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John Harrison
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Posted: 31 August 2018 at 9:04pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

I had an old man moment the other day.  The Black Crowes were playing on the local oldie station.  God good where had nearly thirty years went. I then realized I had bought their first album Shake Your Money Maker on cassette at Harmony House.  Cassettes are a thing of the past Harmony House bit the dust and The Black Crowes aren't even either together anymore.  

This then led to me trying remember what was the first cassette I had bought.  I remember wanting The Beastie Boys Licensed to Ill bought never did.  I know it as either Paul Simon's Graceland or David Lee Roth's Skyscraper. The only box set I ever bought on cassette was Aerosmith's Pandora's Box. So many of my musical memories are tied to cassettes instead of Cds or streaming.  I have strong memories of The Fire Inside by Bob Seger, Rolling Stones Steel Wheels, The Doors (Greatest Hits prob around the time of the movie) , Metallica Black Album and then the 90's explosion which I was late to Nirvana Pearl Jam Ten, Soundgarden BadMotorfinger someone gave me the soundtrack to Singles and Alice in Chains Dirt which I played constantly. 

 I even had all of  The radio plays of Star Wars on cassettes.  

The last few cassettes I remember having is Meatloaf's Bat of Hell which a friend made for me which also had room for a few songs from Bat of Hell 2, the first AudioSlave and The Wallflowers.  I was rather late to CDs since my new truck at the time was the last year before  GM made the CD player the standard my next car after was used by many years which had a cassette so I bought a player adapter for my portable cd player so I know around there I phased out my cassettes.  

So I the game is can you remember buying your first cassette and the last? Any memories of recording tv shows or movies w a tape recorder? Any fond memories of making mix tapes ? 
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In the early 70`s i had a small portable cassette
recorder, i used it to record the latest hits from the
radio (using a lead to connect it to the radio),
trying not to get the DJ yakking at the end of a song!
Then when i got my first car, i was taping vinyl onto
cassette for the car player, i made many mix tapes of
favourite songs for the car! The best was C90
cassettes, 45 minutes each side, which allowed for a
full vinyl album, and maybe a bonus track if there was
space left! C120 tapes were not so good, as they
tended to get chewed up by the car player!I didn`t
tend to buy official release cassettes by bands as i
bought the vinyl then made a tape of that.But i do
recall wanting Operation Mindcrime by Queensryche on
the day of release on CD, but they only had cassette,
so that was the last one i bought, 30 years ago!(I did
get the CD a couple of weeks later)I was bought the
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 1 soundtrack on cassette
as a Christmas present a few years ago, which i
believe is now quite valuable, but i have nothing to
play it on!

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

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I can't remember what the first or last cassette I bought were, but...I actually still have most of them. (Granted, at the moment, I have no way to play them....)

I know what the first vinyl album, cd and cd single I ever bought were, though. I never bought any 45s.


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The first cassette I ever bought was the BACK TO THE FUTURE soundtrack album. Technically the last cassette I bought was the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 soundtrack album, but Iíve never played it. It serves as a prop.
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I was a member of Britannia Music, so had lots of cassettes in the period between vinyl and CD. 

In a way, they irked me. Having to fast-forward through 4-5 songs to get to "Promise Me" by Beverly Craven seems old hat in 2018. Imagine a millennial being told do to that!

But there were charming memories, too. I would tape chart stuff via the radio. I did buy some great cassettes, including GEOFF LOVE'S SUPER THEMES (Side A was movie themes, Side A was TV themes, songs included the SUPERMAN and STAR TREK themes).

I also had a cassette which had the themes for STREET HAWK, AIRWOLF and V: THE SERIES (the theme is about the only good thing pertaining to V: THE SERIES).

I wasn't sorry when the cassette went the way of the dodo, though.
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Robbie`s post reminded me of when track search came out,
it was amazing! I`m guessing it searched for the silence
between tracks, which is likely why it didn`t work if
the albums tracks were joined together!
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My older brother was record buyer so we had a lot of records (Columbia House member) and cassettes were actually blanks that we filled up with songs off those records. My Dad was a bit of a Dr. Frankenstein with stereo equipment, so that kind of recording just seemed so cool. My favorite was a tape I made in 1982 which had the Beatles on one side and AC/DC on the other (not bad taste for a 9 year-old). I would also record songs I liked off the radio and bits from Howard Stern and later the Greaseman on DC101. The first cassette I actually bought was the Footloose soundtrack that I picked up in Augusta,GA when we traveled to Georgia to see my brother graduate tech school in the Army. Living in West Virginia, that tape was played a good bit in our station wagon's tape player on the ride home. My parents were actually a bit older (40 when they had me, 32 when they had my brother) so a Walkman eventually became a necessity. My last cassette before switching to CDs was Temple of the Dog.
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I was old enough to be on the back end of cassettes.  I did have some, and I even used a tape recorder to record episodes of TV shows.  But when I got my first car, 1990, it didn't have a cassette deck and about that same time I got my first CD player.  So I opted to invest more in that media and never had a significant tape collection.
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Incidentally, what does the word "disconsolate" mean? Break the word down a tad and it sounds like a CD being played after 11:30pm...

I wonder when cassettes stopped being manufactured?
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You swallowed a Thesaurus, Robbie?
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No, just an excuse to share my lame "disconsolate" joke. ;-)

When you say it out loud, and slowly, it really does sound like "disc on so late" - which reminds me of listening to Iron Maiden or KISS late at night! 
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I actually slept through Iron Maiden live from The
Reading Festival 1982,broadcast on The Friday Rock Show
on Radio One, i woke up to the midnight `pips`!
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<<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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