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(YouTube)   Today is 8-Track appreciation day. Quick when you remember what 8-tracks you had, what's the first one to come to mind? For me, it's Jethro Tull's Aqualung   (youtube.com) divider line 81
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2013-04-11 10:16:19 AM  
Kiss Destroyer.

I still have a few:  Alice Cooper goes to Hell, soundtrack to the Sgt. Pepper's movie, the original radio broadcast of "War of the Worlds", probably a couple others I can't remember.
 
2013-04-11 10:21:06 AM  
Steppenwolf
 
2013-04-11 10:22:01 AM  
Justin Bieber's Believe
 
2013-04-11 10:22:33 AM  
Blizzard of Oz
 
2013-04-11 10:23:56 AM  
There was that one with really crappy audio quality where, right in the goddamn middle of be best song on the album, it faded out, switched tracks, and then slowly returned to full volume.

Oh, wait, that was pretty much all of them.
 
2013-04-11 10:26:16 AM  
Live at the Fillmore East.
 
2013-04-11 10:31:43 AM  
Janis Joplin "Pearl"
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-04-11 10:43:26 AM  
I never owned an 8 track myself. The only one I remember listening to was Rick Wakeman's Journey to the Centre of the Earth, a staple of long car trips in the mid 1970s.
 
2013-04-11 10:44:27 AM  
Seals and Croft, can't remember the name of the album. Also Chicago.
 
2013-04-11 10:44:52 AM  
Ol' Waylon.  My dad wore it out in the Winnebago.

I also have a bag of stuff in storage somewhere with Pink Floyd, Charlie Rich, some others.  Picked up one of these with the nifty pop-up 8-track player a couple of years ago...Link

Might be time to pull it out.
 
2013-04-11 10:47:39 AM  
Zeppelin 1. Riding around in my friends '66 Ford Fairlane wondering who dropped the joint, but it's too loud to say anything until the track fades and changes.
 
2013-04-11 10:52:16 AM  
Journey, Yes, Dolly Parton greatest hits. I had more but I can't remember.
 
2013-04-11 10:58:10 AM  
Really, there's nothing to "appreciate" about 8-tracks. Some things die for a reason, and this is one if them. They were the crappiest, poorest-quality medium for listening to recorded music ever--and not only did they sound like shiat, they were unreliable.

Having said that, I'm surprised they haven't become the latest "ironic" hipster trend. A lo-fi recording of crappy 70s music--which often broke songs in the middle to switch tracks and sometimes required you to jam a matchbook under the cartridge to keep it from playing two tracks at once--sounds like it would be right up Hipster Alley.
 
2013-04-11 11:04:08 AM  
And to answer the question, I can't really remember which albums I had on 8-track before making the big switch to cassettes. I do remember that I had a broken 8-track of Heart's "Dreamboat Annie" in high school, which I had removed the guts of and used it to hide a small bag of weed inside. I carried it around wherever I went.

Yes, I am old.
 
2013-04-11 11:09:21 AM  
The Carpenters - Now and Then.

Okay, it was my parents, but me and my brother were ten years old and REALLLY liked all the songs on track 3 & 4.

/♬ Won't come back from Deadman's Cuuuuuurrrvveeeee! ♬
 
2013-04-11 11:10:55 AM  

Cyberluddite: Really, there's nothing to "appreciate" about 8-tracks. Some things die for a reason, and this is one if them. They were the crappiest, poorest-quality medium for listening to recorded music ever--and not only did they sound like shiat, they were unreliable.

Having said that, I'm surprised they haven't become the latest "ironic" hipster trend. A lo-fi recording of crappy 70s music--which often broke songs in the middle to switch tracks and sometimes required you to jam a matchbook under the cartridge to keep it from playing two tracks at once--sounds like it would be right up Hipster Alley.


That's the way the songs were meant to listened to, man. It's about appreciating and respecting artistic intent, and it's not for everyone.
 
2013-04-11 11:11:52 AM  
I will always remember Supertramp Breakfast in America blasting in the 8-track in my mom's two-tone brown AMC Pacer.  Good times.
 
2013-04-11 11:12:58 AM  
Also Deep Purple Machine Head
 
2013-04-11 11:27:43 AM  
Never owned one.  My big brother bought a used car that had a player in it though.  I seem to remember it was mounted up on the roof of the car, of all things.
 
2013-04-11 11:33:11 AM  
Never had one.  My grandfather had one in his garage.  Mostly old country, Merle Haggard, Hank Williams Sr., etc.
 
2013-04-11 11:46:25 AM  
I never had one. But my best friend had the Grease soundtrack tape, and we used to dance to it in her basement.  At my house we had a record player, and it was Simon and Garfunkel when Mom was home, and Kiss when she wasn't.
 
2013-04-11 11:49:23 AM  
The Blues Brothers soundtrack.
 
2013-04-11 12:17:33 PM  
Steal Your Face
 
2013-04-11 12:17:45 PM  
The Beatles 1967-70 (2-tape set).
 
2013-04-11 01:28:28 PM  

tin_man: The Blues Brothers soundtrack.


The Blues Brothers movie came out in 1980.  Who in the hell still bought new music on 8-tracks in the 1980s?  Yeah, I know they still existed, but did anybody other than senior citizens and hillbillies still  buy them then?
 
2013-04-11 01:31:06 PM  
My one and only 8-Track:

upload.wikimedia.org

...which is weird because I never had a player.
 
2013-04-11 01:36:17 PM  

Cyberluddite: tin_man: The Blues Brothers soundtrack.

The Blues Brothers movie came out in 1980.  Who in the hell still bought new music on 8-tracks in the 1980s?  Yeah, I know they still existed, but did anybody other than senior citizens and hillbillies still  buy them then?


If that's what you had to play music on, that's what you bought, Columbo.
 
2013-04-11 01:36:33 PM  
Steve Martin: A Wild and Crazy Guy
 
2013-04-11 01:52:12 PM  
The first 8-track I remember listening to, and this was actually well after they were out of favor, was Iron Butterfly's In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.  I was about six and had never heard anything like it.  Freaked my shiat.
 
2013-04-11 01:56:46 PM  

dittybopper: Kiss Destroyer.

I still have a few:  Alice Cooper goes to Hell, soundtrack to the Sgt. Pepper's movie, the original radio broadcast of "War of the Worlds", probably a couple others I can't remember.


STFU.  I came in to write Kiss Destroyer and that we still have a bunch of them back home somewhere.  I had to click your profile to make sure you're not my brother.
 
2013-04-11 02:00:17 PM  

Cyberluddite: Really, there's nothing to "appreciate" about 8-tracks. Some things die for a reason, and this is one if them. They were the crappiest, poorest-quality medium for listening to recorded music ever--and not only did they sound like shiat, they were unreliable.

Having said that, I'm surprised they haven't become the latest "ironic" hipster trend. A lo-fi recording of crappy 70s music--which often broke songs in the middle to switch tracks and sometimes required you to jam a matchbook under the cartridge to keep it from playing two tracks at once--sounds like it would be right up Hipster Alley.



any person here who never used 8 tracks needs to read the above post twice to understand the experience.
 
2013-04-11 02:01:09 PM  
Deep Purple 'Made in Japan'
 
2013-04-11 02:11:00 PM  

Nana's Vibrator: Cyberluddite: Really, there's nothing to "appreciate" about 8-tracks. Some things die for a reason, and this is one if them. They were the crappiest, poorest-quality medium for listening to recorded music ever--and not only did they sound like shiat, they were unreliable.

Having said that, I'm surprised they haven't become the latest "ironic" hipster trend. A lo-fi recording of crappy 70s music--which often broke songs in the middle to switch tracks and sometimes required you to jam a matchbook under the cartridge to keep it from playing two tracks at once--sounds like it would be right up Hipster Alley.


any person here who never used 8 tracks needs to read the above post twice to understand the experience.



Hey, on a lot of albums, it took me years to stop anticipating that sudden fade away and then 'cha chunk' and the fade in on certain songs.  i.e. any Eagles album.
Every 8-track player I owned had a small screw that allowed you to re-align the head to prevent the cross-tracking effect.  The rubber band belts that operated everything inside the dang thing that stretched out or broke is what screwed everything up.  That would cause the tape to stop being reeled back into the cartridge and then you would have several hundred feet of that stuff all over the place.

/Good Times
 
2013-04-11 02:23:43 PM  

Farty McPooPants: Hey, on a lot of albums, it took me years to stop anticipating that sudden fade away and then 'cha chunk' and the fade in on certain songs.


I know exactly what you mean.  In the last couple of years I happened to get back into vinyl (no, I'm not a hipster--I just prefer the sound as compared to digital media, as long is it's played on really good audio equipment, which I have).  So I've reacquired some old vinyl that I hadn't listened to in years.  And yeah, for the albums that I also had on 8-track back in the day, whenever I play them now I can to this day still recall and anticipate exactly where the song would fade away, switch tracks, and fade back up.  It's like it's indelibly stamped on my brain for life.
 
2013-04-11 02:25:31 PM  
 
2013-04-11 02:35:41 PM  
The Cars - Candy-O
 
2013-04-11 02:35:58 PM  
dittybopper: Kiss Destroyer.

And the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack.
 
2013-04-11 02:43:45 PM  
Some guy is selling this pafrticular item on eBay right now--currently bid up to $29.99--but this is the exact same model of 8-track player I had in my 1968 Firebird convertible when I was in high school.  As I recall, I mounted it inside the glove box so it wouldn't be seen and easily stolen if I ever left the top down when I parked the car:

i.ebayimg.com

At the time, I thought it was pretty kick-ass.  At least until cassettes with Dolby noise reduction came out and blew 8-tracks away, and then I realized what shiat quality 8-tracks had been.  Plus, if you had a good home stereo cassette recorder, you could record your vinyl copy of the album on a good quality blank tape and it sounded 20 times better than the prerecorded cassettes you bought in the record store (which were mass-recorded on the cheapest, shiattiest quality bulk tape the record company could buy).  Almost nobody did that for 8-tracks--there really weren't any good quality home 8-track recorders ever made.
 
2013-04-11 03:32:21 PM  
Edgar Winter, They Only Come Out At Night
Mike Oldfield, Tubular Bells

I remember one of the track changes came in the middle of the drum solo for Frankenstein. To this day, I can't listen to that song without mentally inserting "CA-CLICK!" at that point.

/scarred for life
 
2013-04-11 03:48:03 PM  
I had a Bea...

CH-CHUNK

...ch Boys Greatest Hits 8-track.
 
2013-04-11 03:51:00 PM  
The 8-track player was my sister's not mine.
But I vividly remember her teaching me to dance to Blondie's Parallel Lines.

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-04-11 03:56:40 PM  

Farty McPooPants: Nana's Vibrator: Cyberluddite: Really, there's nothing to "appreciate" about 8-tracks. Some things die for a reason, and this is one if them. They were the crappiest, poorest-quality medium for listening to recorded music ever--and not only did they sound like shiat, they were unreliable.

Having said that, I'm surprised they haven't become the latest "ironic" hipster trend. A lo-fi recording of crappy 70s music--which often broke songs in the middle to switch tracks and sometimes required you to jam a matchbook under the cartridge to keep it from playing two tracks at once--sounds like it would be right up Hipster Alley.


any person here who never used 8 tracks needs to read the above post twice to understand the experience.


Hey, on a lot of albums, it took me years to stop anticipating that sudden fade away and then 'cha chunk' and the fade in on certain songs.  i.e. any Eagles album.
Every 8-track player I owned had a small screw that allowed you to re-align the head to prevent the cross-tracking effect.  The rubber band belts that operated everything inside the dang thing that stretched out or broke is what screwed everything up.  That would cause the tape to stop being reeled back into the cartridge and then you would have several hundred feet of that stuff all over the place.

/Good Times


You had me at 'cha chunk'

/You had me...at 'cha chunk'
 
2013-04-11 03:59:01 PM  
Very hazy memories of my uncle driving me around while  he fumbled with 8-tracks.

also very dim memories of my parent's home stereo with a 8-track slot.  steve wonder innervisions, blue oyster cult, the eagles (whom I farking hate) and a Billy Joel 8-track with him holding a trumpet.

i used to make little "forts" out of the cassettes and have my star wars men battle in them.  SUCK IT GREEDO, YOU GOT SQUASHED BY BILLY JOEL'S GREATEST HITS.
 
2013-04-11 04:06:24 PM  

Farty McPooPants: Hey, on a lot of albums, it took me years to stop anticipating that sudden fade away and then 'cha chunk' and the fade in on certain songs.


HA!!!!!

it isn't the same thing but long ago, my best friend Cody gave me his copy of "The White Album", which he'd taped live off the air from KLOS (back when a cool thing stations did on, you know, friday night or saturday night at midnight, play an entire album*, uninterrupted.)

anywyas, to your post, for yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrs that was my copy.  i listened to it hundreds of times.

then, when I bought the White Album on CD, everytime I heard "Julia" fade out, I would say to myself, "........Radio KLOS, Los Angeles."  I even do it now.


*kids, "albums" were these huge peices of flat vinyl, that had a very tiny series of inscribed marks that, when played into a "record player", reproduced.....nevermind.
 
2013-04-11 04:07:04 PM  
James Taylor. Sweet Baby James
 
2013-04-11 04:11:41 PM  

rickythepenguin: it isn't the same thing but long ago, my best friend Cody gave me his copy of "The White Album", which he'd taped live off the air from KLOS (back when a cool thing stations did on, you know, friday night or saturday night at midnight, play an entire album*, uninterrupted.)


That program was called The Seventh Day...a few albums were played in their entirety every Sunday night.
 
2013-04-11 04:28:35 PM  
Electric Light Orchestra, "Eldorado"
Pink Floyd, "Dark Side of the Moon"

The midsong track switch was annoying as hell.  On Eldorado, one song switches in the middle and starts over.  It wasn't even one of the good songs (I think it was Painted Lady, which I disliked).
 
2013-04-11 04:30:15 PM  
Also, Deep Purpose, "Machine Head".
 
2013-04-11 04:30:53 PM  
FARK.  Deep Purple.

Proof-reading should be attempted on occasion.
 
2013-04-11 04:48:04 PM  

Cyberluddite: Really, there's nothing to "appreciate" about 8-tracks. Some things die for a reason, and this is one if them. They were the crappiest, poorest-quality medium for listening to recorded music ever--and not only did they sound like shiat, they were unreliable.

Having said that, I'm surprised they haven't become the latest "ironic" hipster trend. A lo-fi recording of crappy 70s music--which often broke songs in the middle to switch tracks and sometimes required you to jam a matchbook under the cartridge to keep it from playing two tracks at once--sounds like it would be right up Hipster Alley.


It wouldn't be Fark if somebody weren't condescending
 
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