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Tina Turner – “Tina Live in Europe” Audio Cassette

Tina Turner Live in Europe audio cassette

Supergroups had come and gone before. But when Elton John was “just the keyboard player”, Phil Collins was “just the drummer”, and Mark Knopfler was “just the rhythm guitarist”, you were dealing with a new definition of huge.

Imagine the status and presence a vocalist would need in order to front a band in which the world’s biggest stars were queuing up just for a place at the back of the stage playing a tambourine… That was the status and presence Tina Turner built in the mid 1980s, and this Grammy-winning double live album is a fantastic document of the period. Continue reading Tina Turner – “Tina Live in Europe” Audio Cassette

Sony UCX 60 High Bias Audio Cassette (1985)

Sony UCX 60 High Bias Cassette 1985 lo res

1984 was a year of transition for Sony’s range of blank audio cassettes. The retailers’ shelves saw stock of the early(ish) 1980s design of Sony UCX, with its brushed metallic effect and attractive purple and silver livery. But before the year was out, these heavily updated replacements were ousting them, for a tenure lasting through the mid 1980s and into what we can effectively call the late ‘eighties. Continue reading Sony UCX 60 High Bias Audio Cassette (1985)

Six Great Reasons to Return to Tape-Based Multitrack Recording

Portastudio with 1992 and 1994 BASF Chrome cassettes

About five years ago when I had a mid life crisis, decided to drastically downsize my digital home recording facility and set up a 1990s-spec, tape-based studio in the space, I saw the tape studio serving as an occasional change. But it’s actually seen more use than the digital studio.

The digital studio is more capable, controlled and precise, and much easier to use, but tape has easily won the battle for attention. This year, I’ve started to ask myself why. Here are six key answers… Continue reading Six Great Reasons to Return to Tape-Based Multitrack Recording