1. The first phonograph was a tin disc or cylinder. Listen to the Voice of Brahm’s and Piano Arrangement 1889.
2. 78’s I have seen them and they were much thicker and heavier.
3. 33 1/3’s loved them. Killed me when it skipped though and they could warp with too much heat.
4. 45’s (singles) You could play 45’s in a car? Check the link, of course it’s on youtube.
5. 8 tracks I never owned one but I had friends who did.
6. Cassettes (The Walkman) I had a cassette player specially installed in my first car. They did tend to get eaten, the term used when the taped crinkled up and was mangled by the gremlins inside.
7. Boom Box Okay so I don’t miss these on the beach.
8. CD’s (DiscMan) I carried one on my walks. I needed a pouch for hands free. It could be extra baggage to take your favorite CD’s on a road trip.
9. MP3’s (IPOD) in many cases, it’s in the air and an isolated experience. I do tend to listen to it more then the radio. It is my music on my time, no commercials.
10. Vinyl is making a comeback. Many bands are releasing albums as well as CD’s now.
Some things are worth keeping.
I admit I rarely throw out things that are sentimental to me, those certain things that evoke great memories but I did lose track of my albums but I still have my first stereo. It was nothing fancy to the music aficionado but it meant the world to me. My son is now a collector and I’ll hear a song that he is playing and just reminisce. The other day, I said to him, “I had that album, where did you get it?” and he said “in mom-mom’s attic” and I just smiled. Owning the whole album was so much different from downloading a song. I will admit I like the convenience of putting the IPOD on shuffle and just let it play the next random song but I think back to the days that I was just in a Dave Mason mood or it was a Yes day and the sound filled the room. When you owned the album, to me anyway, you identified with the artists differently. There was more of an appreciation. The names of the entire band wasn’t the only knowledge you acquired, an album cover was full of information as well as the sleeve that the album slipped into. I can still identify many songs by the album they first appeared on and the art work first comes to mind. I remember closely examining the album as it played. Holding it in both hands and just scanning it as the music played in the background. Looking at the names, often times other artists from other bands played on that album and you felt like you had a bonus collector’s item. I’ll admit I have gotten a little old folksy when the music is too loud but if an album that I owned is playing I have been known to say, “crank it up”. Another observation, when playing an entire album you always knew what song was coming up and if you owned the album and heard the song on the radio you would always hear the first few chords of the next song in your head and half expect to hear that song. It also fascinates me how many lyrics are swimming around in our heads that are activated when a song is played, yet we forget where we last placed our keys.
Remember when you could only buy your albums at a record store?
Record Store Day was April 16th 2011 and is now celebrated annually.
Everyone had a favorite album or two. Do you remember yours?