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(Boing Boing)   8-track tapes were a terrible way to listen to music but they did some cool things like giving us this extra guitar solo from Pink Floyd's Animals   (boingboing.net) divider line
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2023-01-12 8:37:35 AM  
C'mon, it was great having a song cut off and wait for the click to the next track so it could start up again.
 
2023-01-12 8:44:51 AM  
Aren't there a couple of songs on The Wall soundtrack that aren't on the album?  Are they commercially available?

I haven't looks in years...
 
2023-01-12 8:46:43 AM  
I'm pretty sure that my parents had a car with a built-in 8-track player.
 
2023-01-12 8:52:38 AM  

CarnySaur: C'mon, it was great having a song cut off and wait for the click to the next track so it could start up again.


And having to wedge a folded piece of paper under the tape to prevent two songs from playing at once.
 
2023-01-12 8:55:49 AM  

CarnySaur: C'mon, it was great having a song cut off and wait for the click to the next track so it could start up again.


The really sad part is, when I listen to songs now, that I used to listen to on 8-track, I remember where the cuts were and hear them in my head.

But there were other bonuses as well, such as having to put a folded-up piece of cardboard under one side of the cartridge so it would play right... and not having the ability to skip forward/backward... ah, the good old days.  Hear a song you like and want to hear it again?  Just drive around longer!
 
2023-01-12 8:56:11 AM  

Highly evolved sloth: Aren't there a couple of songs on The Wall soundtrack that aren't on the album?  Are they commercially available?

I haven't looks in years...


Empty Spaces and When the Tigers Broke Free, I think.
 
2023-01-12 9:06:02 AM  
CHCH-KACHUNK
 
2023-01-12 9:07:19 AM  

holdmybones: Highly evolved sloth: Aren't there a couple of songs on The Wall soundtrack that aren't on the album?  Are they commercially available?

I haven't looks in years...

Empty Spaces and When the Tigers Broke Free, I think.


I know that "When the Tigers Broke Free" is tacked onto modern versions of The Final Cut, but I don't remember what's up with Empty Spaces as I am still waking up.
 
2023-01-12 9:14:32 AM  
Personally, I loved having to fold a matchbook to just the right thickness and wedge it between the cartridge and the tape deck to make sure the tape made good contact with the heads.
 
2023-01-12 9:22:40 AM  
You people are old as shiat.

*fixes cassette tape with a No. 2 pencil*
 
2023-01-12 9:24:22 AM  
FTA: Floyd associate Snowy White was assigned the task after David Gilmour's take was accidentally erased,

I wonder if the name of the person who 'accidentally' erased Gilmore's solo rhymed with Dodger Bought Her.
 
2023-01-12 9:32:46 AM  
Pink Floyd sucks.
 
2023-01-12 9:35:02 AM  

OldRod: The really sad part is, when I listen to songs now, that I used to listen to on 8-track, I remember where the cuts were and hear them in my head.


Same. Eagles "Best of My Love" (I know I know) as I was riding down the road in the back seat of my parents' B210.
 
2023-01-12 9:39:00 AM  

Dr Jack Badofsky: Pink Floyd sucks.


Not every group plays that crappy techno rap you love.
Some play quality music.
Take Pink Floyd for instance...
 
2023-01-12 9:41:13 AM  

SBinRR: OldRod: The really sad part is, when I listen to songs now, that I used to listen to on 8-track, I remember where the cuts were and hear them in my head.

Same. Eagles "Best of My Love" (I know I know) as I was riding down the road in the back seat of my parents' B210.


My Queen's Shear Heart Attack album had a perfect skip in 'Killer Queen'.  It should go, "She's a killerrrrr Queeneen, Gunfire gelatin...".  Mine went, "She's a killer, Gunfire gelatin...".  There was no pop that usually comes with a skip and it was perfectly in time with the music.  It is how I remember the song to this day.
 
2023-01-12 9:41:43 AM  

SloppyFrenchKisser: Take Pink Floyd Van Halen for instance...


FTFY
 
2023-01-12 9:42:49 AM  

SloppyFrenchKisser: Dr Jack Badofsky: Pink Floyd sucks.

Not every group plays that crappy techno rap you love.
Some play quality music.
Take Pink Floyd for instance...


Be nice.  Everyone knows it is impossible to sing on key without autotune.
 
2023-01-12 9:49:04 AM  

Dr Jack Badofsky: Pink Floyd sucks.


The Future/The Human League - New Pink Floyd
Youtube fdPJ8Pw4hqE
 
2023-01-12 9:49:18 AM  
So, in case you still can't figure out how this worked: in every other format on which Animals was released, the song "Pigs on the Wing" was split into two short (roughly 1:30 each) halves that began and ended the album.  On the 8 track, to make sure that everything fit in the 4 programs you had to split the 8 track between, "Pigs on the Wing" became a single song, with the two halves joined by this guitar solo.

It's a little puzzling that they've never released this officially, even in those massive box sets they've done in recent years.  I don't know if the fact that it's someone who's not actually a member of Pink Floyd complicates things there.
 
2023-01-12 9:50:46 AM  

LewDux: Dr Jack Badofsky: Pink Floyd sucks.

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In case you're wondering; yes, that is the band that later did this:

The Human League - Don't You Want Me (Official Music Video)
Youtube uPudE8nDog0
 
2023-01-12 9:51:15 AM  
Everyone in this thread:
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Me included. Ours was like this:
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/Simon & Garfunkel, Mac Davis, Neil Sedaka, etc.
//Sunken living room, green shag carpet, tiger-stripe mirrored entryway
///My house was not, but could have been, a 70's porn studio
 
2023-01-12 10:16:00 AM  

king of vegas: I'm pretty sure that my parents had a car with a built-in 8-track player.


I had a 1974 Karmann-Ghia with the original AM 8-track radio in it. I used to go to flea markets and look for moderately decent 8-tracks to play, and that was tough in a sea of country and Christian tapes. Never did find any Black Sabbath or the like, though I did get a Devo 8-track in good shape.
 
2023-01-12 10:16:49 AM  
getting a kick as my newly "repaired" DAT deck got 3 tapes through it before breaking again
 
2023-01-12 10:19:18 AM  
When I was 13 I got my 1st "record player". I picked one with a built in  8 Track player (I think an Emerson) instead of a very similar one with a cassette player specifically because a friend told me about the "extra stuff" on Animals and a couple other albums. That was 1980, the year after The Wall came out and it was still huge, so Pink Floyd was what made up my mind and the only band I remember him specifically mentioning. Plus 8-Track sound quality was better, they were tougher than records and easier to store & carry, he assured me. 8-Track was the future.

It was a decision I would quickly come to regret and my first lessons in obsolescence (planned or otherwise). Also my first lesson in not listing to your friend's opinions just because they were your friends.
 
2023-01-12 10:33:11 AM  

holdmybones: Highly evolved sloth: Aren't there a couple of songs on The Wall soundtrack that aren't on the album?  Are they commercially available?

I haven't looks in years...

Empty Spaces and When the Tigers Broke Free, I think.


"Empty Spaces" was supposed to be on the original album (the lyrics are listed on it), but it had to be cut and replaced by a much shorter version in order to fit. And in the film version, "Hey You" was cut due to pacing issues.
 
2023-01-12 10:39:27 AM  

Tyrone Slothrop: holdmybones: Highly evolved sloth: Aren't there a couple of songs on The Wall soundtrack that aren't on the album?  Are they commercially available?

I haven't looks in years...

Empty Spaces and When the Tigers Broke Free, I think.

"Empty Spaces" was supposed to be on the original album (the lyrics are listed on it), but it had to be cut and replaced by a much shorter version in order to fit. And in the film version, "Hey You" was cut due to pacing issues.


Oh, also in the film the songs "The Show Must Go On" and "Waiting For The Worms" were cut/shortened.

\why do you keep replacing "were" with "we're", autocorrect?
 
2023-01-12 10:44:27 AM  

p89tech: When I was 13 I got my 1st "record player". I picked one with a built in  8 Track player (I think an Emerson) instead of a very similar one with a cassette player specifically because a friend told me about the "extra stuff" on Animals and a couple other albums. That was 1980, the year after The Wall came out and it was still huge, so Pink Floyd was what made up my mind and the only band I remember him specifically mentioning. Plus 8-Track sound quality was better, they were tougher than records and easier to store & carry, he assured me. 8-Track was the future.

It was a decision I would quickly come to regret and my first lessons in obsolescence (planned or otherwise). Also my first lesson in not listing to your friend's opinions just because they were your friends.


I got something similar at 13, except it was made by Electrophonic. I think I bought 2 8-track tapes before I said "fark this shiat". Bothe were mastered without organizing the track jumps between songs. A song would stop halfway through and after 30 seconds it would kerchunk to the next track and pick up where it left off. Annoying as hell.
 
2023-01-12 10:50:07 AM  

Subtonic: You people are old as shiat.

*fixes cassette tape with a No. 2 pencil*


I really wonder what the future for music is. Just streaming forever with nobody owning any media locally? How long before we get AI generated music with fake singers and no musicians at all?
 
2023-01-12 10:53:36 AM  
ELO, "Out of the Blue" had songs that cut off mid-song at the end of one track, but then started from the beginning on the next track.  That's the only one I had that I remember doing that.  It was rather strange.
 
2023-01-12 11:11:41 AM  

Chajeungna: Everyone in this thread:
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Me included. Ours was like this:
[Fark user image 375x375]

/Simon & Garfunkel, Mac Davis, Neil Sedaka, etc.
//Sunken living room, green shag carpet, tiger-stripe mirrored entryway
///My house was not, but could have been, a 70's porn studio


Those are names I haven't heard in quite a while.
 
2023-01-12 11:14:11 AM  

Dr Jack Badofsky: Pink Floyd Primus sucks.


FTFY
 
2023-01-12 11:15:21 AM  

Muta: SBinRR: OldRod: The really sad part is, when I listen to songs now, that I used to listen to on 8-track, I remember where the cuts were and hear them in my head.

Same. Eagles "Best of My Love" (I know I know) as I was riding down the road in the back seat of my parents' B210.

My Queen's Shear Heart Attack album had a perfect skip in 'Killer Queen'.  It should go, "She's a killerrrrr Queeneen, Gunfire gelatin...".  Mine went, "She's a killer, Gunfire gelatin...".  There was no pop that usually comes with a skip and it was perfectly in time with the music.  It is how I remember the song to this day.


When I was around 7 or 8 years old, my uncle transferred a bunch of Beatles tunes from vinyl to 8-track for us kids to listen to. He made four of them I think. I'm in my 50's now and I still can't mentally unhear the click transfer of certain songs
 
2023-01-12 11:16:47 AM  

steve_wmn: p89tech: When I was 13 I got my 1st "record player". I picked one with a built in  8 Track player (I think an Emerson) instead of a very similar one with a cassette player specifically because a friend told me about the "extra stuff" on Animals and a couple other albums. That was 1980, the year after The Wall came out and it was still huge, so Pink Floyd was what made up my mind and the only band I remember him specifically mentioning. Plus 8-Track sound quality was better, they were tougher than records and easier to store & carry, he assured me. 8-Track was the future.

It was a decision I would quickly come to regret and my first lessons in obsolescence (planned or otherwise). Also my first lesson in not listing to your friend's opinions just because they were your friends.

I got something similar at 13, except it was made by Electrophonic. I think I bought 2 8-track tapes before I said "fark this shiat". Bothe were mastered without organizing the track jumps between songs. A song would stop halfway through and after 30 seconds it would kerchunk to the next track and pick up where it left off. Annoying as hell.


Yeah, I had a few more tapes than that but not many. When I turned 16 and got my license I would drive my parents 1970something Chevy Caprice Station Wagon (think Queen Family Truckster) which had an 8 Track player that probably hadn't been used since the day they bought the car. I had a bunch of 8 Tracks and was able to find plenty more in great shape at garage sales and flea markets for pocket change. I got over the "ker-chunk" so it wasn't all bad, I guess.
 
2023-01-12 11:18:01 AM  

mjones73: Dr Jack Badofsky: Pink Floyd Primus what is being called country but is really just shiatty pop drivel sucks.

FTFY


FTFY
 
2023-01-12 11:20:18 AM  

Cortez the Killer: mjones73: Dr Jack Badofsky: Pink Floyd Primus what is being called country but is really just shiatty pop drivel sucks.

FTFY

FTFY


Lol, and true.
 
2023-01-12 11:23:00 AM  

Subtonic: You people are old as shiat.

*fixes cassette tape with a No. 2 pencil*


You kids and your ability to play specific tracks while on the go.  You never learned to appreciate a whole album.
 
2023-01-12 11:25:55 AM  

steve_wmn: Subtonic: You people are old as shiat.

*fixes cassette tape with a No. 2 pencil*

I really wonder what the future for music is. Just streaming forever with nobody owning any media locally? How long before we get AI generated music with fake singers and no musicians at all?


That's already happened.
 
2023-01-12 11:26:15 AM  

Cortez the Killer: mjones73: Dr Jack Badofsky: Pink Floyd Primus what is being called country but is really just shiatty pop drivel sucks.

FTFY

FTFY


Very true
 
2023-01-12 11:28:52 AM  

null: steve_wmn: Subtonic: You people are old as shiat.

*fixes cassette tape with a No. 2 pencil*

I really wonder what the future for music is. Just streaming forever with nobody owning any media locally? How long before we get AI generated music with fake singers and no musicians at all?

That's already happened.


https://ai.plainenglish.io/building-a-lo-fi-hip-hop-generator-e24a005d0144

I wait in fear of the moment Lofi Girl slams her book shut and becomes sentient.
 
2023-01-12 11:42:43 AM  

jake_lex: So, in case you still can't figure out how this worked: in every other format on which Animals was released, the song "Pigs on the Wing" was split into two short (roughly 1:30 each) halves that began and ended the album.  On the 8 track, to make sure that everything fit in the 4 programs you had to split the 8 track between, "Pigs on the Wing" became a single song, with the two halves joined by this guitar solo.

It's a little puzzling that they've never released this officially, even in those massive box sets they've done in recent years.  I don't know if the fact that it's someone who's not actually a member of Pink Floyd complicates things there.


The "best of" package, "Echoes... The Very Best of Pink Floyd,"has this version, along with a mix of "Shine on You Crazy Diamond" where it's parts 1-7 in one go as opposed to 1-6. Not actually a bad compilation to own for that reason.
 
2023-01-12 11:45:44 AM  

jake_lex: So, in case you still can't figure out how this worked: in every other format on which Animals was released, the song "Pigs on the Wing" was split into two short (roughly 1:30 each) halves that began and ended the album.  On the 8 track, to make sure that everything fit in the 4 programs you had to split the 8 track between, "Pigs on the Wing" became a single song, with the two halves joined by this guitar solo.

It's a little puzzling that they've never released this officially, even in those massive box sets they've done in recent years.  I don't know if the fact that it's someone who's not actually a member of Pink Floyd complicates things there.


I mean, Snowy White (that's who it is I think) seems like a cool dude and it was work for hire. I doubt he'd object unless he feels it wasn't up to his standard. Still touring too I think. New record last month at least.
 
2023-01-12 12:09:55 PM  
When buying cars my father akways bought the cheapest trim level you can. The only time he "splurged " was when the auto makers made FM radio standard.
 
2023-01-12 12:23:06 PM  

drewogatory: I mean, Snowy White (that's who it is I think) seems like a cool dude and it was work for hire. I doubt he'd object unless he feels it wasn't up to his standard. Still touring too I think. New record last month at least.


Snowy has always been Rog's go-to replacement for Dave. I've seen him several times.
 
2023-01-12 12:46:04 PM  
In the late 70's when I was stationed in Japan, I had a Pioneer 8-Track player/recorder.  You could buy good quality blank tapes there.  But, it was still 8-Track.
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2023-01-12 12:52:38 PM  

holdmybones: Highly evolved sloth: Aren't there a couple of songs on The Wall soundtrack that aren't on the album?  Are they commercially available?

I haven't looks in years...

Empty Spaces and When the Tigers Broke Free, I think.


The version of Empty Spaces in the movie is an extended version found in the album. The movie also lacks Vera, if I'm not mistaken.
 
2023-01-12 12:54:59 PM  

Muta: SloppyFrenchKisser: Dr Jack Badofsky: Pink Floyd sucks.

Not every group plays that crappy techno rap you love.
Some play quality music.
Take Pink Floyd for instance...

Be nice.  Everyone knows it is impossible to sing on key without autotune.


*Outtatune
 
zez
2023-01-12 12:59:01 PM  
My first car came with an AM only radio so I picked up an underdash panasonic FM/8-track player. After not being able to find many decent 8-tracks to listen to (plus they took up a lot of space) I bought an 8-track/cassette adapter

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2023-01-12 1:31:59 PM  

Cortez the Killer: Chajeungna: Everyone in this thread:
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Me included. Ours was like this:
[Fark user image 375x375]

/Simon & Garfunkel, Mac Davis, Neil Sedaka, etc.
//Sunken living room, green shag carpet, tiger-stripe mirrored entryway
///My house was not, but could have been, a 70's porn studio

Those are names I haven't heard in quite a while.


I should have clarified that I was but a young lad when those were playing on the Hi-Fi. I'm surprised I remembered Mac Davis' name. Here's another my brain just dredged up: Roger Whittaker. Ugh, it was horrible what my parents listened to.
 
2023-01-12 1:44:15 PM  

SloppyFrenchKisser: Dr Jack Badofsky: Pink Floyd sucks.

Not every group plays that crappy techno rap you love.
Some play quality music.
Take Pink Floyd for instance...


Thanks for that grampa
 
2023-01-12 1:51:08 PM  
I've heard the solo live (it's on the bootleg of the show where Waters famously spit on a fan and had a meltdown mid-song because people in the audience where setting off firecrackers) but I don't think I've heard the studio version until now.
 
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