donovan
Epic 10345
The B side of "Hurdy Gurdy Man" is a non-album track.
1968
Cream
Atco 6575
This single appeared on the movie soundtrack ("The Savage Seven") but on no Cream album.
1968
Delfonics
Philly Groove 150
This B side of the band's first big hit, "La-La Means I Love You," is a sweet uptempo dancer! And it's a non-album tune that wasn't on any of the band's contemporary albums, to boot!
1968
Dion
Laurie 3464
In case you were wondering, it's the B side of "Abraham, Martin & John" that got Dave Marsh's attention at #452 on his list of the 1,001 greatest singles ever made. Just a warning if you're not familiar with it: "Daddy Rollin'" ain't your Mother's Dion! It's not available on any Dion album.
1968
Merrilee Rush
Bell 705
This non-album flip of "Angel of the Morning" is a surprisingly strong rocker, with Rush taking advantage of a seldom-heard growl in her pipes.
1968
Otis Redding
Volt 157
The flip of "(Sittin' On) The Dock of The Bay" is a terrific uptempo Otis rocker, a non-album cut available on vinyl only on 45 rpm.
1968
Jerry & Jeff
Super K 101
Bubblegum Rock of the highest order... Not to be missed!
1968
Grass Roots
Dunhill/ABC 4144
This big hit was a non-album single, appearing only on Greatest Hits compilations.
1968
Bee Gees
Atco 6639
This was a non-album single, available only on a subsequent greatest hits package.
1968
Donovan
Epic 10393
This lovely track was a non-LP single only available later on a Greatest Hits album.
1968
Aretha Franklin
Atlantic 2546
This was a non-album tune, though its popular B side, Aretha's version of "I Say A Little Prayer" was not.
1968
Johnny Cash
Columbia 44689
1968
Grass Roots
Dunhill/ABC 4162
This was a non-album single, the A side available only on later greatest hits compilations.
1968
Nancy Wilson
Capitol 2136
This B side, a very popular Northern Soul tune, didn't appear on any of Nancy Wilson's many albums... it's a 45-only, non-album cut!
1968
Rascals
Atlantic 2493
The A side of this single is a non-album tune.
1968
Masqueraders
Bell 733
This was a non-album single.
1968
Maurice & Mac
Checker 1197
This duo had no albums, only singles.
1968
Derek
Bang 558
This big hit was a non-album single.
1968
Mouse and The Traps
Fraternity 1005
This group made no albums, only a handful of singles.
1968
The Avant Garde
Columbia 44590
This was the group's only chart entry, and it's a non-album single.
1968
Howard Tate
Verve 10573
This was a non-album single whose sides are missing from Tate's Verve LPs.
1968
The Buff Organization
Original Sound 80
As far as I can determine, this single was the group's sole recorded output.
1968
Cliff Nobles & Co.
Phil-L.A. of Soul 313
This was a non-album single, as Nobles made no albums with this material.
1968
The Tweeds
Coral 62551
This rare 1968 Garage single has a terrific A side. This New York-based group put out only this and one other single that I know of... no albums.
1968
Eddie Floyd
Stax 246
This is definitely one of Eddie Floyd's greatest singles (Dave Marsh pegs it at #332 out of 1,001), yet one that is least well known and hardest to find... A must for collectors of Funky Memphis Soul! By the way, this was a non-album single whose sides are missing from contemporary Floyd LPs.
1968
Judy Clay & William Bell
Stax 0005
This was a non-album single whose sides don't appear on albums by either artist.
1968
Barbara Greene
Renee 5001
This was a non-album single, whose sides were first released in 1964 on the Vivid label.
1968
East Coast Left
Kapp 919
This obscure outfit had only one other single and no albums.
1968
The American Breed
Acta 833
This was a non-album single.
1968
The Five Americans
Abnak 128
This A side is a non-album cut.
1968
The Peanut Butter Conspiracy
Columbia 44667
This was a non-album single whose sides are missing from their three Columbia albums.
1968
December's Children
World Pacific 77887
This group had a few singles but no albums.
1969
Dizzy Gillespie
Perception 1
I almost put in the Funk genre, cause it's so freakin'... Fonky! The reason it may be missing from the various online services is that it was a non-album single.
1969
Shocking Blue
Colossus 108
This was a previously unreleased, non-album single with two non-album cuts.
1969
Deep Purple
Tetragrammaton 1537
One of the rarest Deep Purple singles, this one sports a great A side written by the British songwriting duo Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway. Of course, after the Purple treatment, you'd never guess that most of Cook-Greenaway's songs were in the bubblegum and sunshine-pop vein. :-) This single's A side was never included on a Deep Purple LP at the time... it's a previously unreleased, non-album cut.
1969
The Beatles
Apple 2531
Like many Beatles singles, this one did not appear on any contemporary Beatles album.
1969
The Rolling Stones
London 910
As amazing as it may be to realize, given this single's vast popularity, these tracks did not appear on any contemporary Rolling Stones albums... they were previously unreleased, non-LP cuts.
1969
Elvis Presley
RCA 9768
This terrific single wasn't included on any contemporary Presley albums... it was a non-album single.
1969
Thunderclap Newman
Track 2656
The B side of the iconic "Something In The Air" is a non-album track.
1969
Wind
Life 200
This B side of "Make Believe" is a Bubblegum/Northern Soul-style, non-album instrumental by a group of New York session musicians (led by Bo Gentry and Kenny Laguna), who released the same track the following year under the name Cool Heat (hit #89 on the pop chart).
1969
Crazy Elephant
Bell 763
Be sure to check out the crazy, Zappa-esque psychedelic flip side of "Gimme Gimme Good Lovin'", a previously unreleased, non-album track. Clearly, the guys were tired of bubblegum when they did this session and ready for something a little more adventurous!
1969
Beatles
Apple 2490
The A side was a non-album track that was re-recorded for the "Let It Be" album. The B side didn't appear on any contemporary Beatles album.
1969
Box Tops
Mala 593
This is the great B side to "Cry Like A Baby."
1969
John Lennon
Apple 1813
Credited to 'Plastic Ono Band,' this epic 45 didn't appear on any of Lennon's albums... it was a non-album single.
1969
Elvis Presley
RCA 447-0673
This was a non-album single that didn't appear on any of Presley's contemporary LPs.
1969
Peter, Paul & Mary
WB 49698
This was a non-album single available only on a later Greatest Hits compilation. The trio broke up shortly after it was recorded.
1969
Supremes
Motown 1156
This Supremes swan-song was a non-album single available only on a greatest hits compilation.
1969
Simon & Garfunkel
Columbia 44785
When released this was a non-album single... if you wanted it on an LP you had to wait until the following year, when both tracks appeared on the "Bridge Over Troubled Water" album.
1969
Betty Lavette
Silver Fox 17
This was a non-album single.
1969
Jimi Hendrix
Reprise 0853
This rare Hendrix single features a track that didn't appear on any of his studio albums — "Stone Free", which was culled from Reprise's compilation album for Hendrix, "Smash Hits."
1969
The Hollies
Epic 10532
This terrific, uptempo flip of "He Ain't Heavy..." is a non-album cut.
1969
Dyke and the Blazers
Original Sound 86
This was a non-album single.
1969
John Sebastian
Kama Sutra 254
This was a non-album single.
1969
McDonald's Farm
Pulsar 2422
This 45 shows two completely different sides to this band, which may have had one other single, but no albums. "Between The Lines" is remarkably great and grungy Garage/Psych with some awesome guitar work.
1969
Capt. Groovy And His Bubblegum Army
Super K 4
This studio group put out only this one single and no albums.
1969
Johnny Thunder
Calla 161
This scorching slice of Northern Soul was a non-album single.
1969
Ron Moody & The Centaurs
Colpar 2815
These are the group's only recordings.
1969
The Cheques
Hip 8019
This is a terrific example of soul-bubblegum. This U.S. band made no albums, just a few singles.
1969
The Delfonics
Philly Groove 157
The A side hit is a non-album tune.
1970
Elton John
Uni 55246
This powerful rocker on the B side of Elton John's first Uni single ("Border Song") features great orchestration by Paul Buckmaster; this is a non-LP cut... the first of many to be featured on Elton John 45s.
1970
Byrds
Columbia SP 10287
From the terrific 4-song EP "The Byrds," this first track was previously unreleased and is itself a Byrds classic of the first order.
1970
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Atlantic 2740
These tunes were available on 45 rpm only at the time, since the single was rush-released shortly after the Kent State tragedy. The tracks didn't appear on LP until the compilation album "So Far" in 1974.
1970
The Kinks
Reprise 0930
The B side "Lola" is a previously released, non-album cut.
1970
Sly & The Family Stone
Epic 10555
This essential Sly Stone single was not included on any of the band's current LPs. It was gathered up on 12-inch vinyl in the band's 1971 Greatest Hits LP.
1970
John Lennon
Apple 1818
As a marvelous article in Wikipedia points out, John Lennon's third solo single was one of the fastest records ever to be written, recorded, pressed, and shipped to market—reportedly in only 10 days. It's also one of Lennon's very best solo recordings, though it (and the two singles that preceded it) never appeared on a Lennon studio album (they did appear on a later compilation LP).
1970
The Who
Decca 32670
Like so many Who singles, this terrific one was a previously unreleased, non-album 45.
1970
Beatles
Apple 2764
This hilarious B side of "Let It Be" is a non-album cut.
1970
Led Zeppelin
Atlantic 2777
This dynamite B side track of "Immigrant Song" has got to be part of any decent collection of the band's best work. However, it was not on the Led Zeppelin III album: It's a wonderful, non-album track!
1970
Neil Young
Reprise 0911
An extended, live version of the marvelous "Sugar Mountain" was the non-LP B side to both "Cinnamon Girl" and "Heart of Gold."
1970
The Who
Decca 32708
The obscure B side to the live "Summertime Blues," a studio recording, is one of Entwistle best songs, and it doesn't appear on any Who LP from that time. I actually prefer it to the "hit" side.
1970
Temptations
Gordy 7099
This great tune was a non-LP single only available on a greatest hits compilation.
1970
Andy Kim
Steed 729
This is a wonderful reworking of Jeff Barry-Ellie Greenwich's classic, produced by Jeff Barry himself in a solid attempt to best Phil Spector in the lush-productions department. This appears to be a non-album single, as neither side appeared on Kim's Steed albums.
1970
Grass Roots
Dunhill/ABC 4263
Another nerdy fact is that this single was a non-album cut available only on compilation albums.
1970
Funkadelic
Westbound 158
This B side of "I Got A Thing..." is a non-album cut.
1970
Poppy Family
London 129
This somewhat grungy and deliciously short and sweet B side (of "Which Way You Goin' Billy"), a cover of the Jody Reynolds Rockabilly classic, is a non-album cut, available only on this little 45.
1970
Edison Lighthouse
Bell 858
This "group" had no albums... just 45s.
1970
Spirit
Ode 128
This was a non-album single.
1970
Al Green
Hi 2182
Besides the awesome rendition of the Temptations hit ("I Can't Get Next To You") on the A side, this 45 has a terrific non-album B side.
1970
Candi Staton
Fame 1460
Both of these tracks are to-die-for Soul courtesy of Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL. Our top recommendation, this is one of Staton's very best singles ("I'm Just A Prisoner..."). This terrific B side is a non-album cut.
1970
Deep Purple
WB 7405
This iconic early Heavy Metal A side is a non-album cut that didn't appear on any of the band's contemporary albums.
1970
Five Flights Up
T-A 202
This 1970 hit was a non-album single, as the band had no albums.
1970
Little Sister
Stone Flower 9000
This was a non-album 45.
1970
Jethro Tull
Reprise 0899
This was a non-album single whose sides are missing from the group's albums (except for later greatest hits offerings).
1970
Betty Lavette
Silver Fox 21
As were most of her singles, this was a non-album 45 record.
1970
Guess Who
RCA 0367
This was a non-album cut that only appeared on a later greatest hits compilation.
1970
Betty Wright
Alston 4587
The A side ("Pure Love") eventually turned up on a 1972 album, but this fine B side is a non-album cut.
1970
Public Company
RCA 0353
Here's a beautiful Mint promo copy of this rare 1970 release, the only recordings by this band as far as I know.
1970
The Bismarck
Decca 32748
This release from a Dutch band has their only recordings that I know of.
1971
Bob Dylan
Columbia 1039
The B side of Dylan's seldom-heard single "If Not For You" is best known in a version by Rod Stewart; this is a previously unreleased 1963 live recording.
1971
Paul McCartney
Apple 1829
Neither side of McCartney's first post-Beatles single appears on McCartney's eponymous debut LP.
1971
T. Rex
Blue Thumb 7121
Credited to 'Tyrannosaurus Rex', this classic 1971 45 didn't appear on any of the band's contemporary albums. It was a non-LP single.
1971
People's Choice
Phil.-L.A. of Soul 349
This single was not included on any contemporary LP by the band.
1971
George Harrison
Apple 1836
The B side of "Bangla-Desh" is a great tune unavailable on a Harrison album.
1971
Guess Who
RCA 0458
This single wasn't included on any Guess Who album but a later greatest hits compilation.
1971
Grass Roots
Dunhill/ABC 4279
This was a non-album single that was only included on the group's greatest hits LP.
1971
Steppenwolf
Dunhill/ABC 4283
The extremely long B side of "Ride With Me" appears to be a non-album cut. (I couldn't find it on any Steppenwolf album.)
1971
Bob Dylan
Columbia 45516
One side is the "Big Band Version," and the other is the "Acoustic Version." This was a non-LP single available only on later compilation albums.
1971
The Who
Decca 32846
This B side of "Won't Get Fooled Again" is a non-album cut.
1971
King Curtis
Atco 6779
Amazing rendition of the Led Zeppelin heavy metal classic. Credited to King Curtis & The Kingpins, this was a non-album single.
1971
Jackson 5
Motown 1194
This was a non-album single available only on a greatest hits compilation.
1971
L.J. Reynolds
Law-Ton 1556
This was a non-album single.
1971
Aretha Franklin
Atlantic 2796
The A side is a non-album tune that didn't even appear on Aretha's 1971 Greatest Hits album, which featured the 5:37 live version of the song from her Fillmore Live album. I'm not sure if this 3:18 version ever appeared on LP.
1971
Ringo Starr
Apple 1831
This classic track, produced by George Harrison, features members of Badfinger on background vocals. If you own only one Ringo Starr single, this has got to be the one! And you won't find it on an album... this was a non-LP single.
1971
Elton John
Uni 55277
This non-album single (it was included in a British film called "Friends") features another great early Elton John rocker on the B side.
1971
John Lennon
Apple 1830
This was a non-album single and a surprisingly big hit, to boot! (His next single was "Imagine," which did have an album containing it.)
1971
Aretha Franklin
Atlantic 2817
This was a non-album single.
1971
Brenda & the Tabulations
Top and Bottom 407
This big hit is a 45-only track, as it was released after the group's 1970 Top and Bottom album (their only one).
1971
Smoke
Mo-Soul 1971
This was a non-album single.
1971
Bill Coday
Crajon 48204
Coday made no albums for this material... leaving us just a few singles.
1971
Eddie Giles
Stax 0103
This obscure slice of Funky Soul is well worth seeking out... Stax at its best! FYI, Giles had recorded a very different version of the song on Murco Records in 1960. Over the years, he made no albums until one much later on, just a handful of singles.
1971
G.C. Cameron
Mowest 5005
There was no album with this tune on it.
1971
Archie Bell & the Drells
Atlantic 2829
This rare Archie Bell single didn't chart but is well worth seeking out! It wasn't on any of his albums.
1971
Cool Sounds
Warner 7538
This obscure Soul number remains in high demand these days. This group made only a handful of singles and no albums.
1972
Cat Stevens
A&M 1335
Cat Stevens delighted in providing quirky non-album cuts on the B sides of his singles, like this one, which graced the flip of "Morning Has Broken."
1972
America
WB 7555
The B side of their debut single is a previously unreleased, non-album cut that didn't appear on an album until a 1991 compilation. The A side is also a non-album cut that was inexplicably left off their debut album, until later reissues added it.
1972
David Bowie
RCA 2263
This great early Bowie track was a hit in England, but wasn't released on 45 rpm in the U.S. (This is one of only a handful of non-U.S. singles that appear in this list.) It was not included on any of the artist's contemporary albums.
1972
Paul McCartney
Apple 1857
Credited to Wings, this is one of McCartney's very best post-Beatles rockers. It didn't appear on any of McCartney/Wings current albums... a previously unreleased, non-LP 45.
1972
The Who
Decca 32983
Continuing to celebrate the single as an art-form to itself, the Who released this great 45, yet another previously unreleased, non-LP 45.
1972
Cat Stevens
A&M 1396
Here's another quirky, non-album Cat Stevens B side that's worth seeking out... in this case, the A side was "Sitting."
1972
Joni Mitchell
Asylum 11010
This first-tier song and recording wasn't released on the album of its brilliant A side, "You Turn Me On, I'm A Radio." As far as I know, this is still the only place the song is available on vinyl.
1972
Neil Young and Graham Nash
Reprise 1099
This was a one-off 45 cut in protest of the Vietnam War and was not included on either artist's albums. It had a Neil Young song ("The Needle...") on the flip.
1972
Van Morrison
WB 7616
The B side of Morrison's brilliant "Jackie Wilson Said" single was a previously unreleased recording produced as part of the sessions for his "Saint Dominic's Preview" LP. This great Northern Soul-style recording is only available in vinyl on this 45 rpm record. Morrison biographer Peter Mills has praised it as "one of the best examples we have of Morrison's voice working in a fully integrated way with the superb band..."
1972
The Who
Track 33041
This non-album single was originally part of an album, but the album was shelved.
1972
Paul McCartney
Apple 1851
Neither of these tracks was released on an album at the time... only later, on compilations or expanded versions of original albums.
1972
JB's
People 602
This dynamite B side is even better than the hit ("Gimme Some More") in this case. And guess what? It wasn't included on any JB's or Fred Wesley albums... it's a non-album cut available only on this 45!
1972
Gilbert O'Sullivan
MAM 3619
This huge hit was a non-album single whose tracks didn't appear on any of the artist's contemporary albums, only on later reissues and compilations.
1972
Slade
Polydor 15046
This was the first Slade single to crack (just barely!) the U.S. Top 100. It was a non-album single.
1972
John Lennon
Apple 1848
This was a non-album single.
1972
Sweet Rock
Music Merchant 1006
This obscure group had no albums... just this and perhaps one other single.
1972
Ringo Starr
Apple 1849
Ringo's second solo 45 was a non-album single whose sides didn't appear until later greatest hits and other compilations.
1972
Donnie Elbert
Avco 4587
This great Four tops cover was a non-album single.
1972
Mad Lads
Volt 4080
This rarely seen 1972 single is sought after mainly for the terrific B side. By the way, this was a non-album single.
1972
Dalton, James & Sutton
RCA 0688
This trio put out only a few singles in the early 1970s. This one has an almost Folk-Rock A side, but the real find is this oddly named B side, which features some blistering fuzz guitar work.
1972
T. Rex
Reprise 1078
This great B side of "Telegram Sam" was a non-album tune.
1973
Elton John
MCA 40046
On the B side of "Daniel" is a recording that is one of John's best non-LP tracks ever. Originally recorded for the "Empty Sky" LP with harpsichord instead of piano, it was gorgeously reinvented with Paul Buckmaster once again doing honors on the arrangement. A must-have John rarity.
1973
Elton John
MCA 40105
"Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting" is one of a very rare few 45s that have two songs on the B side, which are not technically EPs. In this case, both of the B-side songs are highly worthy outtakes from the Goodbye Yellow Brick Road sessions.
1973
Neil Young
Reprise 1184
This B side to Neil Young's single "Time Fades Away" was a previously unreleased, non-LP cut.
1973
Elton John
MCA 40148
This non-LP rocker was the B side of "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road." In England, it was released with its proper title, "Screw You", but in the States I guess MCA decided that title was potentially offensive. :-)
1973
Rod Stewart
Mercury 73412
'Lady Day' is a previously unreleased, non-album cut that did not appear on Stewart's 'Never A Dull Moment' LP. It was one of two songs on the B side of "Twistin' The Night Away."
1973
Jethro Tull
Chrysalis 2006
This 45 was a previously non-album single.
1973
Ringo Starr
Apple 1865
The B side of Ringo's big hit "Photograph" is a previously unreleased, non-album cut.
1973
Charlie Rich
Epic 11040
The B side of "The Most Beautiful Girl" is a previously unreleased, non-album track.
1973
George Harrison
Apple 1862
This B side of "Give Me Love..." is a previously unreleased, non-album cut.
1973
Uriah Heep
WB 7738
The snarling flip of the band's single "Stealin'" is a previously unreleased, non-album cut.
1973
Faces
WB 7681
The B side of "Cindy Incidentally" is a non-album cut.
1973
Edwin Starr
Motown 1276
This terrific single has two great sides, including a dynamite A side dancer and a completely different but equally enticing B side. Neither track appeared on any contemporary Starr album... this was a non-album single.
1973
T. Rex
Reprise 1170
"Hot Love" was originally released on Reprise 1006 in 1971, the group's first U.S. Reprise single. The song is a non-album cut, not available on any contemporary T. Rex albums.
1973
Tavares
Capitol 3674
This was Tavares' very first chart single. (The A side was "Check It Out".) This great uptempo B side appears to be a non-album cut.
1973
Johnnie Taylor
Stax 0161
Be sure to flip this one ("I Believe In You") over to listen to the great B side, which doesn't appear on any Johnnie Taylor album.
1973
Rod Stewart
Mercury 73426
This great single has two Rod Stewart tracks that didn't appear on LP at the time. They've since been gathered onto greatest hits and "best of" compilations. The flip side is one of the great recordings Stewart made with Ron Wood and Faces.
1973
Timmy Thomas
Glades 1709
This was Thomas' followup to his big hit, "Why Can't We Live Together." The A side is a non-album cut.
1973
The Sweet
Bell 45361
1973
Futures
Gamble 2502
This was a non-album single.
1973
Slade
Polydor 15069
This was a non-album single whose sides are missing from all contemporary Slade albums.
1973
1619 B.A.B.
Brown Sugar 2003
This is the first release on the small Brown Sugar label... it was later released on Chess. But there was no album, and they made no other singles.
1973
Bobby Sheen
WB 7662
Well worth seeking out, and highly coveted by fans of Northern Soul. As with all of Sheen's releases over the years, this was a non-album single.
1973
Jackey Beavers
Seventy-Seven 134
Despite many singles over the years on various labels, Beavers never made an album.
1974
Elton John
MCA 40344
Like "Philadelphia Freedom," this recording didn't appear on any current Elton John album. The B side here is a previously unreleased John Lennon song. Since Lennon collaborated with Elton on the A side, he may have been part of this session as well.
1974
Stevie Wonder
Tamla 54254
This non-LP cut was the B side of "Boogie On Reggae Woman," from Wonder's album Fulfillingness' First Finale.
1974
Paul McCartney
Apple 1875
Credited to Paul McCartney and Wings, this single has two previously unreleased, non-album tracks — both by McCartney rather than (as with so many McCartney/Wings singles) having a Yoko Ono song on the B side.
1974
Joe Quarterman and Free Soul
GSF 6915
This single was not included on Quarterman's only GSF LP: It has previously unreleased, non-album cuts.
1974
Reunion
RCA 10056
This studio group never released an album, so this single's offerings are previously unreleased, non-album tunes.
1974
Cozy Powell
Chrysalis 2029
Absolutely incredible hard rock instrumentals led by drummer Powell. Powell did drumming duties for groups as varied as Jeff Beck, Rainbow, Whitesnake, Emerson Lake & Powell, and Black Sabbath. This single was a non-album cut: There was no Cozy Powell LP released in the mid-1970s.
1974
Rolling Stones
Rolling Stones 19301
This B side of "It's Only Rock'n Roll" is a non-album cut.
1974
Mott The Hoople
Columbia 46035
This B side of "The Golden Age of Rock 'N Roll" is a non-album cut.
1974
Lynyrd Skynyrd
MCA 40258
The B side of "Sweet Home Alabama" is a non-album cut.
1974
Bottom & Company
Motown 1309
This terrific Philly-style dancer clocks in at less than 2 1/2 minutes... It's one of those super-short songs I always rave about. :-) It's also a non-album single, since the track doesn't appear on the group's only LP.
1974
Isaac Hayes
Enterprise 9095
This fabulous, sexy Philly Style dancer wasn't a big hit, but it's definitely worth seeking out. This was a non-album single: These tracks are missing from Hayes' albums from this period.
1974
Cat Stevens
A&M 1602
This was a non-album single whose A side only appeared on later Greatest Hits compilation albums.
1974
Bobby Earl Williams
IX Chains 7000
This is the only single the singer made. (He made no albums.)
1974
Garland Jeffreys
Atlantic 2981
Here's a beautiful copy of the first release of this classic tune, which never became the hit it should have been. This was a non-album single, though it was later included on an Arista album (1977).
1975
Electric Light Orchestra
U.A./Jet 729
This B side of "Evil Woman" is a previously unreleased live recording.
1975
Elton John
MCA 40364
This non-album single was a tribute to Billy Jean King and her team, the Philadelphia Freedoms, as well as to "the Music of Philadelphia." The flip features another duet with John Lennon (following "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" the previous year). Neither track was available on any current Elton John album.
1975
Faces/Rod Stewart
WB 8066
This single was not on any contemporary Faces or Rod Stewart albums: A longer version of it finally made an appearance on the 1976 "Snakes and Ladders" greatest hits album.
1975
Jesse James
20th Century 2201
This was a non-album single, by the way... no LP was released for Jesse James on 20th Century Records.
1975
Persuasions
A&M 1698
This was a non-album single.
1975
Archie Bell & the Drells
TSOP 4774
This terrific non-album B side appeared on a couple of the group's TSOP singles.
1975
Firefly
A&M 1736
As far as I can tell, this studio group, put together by Kenny Nolan, released no albums.
1975
Mike & Bill
Arista 0139
Group is New York duo Mike Felder (guitar) and Bill Daniels (piano). They didn't make an album, just a couple of singles, which is why you won't find this tune in Apple Music, Spotify, or other primarily-album-based services.
1975
Jeannie Reynolds
Casablanca 834
This was a non-album single.
1975
Bachman-Turner Overdrive
Mercury 73724
The A side of this great single is a non-album cut.
1975
Arthur Alexander
Buddah 492
There was no album associated with this track... This was a non-album single.
1975
Statler Brothers
Mercury 73687
This was a non-album single whose A side only appears on later Greatest Hits compilations.
1975
The Intrepids
Columbia 10163
This group made no albums, just a couple of singles.
1975
Ground Hog
Gemigo 0501
This terrific Funk workout didn't get much airplay at the time, but it's well worth adding to your early Funk collection. The artist made no albums, just a handful of singles over the years.
1975
Bobby Moore
Scepter 12405
This was a non-album single, as this Bobby Moore (different from the one with the Rhythm Aces) made no albums (and no other singles I'm aware of).
1975
Retta Young
All Platinum 2361
This terrific non-album single has a highly danceable version of the old Mary Wells Motown hit.
1976
Lou Reed
RCA 10573
This B side of Reed's single "Charley's Girl" is a previously unreleased, non-LP cut.
1976
Elton John and Kiki Dee
Rocket 40585
This single was not included on any of either artist's contemporary LPs.
1976
Billy Ocean
Ariola 7621
The B side of "Love Really Hurts Without You" is a previously unreleased, non-album cut that didn't appear on an Ocean LP.
1976
Abba
Atlantic 3346
This was a non-album single, available only on a greatest hits compilation.
1976
Temprees
Epic 50192
This special promo has the "Short Version" found on retail copies, plus a "Long Version" not elsewhere available. (This single was not included on any Temprees album.)
1976
Hosea
A&M 1846
This fabulous dancer was one of the singer's only recordings... no albums.
1976
Gwen and Bruce
Pye 71074
A must have rarity, this was the duo's only recording.
1977
Talking Heads
Sire 1002
The B side of the early Talking Heads 45 "Uh-Oh, Love Comes To Town" is a terrific non-LP track, clearly an extra that they couldn't fit on their first LP (Talking Heads '77).
1977
Van Morrison
WB 8411
The B side of "Joyous Sound," a single from Morrison's Period of Transition album, is a previously unreleased track.
1977
Paul McCartney
Capitol 4504
Although the folky "Mull" failed to generate airplay in the U.S., it's worth remembering that the song spent 9 weeks at the top of the British chart... becoming the biggest U.K. 45 seller of the 1970s! Credited to Wings, neither track appeared on a contemporary McCartney/Wings LP... this was a non-album single.
1977
Paul Simon
Columbia 10630
This single's A side is a non-album track, appearing only on a Paul Simon Greatest Hits compilation album.
1977
Bob Dylan
Columbia 10454
The A side is one of those amazing transformations of his earlier songs that Dylan is famous for (in this case "Stuck Inside of Mobile..."; the song had originally appeared on Dylan's "Blonde on Blonde" album. The flip is a non-album track well worth seeking out.
1977
Fleetwood Mac
WB 8304
This B side of "Go Your Own Way" did not appear on any Fleetwood Mac album.
1977
Bob Marley & the Wailers
Island 092
This non-album cut was the B side of the single "Waiting In Vain."
1977
Controllers
Juana 3414
This terrific B side of "Somebody's Gotta Win, Somebody's Gotta Lose", the group's biggest hit, is a non-album cut that also appeared on the B side of their debut single.
1977
Glen Campbell
Capitol 4376
The B side of this big hit ("Southern Nights") is a non-album cut: It's the studio version of a virtuoso guitar performance that's available on LP only in live performances he played at several venues.
1977
Eleanor Grant
Columbia 10617
This was a non-album single, as the singer made no albums.
1978
Patti Smith Group
Arista 0318
This Springsteen-penned hit ("Because The Night") has a non-album B side.
1978
Elton John
MCA 40892
This single was released between the LP 'Blue Moves', Elton's last partnership with Bernie Taupin for many years, and 'A Single Man', his first set of tunes written without Taupin and recorded without Dudgeon as producer. Something of a dig by Taupin, I always thought.
1978
Rolling Stones
Rolling Stones 19310
The Stones didn't put many non-album songs on their singles' B sides, but here they did. The B side of "Shattered" is a previously unreleased, non-LP cut.
1978
Ian Dury & The Blockheads
Stiff 1179
This incredibly quirky yet essential single was not released on any contemporary LP... it was a non-album 45.
1978
Sweet
Capitol 4349
This B side of "Love Is Like Oxygen" is a previously unreleased, non-album cut.
1978
Kiss
Casablanca 906
This B side of "Shout It Out Loud" is a non-album cut.
1978
Steely Dan
MCA 40894
This hit from the "FM" movie soundtrack is specially edited from a 4:50 album track. It wasn't included on any Steely Dan album.
1978
Earth, Wind & Fire
Columbia 10796
This was a non-album single, whose A side is only available on greatest hits compilations.
1978
Earth, Wind & Fire
ARC/Columbia 10854
This was a non-album single that only appeared on a greatest hits compilation.
1978
Newcomers
Mercury 74011
This was a one-off single by the group, a terrific uptempo number that did register on Billboard's singles chart. Oddly, the group made no albums over the years, just a few singles.
1979
Patti Smith Group
Arista 0427
The B side of "Frederick," Smith's followup to her only hit, "Because The Night," is a previously unreleased, non-album cut.
1979
Elvis Costello
Columbia 10919
Costello used non-album songs on several of his U.K. singles, and here he put one on the B side of "Accidents Will Happen."
1979
The Police
A&M 2096
This B side of "Roxanne" is a non-album cut.
1979
The Cars
Elektra 46063
This was the B side of "Let's Go."
1979
Elton John
MCA 41042
This was a non-album single, though I think there was a 10-inch EP released.
1980
Police
A&M 2275
The B side of "De Do Do Do..." was a previously unreleased tune not available on LP.
1980
Bruce Springsteen
Columbia 11391
Starting with this B side to "Hungry Heart," an outtake from his magnum opus double-album The River, nearly all Springsteen 45s have previously unreleased, non-album tracks on the flip.
1980
Vapors
U.A. 1364
The flip of their big hit "Turning Japanese" is a previously unreleased cut that was not on their New Clear Days LP.
1980
Donna Summer
Casablanca 2236
This single was not included on any currently available Donna Summer album, instead headlining the greatest hits collection that followed, but in a much longer (5:50) version than this original 45 edit.
1980
Queen
Elektra 46652
What makes Queen's single "Play The Game" especially remarkable is the terrific, previously unreleased non-LP track on the B side, which frankly I like better than the "hit" side.
1980
Elvis Costello and the Attractions
Columbia 11194
The B side of "I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down" is Costello's own version of the great "Girls Talk," which Dave Edmunds had covered a few years earlier. It was a previously unreleased, non-album track.
1980
Steely Dan
MCA 51036
The B side of "Hey Nineteen" is a live version of one of the classic tracks from their 1973 LP "Countdown To Ecstasy," recorded live at the Santa Monica Civic.
1980
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Backstreet 41169
The B side of Tom Petty's classic single "Refugee" is a previously unreleased, non-album track.
1980
Carole King
Capitol 4864
This B side of King's version of "One Fine Day" is a non-album cut.
1980
Boz Scaggs
Columbia 11406
This track was culled from the singer's 1980 greatest hits album.
1980
Kenny Rogers
Liberty 1380
This was a non-album single available only on a greatest hits compilation.
1980
The Cars
Elektra 47080
Perhaps this non-album B side of "Don't Tell Me No" would have done better if they had plugged it instead.
1980
Abba
Atlantic 3776
Don't miss the terrific B side rocker (the A side is "The Winner Takes It All"), a non-album track available only on later Abba compilations.
1980
Paul McCartney
Columbia 11263
The A side was the studio version of "Coming Up", but this B side live version ended up getting more airplay.
1980
Willis 'The Guard' & Vigorish
Handshake 5308
This Christmas novelty tune was actually a minor hit in 1980... produced by Buckner & Garcia, this was a non-album single.
1981
Bruce Springsteen
Columbia 11431
The B side of Springsteen's second single from The River, "Fade Away," is a previously unreleased, non-LP cut.
1981
Go-Go's
I.R.S. 9901
The excellent rocker on the B side of "Our Lips Are Sealed" is a previously unreleased, non-album track that did not appear on their debut album.
1981
Queen & David Bowie
Elektra 47235
The B side of "Under Pressure" is a previously unreleased, non-album cut.
1981
Split Enz
A&M 2339
This B side to "One Step Ahead" is a previously unreleased, non-album cut.
1981
Squeeze
A&M 2345
This non-album cut was the B side of "Tempted."
1981
Central Line
Mercury 76126
This terrific single ("Walking Into Sunshine", the U.K. band's first and biggest U.S. hit, has two great sides well worth seeking out... sleek Philly-style soul with a Funk edge. The B side appears to be a non-album cut that was left off their debut album.
1981
Brandy Wells
WMOT 02244
This appears to have been a non-album single, which features this dynamite Philly-Soul-style dancer on the B side.
1981
Beach Boys
Capitol 5030
This was a non-album single... I'm not sure if it ever made its way to CD or LP.
1981
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Backstreet 51136
This B side of "A Woman In Love" is a dynamite Rockabilly number, previously unreleased.
1981
R.J.'s Latest Arrival
Buddah 625
This appears to have been a non-album single.
1981
Yvonne Gage
Atlantic 3869
This was a non-album single.
1982
Journey
Columbia 02687
The B side of "Open Arms" is a previously unreleased, non-album cut.
1982
Marshall Crenshaw
WB 29974
The non-LP B side of "Someday, Someway", which Bette Midler later took up the charts, is credited to 'Marshall Crenshaw and the Handsome, Ruthless and Stupid Band.'
1982
Stevie Nicks
Modern 7401
Dave Marsh particularly liked the previously unreleased B side of "Edge of Seventeen," ranking it at #428 on his "Top 1,001" list. This live recording clocks at 5:57, compared with 4:10 for the studio version on the A side.
1982
Prince
WB 29896
Prince is another artist who invariably included non-album material on the B sides of his singles. This terrific number was on the B side of "1999."
1982
Marshall Crenshaw
WB 29771
The B side of Crenshaw's quirky, anthemic love song "Cynical Girl" features two great non-LP tracks: A live recording of Buddy Holly's 'Rave On' plus another Crenshaw tune, 'Somebody Like You.'
1982
Police
A&M 2390
This B side of the band's hit "Spirits In The Material World" is a previously unreleased, non-LP cut.
1982
Stray Cats
EMI 8132
The B side of the group's first big hit, "Rock This Town," is a previously unreleased recording of the Supremes' classic, which features the same bass line used in many Rockabilly tunes.
1982
A Flock Of Seagulls
Jive 102
The B side of the group's debut hit, "I Ran (So Far Away)", is a terrific rocker as well — one that didn't appear on the group's albums.
1982
Men At Work
Columbia 03303
This B side of the band's huge hit "Down Under" is a non-album track.
1982
Asia
Geffen 50040
The terrific B side of "Heat Of The Moment" is a previously unreleased, non-album cut — a fan favorite!
1982
Go-Go's
I.R.S. 9910
This terrific rocker was the group's second single from their "Vacation" album. The B side of "Get Up And Go" is a non-album cut.
1982
Missing Persons
Capitol 5127
The terrific B side of "Words", a cover of the Doors classic, is a non-album cut.
1982
Rolling Stones
Rolling Stones 21301
This live version of "Beast of Burden" was a non-album cut on the B side of "Going To A Go Go."
1982
Stevie Wonder
Tamla 1602
This terrific song was a non-album single that was available only on a greatest hits compilation ("Original Musiquarium").
1982
Shawn Christopher
Larc 81012
This obscure 1982 single has two appealing sides of Modern Soul... quite different and both well worth seeking out. The A side was the singer's first hit of three chart singles, and this one didn't have an accompanying album.
1982
Peter Gabriel
Geffen 29883
This B side of "Shock The Monkey" is a non-album cut.
1982
Fleetwood Mac
WB 29918
This B side of "Gypsy" was a non-album cut.
1982
Dunn & Bruce Street
Devaki 4005
The flip of this minor hit ("If You Come With Me") is a full-throttle Philly Style dancer not to be missed! That special B side is a non-album cut that didn't appear on the group's only album.
1982
Glen Campbell
Atlantic America 99967
The B side of "Old Home Town" is a non-album cut.
1982
Vicky D
Sam 5024
This terrific dancer came only in singles... this 7-inch version is specially edited from the 5:53 12-inch release. This was the singer's only chart hit.
1982
J. Gayle Gaymon
Atlantic 89944
This was a non-album single, as the artist made no albums.
1982
Santo
Catawba 200
This was a non-album single unavailable on any album.
1982
Fonda Rae
Vanguard 35230
It appears that this singer had no albums, so you gotta buy the single!
1982
Bootsy's Rubber Band
WB 29889
This great number appears to have been a non-album single.
1982
Reg Mundy Band
Atlantic 89946
This terrific dance number was put together by producer Reg Mundy, and it was the only release he made.
1983
Billy Idol
Chrysalis 42723
This track was first released in 1981 on Chrysalis 2488. "Dancing With Myself" is a 3:19 edited version that didn't appear on any of the artist's contemporary LPs, though a longer version appeared on a 1981 EP (his first U.S. 12-inch release).
1983
Prince
WB 29746
As if the A side ("Little Red Corvette") weren't reason enough to own this classic single, the B side is one of those super-special, non-LP cut offerings Prince managed to throw around for free on his 1980's singles.
1983
Dire Straits
WB 29880
The B side of the group's unsung masterpiece "Industrial Disease" is a previously unreleased, non-album cut.
1983
The Clash
Epic 03547
The B of The Clash's hit "Should I Stay Or Should I Go" is a previously unreleased, non-album cut.
1983
Marshall Crenshaw
WB 29630
The B side of "Whenever You're On My Mind" is a non-LP cut, a menacing retro-rockabilly rave up.
1983
Police
A&M 2542
This B side of Police's biggest — and best! — hit single, "Every Breath You Take," is a previously unreleased, non-LP cut.
1983
Elton John
Geffen 29460
"I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues" has a real surprise on its flip — a tune that tops the A side yet is a non-album cut. This is no throwaway B side: It's a beautiful ballad in the best Elton John tradition. Back with his original partner, Bernie Taupin, John puts on an emotional performance that's reminiscent of his early albums. "The Retreat," like the snapshot of the war whose tale it tells, is well worth seeking out.
1983
R.E.M.
I.R.S. 9916
The flip of R.E.M.'s first single was a harbinger of things to come, as nearly all the group's singles had non-album material on their B sides. This is an unreleased cover of the Velvet Underground tune.
1983
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Blackheart 07919
The B side of "I Hate Myself For Loving You" is a previously unreleased, non-LP live track.
1983
Cyndi Lauper
Portrait 04120
The B side of "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" is a previously unreleased, non-album cut.
1983
Roxy Music
WB 29912
The B side of the ethereal "More Than This" is a previously unreleased, non-album cut.
1983
Big Country
Mercury 814467
This terrific rocker, on the B side of their debut hit, "In A Big Country", is a previously unreleased, non-album track.
1983
Eddy Grant
Portrait 03793
The excellent dance number on the flip of Grant's big 1983 hit, "Electric Avenue," is a previously unreleased, non-album cut.
1983
Lindsay Buckingham
WB 29570
This catchy, impossible-to-find tune is from the soundtrack of National Lampoon's movie "Vacation." "Holiday Road" is therefore a non-album track, since it doesn't appear on any of Lindsay Buckingham's albums.
1983
Duran Duran
Capitol 5290
This B side of "Union of the Snake" is a non-album track.
1983
Prince
WB 29548
This terrific B side of "Let's Pretend We're Married" is a non-album cut.
1983
Dayton
Capitol 5269
The B side of "It Must Be Love" is a non-album cut available only on this little 45.
1983
Rich Cason and the Galactic Orchestra
Larc 81028
This appears to have been a non-album single.
1983
JoBoxers
RCA 13601
Don't miss the non-album B side of "Just Got Lucky": A terrific RnB-style swinger.
1983
Twilight 22
Vanguard 35241
The flip is the non-album 'Kingdom version' of the song, which is mostly a Techno/Synth Pop instrumental version without the A side's Rap orientation.
1983
Earons
Boardwalk 12-179
This terrific number was the group's first of three chart singles. There was no album for it, but the tune came in a long (4:32) version and this specially edited version.
1983
J.W. Wade
Larc 81026
This was the Chicago singer's only chart hit, which deserved better than it got, IMHO. As far as I can determine, this was a non-album single (the singer had no albums that I could find).
1983
Roz Ryan
Mirage 99800
This great number was a non-album single.
1984
R.E.M.
I.R.S. 9927
The flip of "so. Central Rain (I'm Sorry)" is an unreleased cover of the Roger Miller classic.
1984
U2
Island 99704
U2 also delighted in including non-album songs on their singles, including this one on the B side of "Pride (In The Name Of Love)."
1984
Bruce Springsteen
Columbia 04463
What makes Springsteen's first single from his "Born In The U.S.A." album, "Dancing In The Dark," extra-special is its non-album B side. The previously unreleased "Pink Cadillac" is simply one of his very best rockers, and its inclusion on the single was a sweet gift to all of Springsteen's 7-inch vinyl collectors. As acknowledgment of its worth, the song became a big hit for Natalie Cole a couple of years later.
1984
R.E.M.
I.R.S. 9931
The flip of the group's excellent single "(don't Go back TO) Rockville" is a previously unreleased live recording of "Catapult," one of the best tracks on their first LP, Murmur.
1984
Bruce Springsteen
Columbia 04561
The B side of "Cover Me" is a previously unreleased, live, non-LP cut. "Jersey Girl" is a great Tom Waits song that seems specifically written for the Boss
1984
Prince
WB 29216
"Let's Go Crazy" also has a superb non-LP track on the B side.
1984
Bruce Springsteen
Columbia 04680
The B side is of Springsteen's "Born in the U.S.A." single is another previously unreleased, non-LP cut.
1984
Pretenders
Sire 29249
The B side of "Thin Line Between Love And Hate" is an unreleased live version of a song originally included on the group's excellent LP Learning to Crawl.
1984
Foreigner
Atlantic 89596
This previously unreleased, non-album cut was the B side of "I Want To Know What Love Is."
1984
The Rolling Stones
Rolling Stones 99788
The B side of "She Was Hot" is a previously unreleased, non-LP cut.
1984
Frankie Goes To Hollywood
Island 99805
The B side of the first release of the group's signature hit, "Relax," is a previously unreleased, non-album cut: An interview between ZTT's Paul Morley, Holly Johnson and Paul Rutherford (with music playing in the background, of course!).
1984
Genesis
Atlantic 89698
The B side of "Illegal Alien" is a previously unreleased live version of a song they had released earlier.
1984
Cyndi Lauper
Portrait 04737
On this single, you get not only the studio version from Lauper's hit LP, "She's So Unusual", but you're also treated to a non-LP Live version on the flip!
1984
John Cougar Mellencamp
Riva 216
The B side of "Authority Song" is a non-album, acoustic version of "Pink Houses."
1984
Prince
WB 29286
The flip of "When Doves Cry" is a must-have Prince rarity not included on the LP.
1984
Golden Earring
21 Records 112
This terrific B side rocker is a previously unreleased, non-album tune. The A side was "When The Lady Smiles."
1984
Police
A&M 2614
The B side of "Wrapped Around Your Finger" is a previously unreleased live version of a song from the album "Synchronicity."
1984
Style Council
Geffen 29248
The terrific B side to "You're The Best Thing" is a non-album cut.
1984
Kenny Loggins
Columbia 04310
This big hit was from a movie of the same name. It didn't appear on any of the artist's albums.
1984
Mikki
Pop Art 7455
This terrific Techno/Disco dancer is only available, I believe, on 7- or 12-inch singles... no album.
1984
Temper
MCA 52412
This tune was released only on 7- and 12-inch singles.
1984
Larry Wu
Atlantic 89726
As far as I know, this single (and a 12-inch version) was New York-based Wu's only vinyl output... and it's well worth seeking out!
1984
Steve Earle
Epic 04666
This is Earle's rarely seen second chart single, whose two terrific sides are missing from any Earle LP (they do appear on a CD reissue). Apparently, Earle's early sides for Epic Records didn't come with an album guarantee... Epic only released a set of these tracks on LP in 1987, after Earle had finally seen success on MCA with "Guitar Town" in 1986.
1984
Flea
Atlantic 89623
This was the deejay/rapper's only release, also coming in a 12-inch version.
1984
Phantasy
Atlantic 89631
This terrific dance number comes from a group that made no albums.
1985
Bruce Springsteen
Columbia 04772
The flip of "I'm On Fire" is another previously unreleased, non-LP cut.
1985
The Smiths
Rough Trade 176
This essential U.K. single (no U.S. 45 release) didn't appear on any of the band's contemporary albums, only showing up on a later compilation album.
1985
Prince
Paisley Park 28972
Continuing his tradition of including non-album B sides, this tune was on the flip of his first Paisley Park single, "Raspberry Beret."
1985
Bruce Springsteen
Columbia 04924
The flip side of "Glory Days" was another previously unreleased, non-LP cut.
1985
Dream Academy
WB 28841
This non-album cut was the B side of "Life In A Northern Town."
1985
Bruce Springsteen
Columbia 05603
The flip of "I'm Goin' Down," one of seven (!) singles released from Born In The U.S.A., is a previously unreleased, non-LP cut.
1985
Bruce Springsteen
Columbia 05728
Springsteen's classic Christmas recording — until this single ("My Hometown") available only on a 1981 promo or on bootleg vinyl — was a previously unreleased, live non-LP cut.
1985
Paul McCartney
Capitol 5537
This was a non-album single not available on any contemporary McCartney LP or CD.
1985
Tears For Fears
Mercury 880294
The B side of the band's classic single "Shout" is a previously unreleased, non-album cut.
1985
David Lee Roth
WB 29102
This was Roth's first hit single as a solo singer after leaving Van Halen, and it remains his biggest hit to this day. The A side is an almost-too-faithful reading of the Beach Boys classic, but this non-LP, extended remix of the album cut on the B side is worth seeking out.
1985
Sade
Portrait 04807
The terrific B side of Sade's debut single, "Smooth Operator," is a non-album track.
1985
Phil Collins
Atlantic 89588
The B side of "One More Night" is a previously unreleased, non-album cut.
1985
Jeff Beck
Epic 05416
This B side to "People Get Ready," which features Rod Stewart on vocals, is a powerful non-album rocker. It's Beck with vocals by Karen Lawrence.
1985
The Cars
Elektra 69657
This fine B side rocker of "Why Can't I Have You" is a previously unreleased, non-album cut.
1985
The Paul Simpson Connection
Atlantic 89519
I don't know anything about this "group" or Simpson, but I can certainly recommend this dance single, which shimmers with engaging rhythms. I do know that the group made no albums, and this is one of only 2 or 3 singles.
1986
Bob Seger
Capitol 5532
The B side of "American Storm" is a previously unreleased, non-LP live cover of the CCR classic.
1986
John Cougar Mellencamp
Riva 884455
This previously unreleased cover of the Drifters classic appeared on the B side of Mellencamp's hit "R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A."
1986
John Fogerty
WB 28535
The flip of Fogerty's otherwise unremarkable single "Change In The Weather" is a non-LP track credited to John Fogerty with Rockin' Sidney (the author of My Toot Toot). Terrific version of this tune!
1986
Talking Heads
Sire 29163
The B side of the concert movie version of "Once In A Lifetime" is a previously unreleased, live recording not included in the film.
1986
John Cougar Mellencamp
Riva 884635
The B side of "Rain on the Scarecrow" is a non-LP cover of the Left Banke classic that was previously unavailable.
1986
R.E.M.
I.R.S. 52883
This B side of the group's single "Fall On Me" is a previously unreleased, non-LP cut.
1986
Bodeans
Slash/WB 28682
The B side of the group's excellent "Fadeaway" is a previously unreleased, non-album cut that's a 2-star recommendation (our highest) on its own.
1986
Peter Gabriel
Geffen 28718
This B side of Gabriel's big nit "Sledgehammer" was not available on the album.
1986
Fine Young Cannibals
I.R.S. 52760
The B side of "Johnny Come Home" is a previously unreleased, non-album cut.
1986
Genesis
Atlantic 89336
The B side of "Land of Confusion" is a previously unreleased, non-album cut.
1986
Sade
Portrait 05846
The B side of "Never As Good As The First Time" is a live instrumental, not available on LP.
1986
David Nevin
Pardner 1002
Nevin apparently made no albums... just a couple of singles.
1987
U2
Island 99430
This unusual 45 record has three songs in all: The big A-side hit ("I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" from the group's classic album "Joshua Tree," plus two previously unreleased, non-album tracks on the B side, both of which spin at 33 rpm(!): "Spanish Eyes" and "Deep in the Heart."
1987
Bruce Springsteen
Columbia 07595
Springsteen continued his non-album B side traiditon with this flip to "Brilliant Disguise."
1987
U2
Island 99469
Like their previous single, the flip of "With Or Without You" has two previously unreleased songs... "Luminous Times" and "Walk To The Water" ... and spins at 33 1/3 rpm!
1987
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
MCA 53065
The B side of "Jammin' Me" is a previously unreleased, non-LP cut.
1987
M/A/R/R/S
4th & Bway 7452
This hugely popular single never appeared on an album. The 45 was a 4:06 "radio edit" version.
1987
Bruce Springsteen
Columbia 07663
The flip of Springsteen's single "Tunnel of Love" is another previously unreleased, non-LP cut.
1987
Huey Lewis and the News
Chrysalis 43097
The B side of "Jacob's Ladder" is a previously unreleased live version of an earlier Lewis hit.
1987
Cutting Crew
Virgin 99481
The B side of the group's biggest hit — "(I Just) Died In Your Arms" — is a previously unreleased, non-album cut.
1987
Billy Idol
Chrysalis 43161
This was Billy Idol's biggest American hit, and only chart-topper. He had released a studio version of "Mony Mony" that "bubbled under" the Hot 100 in 1981. As far as I can determine, neither of these tracks appeared on any contemporary Billy Idol albums — these were previously unreleased, non-album tracks.
1987
John Cougar Mellencamp
Mercury 888934
The B side of "Cherry Bomb" is a previously unreleased, non-album cut.
1987
Fleetwood Mac
WB 28291
The B side of "Little Lies" is a non-LP cut not elsewhere available.
1987
Genesis
Atlantic 89316
The B side of "In Too Deep" is a previously unreleased, non-album track.
1987
Whitney Houston
Arista 9598
The B side of "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" is a non-LP song.
1987
The Cure
Elektra 69443
The B side of "Just Like Heaven" is a non-album track.
1987
Grateful Dead
Arista 9606
The B side of the band's hit single "Touch of Grey" is a previously unreleased, non-album cut.
1987
Heart
Capitol 44040
This single ("Who Will You Run To") has an edited version of the 4:04 album track on one side and a non-album, live version of "Magic Man" on the flipl
1987
George Harrison
Dark Horse 28178
The B side of "Got My Mind Set On You" is a non-album cut.
1987
John Cougar Mellencamp
Mercury 888763
The flip of "Paper In Fire" is an unreleased track special on this 45.
1987
Madhouse
Paisley Park 28182
This amazing B side to "(The Perfect) 10" is a non-album cut.
1987
Swing Out Sister
Mercury 888016
This U.K. trio's biggest U.S. hit has a terrific non-album cut on the flip. (Even though the label says the B side is on the group's debut album, it was actually not included on that album.)
1987
Bruce Springsteen
Columbia 06657
This non-album flip side of Springsteen's live version of "Fire", at 10:03, must be one of the longest tracks every squeezed onto a 45 record!
1987
Prince
Paisley Park 28334
This B side of "If I Was Your Girlfriend", like most Prince singles, is a non-album cut.
1987
Nona Hendryx
EMI 8382
The delightful flip of Hendryx's biggest hit ("Why Should I Cry") is a non-album cut.
1987
The Cure
Elektra 69474
This B side of "Why Can't I Be You" is a non-album cut.
1987
David Bowie
EMI 8380
This even-better B side of "Day-In Day-Out" turns out to be a previously unreleased, non-album tune... well worth seeking out!
1987
Steve Winwood
Island 28231
This was a non-album single that only appears on a greatest hits compilation album.
1988
Michelle Shocked
Mercury 870611
The flip side presents a previously unreleased, "Live Video Version" of the song.
1988
R.E.M.
WB 27688
The B side of the group's hit "Stand" is another previously unreleased, non-LP track.
1988
George Harrison
Dark Horse 28131
This B side of "When We Was Fab" is a previously unreleased, non-album cut.
1988
R.E.M.
I.R.S. 53220
As with many R.E.M. singles, the B side of "It's The End Of The World As We Know It" is a previously unreleased, non-album cut... In this case, it's a cover of the Floyd Cramer classic from 1960.
1988
Def Leppard
Mercury 870402
The B side of "Love Bites" is a previously unreleased, non-LP live recording.
1988
Kool Moe Dee
Jive 1116
This A side, one of the artist's biggest hits, is a previously unreleased, non-album track.
1988
Eric Carmen
Arista 9686
This was a non-album single that was included in reissues of a "Best Of" compilation album.
1988
Escape Club
Atlantic 89048
The B side of "Wild, Wild West" is a non-album tune.
1988
Art Of Noise
China 871038
Featuring Tom Jones, the A side is a special edit/mix for the 7" version. It is a non-LP track only available on a greatest hits compilation.
1988
U2
Island 99250
This B side of the single "Desire" is a non-album cut.
1988
Inxs
Atlantic 89144
The B side of "Devil Inside" is a previously unreleased, non-album cut.
1988
Depeche Mode
Sire 27991
This single offered a medley version of "Behind The Wheel" on the B side, pairing it with the Country swing classic "Route 66." The terrific medley with "Route 66", a non-album track, is the side that got airplay at the time.
1988
Sade
Epic 07977
The B side of "Nothing Can Come Between Us" is a mesmerizing instrumental by her band, not available on album.
1988
New Order
Qwest 27979
The B side of "Blue Monday 1988" is a non-album cut.
1988
Bruce Springsteen
Columbia 07726
This terrific B-side rocker to "One Step Up" is a previously unreleased, non-LP cut.
1988
Rod Stewart
WB 27796
"Forever Young"'s B side is a terrific, non-album rocker.
1988
Siouxsie & The Banshees
Geffen 27760
The B side of "Peek-A-Boo" harbors a terrific non-album track.
1988
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Blackheart 08095
The B side of "Little Liar" is another reason collecting 45s is so rewarding: It's a terrific, very short and sweet rocker not available on album (except in later reissues).
1988
Prince
Paisley Park 27745
This B side to "I Wish U Heaven" probably scared radio programmers at the time... it was a non-album cut.
1988
3 Man Island
Chrysalis 43231
As far as I can determine, there was no album associated with this terrific Techno/Synth Pop single, only this and a 12-inch single
1988
Sassa
Profile 5216
The group had no albums, just this single (as far as I can determine).
1988
So
EMI/Manhattan 50109
This fine B side of "Are You Sure" is a previously unreleased, non-LP track.
1988
Erasure
Sire 27844
This B side of "Chains of Love" is an even better, previously unreleased non-album tune well worth seeking out on its own.
1989
MC Lyte
First Priority 99170
"Cha Cha Cha" was the rapper's first chart single. It features a terrific, non-album cut on the flip.
1989
Metallica
Elektra 69329
The B side of the group's signature single "One" is a non-album cut.
1989
Love And Rockets
RCA 8956
The B side of the group's biggest hit, "So Alive," is a previously unreleased, non-album track.
1989
Big Daddy Kane
Cold Chillin' 27708
This terrific B side of "I'll Take You There" was a non-album track.
1989
U2
Island 99225
The terrific B side of "When Love Comes To Town," which is what earns this single a one-star recommendation from us, is a non-album cut.
1989
Rod Stewart
WB 22685
This big hit was a non-album single, available only on a very large, comprehensive greatest hits package.
1989
The Cure
Elektra 69280
This terrific B side of the group's biggest U.S. hit ("Love Song") is a non-album cut.
1989
Fine Young Cannibals
I.R.S. 53639
This terrific single ("Good Thing") has a great, non-album B side... not to be missed!
1989
Roland Clark
Atlantic 88936
Don't miss this terrific dance number! There was no album released, but the 12-inch single has an 8:16 "extended" mix.
1990
Black Crowes
Def American 19245
The terrific B side rocker to "Hard To Handle" is a non-album cut... one of the reasons you gotta collect the 45!
1991
Bubba
Motown 374632147
This non-album Motown single deserved a better market reception than it got, but believe me it's well worth seeking out for Hip Hop fans.
1992
Ozzy Osbourne
CBS Assoc. 74093
This terrific B side rocker to "Mama, I'm Coming Home" is a non-album cut.
1993
U2
Island 858076
The non-LP flip of "Stay (Faraway, So Close)" is credited to 'Frank Sinatra and Bono.'
1994
Bruce Springsteen
Columbia 77384
Dave Marsh included this single in his 1999 addendum to the original list of 1001 greatest singles published in 1989. The anthemic B side is a non-album cut not available on any U.S. LP (it was released on vinyl in Europe). The A side is also a non-album cut — that is, it's not on any Springsteen LP but rather appeared on the soundtrack to the movie "Philadelphia" starring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington. The song won a grammy for Best Song.
1995
Brandy
Arista 12929
This big hit does not appear on any of Brandy's own albums, making it a non-album single.
1996
Prince
WB 17715
Like so many Prince singles, the B side of "Gold" was a previously unreleased, non-album cut.
1998
Barenaked Ladies
Reprise 17174
The A side of "One Week" is marked as a "Remix" of the album cut, and the B side is a previously unreleased live version, not included on the album.
2018
Monophonics
Colemine 158
This 2018 release, a non-album single, has a terrific rethinking of the Cher 1960s hit on the A side, and a powerful Soul instrumental on the flip.