Tape Formats

Today’s topic from Mark Moerman!

Now that disc has sort of taken over from tape, it seems appropriate to write about failed tape formats.

Micro Cassette – I don’t have any pre-recorded ones, but I am told they exist.

Reel-to-Reel – I only have a few pre-recorded ones left, after they got expensive on eBay.  I have hundreds of ones I recorded.

Cassette – Is this really getting ‘big’ again?  I remember buying a Sony TC-161SD and thinking it was a big deal! (But that was in about 1973!)

8-Track Tape – I used to have a lot of this format, but…my first car (a Datsun B-210) had an 8-track Tape player in it!

4-track Tape – Madman Muntz!  Was similar to an 8-Track, but didn’t have a capstan in the cartridge.

Playtape – Remember then Playtape?  No way to record onto one of those.

45’s

1910 FRUITGUM COMPANY – WHEN WE GET MARRIED (PS), BUDDAH JPN 7″ W/PS

CYMBAL, JOHNNY – MR. BASSMAN (PS), MCA JPN 7″ W/PS promo

DEEP PURPLE – STRANGE KIND OF WOMAN (PS), WARNER JPN 7″ W/PS

EARTH, WIND and FIRE – GETAWAY (PS), CBS / SONY JPN 7″ W/PS promo

EARTH, WIND and FIRE – SING A SONG (PS), CBS / SONY JPN 7″ W/PS promo

GREENBAUM, NORMAN – CALIFORNIA EARTHQUAKE (PS), REPRISE JPN 7″ W/PS promo

HEATWAVE – GROOVE LINE (PS), G.T.O. JPN 7″ W/PS

LEVEL 42 – IT’S OVER (PS), POLYDOR US 7″ W/PS

LEWIS, GARY / PLAYBOYS – SHE’S JUST MY STYLE (PS), LIBERTY US 7″ W/PS

SAWADA, KENJI – AMAPOLA (PS), POLYDOR JPN 7″ W/PS

VILLAGE PEOPLE – CAN’T STOP THE MUSIC (PS), ARRIVAL NL 7″ W/PS

Gilbert O’Sullivan

Happy birthday Billy Paul (1934), Lou Rawls (1935), Sandy Nelson (1938), John Densmore (of The Doors) (1944), Bette Midler (1945), Jaco Pastorius (1951) and Gilbert O’Sullivan (1946)

I’ll go with Gilby today…

7″                 ALONE AGAIN (NATURALLY)                                      MAM US       MAM 3619       1972

1972 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

LP                 BACK TO FRONT                                                         MAM UK       MAM-SS 502    1972

1972 12 TRKS stereo LP insert

 

CD                BEST OF                                                                       RHINO US     R2 70560         1991

1991 20 TRKS stereo CD collection

 

7″                 CLAIR (PS)                                                                   MAM PORT  EPMAM 1002  1972

1972 4 TRKS EP with pic sleeve

 

7″                 GET DOWN (mono / stereo) (US) promo               MAM US       45-3629-DJ      1973

1973 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo-only

7″                 GET DOWN (PS)                                                         MAM IT         MAM 96           1973

1973 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

LP                 GILBERT O’SULLIVAN                                                 MFP UK         MFP 50399      1974

1974? 12 TRKS stereo LP collection

 

LP                 HIMSELF                                                                      MAM JPN      SLC 518             1974

1974 13 TRKS stereo LP promo

 

LP                 I’M A WRITER, NOT A FIGHTER                                MAM UK       MAMSS 505     1973

1973 10 TRKS stereo LP

 

7″                 OUT OF THE QUESTION / EVERYBODY KNOWS     MAM US       45-3628           1973

1973 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

CD                SOUTHPAW                                                                KITTY JPN      KTCR-1219       1992

1992 12 TRKS stereo CD

 

CD                TOMORROW, TODAY – BEST OF                              KITTY JPN      KTCR-1173       1992

1992 16 TRKS stereo CD collection

 

7″                 WHY, OH WHY, OH WHY (PS)                                  MAM DE       MAM 111         1974

1974 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

War

Happy birthday Dr. John (Mac Rebennack) (1940) and Lonnie Jordan (of War) (1948).

I do like Dr. John!  But I also enjoy War (who were from my high school).

CD                BEST OF                                                                                            PRIORITY US      CDL 9467

1987            1987 13 TRKS stereo CD collection

 

CD                CISCO KID AND OTHER HITS, THE                                                FLASHBACK US  R2 75299

1998            1998 10 TRKS stereo CD collection

 

7″                 CISCO KID, THE promo                                                                  U.A. US               UA-XW163-W

1972            1972 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo-only

 

LP                 DELIVER THE WORD                                                                       U.A. US               UA-LA128-F

1973            1973 7 TRKS stereo LP die-cut cover

 

7″                 DON’T TAKE IT AWAY / MUSIC BAND 2, THE                              MCA US              MCA 41158

1979            1979 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

7″                 GET DOWN / ALL DAY MUSIC                                                        U.A. US               50815

1971            1971 2 TRKS no pic sleeve; debut 45 as “War” (w/o E. Burdon)

 

7″                 GOOD, GOOD FEELIN’ / BABY FACE                                             MCA US              MCA 40995

1979            1979 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

LP                 GREATEST HITS                                                                                U.A. US               UA-LA648-G

1976            1976 10 TRKS stereo LP collection, US pressing

LP                 GREATEST HITS (UK)                                                                       ISLAND UK         ILPS 9413

1976            1976 10 TRKS stereo LP collection, UK pressing

 

7″                 GYPSY MAN promo                                                                        U.A. US               UA-XW281-W

1973            1973 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo-only

 

7″                 I’M THE ONE WHO UNDERSTANDS / CORNS & CALLOUSES     MCA US              MCA 41061

1979            1979 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

12″               LOW RIDER                                                                                      U.A. US               SP-115

1975            1975 2 TRKS stereo 12″ with pic sleeve

7″                 LOW RIDER / SO                                                                             U.A. US               UA-XW-706-Y

1975            1975 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7″                 LOW RIDER / SO (PS)                                                                     U.A. US               UA-WX-706-Y

1975            1975 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

7″                 ME AND BABY BROTHER promo                                                   U.A. US               UA-XW350-W

1973            1973 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo-only

 

LP                 OUTLAW                                                                                          RCA US               AFL1-4208

1982            1982 7 TRKS stereo LP

 

CD                PEACE SIGN                                                                                     RHINO US          R2 71706

1994            1994 12 TRKS stereo CD

 

CD                WHY CAN’T WE BE FRIENDS?                                                        AVENUE US        R2 71051

1975            1992 9 TRKS stereo CD

 

7″                 WHY CAN’T WE BE FRIENDS? (PS)                                                U.A. US               UA-XW-629X

1975            1975 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

CD                WORLD IS A GHETTO, THE                                                             AVENUE US        R2 71043

1972            1992 6 TRKS stereo CD

LP                 WORLD IS A GHETTO, THE                                                             U.A. DE               UAS 29400

1972            1972 6 TRKS stereo LP poster

Lulu

Happy birthday Lulu (Marie Lawrie) (1948) and Adam Ant (1954).

LULU, once married to one of the Gibb Brothers (Maurice)!  Still alive!

CD                   BEST OF – FROM CRAYONS TO PERFUME    RHINO US  R2 71815      1994

1994 20 TRKS stereo CD collection

 

7″                    BOY / SAD MEMORIES promo                      EPIC US      5-10346        1968

1968? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

 

7″                    HUM A SONG / WHERE’S EDDIE                   ATCO US    45-6749        1969

1969 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

7″                    SINGS “TO SIR WITH LOVE” (PS)                    EPIC US      ZSB 135553  1967

1967? 6 TRKS with pic sleeve, jukebox 45

 

7″                    TO SIR WITH LOVE                                          EPIC US      5-10187        1967

1967 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

7″                    TO THE OTHER WOMAN / MELODY FAIR    ATCO US    45-6774        1969

1969? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, Bee Gees’ song (“Melody Fair”)

Hoyt Axton

Happy birthday Keith Strickland (B-52’s) (1953)!  Pablo Picasso died today in 1975.  Hoyt Axton died today in 1999.

I’ll do Hoyt Axton today.  “Boney Fingers” was always a favorite 45 of mine.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoyt_Axton

7″                    BONEY FINGERS / LIFE MACHINE (PS)                              A&M US           AM-1607-S  1974

1974 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

LP                    EXPLODES!                                                                          VEE-JAY US      VJLP 1098    1964

1964 12 TRKS stereo LP

 

LP                    FREE SAILIN’                                                                        MCA US           MCA-2319   1978

1978 10 TRKS stereo LP

 

LP                    GREENBACK DOLLAR                                                         HORIZON US   1601             1963

1963 10 TRKS stereo LP

 

7″                    HAVE A NICE DAY / ALICE IN WONDERLAND                 CAPITOL US     P-3121          1973

1973? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

 

LP                    LIFE MACHINE                                                                     A&M US           SP 3604        1974

1974 11 TRKS stereo LP

 

LP                    ROAD SONGS                                                                      A&M US           SP 4669        1977

1977 12 TRKS stereo LP promo

 

7″                    SAN FERNANDO (PS)                                                          COLGEMS US  66-1005       1967

1967 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, promo

7″                    SAN FERNANDO / TEN THOUSAND SUNSETS promo     COLGEMS US  66-1005       1966

1966? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

 

LP                    WHERE DID THE MONEY GO?                                           JEREMIAH US  JH 5001        1980

1980 12 TRKS stereo LP

 

7″                    WHERE DID THE MONEY GO? / (Same) promo              JEREMIAH US  JH 1008        1980

1980 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

35,000?

Happy birthday Thelonious Monk (1918), playwright Harold Pinter (1930) and 2 members of Procol Harum, Keith Reid (the lyricist) (1946) and Alan Cartwright (1945) – Nothing much else to say about them.  Also, “Hot Rats” by Frank Zappa is released today in 1969; an album that I have loved since it was released.

35,000?

At present, I have something like 34,800 albums in my collection.  Yes, at times it is overwhelming.  When I see good titles, I usually buy ‘em.  However, if I got rid of all other titles that I already similarly have – I could easily say that I see 35,000 as being the maximum number I require.  Yes, I have over-collected.  So, how do I say when I am done collecting something?  In the 70’s / 80’s, it used to be if I found a Japanese LP or German LP.  Since the advent of SA-CD, I lean towards having an SA-CD of a title, and usually an “original” LP (for the packaging).  This is because of such care that goes into the mastering of any given title, for the SA-CD.

So, if I limit myself to 35,000 titles, I’ve got about 200 left before I have to do anything.  And if I want, all I would have to do is “make room” for a newer title by eliminating an older title.  Just formulating this idea, so we’ll see.

It is physically massive, owning almost 35,000 titles – at least 3 rooms of my home are nothing but phonograph record shelving.

So, I will try to keep my collection down to just 35,000 titles.  I bet I can do that!

Millie Small

Happy birthday Millie Small (“My Boy Lollipop”) (1946). On this day 50 years ago, LSD was declared illegal in the United States.

I have never taken LSD – that I am aware of.

Recently, I have tried to find more records by Millie Small, but not even her “Greatest Hits” LP shows up in Los Angeles!  She was an early Island Records artist, apparently (although my big hit single was licensed out to Fontana Records, Smash in the US).  I wonder why I never ever see her LP’s?  The 45’s that I’ve found are all on different labels, too.

There was rather a lot written about her in the Island Records book, from a few years back.  But still I feel like I don’t know much about her, other than “My Boy Lollipop”.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millie_Small

Made in Sheffield (DVD)

Happy birthday Eddie Cochran (1938), James Darren (1936) and Chubby Checker (1941).

Made In Sheffield – The Birth of Electronic Pop (DVD)

This DVD is something I picked up, probably at an Amoeba store.  The bands on this in question are The Human League, Cabaret Voltaire, Heaven 17, Clock DVA,  ABC, and Pulp.  Of particular note was the amount of time spent discussing Vice Versa, the pre-ABC group!

The documentary itself is 52 minutes in length, it’s from 2004/5, so one guesses that while pretty everyone involved was still alive it was decided to make this film.  The “extra” interviews are fairly interesting, all 76 minutes of ‘em.  There is a handy “Family Tree” of many artists from Sheffield – the booklet details who would not allow their music to be used (Cabaret Voltaire, Clock DVA); the footage from The Human League and Heaven 17 is generally very nice – but it generally does not involve stuff they recorded with Virgin Records.

Japanese paper sleeve CD’s & Bootlegs

Happy birthday Jean Luc Ponty (1942) and Mark Farner (of Grand Funk Railroad) (1948)!

I am usually always astounded at the detail of Japanese paper sleeve CD’s.  In some instances, you get almost as many bonus tracks as the original album (certainly the title I am currently most impressed with “The Animals” has 23 tracks to the original LP’s 12 tracks, including some previously unreleased material)!

Or we could go in the direction of The Who “Live At Leeds” CD, which has 8 bonus tracks – and very careful attention to detail fully reproduced packaging, all the way down to a miniature of the infamous poster!  This looks so much like a UK original LP, there is even a miniature staple holding the cover together!

Another Who title I was impressed with is the 2CD “My Generation”, which (separately) reproduces both the US & UK covers!  That’s right – included is “The Who Sings My Generation” US LP in miniature, and in stereo!  This title has all 30 tracks usually associated with this release; I also have an SA-CD of it with all 30 tracks on one disc!

I also found on this last trip to Tokyo “Sticky Fingers” by The Rolling Stones with an actual zipper on the cover!  And the copy I found has a “Rock Age” obi included, courtesy of Disk Union.  (This one was actually generated by Toshiba, a company that no longer exists).

I also dragged back a whole set of Electric Light Orchestra titles (I actually already has the first album and “ELO 2”); 11 albums of E.L.O.!  Each complete with all original packaging.  Alas, no “Best of” in this batch!

In the non-paper sleeve world, I found some humorous bootleg CD’s:  Kevin Ayers / Caravan and Hatfield & The North 2CD set “The Canterbury Tapes” – great sound!  ; Bill Bruford “Back To The Edge” 2CD from the Uptown Theatre, Kansas City July 11th, 1980.  11 tracks of Dave Stewart, Jeff Berlin, Bill Bruford and “the unknown” John Clark!  Stereo, soundboard (or broadcast?) recording.

The store I found those bootleg CD’s in actually had a progressive rock section to look through!

Last to mention, I found a bootleg Blu-ray David Bowie “David Bowie Is” disc – proving that the bootleggers are trying to keep up with things.