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 Posted:   May 11, 2014 - 8:31 AM   
 By:   Jehannum   (Member)

Only ever bought one music cassette (Imagination - Gold). Hated them for music. Great for messing around with recording, though.

 Posted:   May 11, 2014 - 8:52 AM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

I had a bunch of cassettes. I think the Jaws cassette split one of the big adventure cues across the sides, fading down and back up, is that right?


8-Tracks did that a lot as I remember.

 Posted:   May 11, 2014 - 9:00 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

I had some cassettes but not many. BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY, INNERSPACE, BLADE RUNNER and the Gerhardt Bernard Herrmann compilation come to mind. They were the only way I could hear scores in the car back then. Ironically, although it's easy to listen to music in the car today, it's something I stopped doing years ago!

 Posted:   May 11, 2014 - 9:18 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

On the other hand, I never bought any 8-Tracks.

Meanwhile, I've only gotten rid of cassettes if they're unplayable (like Psycho II or Enemy Mine).

 Posted:   May 11, 2014 - 10:06 AM   
 By:   The Mutant   (Member)

Still have a bunch. I listened to my cassette of The Fog so much in high-school that it wore down.

I really miss making mix tapes from my CDs. Good times.

 Posted:   May 11, 2014 - 10:26 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Re: I really miss making mix tapes from my CDs. Good times.

I still like to make compilations -- first used to make them on reel-to-reel tape, then cassette, and now CD-R. But these days mostly just playlists for the iPod.

As for buying soundtracks on tape, I bought tons of them on reel-to-reel, including most of John Barry's for the Bond movies, but chose to avoid buying any on pre-recorded cassette, preferring to make my own cassettes with the best quality metal tape I could buy at the time. (One's history with tape sure makes one appreciate the audio quality of "burned" CDs!)

 Posted:   May 11, 2014 - 10:28 AM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

A still Sealed CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS THE DISCOVERY by Cliff Eidelman I got at Streetlight for 50 cents.

What do you suppose that is worth today?

Probably not much. I guess it was worth 50 cents to Streetlight. You can still get the CD on Amazon for reasonable prices.

 Posted:   May 11, 2014 - 10:36 AM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

With the convenience unfortunately also came the questionable sound quality and the cost of the batteries with a Walkman. Not just when the batteries actually go which is soon enough, but a few hours before as they are dying not hearing the music on the speed one should hear it.It could be a pain indeed. I remember back in 84 I took a cross country bus trip from New YORK TO L.A. must have spent $50.00 on the batteries alone. Then of course the damage done on some tapes due to a bad cassette player, etc etc.

 Posted:   May 11, 2014 - 2:48 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

I have an eight track tape of "Citizen Kane: The Classic Film Dcores Of Bernard Herrmann" withCharles Gerhardt and the National Philharmonic Orchestra that has a LONGER version of "Beneath The 12 Mile Reef". Also had the London Phase 4 cassette of "The Fantasy Film World Of Bernard Herrmann" until that broke. I have a concert of a Jerry Goldsmith concert was was recorded off the radio; unfortunately, it's in storage. I still have Lalo Schifrin's "The Fourth Protocol" on cassette.

 Posted:   May 11, 2014 - 3:03 PM   
 By:   rickO   (Member)

I had a bunch of cassettes. I think the Jaws cassette split one of the big adventure cues across the sides, fading down and back up, is that right?


Yes, Lukas, it sure did!

Those were the days ...

-Rick O.

 Posted:   May 11, 2014 - 5:07 PM   
 By:   Adm Naismith   (Member)

I had a padded case filled with some 2 dozen cassettes. I think I bought ST-IV on cassette and LP. I had a collection of Monty Python albums on cassette (long since replaced by a complete CD box set.)

I lived in Malaysia in '84/'85. I found it was common for a record store to carry one LP copy of an album and sell cassette copies they made in the store. I know I had a copy of Monty Python's Meaning of Life that way, and at least a few others.
I guarantee you, anything I had on cassette has long since been replaced twice over by legit CDs.

 Posted:   May 11, 2014 - 5:13 PM   
 By:   Trent B.   (Member)

I bought two scores on cassette .... Independence Day and Star Trek Generations.

 Posted:   May 11, 2014 - 5:16 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

I mention this before, but if you look at many films during their end credits from the 70's into the early 80's you will see the wording AVAILABLE ON RECORDS AND TAPES. Like others on this board I made loads of compilation tapes years ago by taping themes from TV showings.

 Posted:   May 12, 2014 - 1:56 AM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)

Also bought 8-Tracks and I remember getting Goldsmith's QB VII. With the extra bonus that my Dad had an 8-Track Player in his Chrysler Town & Country Station Wagon. I think I was the only kid ever blasting Goldsmith's Emmy Winning Score, cruising down the streets of San Jose. Well, not blasting. Dad did have some rules. I had PATTON on 8-Track too!

My parents got us kids a stereo system that had a built-in 8-track tape player (this was roughly '73-'74?). It didn't really get used much till I discovered the nearby Lucky store had an 8-track bin. I picked up From Russia With Love, Man With The Golden Gun, and The Big Gundown.

Greg Espinoza

 Posted:   May 12, 2014 - 3:53 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

It's an interesting topic that I have a close connection to, but I pretty much covered everything I had to say on the subject in this thread:

 Posted:   May 12, 2014 - 6:12 AM   
 By:   MikeP   (Member)

After buying LP's and a few 8 tracks in the 70's ( and yes, it was the Jaws 8 track that faded out the Sea Chase track mid way through and then faded back in, grrrrr ) I guess through the early 80's most of my soundtracks were on cassette. We'd moved and I lost my turntable, so went to cassettes. I'd get promo LP's at the radio station from most of the major labels, though, so had still kept some LP's.

As CDs became the norm, I'd pick up certain titles on CD right away, but something that wasn't a "sure thing" ( not Goldsmith, Williams, TD or Horner razz ) would be a cassette purchase. Hell I even remember buying Rudy on cassette first.

I loved my cassettes. It irritated me when some labels continued to produce cassettes in the black tape box instead of the completely clear plastic box. Varese was a bit late in the game on this. Also I preferred when the actual cassette shells were clear plastic instead of the white cassettes. When the cassette itself was clear, you could look at the amount of tape and kinda judge how long the album would be. Also with a clear tape housing, you could see if the tape was the black "chrome" tape for better audio, or the standard fidelity brown tape razz

Oh, and with Varese, they changed the font and text layout on their cassette box spines along the way...moving from their classic font and a centered style to a much less attractive text font and moving all the text to being right aligned. Oh I did not like that move, Varese.

Yep...I was that anal.

I kept my cassettes a long time after switching totally to CD. Even when some dollar store chains back in the 90's got these large dump bins of Varese cassettes I'd pick up titles I'd missed earlier. But maybe 6 years ago I ended up boxing up most - not all - of my cassettes and giving them to a local Goodwill store. Out of curiosity, I stopped back by that store about a week and a half later, and there was not a cassette to be found. Someone really scored big grin

And in the interests of full disclosure, about two months back I even bought sealed tape copies of Goldsmith's Lionheart Volumes 1 & 2 from an Amazon seller, $5 for both cassettes.

 Posted:   May 12, 2014 - 10:20 AM   
 By:   BornOfAJackal   (Member)

My big 8-track standbys were CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND and THE FURY.

On cassette, it was STAR TREKS I, II, and III, plus UNDER FIRE.

 Posted:   May 12, 2014 - 5:14 PM   
 By:   Jim Doherty   (Member)

There was a time when I really didn't care whether I got the LP or the cassette, because the cassettes had started to sound so good (and you didn't get the record's surface noise). I still remember playing the cassette of Kilar's DRACULA for people, and them being astounded at the sound coming from a cassette. I've still got one of those suitcase-like cassette carriers filled with over one hundred store-bought soundtrack cassettes, including items like BEETLEJUICE, THE BRIDE, THE BEST OF STAR TREK, TUCKER, and WILLOW, which, as I recall, was longer than the LP because the cassette could hold more music.

I really think every format had its heyday. Each also had its advantages and drawbacks. I look back (and forward) fondly on all of them.

 Posted:   May 12, 2014 - 11:43 PM   
 By:   drop_forge   (Member)

Soundtracks I owned on cassette in the 80s included:

Big Trouble in Little China
Conan The Barbarian
Escape from New York
Halloween 4
The Hunger
Prince of Darkness
Raw Deal
The Terminator

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