Little Feat – Let It Roll Cassette

Little Feat - Let It Roll Audio Cassette

My previous post looked at the 1993 Buddy Guy album Feels Like Rain, which happened to feature Little Feat’s Bill Payne and Richie Hayward. This, in turn, took me back another five years for a revisit to Little Feat’s own album – Let It Roll. Continue reading

Buddy Guy – Feels Like Rain on CrO2 Cassette

Buddy Guy - Feels Like Rain

Last weekend I was listening to a fascinating radio interview, which Cerys Matthews did with engineer and producer Tony Platt – noted for his work with Bob Marley, AC/DC and a diverse range of other major artists. There were some great insights into the making of legendary recordings, including a discussion about Bob Marley and the ‘commercialisation’ of his track Stir It Up. Lots of nuggets of info from what one might expect would now be fading memories, but recalled with consummate assuredness. Continue reading

The Damned – Anything (CrO2 Audio Cassette)

The Damned - Anything Cassette 1986

Made at the height of the chromium dioxide era, this pre-record, released on the MCA label, forms a nice little nugget of nostalgia. With its black shell, silver paper label, and green tape leader, the cassette looks, as well as plays, like a quality product. Continue reading

Ten Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Portastudio Recording

Tascam Four Track Level Meters

Most people with a major interest in tape recording will probably know a fair bit about Portastudios. But whatever your experience in this field, I bet there’s at least one thing in this collection of obscure facts that you didn’t know about the world of Tascam four-track tape machines… Continue reading

Talking Heads – Stop Making Sense Cassette (1984)

Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense

This is the companion album to Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense movie, as released in 1984. The album was phenomenally successful, which perhaps wasn’t that surprising given the astronomical budget of the project, but for a 1984 album to have stood the test of time so well, is rare. Continue reading

Why Use Audio Cassettes in the Digital Age?

Sony Metallic 60 Cassette

The answer was once obvious. Decades ago, people used compact cassettes because there was no other media upon which they could conveniently preserve sound at home, and because cassettes allowed pre-recorded matter to be played in places where the delicacy and static requirements of vinyl disc turntables were impractical. Continue reading

1990 Memorex dBS+ 60 Audio Cassette

Memorex dBS+ 60 cassette

I can’t help feeling that I’ve been harsh with Memorex tapes over the course of this blog. The generation with which I had the most affinity (early ‘80s) were not well designed for the long term, and the high bias variants I used did not produce the sparkling trebles of their rivals. But in a recent test, I found that the actual tape contained in an early ‘80s Memorex MRXI (a normal bias Type I) acquitted itself very well sonically once the design flaws in the cassette were resolved. That prompted me to evaluate a later Memorex Type I… Continue reading