How to Play ‘Red (Taylor’s Version)’ Vinyl Records at 45 RPM


Photo: Taylor Swift / YouTube

When Taylor Swift Said She Would Be The Man She Didn’t Mean It quite like that. Over the past few days, as the Swifties got their $ 49.99 four-record vinyl sets from Red (Taylor version), there was some confusion about the sound of the records. Just take a look at the star Comments from the Target exclusive: “Why is there a man singing every song?!? reads one. “A man sings it :(” another said. And a third note that “the sound is really scary; it’s like Taylor’s voice from beyond the grave… is that a disgusting Halloween joke? Not sure. “No! As other fans in those reviews of Target, as well as those on Twitter and TikTok, pointed out, Swift squeezed the records at 45 rotations per minute, so it seems slowed down when played at 33 1/3. rpm, the typical speed on a turntable. are a Swiftie who still doesn’t know what that means, at Vulture we’re here to help. Here’s how to play your Red (Taylor version) vinyl records correctly.

(1) Find the speed switch on your turntable. It must be marked with the numbers 33 and 45 (and maybe even 78, but don’t worry about that one).
(2) Move the switch from 33 to 45.
(3) Play your record as usual!

Yeah, it’s that easy! It should be noted that fans playing the disc at different speed is an unforced error on Swift’s part. For one thing, most 12 inch vinyl records play at 33 1/3 RPM. When pressed to be played at 45 rpm, a disc contains less music per side, so pressing Red (Taylor version) at 45 rpm could have helped stretch the 30 songs spread over four vinyl records. But more importantly, if you look at the photos of the drives on social media, they don’t seem to be labeled “45 RPM”! To be fair, not all record covers rate speed, but come on, Taylor: Help your fans. Hope Adele 30 the vinyls are playing 33 rpm so we don’t have to go through it all in a few days.


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