@cengland0 For a while, I used to record my high school rock (and eventually fusion) band on my dad’s reel to reel. Later, I borrowed the reel to reel to edit (remember physically cutting and splicing?) songs that formed the soundtrack to various events that I ended up being the default music/sound guy for in school.
To this day, I do not think there is, has been, or ever will be, a more satisfying music playback medium than reel to reel…
@cengland0@shahnm I had a TEAC 3340s 4 channel 3-head sound-on-sound for my own music recording, and I’d produce pre-mixed dance tapes for parties (mastered at 15 ips) that just sounded incredible … I miss that level of tactile music production.
@cengland0@shahnm@stolicat I have an old Teac reel to reel that my grandpa had. It was used in a church a long time ago. I also have many reels he recorded of things like radio broadcasts of the Apollo missions. I should get all those moved over to digital storage.
@shahnm@stolicat@tweezak In the 70’s, my dad used to record himself telling jokes. One time, he put the joke to music and it was edited really good. Lots of little clips that fit the part of the story.
Now that my dad is gone, I still have some of those tapes but no hardware to listen to them. I have all the other equipment necessary to make MP3’s out of them but nothing to actually play the tapes. Today they just sit in a drawer in my entertainment system. Sad.
@cengland0@stolicat@tweezak In fact, there is always a market for retro/vintage audio equipment. You can probably buy something, use it to make digital copies of your tapes, and then resell the equipment without much trouble.
@cengland0@shahnm@stolicat The concern I have is that the oxide may not survive the process. I’ve heard that when tapes get really old the oxide flakes off. However I think there are archival services that can do it reliably at least once.
I had a copy of Walter Murphy’s “A Fifth of Beethoven” on cassette tape, that my elementary school music teacher made for me from her vinyl record. I don’t know what that says about me, or the universe, but I do know that it does not get more retro than that.
Chris Gaines on CD. I can thank Garth Brooks for ruining my childhood music scene. I still look for that album at garage sales and pawnshops, but can’t find it anywhere…I wish I had grown up in the album scene. Most recent purchase was an album, and I own more albums than CD’s now.
Fair enough. It could go either way. I was a Garth fan only because the only live music I had heard was some guy came to our school and covered GB songs for some reason when I was in the second grade. Then he did his strange alter ego Chris Gaines thing, and I really got into it. It actually made me stray from country towards other genres.
Anyways, I would just like to listen to the whole thing again, and then decide how bad my ear for good music was back then. It seems to have disappeared from the planet.
My first stereo was a prize I won from the local radio station. I was about 10 or 11 years old. It had a turntable, tuner and an 8-track player. My first 8-track tape was “Frampton Comes Alive!” and I thought I was such hot shit, because the cool guy across the street used to play the same album at his parties. hahaha! So even though I only ever owned a few actual 8-track tapes, I have fond memories of that one in particular.
The best cassettes were the ones I made from the radio… I’d sit with my boom box and hit record every time a song was about to start. If it was one I didn’t want to keep, I’d rewind and take another shot in a few minutes. Now my kid has unlimited access to any music for less than the price of Columbia House
@shahnm ha! That would’ve been long distance (for the kids, that’s extra charges for phone calls to another town), and I was shy, so I don’t think I ever considered it. Would’ve been a great strategy, though
@Superllama7 One PDX FM station used to do “Album Replay” at midnight on weekends, where they would play an entire (vinyl) album without breaks. I taped quite a few of those shows. I could often get a whole album on one side of a 90-minute cassette.
When I was an early teen, our local radio station had a contest where they had compiled the “top 100 songs of all time”. When they played a song from said list, they would announce something like “that was ‘Crocodile Rock’ , number 82 on our top 100 songs of all time”. The first person to submit a full version of the station’s 100 would win the grand prize. I thought it was actually a pretty clever promotion to try to get people to listen. Their format was top 40, and they still mainly played the current hits, so it took longer for them to cycle thru the 100 then you might think. This being pre-internet, the networking involved in finding songs you hadn’t heard first-hand was more challenging. As a result, my friends and I resorted to calling and requesting songs that we conjectured might be in the top 100, in effect, attempting to “force” them to announce it. The DJs, who were usually more than happy to take request for (current) songs, saw thru the ruse and started getting quite testy. “NO! I know what you are doing. I am not going to play that! Quit calling in and requesting old songs!”
@DrWorm@Superllama7 I got the station to play Margaritaville by calling up, making my young voice sound as gruff as I could, and telling them that it was my last day on the job after 30 years, and could they play Margaritaville for me…
@shahnm the first vinyl I bought with my own money was Radiohead’s King of Limbs like 10 years ago. Not sure what that says about me. I specifically remember a muppets Christmas album from my youth, though. I was firmly in cassette territory as a teen in the late 80s, and I’m pretty sure the first one was MC Hammer. I’m almost positive that my first CD was the Batman Forever soundtrack (I was pretty late to the CD game), and digital music? I stole tons via Limewire because I was in college at the time and took anything I could get. I feel bad about that, and use money to support artists now, but I’m sure plenty of acts went under because nobody was paying for music
@Superllama7 If it’s any consolation to you, most artists don’t make much off of album sales. It’s the record companies that took a hit, but somehow they seem to have survived unscathed… I’m sure there are a lot like me, who “borrowed” (as I say) music in my younger days, who then turned out to be huge spenders for live concerts, vinyl, high-rez digital audio, etc… All’s well that ends well.
Harman Kardon Tube Amp with Bose Wall Shaker speakers. Santana-Abraxas, Jefferson Starship- Blows Against the Empire Miles Davis- Kind of Blue and Bitches Brew
Not to mention Moody Blues, Paul Winter consort, and Oregon. I didn’t inhale, no really
What’s amazing to me is that, having grown up, I now have a ridiculous 2-channel system. It’s something I dreamed about for as long as I have memories… I have a lot of high rez music (DSD and 24-bit) that’s easy to access through phenomenal technology. But when I really want to listen to something – when the music is the focus… it’s all about the vinyl. Right back where I started. I still have the original records that I bought when I was a kid…
First LP I bought was probably Stones, Flowers I think. Let it bleed & Beggars Banquet were purchased soon afterward. Led Zeppelin 1 was also an early album & I liked the CTA album when it first came out. It didn’t take long to accumulate a lot of albums.
I added an 8-track player to a Chevy van I had, I’m pretty sure Deep Purple, Machine Head was my first ‘cruising music’. Sgt Pepper also…
First LP was a solo effort by Kerry Livgren called Seeds of Change. My phonograph had series issues and the first two songs on both sides skipped through. I finally got the cassette (and now CD) of it and heard the great stuff I was missing.
Growing up I heard “Oh what a beautiful morning” from the Oklahoma soundtrack on LP a lot. My mom loved to play that loudly to announce breakfast on Saturday mornings.
My own purchases later on were cassettes of Def Leppard - Pyromania, Styx - Pieces of Eight, Paradise Theatre, Jean Michel Jarre - Oxygene, Scorpions - Love at First Sting
All eras/formats have albums that just belong on that medium:
LP - Santana, Abraxas
8 track - Fleetwood Mac, Rumors
Cassette - (tie) Billy Joel, Innocent Man; Huey Lewis and the News, Sports
CD - (another tie) Radiohead, OK Computer; Dr Dre, The Chronic; Clapton Unplugged
First 45 I ever owned was Johnny Cash “The Bug That Tried to Crawl Around the World”. First album I bought with my own money was Styx Grand Illusion. In between… Lots of Beatles , Elton John , and Moody Blues.
I remember my parents being excited when they first got a car with a compact cassette player in it, only to discover that you can’t actually use them to listen to music in the car here because any tapes left in the car melted enough to be unplayable.
Kept my copy of Reign in Blood at home, still have it somewhere.
@JnKL It was, but I replied before reading because I was arms-deep in TV repair. I don’t have a particular favorite ‘music experience’ so much as I just love the experience and feel of operating and watching open reel machines vs. other formats.
In the 80’s we got a used station wagon with an 8-track player, and since Goodwill offered 8-track tapes for a quarter we tried to find the best quadraphonic music. I think the family settled on ABBA - each performer could be heard from their own speaker.
Reading the comments about 8-track players in the car reminded me of a time when I worked for a company that sold 8-track to cassette adapters. It was supposed to allow you to play regular small cassettes in your car when you only had the 8-track player.
The adapters were a complete piece of crap. Nearly every one of them that I sold came back as defective. Many of them would “eat” the tapes. As the manager of the store, part of my compensation was a percentage of the profits and defective items like this were just thrown away so I lost money. The retail price was only $34.95 so it would cost more to repair than to replace and any fix would be temporary.
I got to the point where I would beg the customer to not buy it and tell them the horror stories from previous sales. This usually worked but periodically we would send a flyer to people advertising them on sale for $29.95. Advertisements really do work – customers would come in asking for the 8-track adapters and it was hard to convince them to not buy it. They think I’m lying to them because it’s on sale and I either am losing revenue or that I don’t have them in stock. I had to sell it if they were persistent. Also, the sales people working there got paid commission so it was harder to convince them to not sell it so they usually sold more than I did.
Those defective 8-track adapters and a couple other items were kept in the back room for those moments when I was having a bad day. If I got angry with something (usually someone), I would go into the back room and smash them up with a sledgehammer then throw them in the dumpster. Made me feel good.
As an FYI, we couldn’t just throw defective items away without smashing them up. People can dumpster dive and remove them from the trash and then attempt to return them later without a receipt. Even without a receipt you could get store credit or a swap-out to another product. Smashing the item and the box makes it almost impossible to return.
Growing up, my dad ran a vending machine company (Candy, cigarettes, juke boxes), so I would go to the warehouse and get my pick of the 45s. Elvis was big then. First wife worked at a record distributor, so we got free tickets to every concert, and hundreds of vinyl albums through the 70s. (Last count 800+) Everything rock…
I enjoyed the days of buying an LP, taking it home and listening to it from start to finish, usually multiple times. While listening, I would pore over the liner notes (1st listen) and follow along with the lyrics (2nd listen).
While the distribution and availability of music today is indisputably superior, I do miss that vinyl experience.
Since “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” was the first album to include lyrics, I will point to that as “quintessential”
In the 80’s my walkman was king. Prince’s Around the World in a Day and the Eurythmic’s Touch were always at hand. Nena’s 99Luftballons was also a favorite because when you flipped the tape over the language changed!