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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Torren61, Oct 21, 2019.
Oh man that brings back memories, I had Blow By Blow on 8 track, had forgotten about that.
I never quite mastered the matchbox thing. I always ended up listening to another track bleeding in at the same time. I had one 8 track machine that when it changed tracks, it would not stop...sounded like a machine gun. In my little Toyota PUP, "The Road Goes On Forever" and the Old Bob Segar Live were my Cruisin' Tapes. And YES, those were the days!
Or he's lying...
My parents in their infinite wisdom doomed me to 8 tracks. Since my older brother already had cassettes, they bought me a portable 8 track player.
It looked like this, only in black:
I remember seeing 8 track cartridges laying alongside the road with a half mile of tape training behind them. Some of those eight track players had healthy appetites for eating tape.
Yes, I had a JCPenney combo turntable, AM/FM, cassette and 8-track. It was a weird transition kind of thing.
I'm waiting for @24 track to comment since I suspect he is an audio hoarder and probably still has 5 or 10 functioning machines.
Great Blotto reference.
My ex FIL bought a Simca in Germany in the late 50s that had a record player.
Nothing like being on a date, listening to good tune
and the 'chuka chuka chuka' click
or worse yet.
In the middle of highway star
I had a box of 8-tracks similar to this one:
Except that mine held 18. I remember Hendrix’s “Smash Hits” was in there, Neil Young’s “Harvest”, and Uriah Heep’s “Demons And Wizards”, but I forget the rest.
Anyway, my car was parked n front of my parent’s place one night, and it looked similar to this:
(without the stuffed dog in the back dash).
The car was unlocked as usual, and someone stole the box of 8-tracks. I was devastated at the time. I have locked my cars ever since.
The mention of 8-track tapes always takes me back to my late-teen/early twenties weekend summer nights, cruising for burgers in my parents' bumble bee yellow 1969 Dodge Coronet 500 with my then girlfriend (now wife of 46 years), and listening to The Buffalo Springfield's 'Retrospective' and The Moody Blues' 'To Our Children's Children's Children' albums on 8-track on continuous play...
cant help you on that one!, you are on your own...LOL
what, not enough tracks?
I went from 8-tracks to cassettes and finally to CDs, with vinyl albums sprinkled throughout the first two formats. When I eventually got a home stereo that had an 8-track recorder on it. I could then tape from the radio or a record album right to 8-track. I thought that was as good as it could get...until cassettes took over. Then they were the greatest thing ever...until CDs made their debut. I still can't believe they took my favorite song (Runaway) on Earth by Jefferson Starship, and split it between two tracks! And it was a hit single no less! As someone mentioned earlier, they pulled the same stunt on Meat Loaf.
I still remember the ad in the Sears catalog when something called a "Compact Disc" first came out. I wanted one so bad, but it was far beyond my budget. I still love CDs all these years later.
When I moved in with my wife-to-be girlfriend ( into her College apt.,1979)
her dad had bought her a Zenith 8- track stereo speakers ( 4 speakers!)
She had a milk crate full of 8-track Tapes including:
Pink Floyd Animals
ZZ Top Fandango and Tejas
Eagles Greatest Hits
Neil Young- American Stars and Bars
Journey- first or 2nd album
The Who- Who's Next
* I remember these as we would listen to say one of these ad nauseam, while ' studying ' ( no need to move...)
Also, one of my buddies actually had an 8-track RECORDER, and he recorded a few cool albums onto blank tapes for me:
Lynryrd Skynyrd- One More From The Road
Johnny Winter- Second Winter
Some things you just remember!
8-track tapes used standard 3/8" tape and ran at double the speed of cassette tapes . This allowed for better quality tape and higher quality recordings .
At one point Sony tried the El-cassette , but it died quickly . It was an attempt to combine the standard 3/8" tape and the 3 3/4 IPS speed of the 8-track in a cassette style format .
Australians, being energetic, positive hard working cheery people are loathed by a certain segment of miserable lazy English people
The close connection with England as Mother Country means there is a lot of banter between our countries. There are also loads of Australians here
no, been there like 3 times! ......next stop 96 tracks ( and a lot less gear )
Great story excep
for your friends brother dying in a car wreck. We all thought we were invincible back then. Occasionally one of us would prove we were not invincible.
I still have a box of eight track tapes but no player.
I wanted an 8-track player for the car when I was about 17 or so. A schoolmate of mine said he knew a guy with some for sale, probably could get one cheap. We went to this guy's house, he sold me one pretty cheap, just the player, no box, no mounting hardware. I tore out the (am) radio, and fabricated some kind of mount, figured out how to hook it up. There's some music I had on 8-track that I never replaced on cassette or CD.
Didn't occur to me until many years later, "Say, that 8-track player was probably hot."