Classic EMI White Label Chromium Dioxide Audio Cassette

Classic EMI White Label Chrome Audio Cassette

Here’s a fine example of a major recording label maintaining the highest standards in its audio cassette output in the early 1990s. It’s a German-made EMI tape from 1992, featuring Pinchas Zukerman (violin) and Daniel Barenboim (piano) performing Beethoven’s Violin Sonatas, Nos. 5, 8 and 9. Continue reading

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Spin Doctors – Pocket Full of Kryptonite Cassette

Spin Doctors - Pocket Full of Kryptonite cassette

It’s often hard to remember why you bought albums. Singles are easier to explain – at least you have a specific track to analyse when trying to determine what appealed to you. With albums, you know you like the artist, but you may not be sure which of the tracks, if any, first caught your attention.

As regards Pocket Full of Kryptonite by The Spin Doctors, however, I know Continue reading

Led Zeppelin ‘1’ – Audio Cassette

Led Zeppelin 1 audio cassette

I made a post about the Jimi Hendrix Experience the other day, taking a glance at their defining role in the birth of rock music. But Hendrix didn’t single-handedly invent heavy rock. He was a supreme innovator, but when it came to setting the musical paramaters of what we now refer to as hard rock, there was a much more direct instigating force. That force, was Led Zeppelin. Continue reading

Jimi Hendrix Experience – Live at Winterland cassette

Jimi Hendrix Experience Live at Winterland audio cassette

No one raised the importance of the electric guitar like Jimi Hendrix. Not that electric guitars were any sort of insignificance before Hendrix arrived on the scene, of course, but he did markedly elevate the guitarist’s potential status within a band. He showed that it was possible for the guitar to grab such attention in a rock group, that Continue reading

The Tascam 424 Portastudio

Tascam 424 Portastudio

I thought I’d do something a bit different today and take a concise look at an archetypal piece of tape recording equipment. This is a Tascam 424 Portastudio – a multitracking device which gave home recording enthusiasts (often musicians, but sometimes amateur producers) their own small recording studio, in the days before hard disk digital multitracking became available to the masses. Continue reading

Siouxsie & the Banshees – Hyaena cassette (1984)

Siouxsie & the Banshees Hyaena audio cassette 1984

As promised, here’s Siouxsie & The Banshees’ 1984 audio cassette album: Hyaena. I’ve taken the unusual step of photographing both sides of the tape and the inlay, such is the visual appeal of this product – rapidly approaching three decades of age. I don’t want to appear biased towards Siouxsie and the Banshees on what’s primarily an audio cassette photo blog (great as the band were), but their audio tapes were so photogenic that the decision to add multiple examples has pretty much made itself. Continue reading

Siouxsie & the Banshees – Tinderbox Cassette 1986

Siouxsie & the Banshees - Tinderbox audio cassette 1986

The only thing wrong with this album as far as I’m concerned is that it’s not long enough. There aren’t really too many albums you can say that about. Of course, whether four tracks per side really is long enough for an album depends on the length of the songs and whether or not you like them, but I’d say this is definitely a bit light on quantity given that it was released and sold as a full LP. Continue reading