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  posted on 9/17/2003 at 09:36 AM

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I was just wondering how many of you still play your music Albums, Cassettes and 8 Tracks ?

Albums - I may have 100 of my old albums...rarely ever play them anymore. I got some special stuff that I get out every once in a while..like my "Chicago Bob Nelson and the Heartfixers Live at the Moonshadow Saloon"

8- Tracks - Believe it or not..I have around 700 of these rotting in a rented storage room with some other stuff. I remember the Dude at the Record Bar...the guy that looked like the Cowardly Lion fron the Wizard of Oz..he told me " 8 tracks are going out...cassettes will be the big thing now" Well like a dumbass..I kept buying 8-tracks until they went the way of the dinosaur. The thing is..when they get old..the silver piece of tape that causes them to change tracks starts breaking real easy. You can repair them..but who wants to know..LOL !

Cassettes - I'd say I have at least 1,500...all of my old classics, Most of my Metal and Grunge...tons of punk and new wave too. I still play these some..especially my Metal stuff. I got a cassette player that sounds great. Was jamming on some Life of Agony..a metal band from Brooklyn last night. I guess I will keep these and try to get some use from them.

Now...How many bands have you had on Album, Cassette, Compact Disc and 8 Track..haha. I have had all of the Great Allman stuff on all 4. A lot of my Beatles and Golden Earring. and others. Weird how we will go out and buy them all again.

So...How bout you folks ?


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  posted on 9/17/2003 at 09:41 AM
Great topic. I made the mistake of buying Dean Reynolds' discography book a few years ago. Combine that with ebay and you can imagine where all my spare dollars go. I'm trying to get everything the ABB issued in any form (all 4 in some cases). A very daunting task indeed.

And I do play the vinyl quite frequently. Something about hearing the pops and cracks of that needle brings back memories.

 

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  posted on 9/17/2003 at 09:43 AM
I still play albums sometimes, cassettes very rarely. Some of the stuff I have on album is not available on CD although I've done some transfers of the clean ones.

I still love the sound of a nice condition vinyl record over CD...it just seems like a fuller sound to my ears...but getting up to flip em' really makes them (or me) seem dated.

 

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  posted on 9/17/2003 at 09:52 AM
I have about 1500 vinyl LP's which I rarely play except for transferring on to CD. I don't have many cassettes (hated them - poor sound quality) and no 8- track , which never took off in Australia.

Many of my vinyl is now in the hard to or impossible to get si I am gradually transferring them to CD and use software to get rid of pops/ clicks/surface noise..

 

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  posted on 9/17/2003 at 09:55 AM
Still have Albums. DO NOT PLAY THEM.
Have Cassettes. Play them in truck. I have a couple of friends that play them (Mine)
a lot.
8-Track. Do Not have any. Special place in my heart. My time hearing Fillmore East.

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  posted on 9/17/2003 at 10:17 AM
I have some albums but no player and some 8 tracks but no player either, only in the old plow truck. I have listened to Fleetwood Mac's Tusk many times in the winter.
I have only really kept the cassettes that I don't have on CD yet and a few special ones I got as gifts. Still listen to them occasionally like the other day.

 

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  posted on 9/17/2003 at 10:26 AM
Old plow truck?

 

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  posted on 9/17/2003 at 10:39 AM
Have plenty of albums and cassettes, some cassettes that are at least 20 years old and sound great (not factory cassettes, but brand name)...no 8 tracks left anymore.

Listen to cassettes sometimes, but my phonograph is at my mother in laws, so I don't listen to albums very much...

 

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  posted on 9/17/2003 at 10:48 AM
i'd love to get some of my albums in my 'puter to make a cd out of.

too cheap to go out and buy ZZTop Eliminator again, or my Monkees albums from when i was a kid.

album artwork is fantastic.

 

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  posted on 9/17/2003 at 11:10 AM
I only listen to my huge Reo Speedwagon collection of records...I have kept them aroud for when Lee eventually comes to visist (want to make him feel at home...)

Actually, have no 8 track what so ever - never had many in the first place.

Have a stack of cassettes somewhere, I suspect, but I don't listen to them ever - lots of stuff recorded off FM too.

We do have a turntable, that a guy at work gave me for a beer - needs a new stylus, but just about the only thing played on it are old children's records (Davey, Davet Crocket, King of the Wild Frontier!!!)
We do have tons of records, put just about all my time is spent listening to CDs, both commercial and traded stuff.

 

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  posted on 9/17/2003 at 11:16 AM
Excellent topic bro -- just this morning I listened to a side of the double album Golden Butter, the 1972 best-of collection of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band.
I'd say it's about 50 % listening to records, and 25 % or so on cassettes and CDs. Have about 360 records which have remained in good condition and sound good to me. Probably about 100 cassettes, nearly all of which are homemade ones (mellow, rockout, space jams, categories like that). Probably about a like number of CDs, all of which are post-1991, when vinyl production stopped -- EXCEPT FOR Fillmore East & EAP (MFSL versions), Elec. Ladyland (MCA version), Layla (box set), and Dark Side (20th anniversary remaster). Somehow resisted the temptation to pick up MFSL's Tommy, Quadrophenia, Low Spark, To Our Children's Children's Children & other near & dear ones. A big reason (in addition to finances) was all the cool artwork & booklets in the two Who albums.
To me, if you have a good stereo with excellent name-brand components, what comes out of it will sound good. I've never been tempted to put my record collection in mothballs or replace them with CDs (except of course for the utterly vital ones mentioned). Soon enough CDs ("Perfect Sound Forever!! You Can't Go Wrong!!") will be displaced by the next latest & greatest thing. I'm stayin' with what I got!
Hope all's well in Mableton brother

[Edited on 9/17/2003 by Stephen]

 

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  posted on 9/17/2003 at 11:21 AM
No 8 tracks but plenty of LPs and cassettes. I still buy old LPs when I find something I remember. Love the artwork. I have a good turntable and do pull out the LPs from time to time. I think some of the older folk albums are meant to be on vinyl. Every Thanksgiving I break out Arlo's Alice's Restaurant. The kids used to love it.
 
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  posted on 9/17/2003 at 11:37 AM
Jim - If you play Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier, I am THERE!!

I think I actually have a Journey album or two on vinyl. I can bring those with me.

 

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  posted on 9/17/2003 at 11:38 AM


Good to hear from you Bro. Stephen....all is well !..same to you.


I just purchased me a copy of West,Bruce and Laing's "Why Dontcha" on CD...thats another one I have had on all 4 types......still love it.

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  posted on 9/17/2003 at 01:34 PM
"If you play Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier, I am THERE!!"

I've got a record player that I use sometimes. I have a lot of classic LP's that I never got around to buying on CD, most of them inherited from dad. I even have that Davy Crockett album somewhere, probably still in my mom's basement.

One of my favorites is the 1985 Chicago Bears Super Bowl shuffle - the first vinyl I ever bought when I was 7 years old. Most of the rest I picked up when I lived in Seattle a few years ago, there were tons of shops selling vinyl and it seemed like a good way to go at the time.

As far as I can remember I've only owned one 8-track, but I don't remember which. I won it playing ring-toss at the carnival, probably also when I was 7 or so. I actually ringed the $10 bill, but you know carnies (no offense carnies, I still love 'ya).

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  posted on 9/17/2003 at 01:37 PM
Cool thread.

My first car player years and years ago was an 8-track so I probably ended up owning about 50 or so. I always hated when a long song with a smoking jam or solo was suddenly interrupted by that *click* *wrrr* noise as it changed tracks. Man! I hated that. Finally sold my home 8-track deck and gave away my few remaining 8 tracks a few years ago. Some of them still played at that point. Some of them definately did not.

Regarding cassettes. Most of the pre-recorded cassettes that I owned from the 70's have long since self destructed. Most of them were not worth a carp when they were new. Poor sound. Jammesd up if you even looked at them the wrong way. I bought pre-recorded cassettes instead of albums as I could only afford a cheap stereo with a built in cassette player at that point. I only have a few left for the memories but they are probably not playable.

Still have a few records but I don't play them at all. I have a turntable with a fried cartridge. Can't seem to find a real audio shop that can change it out for me. I have most of my favorites on CD by now anyway. I still pull out albums now and then to look at my favorite covers. Now that is one thing I miss about LPs CDs can never replace that wonderful full size album cover..

BTW, Why Dontcha by West Bruce and Lang is a scorcher. I wish i still had that one on 8 track...:-)

 

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  posted on 9/17/2003 at 01:41 PM
The very last 8-track I purchased was CSN&Y Four-Way Street (I think that was the title). It was at a Flea Market, brand new in the cellophane, and I think I paid a quarter for it. I don't even think I still had an 8-track player at the time, but I couldn't pass up such a superb buy! LOL!

I sold off the bulk of my vinyl years ago, but held onto about 20 or so bootlegs and imports (Floyd, mostly). I've had my favorites converted (by borthers here - thanks, John and Paul!), but kept most of them in the inane hope that they'll be worth some money someday . . . come to think of it, I think I sold a few of those to some folks here a few months back.

I think I've only had two titles in all four formats: Rainbow: Rising, and Yessongs . . . maybe Sabbath's Sold our Soul for Rock and Roll.



 

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  posted on 9/17/2003 at 01:41 PM
Anything on vinyl that isn't available on CD, I copy to cd. So I guess I still play them. I don't play 8-tracks. I have hundreds of cassettes, but most of them are home-made demos and whatnot. I still use them. I'm in the midst of copying the cassettes to mini-disc, as I really don't like cassettes, but my whole life seems to be on cassette...
 

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  posted on 9/17/2003 at 02:00 PM

Like I said I have a lot of cassettes...that still play great...lots of old stuff right up until the middle 90's.

I have always bought a lot of music...I still do...I get at least 5 to 8 CD's a month..either used or New.

And don't get me started on VHS movies...over a thousand of those and I just hit number 150 on my DVDS...damn media addict I am.

I remember in the early 70's...I had this GIANT 8 Track holder..that looked like a suitcase...It held 120...8 tracks...I was so proud when I filled it up. I would go to parties and folks would say "Bring your suitcase..haha"

I always got to be the DeeJay at parties back then...I loved that...I miss it now.

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Yeah...I remember those 8 tracks...switching right in the middle of a great song.

Hey Randy Droog...same here on that "Rainbow Rising"...I got that the first time at The Record Bar on 8- track...still have it.

 

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  posted on 9/17/2003 at 02:03 PM
I have about 100-150 Lp's that I can't play because I have no turntable...I keep them just in case...they ever become collectors items. Also, they are just cool to go back and look at, The graphics, lyrics etc. Always love when an album would open up and there was cool artwork and stuff in the middle. They were also GREAT to clean weed with!!! You know when you got the seedy, stemmy stuff! Those were the days!

I have probably 200-300 cassettes that I don't really want to part with...I still play them occasionally. Most of it's Grateful Dead related...and Jerry and the boys ain't goin nowhere. Took years to build my Dead tape collection, would be a shame to throw it all way.

"One man gathers what another man spills"...I guess!

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  posted on 9/17/2003 at 02:23 PM
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Old plow truck?
Yes, Lee, an old plow truck. Some of us have to plow snow in the winter and we shovel too. However, I am still on snow removal strike since near the end of last winter.

 

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  posted on 9/17/2003 at 03:39 PM
ODR, having worked in record stores for many years while going to school I still have 8 milk crates of vinyl,several hundred cassettes and even some 8 tracks.My "suitacse" is much smaller than yours with about 25 slots.The crowner though is the 2 working players,both cheap and sound like sh!t ,although one maybe on its way out for eating Feat's Last Record Album...
 
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  posted on 9/17/2003 at 04:23 PM
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I sold off the bulk of my vinyl years ago, but held onto about 20 or so bootlegs and imports (Floyd, mostly). I've had my favorites converted (by borthers here - thanks, John and Paul!), but kept most of them in the inane hope that they'll be worth some money someday . . . come to think of it, I think I sold a few of those to some folks here a few months back.




I have a few classic lp's, and probably around 60-70 cassettes that I still listen to...in the above post, what is converted...? vinyl & cassette to cd? What is the best way to do that?

 

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  posted on 9/17/2003 at 05:57 PM
I have about 60 records or so, inherited from my parents, friends, or just bought used.
I have about 10 cassettes.
The rest are CD's.
I still play the vinyl, I have a turntable in my basement.
I gave most of the cassettes to my mom and she listens to them when she drives in her car.

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  posted on 9/17/2003 at 06:20 PM
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