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Jim Muir
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Posted: 04 September 2018 at 2:53pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

<<another 70`s/80`s use of cassettes was borrowing a 
vinyl record from a friend and making a copy for 
myself!>>

But Bill, donít you realise... home taping is killing the record industry!!!
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Yet it`s still alive, Jim!
Seriously, if i liked it, i would buy a proper copy,
because i wanted the art, lyrics etc.
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haha - I was being facetious, of course! Yes, the record industry seems to have done just fine after the scourge of home taping. The TV industry seems to have survived home taping on VCR too. 

I used to do all the things you said upthread too. Kids today are missing out on hitting STOP on the recording just before the DJ talks over the end!

And I also miss seeing miles and miles of unspooled cassette tape tangled in bushes along the side of the road!


 
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Yes Jim, trees adorned with cassette tape a definite
thing of the past!
Did the record industry seriously think we were going to
but vinyl/cd for the home and a cassette of the same
album for the car?
It`s the same now, i buy a cd hard copy, then transfer
to digital for my phone/car use.
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I think the first cassette I bought was '7800 Fahrenheit,' Bon Jovi's second record.

I lived through the golden age of cassettes as a teen and I can say I LOATHED them. The artwork was tiny, if they reprinted the lyrics they were also so small as to be unreadable and even high quality tape players chewed them up regularly. They didn't sound all that good, either. The only place they were really useful was in Walkman type players (you couldn't exactly take a record player on the school bus) but those players massacred tapes.

I was thrilled with the birth of the CD!
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There weren't too many actual official cassette releases I bought. Mostly, I continued to buy vinyl albums until CDs came around, and I would record both to cassette for portability. 

I think I had most of the early KISS studio albums on cassette, even though I had the actual vinyl albums, too. I eventually replaced nearly anything I had on vinyl or cassette, KISS-wise, to CD. With the exception of the Paul Stanley and Peter Criss Solo albums. Just never got around to it. 

I started buying Billy Joel albums on cassette when I first started getting into his music (they were much cheaper than CDs!) but have since gotten everything released from PIANO MAN up to RIVER OF DREAMS on CD. 
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I remember recording the theme tunes to Doctor Who and the A-Team with a cassette recorder in the mid-80s. My memory may be playing tricks as to the year, as I remember it being a Peter Davison episode that I recorded Who from, which would make it 1984 at the latest, but then I also recall recording Chain Reaction by Diana Ross from Top of the Pops, which would have been 1986. Could easily be separate occasions that have blobbed together in my mind.

I got Now That's What I Call Music 10 on tape as a Christmas Present in 1987 (Now... was a compilation series in the UK), which was my first 'proper' contemporary music (I did have an album called Chartbusters of 79 that I got for a birthday in 1984, but it was one of those obscure cheapo things that you would never see in another shop again). The first album that I bought on cassette with my own money was Bridge of Spies by T'Pau. Was probably early 1988. Loved it!

I suspect the last album I bought on cassette was a Beach Boys compilation called Summer Dreams. I got a CD player for Christmas that year (probably 1990) and upgraded the album to CD. The tape version had 32 tracks and the CD only had 28 though!

I did actually carry on buying singles on tape up until about 1993. I believe Don't Be A Stranger by Dina Carroll was the last single I bought on cassette.
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Fun thread, by the way, John!
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The first one I actually bought was probably HUMAN RACING, Nik Kershaw (1983). I was 10. Before that I usually "confiscated" cassettes from family members. 

Throughout the 80ies I would mainly listen to cassettes, and my favourite gadget was a Sony Walkman that I never left home without. 

I bought LP's too, but mainly so I could record it on cassette and play it. And if the cassette was ruined, which happened, I could always record a new one. 

And I just loved making mixed-tapes! 

I can't remember exactly the last one I bought, though it would have been around 1992/93. It may have been Peter Gabriel's US. I switched to CD's around then.
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Remember when groups put things on vinyl backwards? Once
in the 80`s i recorded all the songs i had with
backwards bits on them, onto a cassette. I then took it
apart and put it together the wrong way round(Quite
fiddly!), so that it played the backwards stuff
properly. I learned that the start of Fire On High by
ELO has "The music is reversable, but time is not, go
back , go back" and that the instrumental passage of
Rocket by Def Leppard has the chorus of their track Gods
of War on it!
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 Bill Collins wrote:
Remember when groups put things on vinyl backwards?

Doesn't doing that invite demons into your home?
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I think the Black Sabbath records frightened them off!
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