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Title: Cassettes
Post by: davidmjs on April 07, 2019, 10:52:49 AM
Well, why the hell not?  I've gone a bit bonkers recently (well, more bonkers) and have started buying cassettes again.  Just bought a job lot on eBay which includes some corkers...including early Oyster Band, lots of Fairport, Clarion, as well as a first issue release of PJ Harvey's debut, which is worth twice as much as I paid for all 25 cassettes.  Anyway, the point of my question is this...does anyone remember a band called Everything's Rosy with a contact address in Henley (mid 90's)?  There's got to be someone else bonkers enough to join in a thread with tales of exciting cassette finds?  No?  Ok, then...  ;) :)


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: jude on April 07, 2019, 01:06:03 PM
If you are talking rarities there may be as many as oooh 3  of these in the world somewhere


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: Jules Gray on April 07, 2019, 02:15:42 PM
Mmmmm.....Septic Tank!   ;D

Jules


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: davidmjs on April 07, 2019, 02:31:54 PM

If you are talking rarities there may be as many as oooh 3  of these in the world somewhere


Outstanding...genuinely!  

There's a quid here with your name on it, Jude.  You only have to ask...  ;D


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: Malcolm on April 07, 2019, 03:13:32 PM
Rhyming slang for Yanks. I've heard it from Aussies and Londoners. Still doesn't answer Jude's query  :)


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: Lubiloo (Lorna) on April 07, 2019, 03:25:24 PM
No idea about Everything’s Rosy.

However, (having sold all my LPs years ago when my mum told me they were going out with the ark grrrrr!) I do have all my cassettes. Most of my music collection, the stuff I saved up for from my Saturday jobs and student jobs, is all on cassette.

I have nothing on which to play these ....but as mentioned a while ago, I do hope to get something.


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: mightyglydd on April 07, 2019, 03:54:53 PM
Maybe it's climate related but with many old 70s/80s cassettes I still have, the pressure pads have either turned to dust or fallen off.
 
Replacing them can be done but it's a real PITA...


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: ColinB on April 07, 2019, 04:07:04 PM

I have nothing on which to play these ....but as mentioned a while ago, I do hope to get something.


I occasionally get adverts on social media for a device that converts cassettes to mps. Looks rather like a Walkman.

Or you can buy cd/cassette players new at Currys, eg Google "SONY CFD-S70 FM/AM Boombox". So there must still be a demand for tape players.

And this just posted by Kat Gilmore on Twitter...


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: GubGub (Al) on April 07, 2019, 04:19:57 PM


I have nothing on which to play these ....but as mentioned a while ago, I do hope to get something.


I occasionally get adverts on social media for a device that converts cassettes to mps. Looks rather like a Walkman.

Or you can buy cd/cassette players new at Currys, eg Google "SONY CFD-S70 FM/AM Boombox". So there must still be a demand for tape players.




I have a CD/Cassette deck that does this. Results are decent depending on the quality of the cassette. Disappointing results from a T Bone Burnett album recently but the tape mastering sounded muffled in the first place.


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: Jules Gray on April 07, 2019, 04:29:59 PM
This documentary may interest cassette fetishists:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIuirfEIJr8

Jules


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: davidmjs on April 07, 2019, 04:47:51 PM

This documentary may interest cassette fetishists:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIuirfEIJr8

Jules


Nice.  Danke.


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: mightyglydd on April 07, 2019, 04:49:09 PM
Nuked..


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: mightyglydd on April 07, 2019, 04:51:19 PM
^Ignore!
 ..and how to fix them .... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpxK5uNU7Js


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: davidmjs on April 07, 2019, 04:59:43 PM

^Ignore!
 ..and how to fix them .... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpxK5uNU7Js


Useful stuff.


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: YaBB Master (Colin) on April 07, 2019, 08:44:56 PM
My memory of cassettes involves the horror of road trips in the early 90s with small child pleasing music.
I soon got my own back. Once Lucy turned five we went over to the likes of Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen. So she used to sob a bit, but it's an education.


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: GubGub (Al) on April 07, 2019, 09:52:51 PM

My memory of cassettes involves the horror of road trips in the early 90s with small child pleasing music.



I hear from a reliable source that the wheels on the bus go round & round...


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: Jules Gray on April 07, 2019, 11:49:50 PM

I hear from a reliable source that the wheels on the bus go round & round...


Isn't that a Chris Leslie song?

Jules


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: davidmjs on April 08, 2019, 07:03:35 PM
Just sold a Clash cassette for £20.  From what little I understand, it's all about originality.  First generation releases are what sell.  Thankfully, I'm just about old enough to tell the difference between a cassette made in '79 and one made in '87 just by looking at it (and often, it really isn't clear what you're looking at with matrix numbers and all that, as there is so much less out there about cassettes in relation to vinyl).  I'm finding the whole thing fascinating, and quite a buzz when I either buy something I want to collect cheap, or sell something I don't want for a fair bit.  Bloke in Italy I sold this to, told me he spent £90 on a cassette single the other week  :o


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: Lubiloo (Lorna) on April 08, 2019, 07:15:41 PM


I hear from a reliable source that the wheels on the bus go round & round...


Isn't that a Chris Leslie song?

Jules


No,that’s ‘The Sails on the boat go Flap flap flap’

I must look through my cassettes to see if I have anything exciting. I think a lot of mine are ‘best of’s, though I do have ‘Mirror Blue’ the first RT cassette I bought myself, after my mate Nick introduced me to the maestro in the early nineties.

Edit: I have had a look, found out most of my originals from the 80s/ early 90s are worth about six quid each. (Except for the Michael Jackson ones, which are advertised for a lot more. Yes, I was a fan when I was at school).

I definitely have to get something to listen again. The only handwritten ones I have left are  a couple of tapes my late Dad made for me when I was at college. A Beethoven and a Roger Whittaker...he had eclectic tastes, too!



Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: JJ (Joanna) on April 08, 2019, 08:07:13 PM


I hear from a reliable source that the wheels on the bus go round & round...


Isn't that a Chris Leslie song?

Jules


 ;D ;D ;D


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: Jules Gray on April 08, 2019, 10:18:47 PM

Bloke in Italy I sold this to, told me he spent £90 on a cassette single the other week  :o


Where's the "screwy" emoji?

Jules


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: blagden on April 08, 2019, 10:43:18 PM
The collective thought is just how much did it cost me when I took all that **** to the tip ten years ago?


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: blagden on April 08, 2019, 11:18:08 PM

The collective thought is just how much did it cost me when I took all that **** to the tip ten years ago?


C'mon is cr@p a naughty word in this day and age?


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: Gouty (Gary) on April 09, 2019, 12:17:21 PM
A letter on the subject in an old issue of Word magazine:

‘Sort of enjoyed your cassette feature until I remembered how s**t the
things actually were.

When they weren't snapping, stretching or spooling into the machinery,
these wretched tapes either reversed at the speed of light or ground away
- in 'Fast Forward' mode - like Geoff Capes delivering another truck
across another FINISH line using only his forehead.

As for the audio quality, who cared about a little 'wow and flutter' when
the overall experience was akin to listening to the Flumps sliding down a
velvet lined woollen chute while your ears were intermittently plugged
with cotton wool.

Aaah - the old days...’


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: davidmjs on April 09, 2019, 02:58:00 PM
Because something is mechanically/practically rubbish, doesn't alter its desirability as a material object (why else are Trabants collectible, for instance).  These things can connect me to my (musical) past in a way which vinyl (which I collect now, but didn't really go for in a big way first time around) doesn't.  With vinyl the object itself is more desirable but the connection isn't quite the same.  Most of my formative listening experiences were on tape (buying The Attic Tapes, for instance at the first Fairport gig I attended - Wimbledon Theatre Jan '82)....


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: Albie on April 09, 2019, 04:23:09 PM

Because something is mechanically/practically rubbish, doesn't alter its desirability as a material object (why else are Trabants collectible, for instance).  These things can connect me to my (musical) past in a way which vinyl (which I collect now, but didn't really go for in a big way first time around) doesn't.  With vinyl the object itself is more desirable but the connection isn't quite the same.  Most of my formative listening experiences were on tape (buying The Attic Tapes, for instance at the first Fairport gig I attended - Wimbledon Theatre Jan '82)....


I don't have the collecting gene and have no idea why anybody would want cassettes. They were useful for time because they were more convenient than vinyl but have long outlived their usefulness.

My formative experiences involved sleeping on nylon sheets, watching tele on on a tiny black and white screen, drinking Nesquik, and listening to DLT, Paul Burnett and Saville on R1 (in analogue). I don't want to do any of those things again, any more than I want to listen to cassettes. CDs are better. Ditto iPods, Youtube, Spotify and other ways of listening.

But like I say, I have never understood why people collect things (one of many reasons I will probably never be rich) and would only buy things for their usefulness. Paintings to look at, CDs to listen to, books to read, clothes to wear (or at least, to intend to wear  ::) ).

Another thing I don't understand, why does a signature increase a things value? I've occasionally bought CDs at a gig and have been asked if I want them signed. I always say no. I want the music not a bit of scribble.

I think I have used the words useful/usefulness too often in this post. I obviously should have collected a bigger vocabulary along the way.  ;D

On the other hand if you still have some cassettes then sell them and fill yer boots. And then spend the money on something more, er, useful.


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: bassline (Mike) on April 09, 2019, 04:26:35 PM
Banana Nesquik.

Drink of the Gods.


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: Albie on April 09, 2019, 04:35:00 PM

Banana Nesquik.



And there you surely have the name of your next band.  :D


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: John From Austin on April 09, 2019, 05:41:03 PM


Banana Nesquik.



And there you surely have the name of your next band.  :D


I was going to go with "Wow and Flutter" from a couple posts above. :)


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: davidmjs on April 09, 2019, 06:09:24 PM

Another thing I don't understand, why does a signature increase a things value?


I'm assuming this is a tongue in cheek rhetorical question?  If not, then you need a Ladybird book of basic economics (focusing on supply and demand), plus a session with a psychologist who can help you with an understanding of why different "things" are important to different people...


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: RobertD on April 09, 2019, 06:10:06 PM
I still possess and occasionally play cassettes on occasion. The ones I held on to are ones that in general are no longer in print, such as Whippersnapper 'These Foolish Strings'. Well that was  out of print last I looked anyway. The clear ones had and still have better sound as opposed to the non-see through ones. Just the other week I sat back and listened to Ashley Hutchings' A Word In Your Ear on cassette. So happy I held on to it in fact.


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: Albie on April 09, 2019, 07:14:02 PM


Another thing I don't understand, why does a signature increase a things value?


I'm assuming this is a tongue in cheek rhetorical question?  If not, then you need a Ladybird book of basic economics (focusing on supply and demand), plus a session with a psychologist who can help you with an understanding of why different "things" are important to different people...


Gosh.
I understand the economics, and that people can make money, just not why someone would want to own it, and pay a premium for it. A signature won't make the music sound better, or a book more interesting.


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: davidmjs on April 09, 2019, 07:24:15 PM



Another thing I don't understand, why does a signature increase a things value?


I'm assuming this is a tongue in cheek rhetorical question?  If not, then you need a Ladybird book of basic economics (focusing on supply and demand), plus a session with a psychologist who can help you with an understanding of why different "things" are important to different people...


Gosh.
I understand the economics, and that people can make money, just not why someone would want to own it, and pay a premium for it. A signature won't make the music sound better, or a book more interesting.


I needed a smiley in there...it wasn't meant how it sounds.  Sorry.  I guess I'm just trying to suggest there are two aspects of value affected by having the artist festishise their work with their signature, and obviously the only one that really matters is not the financial one... You can tell someone who values the signature because they ask the artist to dedicate it to them.  Someone who wants it as an investment doesn't.


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: ColinB on April 09, 2019, 08:37:15 PM
Then there was the whole bootleg thing which of course some bands like the Grateful Dead actively encouraged fans to do. I only remember ever buying a couple of those tapes, one of which I still have - ZZ Top at Donington in 85. But you'd see people selling them at record fairs with live recordings of all the rock bands of the day. The quality could be pretty poor and I think that's what put me off buying any more.

I still have quite a lot of cassettes, both ones I bought and ones that friends gave me. Remember how home taping killed music back in the 80s?  ;)
But it's nice having those with people's handwriting on them, especially the ones from a close friend who is no longer around.



Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: davidmjs on April 09, 2019, 09:06:14 PM

Then there was the whole bootleg thing which of course some bands like the Grateful Dead actively encouraged fans to do. I only remember ever buying a couple of those tapes, one of which I still have - ZZ Top at Donington in 85. But you'd see people selling them at record fairs with live recordings of all the rock bands of the day. The quality could be pretty poor and I think that's what put me off buying any more.

I still have quite a lot of cassettes, both ones I bought and ones that friends gave me. Remember how home taping killed music back in the 80s?  ;)
But it's nice having those with people's handwriting on them, especially the ones from a close friend who is no longer around.




You can get excellent quality audience recording of just about every Dead show online legally for nowt.  And yet people pay good cash for a 12(0)th generation 35 year old cassette copies of the same things with a few nice home made drawings on the front.  Two responses 1) You see?  2) Go figure...  Yin and yang.


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: Pat Helms on April 09, 2019, 11:18:23 PM
I'm still buying cassettes regularly. I need them for my district managers to keep updated recordings of newspaper motor routes.  Nothing has come along that's proven a better media for it.  

Yes - cassettes, newspapers and over 50........my future is looking bright indeed!   8)


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: davidmjs on April 10, 2019, 09:16:22 PM
Very Rare!  Original!  Hmmmmm.   ::) ;D

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Very-Rare-Original-Album-Cassette-The-History-Of-Fairport-Convention-1972/273801552518?hash=item3fbfd82286:g:5yYAAOSwm-Zav51A

Even worse: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Fairport-Convention-Leige-And-Lief-ICM9115-Cassette-Tape/142531430070?hash=item212f8906b6:g:1m0AAOSww1dZ2RpZ  Idiots.



Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: John From Austin on April 10, 2019, 09:34:27 PM

Very Rare!  Original!  Hmmmmm.   ::) ;D

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Very-Rare-Original-Album-Cassette-The-History-Of-Fairport-Convention-1972/273801552518?hash=item3fbfd82286:g:5yYAAOSwm-Zav51A

Even worse: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Fairport-Convention-Leige-And-Lief-ICM9115-Cassette-Tape/142531430070?hash=item212f8906b6:g:1m0AAOSww1dZ2RpZ  Idiots.




Obscene...


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: GubGub (Al) on April 10, 2019, 10:03:28 PM

Very Rare!  Original!  Hmmmmm.   ::) ;D

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Very-Rare-Original-Album-Cassette-The-History-Of-Fairport-Convention-1972/273801552518?hash=item3fbfd82286:g:5yYAAOSwm-Zav51A

Even worse: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Fairport-Convention-Leige-And-Lief-ICM9115-Cassette-Tape/142531430070?hash=item212f8906b6:g:1m0AAOSww1dZ2RpZ  Idiots.




I have that exact History cassette. That is a late 80s/early 90s copy. One of my first Fairport purchases after seeing the band for the first time in, I think, 1989.


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: Lubiloo (Lorna) on April 10, 2019, 10:14:47 PM


Very Rare!  Original!  Hmmmmm.   ::) ;D

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Very-Rare-Original-Album-Cassette-The-History-Of-Fairport-Convention-1972/273801552518?hash=item3fbfd82286:g:5yYAAOSwm-Zav51A

Even worse: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Fairport-Convention-Leige-And-Lief-ICM9115-Cassette-Tape/142531430070?hash=item212f8906b6:g:1m0AAOSww1dZ2RpZ  Idiots.






I have that exact History cassette. That is a late 80s/early 90s copy. One of my first Fairport purchases after seeing the band for the first time in, I think, 1989.


Gub, me too, got it in about ‘91 after my mate first introduced me, then my sis and I went to see the guys live.


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: davidmjs on April 11, 2019, 06:32:12 AM


Very Rare!  Original!  Hmmmmm.   ::) ;D

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Very-Rare-Original-Album-Cassette-The-History-Of-Fairport-Convention-1972/273801552518?hash=item3fbfd82286:g:5yYAAOSwm-Zav51A

Even worse: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Fairport-Convention-Leige-And-Lief-ICM9115-Cassette-Tape/142531430070?hash=item212f8906b6:g:1m0AAOSww1dZ2RpZ  Idiots.




I have that exact History cassette. That is a late 80s/early 90s copy. One of my first Fairport purchases after seeing the band for the first time in, I think, 1989.


Yep...and 'worth' 3 or 4 quid.


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: ColinB on April 11, 2019, 12:00:29 PM

Very Rare!  Original!  Hmmmmm.   ::) ;D

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Very-Rare-Original-Album-Cassette-The-History-Of-Fairport-Convention-1972/273801552518?hash=item3fbfd82286:g:5yYAAOSwm-Zav51A


It's the only Fairport album I have on cassette. It's obviously not very rare round these parts.



Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: GubGub (Al) on April 11, 2019, 12:22:08 PM



Very Rare!  Original!  Hmmmmm.   ::) ;D

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Very-Rare-Original-Album-Cassette-The-History-Of-Fairport-Convention-1972/273801552518?hash=item3fbfd82286:g:5yYAAOSwm-Zav51A

Even worse: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Fairport-Convention-Leige-And-Lief-ICM9115-Cassette-Tape/142531430070?hash=item212f8906b6:g:1m0AAOSww1dZ2RpZ  Idiots.




Which is more, I think, than I paid for it. I didn't really buy cassettes unless they were cheap so I will have picked this up from a bargain bin somewhere.

I have that exact History cassette. That is a late 80s/early 90s copy. One of my first Fairport purchases after seeing the band for the first time in, I think, 1989.


Yep...and 'worth' 3 or 4 quid.


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: davidmjs on April 11, 2019, 05:02:40 PM
I think this illustrates well the confusion.  Given an original slab of vinyl and an early 90's reissue, one would know clearly which was the more valuable.  It seems with tapes there is such ignorance (lack of experience?) of them that sellers don't even know what they're looking at (ie claiming mid 90's reissues as 40-50 year old originals).

Anyway... more importantly, here's some tape porn for you all: http://vintagecassettes.com/index.htm



Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: davidmjs on April 11, 2019, 07:09:44 PM
Oh, and by the way, Land of Grey and Pink anyone?  This is a completed sale price...

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/CARAVAN-IN-THE-LAND-OF-GREY-AND-PINK-DERAM-SCM-R-1-CASSETTE-PAPER-LABEL-PROG/233182437706?hash=item364ac1a14a:g:kpAAAOSwCtJcngDg



Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: Alan2 on April 13, 2019, 02:53:18 PM
I still run a good cassette player in my system, and have a good number of hours of stuff on tape - 2-300 units.   Lots of it is radio broadcasts- - I've always rather have had the record or CD.  I have a few pre recorded tapes  left, but in my experience they have a shorter lifespan than blanks, assuming you buy good quality blanks.

I may have missed a post or 2, but I think part of the attraction of old, used cassettes, or vintage still sealed cassettes, is that they're analogue, like old records.


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: davidmjs on April 23, 2019, 06:40:25 PM
There's always one that goes just that little bit too far...  ;D

https://inews.co.uk/culture/music/mark-ronson-8-track-tape-cartridge-uptown-funk-shallow/


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: davidmjs on April 27, 2019, 10:35:13 AM
Ok, so now I've gone too far.  Far too bloody far.  But, hey....  ;) ;D

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/223495018716?ul_noapp=true



Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: Andy on April 27, 2019, 12:21:52 PM
I recall working in a shop (in about 1973) where a car 8-track player was hooked up to a car battery in the ceiling cavity with car speakers placed either side of the battery. The polystyrene tile buckled somewhat under the weight.

Ah, health and safety, eh?


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: davidmjs on May 21, 2019, 06:33:30 PM
Very pleased with this https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/183818741288


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on May 21, 2019, 06:51:52 PM

Very pleased with this https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/183818741288
I bet you are! Hope it’s in good condition


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: davidmjs on May 21, 2019, 07:12:37 PM


Very pleased with this https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/183818741288
I bet you are! Hope it’s in good condition


We'll see.  It's not for playing, anyhow....


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on May 21, 2019, 09:14:25 PM



Very pleased with this https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/183818741288
I bet you are! Hope it’s in good condition


We'll see.  It's not for playing, anyhow....
Of course not...  :)


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: davidmjs on June 05, 2019, 06:34:28 PM
Latest Richard Hawley on cassette...free UK postage...with a download....£5.  Come on now, don't all rush at once now  ;) ;D
https://richardhawley.tmstor.es/cart/product.php?id=46712&lf=b37db39493cef9807e785cff0308e264


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: blagden on June 05, 2019, 07:30:38 PM

Latest Richard Hawley on cassette...free UK postage...with a download....£5.  Come on now, don't all rush at once now  ;) ;D
https://richardhawley.tmstor.es/cart/product.php?id=46712&lf=b37db39493cef9807e785cff0308e264


Heard him on Radio 6 talking about the album, all the tracks are barely three minutes with the exception of the last track which is in the region of four minutes which he referred to as his prog-rock experiment.


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: davidmjs on June 05, 2019, 07:33:45 PM


Latest Richard Hawley on cassette...free UK postage...with a download....£5.  Come on now, don't all rush at once now  ;) ;D
https://richardhawley.tmstor.es/cart/product.php?id=46712&lf=b37db39493cef9807e785cff0308e264


Heard him on Radio 6 talking about the album, all the tracks are barely three minutes with the exception of the last track which is in the region of four minutes which he referred to as his prog-rock experiment.


Lol.  I think most people think Standing at the Sky's Edge is Rchard's prog-rock experiment.


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: blagden on June 05, 2019, 08:02:54 PM



Latest Richard Hawley on cassette...free UK postage...with a download....£5.  Come on now, don't all rush at once now  ;) ;D
https://richardhawley.tmstor.es/cart/product.php?id=46712&lf=b37db39493cef9807e785cff0308e264


Heard him on Radio 6 talking about the album, all the tracks are barely three minutes with the exception of the last track which is in the region of four minutes which he referred to as his prog-rock experiment.


Lol.  I think most people think Standing at the Sky's Edge is Rchard's prog-rock experiment.


Despite him living just down the road from me, I've never been keen on the crooner stuff but the first seven tracks on that album are absolutely stunning.


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: davidmjs on September 15, 2019, 04:30:29 PM
I've just bagged what I believe (but am willing to be corrected) to be the first cassette release of the eponymous Fairport debut on Polydor (914 626) from 1969 which isn't in brilliant condition but will do as a banker until I find a better one.  I've also picked up a '75 reissue on cassette very reasonably and that is mint.  I now have 4 copies of this on cassette, so I'm officially slightly obsessed.  If anyone does have any Fairport cassettes they want to pass on to a loving, if slightly demented, home, then drop me a line  ;) ;D


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: bassline (Mike) on September 15, 2019, 07:00:21 PM

I've just bagged what I believe (but am willing to be corrected) to be the first cassette release of the eponymous Fairport debut on Polydor (914 626) from 1969 which isn't in brilliant condition but will do as a banker until I find a better one.  I've also picked up a '75 reissue on cassette very reasonably and that is mint.  I now have 4 copies of this on cassette, so I'm officially slightly obsessed.  If anyone does have any Fairport cassettes they want to pass on to a loving, if slightly demented, home, then drop me a line  ;) ;D


Oh David, David, David....do be careful, rocking backwards and dribbling down your chin waiting for an e-bay auction to finish is not a good look. I have been there and dribbled on the t-shirt.

I decided I'd like to collect all the Floyd stuff on cassette, and I ended up with 75 tapes, which equates to 2 complete runs, and up to 8 copies of the same title, to acquire a cassette discography to match the vinyl and CD ones - as much as is possible.

This came about because I was going for job lots, which often works out a lot cheaper, to try and secure a copy of the More soundtrack which proved to be elusive.
I don't know if this will work with FC, but it has for collecting other bands on vinyl. I once got seven Hawkwind albums - two of which I already had - for a lower price than an auction for one of the seven.

Good luck anyway.


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: davidmjs on September 15, 2019, 07:56:34 PM


I've just bagged what I believe (but am willing to be corrected) to be the first cassette release of the eponymous Fairport debut on Polydor (914 626) from 1969 which isn't in brilliant condition but will do as a banker until I find a better one.  I've also picked up a '75 reissue on cassette very reasonably and that is mint.  I now have 4 copies of this on cassette, so I'm officially slightly obsessed.  If anyone does have any Fairport cassettes they want to pass on to a loving, if slightly demented, home, then drop me a line  ;) ;D


Oh David, David, David....do be careful, rocking backwards and dribbling down your chin waiting for an e-bay auction to finish is not a good look. I have been there and dribbled on the t-shirt.

I decided I'd like to collect all the Floyd stuff on cassette, and I ended up with 75 tapes, which equates to 2 complete runs, and up to 8 copies of the same title, to acquire a cassette discography to match the vinyl and CD ones - as much as is possible.

This came about because I was going for job lots, which often works out a lot cheaper, to try and secure a copy of the More soundtrack which proved to be elusive.
I don't know if this will work with FC, but it has for collecting other bands on vinyl. I once got seven Hawkwind albums - two of which I already had - for a lower price than an auction for one of the seven.

Good luck anyway.


Lol.  A man after my own heart.  


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on September 15, 2019, 08:38:11 PM
Definitely a (predominately) bloke thing!  ;D


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: RobertD on September 16, 2019, 02:20:00 PM

I've just bagged what I believe (but am willing to be corrected) to be the first cassette release of the eponymous Fairport debut on Polydor (914 626) from 1969 which isn't in brilliant condition but will do as a banker until I find a better one.  I've also picked up a '75 reissue on cassette very reasonably and that is mint.  I now have 4 copies of this on cassette, so I'm officially slightly obsessed.  If anyone does have any Fairport cassettes they want to pass on to a loving, if slightly demented, home, then drop me a line  ;) ;D


I have several Fairport (and some related Albions, Steeleye, RT, John Kirkpatrick, etc) but I refuse to part with them (Sorry!). Though they have long been replaced by CD, I still like holding on to them. Actually, I take that back-I have 3 Whippersnapper cassettes that still get regular plays as I never managed to get CD versions of them, and I believe one of those-These Foolish Strings was never released digitally though I am happy to be corrected!


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: davidmjs on September 16, 2019, 04:37:34 PM

Definitely a (predominately) bloke thing!  ;D


I have met a woman with the completist collecting gene, but you're right - they're few and far between!


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: Jules Gray on September 16, 2019, 06:42:38 PM
I have the cassette version of Fairport's The Boot, if anyone's after it.  I have the CD, so don't need the tape anymore.

Jules


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: Phil Perry on September 16, 2019, 07:48:16 PM
"If you really mean it, it all comes round again …"  Never was a truer word written or sung.  :)   OK, if you want folk-rock obscurity on cassette, how about The JSD Band (the acoustic comeback one), Ashley Reed & the Savage Rabbits or Swarbrick & Nicol's In the Club (signed) !



Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: Alan2 on September 17, 2019, 09:17:48 AM
The only fairport album I have in cassette format is farewell farewell. ( RGF label). I bought it at a time when CD was still a new thing and the price difference against cassette was noticeable.


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: davidmjs on September 17, 2019, 01:39:45 PM

OK, if you want folk-rock obscurity on cassette, how about The JSD Band (the acoustic comeback one), Ashley Reed & the Savage Rabbits or Swarbrick & Nicol's In the Club (signed) !


I certainly do!


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: davidmjs on September 24, 2019, 04:56:58 PM
They're all at it... https://store.thewho.com/*/*/WHO-Cassette/690C0000000



Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: GubGub (Al) on September 25, 2019, 09:01:30 AM

They're all at it... https://store.thewho.com/*/*/WHO-Cassette/690C0000000




Yes, I noticed that. The vinyl renaissance is one thing but I am finding the rebirth of cassettes a little bizarre. It is fetishism pure and simple which cannot be justified on grounds of sound quality or convenience.


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: Andy on September 25, 2019, 11:04:13 AM
Cassettes were a convenient recording medium, replacing the incredibly cumbersome (but technically superior) reel-to-reel machines.

However, their convenience was outweighed by their tendency to stretch and break, decorating roadsides throughout the 70s and 80s.

The idea that anyone would want to use them now that digital recording is easily available is just ridiculous.


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: GubGub (Al) on September 25, 2019, 11:19:36 AM

Cassettes were a convenient recording medium, replacing the incredibly cumbersome (but technically superior) reel-to-reel machines.

However, their convenience was outweighed by their tendency to stretch and break, decorating roadsides throughout the 70s and 80s.

The idea that anyone would want to use them now that digital recording is easily available is just ridiculous.


I think that mab be the point. I don't think anyone wants to use them. They just want to have them. If this arks some sort of tide turning back towards people wantingsome sort of physical manifestation of their music to enjoy the artwork (by Peter Blake in this case), sleevenotes etc then I am all for it by why cassettes? I have no idea.

When is the great mini disc comeback? I still have a working player.


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: Jules Gray on September 25, 2019, 11:33:35 AM

Cassettes were a convenient recording medium, replacing the incredibly cumbersome (but technically superior) reel-to-reel machines.

However, their convenience was outweighed by their tendency to stretch and break, decorating roadsides throughout the 70s and 80s.

The idea that anyone would want to use them now that digital recording is easily available is just ridiculous.  


I can't help but agree.  Also: hiss; wow and flutter; dropouts.  If MP3s are the sonic compromise of the digital age, then cassettes were the same for the analogue age.

Jules


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: StephenB on September 25, 2019, 03:08:40 PM
Maybe this whole thread's been a wind-up? 😊🤐


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: davidmjs on September 25, 2019, 05:32:06 PM
That moment when you just know you're doing the right thing.  Your collective bafflement pleases me no end...  ;) :) ;D

It really is very simple...the cassette was my first musical format, and most of my early musical memories came from them...so...fetishism?  Yeah, of course...but don't tell me that LPs or CDs are any less fetishistic.  That really would be a nonsensical argument...


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: Lubiloo (Lorna) on September 25, 2019, 06:19:31 PM

That moment when you just know you're doing the right thing.  Your collective bafflement pleases me no end...  ;) :) ;D

It really is very simple...the cassette was my first musical format, and most of my early musical memories came from them...so...fetishism?  Yeah, of course...but don't tell me that LPs or CDs are any less fetishistic.  .......


No, but at least they work if you look after them  ;D


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: davidmjs on September 25, 2019, 06:31:51 PM


That moment when you just know you're doing the right thing.  Your collective bafflement pleases me no end...  ;) :) ;D

It really is very simple...the cassette was my first musical format, and most of my early musical memories came from them...so...fetishism?  Yeah, of course...but don't tell me that LPs or CDs are any less fetishistic.  .......


No, but at least they work if you look after them  ;D


I've got far more knackered vinyls (I realise that word doesn't exist, but its persistent use these days amuses me no end) and CDs than cassettes.  And, anyway, cassettes work perfectly for ever if you never have any intention of playing them....  ;D


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: Lubiloo (Lorna) on September 25, 2019, 06:39:14 PM



That moment when you just know you're doing the right thing.  Your collective bafflement pleases me no end...  ;) :) ;D

It really is very simple...the cassette was my first musical format, and most of my early musical memories came from them...so...fetishism?  Yeah, of course...but don't tell me that LPs or CDs are any less fetishistic.  .......


No, but at least they work if you look after them  ;D


I've got far more knackered vinyls (I realise that word doesn't exist, but its persistent use these days amuses me no end) and CDs than cassettes.  And, anyway, cassettes work perfectly for ever if you never have any intention of playing them....  ;D


Ha ha, I was just winding up the cassette-man.  ;)


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on September 25, 2019, 10:13:58 PM
Maybe cassettes are God’s way of telling you that you have too much money....   ;D ;D


(apologies to Robin Williams)


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: davidmjs on September 26, 2019, 06:31:14 AM

Maybe cassettes are God’s way of telling you that you have too much money....   ;D ;D


(apologies to Robin Williams)


"Better for you than cocaine".  I'm getting the t-shirt....


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: Jules Gray on September 26, 2019, 01:56:46 PM

I've got far more knackered vinyl


Same.  Fair point, well made.

Jules


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on September 26, 2019, 04:17:00 PM


Maybe cassettes are God’s way of telling you that you have too much money....   ;D ;D


(apologies to Robin Williams)


"Better for you than cocaine".  I'm getting the t-shirt....
You go to the wrong parties then...  ;D

(This is a joke, in case anyone thinks I’m promoting cassette usage)


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: davidmjs on September 26, 2019, 04:53:48 PM



Maybe cassettes are God’s way of telling you that you have too much money....   ;D ;D


(apologies to Robin Williams)


"Better for you than cocaine".  I'm getting the t-shirt....
You go to the wrong parties then...  ;D

(This is a joke, in case anyone thinks I’m promoting cassette usage)



The girl's on fire!   ;) ;D

ps back on topic...my latest purchase is an original Island Pink 'Kip of the Serenes'.  I'm a little in love with it.


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: DarrenWilliams on October 04, 2019, 01:40:15 PM
I have a cassette version of AT2, not sure if it's playable as I no longer have a tape deck. Free to a good home, assuming it will be cherished/played rather than sold,  if any of you strange cassette collecting folk want it  ;) (already asked david - he already has it!)

First to reply gets it.


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: davidmjs on October 04, 2019, 03:43:22 PM

I have a cassette version of AT2, not sure if it's playable as I no longer have a tape deck. Free to a good home, assuming it will be cherished/played rather than sold,  if any of you strange cassette collecting folk want it  ;) (already asked david - he already has it!)

First to reply gets it.


Good man!  Come on someone, you know you want to...  :)


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: Alan2 on October 04, 2019, 05:42:40 PM
Well I still use cassettes but please will someone enlighten me - what is AT2?  If its fairport or related I'll give it a home.


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: davidmjs on October 04, 2019, 06:05:07 PM

Well I still use cassettes but please will someone enlighten me - what is AT2?  If its fairport or related I'll give it a home.


Tut tut, Alan!   ;) ;D

A.T. 2: The Reunion Concert
Fairport Convention

Woodworm Records WRC1 (cassette, UK, May 1983)

 album details  ▼ show all details  ▲ hide all details
Recorded live on August 14, 1982 at Home Farm, Cropredy, Oxfordshire by Mark Powell;
Produced & mixed by Dave Pegg at Woodworm Studios;
Interviews by: Simon Loake;
Cover Concept: (a send-up of E.T.) by Dave Mattacks;
Artwork: Mick Toole

Musicians
Dave Swarbrick, vocals, fiddle, mandolin;
Simon Nicol, vocals, electric guitar;
Dave Pegg, bass guitar, vocals;
Trevor Lucas, vocals, acoustic guitar [3, 5-8, 10-12, 14];
Jerry Donahue, electric guitar;
Dave Mattacks, drums;
Bruce Rowland, drums;
Dan Ar Bras, vocal, electric guitar
with
Linda Thompson, backing vocals [9, 13];
Phillipa Clare, backing vocals [12-13];
Johnny Jones, backing vocals [12].

Tracks
Side 1
The Lark In the Morning (5.21)
Angel Delight [Swarbrick, Pegg, Nicol, Mattacks] (5.29)
Marijuana Australiana [Brendan Hanley] (4.24)
The Beak [Jerry Donahue] / The Claw [Jerry Reed Hubbard] (3.01)
Here Come the Cowboys [Brent Parlane] (6.26)
Polly on the Shore (Roud 811) (5.25)
The Hexhamshire Lass (Roud 3182) (2.39)
Bring 'Em Down [Trevor Lucas] (7.29)
Interviews with Bruce Rowland, Children, Derek Brimstone
Side 2
Sloth [Richard Thompson, Dave Swarbrick] (16.35)
Dirty Linen [trad. arr. Swarbrick] (4.22)
Lucky Old Sun [Beasley Smith, Haven Gillespie] (6.03)
Love Me Tomorrow (Dan's Blues) [trad. arr. Thorup] (5.57)
Forever Young [Bob Dylan] (8.50)
Interviews with Neil Cutts, Baz Marshall


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: Andy on October 05, 2019, 01:45:08 AM
Also available on MP3 from me upon request, with full permission. It's appropriate to make a donation of what you would pay for these to a charity of your choice.


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: Alan2 on October 05, 2019, 08:58:10 AM
Thanks David, and Andy.  8)


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: DarrenWilliams on October 05, 2019, 11:21:33 AM

Well I still use cassettes but please will someone enlighten me - what is AT2?  If its fairport or related I'll give it a home.


It's yours, posted just now. Sold as seen, no refunds!


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: davidmjs on October 05, 2019, 03:19:54 PM
And, if you're not annoying your friends, neighbours (and yourself) by constantly singing Marijuana Australiana from here til the ends of time, then you're doing something wrong....  ;D


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: davidmjs on October 05, 2019, 06:25:41 PM
Validation  ;D

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-49906336


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: Jules Gray on October 06, 2019, 01:04:54 AM

Validation  ;D

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-49906336


I can't wait to see your fax machine collection.

Jules


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: Alan2 on October 06, 2019, 11:13:51 AM

And, if you're not annoying your friends, neighbours (and yourself) by constantly singing Marijuana Australiana from here til the ends of time, then you're doing something wrong....  ;D


I imagine this is something which will become clear  . .. ???


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: Jim on October 06, 2019, 03:57:53 PM


And, if you're not annoying your friends, neighbours (and yourself) by constantly singing Marijuana Australiana from here til the ends of time, then you're doing something wrong....  ;D


I imagine this is something which will become clear  . .. ???



Contact your nearest farmer


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: davidmjs on October 07, 2019, 08:48:46 AM


Validation  ;D

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-49906336


I can't wait to see your fax machine collection.

Jules


Does two count as 'a collection'?


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on October 07, 2019, 09:27:53 AM



Validation  ;D

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-49906336


I can't wait to see your fax machine collection.

Jules


Does two count as 'a collection'?
Yes. And an extravagance   :o

Do you fax stuff between them for "fun"?  ::)


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: davidmjs on October 07, 2019, 09:34:06 AM

Do you fax stuff between them for "fun"?  ::)


 ::) ;D ;D

Only my latest cassette lists....


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on October 07, 2019, 09:42:41 AM


Do you fax stuff between them for "fun"?  ::)


 ::) ;D ;D

Only my latest cassette lists....
Handwritten?


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: davidmjs on October 07, 2019, 09:44:24 AM



Do you fax stuff between them for "fun"?  ::)


 ::) ;D ;D

Only my latest cassette lists....
Handwritten?


Nah...dingbats.


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on October 07, 2019, 12:09:26 PM
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Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: Jules Gray on October 08, 2019, 12:43:54 AM

That's a

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I think I may need a translator.

Jules


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: DarrenWilliams on October 08, 2019, 07:33:51 AM


That's a

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 :)


I think I may need a translator.

Jules


That's a cut above the rest?

Do I win a prize?


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: StephenB on October 08, 2019, 09:09:29 AM
What for? The best cutting comment?


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on October 08, 2019, 10:00:25 AM



That's a

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 :)


I think I may need a translator.

Jules


That's a cut above the rest?

Do I win a prize?


THEPITSOST

 ;D


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: DarrenWilliams on October 08, 2019, 10:41:05 AM




That's a

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 :)


I think I may need a translator.

Jules


That's a cut above the rest?

Do I win a prize?


THEPITSOST

 ;D


Cheers, looking forward to it! :)


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on October 08, 2019, 10:42:07 AM





That's a

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I think I may need a translator.

Jules


That's a cut above the rest?

Do I win a prize?


THEPITSOST

 ;D


Cheers, looking forward to it! :)
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I'll stop now...


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: davidmjs on October 08, 2019, 02:47:35 PM
On topic!  Now!   ;D


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on October 08, 2019, 02:53:33 PM

On topic!  Now!   ;D
Gray started it, Sir!!!


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: Jules Gray on October 08, 2019, 04:45:10 PM


On topic!  Now!   ;D
Gray started it, Sir!!!


Gray still doesn't know what's going on.

Gray


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: Peter Allen on October 09, 2019, 09:26:30 AM
I remember losing a few cassette tapes to the car cassette player , you remember when the sound suddenly wobbles and you know the unit's rollers are swallowing the tape up , and then using surgeon like precision to recover the tape , all chewed up , and then trying to spool it back in to the cassette . Or opening your cassette shell up like a bomb disposal expert , once you've located a small enough screwdriver , splicing out the mangled tape , trying to join it together again , realising that you've now edited out most of a guitar solo that you loved soooo much. Why didn't you use a headcleaner to get the oxide off the rollers ? Because people said they damaged the playback heads.

Hours of fun !


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: Malcolm on October 09, 2019, 10:01:26 AM
Driving up the A1 to the 'Best of Bo Diddley' and hearing the tape stretch before your very ears >:(


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: Bingers (Chris) on October 09, 2019, 06:03:43 PM

I remember losing a few cassette tapes to the car cassette player , you remember when the sound suddenly wobbles and you know the unit's rollers are swallowing the tape up , and then using surgeon like precision to recover the tape , all chewed up , and then trying to spool it back in to the cassette . Or opening your cassette shell up like a bomb disposal expert , once you've located a small enough screwdriver , splicing out the mangled tape , trying to join it together again , realising that you've now edited out most of a guitar solo that you loved soooo much. Why didn't you use a headcleaner to get the oxide off the rollers ? Because people said they damaged the playback heads.

Hours of fun !


Aah memories! memories! But not necessarily good ones  ::)


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: davidmjs on October 27, 2019, 04:31:52 PM
It's reassuring to know that the rest of the world is going bonkers with me..

https://burningshed.com/store/noman/no-man_love-you-to-bits_cassette?fbclid=IwAR1aBInlzspc2ZOLfZF9DjWO0n-wbIHlhb0VDtjTmG4nr0w0I6e-BFRDv9E


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: RobertD on October 29, 2019, 02:13:23 PM
Currently re-reading The Rotters Club by Jonathan Coe and one of the characters is reading a women's tips column and this helpful suggestion was made-

'If a cassette tape breaks, don't throw it away,' wrote Amelia Fairney, from South Shields. 'The spools can be pulled out and the tape used as party streamers or for tying up presents.'

 ;D ;D



Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: davidmjs on November 04, 2019, 07:44:14 PM
Just bagged a very cheap copy of an Island pink original of Nine.  Not in an original case though.  Does anyone have any Island Pink original cassette cases?  They are unlike any others, even from the same time...much thicker plastic than normal, and with equally thick grey or black backs to them....once seen never forgotten (well, if you're odd like me, anyhow).


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: Malcolm on November 10, 2019, 08:42:22 AM
You are not alone ;D

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7667959/Reel-music-returns-cassette-sales-100-000.html


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: davidmjs on November 10, 2019, 11:31:31 AM

You are not alone ;D

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7667959/Reel-music-returns-cassette-sales-100-000.html


I'd hate for the Daily Mail to prove my point, but, er, yeah  ;) :)

I've bought quite a few new albums on cassette in the last year - not just niche 1/50 type releases, but major ones too.  I'm looking forward to the Who's newie popping through the door soon...also No-Man etc etc


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: ColinB on November 10, 2019, 12:17:21 PM


You are not alone ;D

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7667959/Reel-music-returns-cassette-sales-100-000.html


I'd hate for the Daily Mail to prove my point, but, er, yeah  ;) :)

I've bought quite a few new albums on cassette in the last year - not just niche 1/50 type releases, but major ones too.  I'm looking forward to the Who's newie popping through the door soon...also No-Man etc etc


The Guardian had an article about it yesterday as well so you don't need to infect your browser with pages from the Daily Mail.  ;D

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/nov/09/back-in-the-loop-why-cassette-tapes-became-fashionable-again


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: davidmjs on November 10, 2019, 12:50:56 PM



You are not alone ;D

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7667959/Reel-music-returns-cassette-sales-100-000.html


I'd hate for the Daily Mail to prove my point, but, er, yeah  ;) :)

I've bought quite a few new albums on cassette in the last year - not just niche 1/50 type releases, but major ones too.  I'm looking forward to the Who's newie popping through the door soon...also No-Man etc etc


The Guardian had an article about it yesterday as well so you don't need to infect your browser with pages from the Daily Mail.  ;D

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/nov/09/back-in-the-loop-why-cassette-tapes-became-fashionable-again



I can barely tell the difference between the two at times these days, but that's another issue...


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: Alan2 on November 16, 2019, 03:05:56 PM

Just bagged a very cheap copy of an Island pink original of Nine.  Not in an original case though.  Does anyone have any Island Pink original cassette cases?  They are unlike any others, even from the same time...much thicker plastic than normal, and with equally thick grey or black backs to them....once seen never forgotten (well, if you're odd like me, anyhow).

I have a few. They seem to be a glossy black plastic with part of them a grainy textured panel.


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: wayne stote on November 16, 2019, 08:32:21 PM
Hadn't seen anything interesting on cassette for ages but I spotted a copy of Alan Hull's Another Little Adventure, in my local Oxfam, this afternoon.

It's an excellent little live album, on Black Crow Records, that came out in 1988, Ridiculous value for 50p!


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: Chris from Fieldtown on November 18, 2019, 09:43:16 PM

Hadn't seen anything interesting on cassette for ages but I spotted a copy of Alan Hull's Another Little Adventure, in my local Oxfam, this afternoon.

It's an excellent little live album, on Black Crow Records, that came out in 1988, Ridiculous value for 50p!


Absolute bargian and an album I'd love to hear. Alan Hull was a great writer and had the amazing voice that added so much personality to his songs


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: wayne stote on November 19, 2019, 02:49:54 PM


Hadn't seen anything interesting on cassette for ages but I spotted a copy of Alan Hull's Another Little Adventure, in my local Oxfam, this afternoon.

It's an excellent little live album, on Black Crow Records, that came out in 1988, Ridiculous value for 50p!


Absolute bargian and an album I'd love to hear. Alan Hull was a great writer and had the amazing voice that added so much personality to his songs


It's a strong album and stands up well against some of his other live releases.

I just need On The Other Side to complete my collection!  :)


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: Bridgwit (Bridget) on November 19, 2019, 02:54:46 PM



Hadn't seen anything interesting on cassette for ages but I spotted a copy of Alan Hull's Another Little Adventure, in my local Oxfam, this afternoon.

It's an excellent little live album, on Black Crow Records, that came out in 1988, Ridiculous value for 50p!


Absolute bargian and an album I'd love to hear. Alan Hull was a great writer and had the amazing voice that added so much personality to his songs


It's a strong album and stands up well against some of his other live releases.

I just need On The Other Side to complete my collection!  :)
There you go!

https://www.discogs.com/Alan-Hull-On-The-Other-Side/release/9895146


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: Brian Green on December 02, 2019, 12:38:50 PM
burning shed.com have a number of King Crimson/ Robert Fripp cassettes for sale.
1980s ex warehouse stock. £5.00 each.
Log onto burning shed.com then cassette format.


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: wayne stote on December 02, 2019, 12:51:02 PM

Quote
There you go!

https://www.discogs.com/Alan-Hull-On-The-Other-Side/release/9895146


Just spotted this.

Thanks so much for the tip!


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: Lubiloo (Lorna) on December 06, 2019, 05:37:19 AM
Have asked for a cd/cassette player for Christmas, as all this talk of cassettes has made me want to listen to mine if they are still working. :)


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: davidmjs on December 06, 2019, 07:49:46 AM

Have asked for a cd/cassette player for Christmas, as all this talk of cassettes has made me want to listen to mine if they are still working. :)


Cue: Demonic laughter and me rubbing my hands in glee  ;) ;D


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: Malcolm on December 06, 2019, 08:11:16 AM

Have asked for a cd/cassette player for Christmas, as all this talk of cassettes has made me want to listen to mine if they are still working. :)


Have they got antique shops on the Isle of Skye? ;D


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: davidmjs on December 06, 2019, 09:04:04 AM


Have asked for a cd/cassette player for Christmas, as all this talk of cassettes has made me want to listen to mine if they are still working. :)


Have they got antique shops on the Isle of Skye? ;D


Don't you believe it..they're selling them in Tescos.


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: Nick on December 06, 2019, 02:09:14 PM



Have asked for a cd/cassette player for Christmas, as all this talk of cassettes has made me want to listen to mine if they are still working. :)


Have they got antique shops on the Isle of Skye? ;D


Don't you believe it..they're selling them in Tescos.


Have they got Tescos on the Isle of Skye?


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: ColinB on December 06, 2019, 03:53:51 PM




Have asked for a cd/cassette player for Christmas, as all this talk of cassettes has made me want to listen to mine if they are still working. :)


Have they got antique shops on the Isle of Skye? ;D


Don't you believe it..they're selling them in Tescos.


Have they got Tescos on the Isle of Skye?


I can hear Andy Stewart singing, "Donald where's your Tescos?"   ;D



Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: Lubiloo (Lorna) on December 06, 2019, 05:26:17 PM




Have asked for a cd/cassette player for Christmas, as all this talk of cassettes has made me want to listen to mine if they are still working. :)


Have they got antique shops on the Isle of Skye? ;D


Don't you believe it..they're selling them in Tescos.


Have they got Tescos on the Isle of Skye?


No, just three Co-ops and Tesco Delivery to pick-up points. (And some firms will deliver to us if they aren’t averse to island postcodes  ??? )

But we are allowed off the island periodically, to visit electrical retailers in the nearest town, 120 miles away  ;D ...my cassettes WILL play again!


Title: Re: Cassettes
Post by: davidmjs on December 06, 2019, 05:59:14 PM
The 'Oo and Polydor have done a good job on this: https://store.thewho.com/*/*/WHO-Cassette/690C0000000

Looks very similar to a classic 70's Poly cassette.  Even got paper labels...

And, fwiw, I like the album.  It's got a mature feel, but not (in the main) in a naff way.  The quality control slips on a couple of tracks, but it's far far better than many other Who albums.