Tuesday, March 04, 2008

The Year of the 8 Track

I just got off the phone with ET and I had to cancel the upcoming 3 year anniversary on my diary/blog. I don't like the publicity. In any event, I'm going to be busy with my new pet project. Of late I've been putting on my thinking cap, trying to dream up ways to "give back" and "pay it forward." That lasted all of 3 minutes and I was back to thinking about me. The good news? I finally found my calling: Buying 8 tracks. I'm so excited.

Here's part of the first haul:

Roberta Flack-Killing Me Softly (pink)
The 5th Dimension-Greatest Hits on Earth (Ampex)
Seals and Crofts-Diamond Girl
Jim Croce-Don't Mess Around With Jim (original)
Jim Croce-Life and Times (original)
Carole King-Tapestry (A&M)
The Carpenters-The Singles 1969-1973
Blood Sweat and Tears-BST 4
Blood Sweat and Tears-No Sweat
Chicago-VII, VI, III, Live at Carnegie Hall (Carnegie Hall? What the....)

How is that for a days work. Actually I had seen these tapes around for a while, asked about them, 5 dollars--nifty case included. Out of all of them, the Roberta Flack is the nicest. It's gorgeous--and looks playable. The 5th Dimension is right there too. The Chicago 8 tracks (like the ones pictured),well, they just aren't going to play. They look good--but there's no way these things aren't broken.

More Junk:
For those times that I want to entertain a young lady, I also bought a few Ed Ames 8 tracks, Mantovani's Greatest Hits, Tom Jones's Best of and Andy Williams. Tell me I'm not ready.

I found that batch of tapes completely satisfying. So much so I had to buy a few more. Here's a look at the second haul.

The Who-Face Dances
Led Zeppelin-ZoSo (Ampex)
Led Zeppelin-s/t (Ampex)
The Beatles-Hey Jude
Eddie Kendricks-Vintage '78
David Crosby-If I Could Only Remember My Name (Ampex)
Graham Nash-Songs For Beginners (Ampex)

Oops, I did it again. These were a little more, 10 dollars total. Money well spent. It's not like I'm throwing money away on plastic/conversation pieces. The Who 8 track is a Columbia House edition, that means a different cover, nice. The Ampex tapes are all the originals, sturdy as always. They are the best bet The Eddie Kendricks tapes came from a lot I first saw 15 years ago. There was about 20 of them still sealed. I wasn't mature enough to buy them then. Now, I treated myself to two. I opened one and guess what? It's as tight as a drum! Woo hoo, recycle bait...

They're Everywhere!: I was searching eBay and saw that someone in my area had a sealed Eddie Kendricks Vintage '78 8 track too. What are the chances?
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