This is another of the highly attractive, abundantly classy and sonically spectacular Polydor / Deutsche Grammophon CrO2 pre-records of the 1980s. It’s part of the 3D Classics series, which was released around the cusp of the ‘80s and ‘90s decades, with this particular instalment hitting the shops in 1989. Continue reading
Through the one decade plus from ’76 into the late ‘eighties, the band’s musical style morphed, and I suppose you could say ‘matured’ – although that would imply that original format punk was immature, which I don’t believe was the case.
Memorex was a very shaky brand, with a poor reputation among some circles of aficionados. But Memorex tapes did sell, with the average consumer most probably buying them on the strength of the slick TV advertising they utilised. The UK’s TV ads of 1982 initially alerted me to Memorex tapes. Continue reading
This was one of my Mom’s tapes. It’s full both sides with classical piano music (Ravel), and I don’t want to tape over anything she recorded, so I can’t judge the cassette by the same criteria I judge my own. It’s a 60 minute BASF Chrome Extra II from 1989, recorded with Dolby B Type. There’s nothing to mask tape hiss in the quiet passages, so even with Dolby there’s some noticeable noise. I’m also unaware of what equipment my Mom used to record the tape, and it’s difficult under those circumstances to tell precisely what the reproduction is like. In the louder passages where the piano sound gets brighter, you do start to hear the characteristic BASF top end, but in other respects I’m not convinced this is one of the best BASF CrO2 tapes there ever was. I think classical music, with its massive dynamic range, is one genre which in analogue-only days was desperately crying out for the arrival of digital media, and I now find it quite hard to listen to on audio tape.