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Thread started 04/28/12 10:04am

soulyacolia

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does anyone still collect cassettes?

I know that there are a few things that are rare and sought after NYC, The War, Kamasutra, but what about the other releases ? I was in the record shop today and the guy had Emancipation on tape. Cost me like a quid and comes in quite a groovy slip case ! It's gotta be worth more than that no ? I also got an SOTT tape few months back which was mint and still had the heart sticker on it.

So essentially- tapes ? Yay or nay ?

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Reply #1 posted 04/28/12 10:15am

rdhull

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I don't collect them but I refuse to throw mine away. I have tons..such that I ended up buying a cassete component piece.

c'mon baby, where's ya guts?
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Reply #2 posted 04/28/12 10:26am

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NYC is sought after? I could barely give a copy away on a recent ebay listing, and it was mint.

I have a few tapes, never even been played. I have a few of those NPG samplers in the black covers, they were given away at Gold Experience gigs back in the day, the Holy River promo, The War all that lot, some singles.

Tapes were shit really when you think about it.

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Reply #3 posted 04/28/12 10:32am

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rdhull said:

I don't collect them but I refuse to throw mine away. I have tons..such that I ended up buying a cassete component piece.

You bought a tape player.

lol

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Reply #4 posted 04/28/12 10:41am

rdhull

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TheDigitalGardener said:

rdhull said:

I don't collect them but I refuse to throw mine away. I have tons..such that I ended up buying a cassete component piece.

You bought a tape player.

lol

yup

a component double cassette player to be exact (not a tiny hand held) to play the 400 or so tapes Ive had over 3 decades..until I finally get to transferring them to cd or digital

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Reply #5 posted 04/28/12 10:41am

Flip

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i was cleaning and i found another War tape still sealed... funny thing was it was still in the evenolope they sent it in.. so now i have 2 or sealed and an open copy of that.. wish they would sent the war on cd

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Reply #6 posted 04/28/12 10:42am

soulyacolia

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Tapes were always a crap format but had the portability factor and you could rock em on ya walkman ! Worst thing was when they got chewed up in the player ! I hated that !
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Reply #7 posted 04/28/12 10:46am

SuperFurryAnim
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at the 1st celey they were selling the War cassettes for $1

What are you outraged about today? CNN has not told you yet?
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Reply #8 posted 04/28/12 11:08am

finky

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I collected the cassette singles and maxi singles and have a few cassette promo's etc. I'm still looking for "Sounds 'O' the times" UK promo cassette. I have a sealed black album cassette issued in Korea with Korean writing on the front sticker. Also have the Australian cassette issued for 1999. It has the same tracks as the single LP release and has a different cover to the other releases in US and Europe etc. Kinda cool, but I don't think they will ever be worth much simply because of the crap sound quality and the fact that your player can "chew" them at any moment. I never play mine.

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Reply #9 posted 04/28/12 11:42am

uuhson

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my neighbor has a huge collection of casettes, we always make fun of him. its hilarious

Bogey and Bacall, peanut butter and jelly, Wall being on fucking point, is "classic" dipshit. An iphone is top shelf technology. Get it straight. This thing is 4g. -Wall the great
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Reply #10 posted 04/28/12 12:01pm

novabrkr

Tapes are still used for underground music. They could just as well all switch to other formats and net releases, but tapes are thought to be more fun. Some limited releases go for crazy amounts of money.

I saw Emancipation on tape once too. I was really surprised that it was released that way too.

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Reply #11 posted 04/28/12 1:11pm

chopingard

I love my cassettes especially the american slip card singles Like Damn U

I started collecting boots on cassette with the floresant card 3 for a tenner in Camden Market

I don't think they are going to be worth much unless it's the Dolphin cassette single or the Exodus sampler with Get Wild version 1 and the extended Free The Music. Either that or the Versace Experience cassettes given away at the 95 Versace show

Other than those I think they are all under 20 most under a fiver

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Reply #12 posted 04/28/12 2:07pm

jonylawson

i threw about 70 prince cassetes away a few years back...i felt incredibly sad!

box of chocolates,all my other bootlegs etc......

and then looked at my ipod and thought..yeah your cleverer but dont have half as much personality.......................... as prince's sad little tdk face peered out from the bin

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Reply #13 posted 04/28/12 5:30pm

dmcl1971

My 12 year old car only has a tape player. I never got around to getting a CD player, let alone an MP3 palyer for it. So my Prince tapes are still used on a regular basis. I have all the Prince albums, a bunch of related artists and of course loads of mix tapes recorded on my twin deck back in the 80's.

In fact the day 'Planet Earth' was released I had to drive across the country. So I got up early, got the first copy of the CD in the shop, went home and copied it to tape so that I could listen to it in the car. Of course I couldn't find a blank tape for love nor money in 2007, so I had to copy over an old Technotronic tape.

As long as my car is still runnin tape will never die!!!!!

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Reply #14 posted 04/28/12 5:36pm

CrabalockerFis
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I buy cassettes all the time, but just because they're so cheap. I usually convert them to digital and never touch the tapes again, unless I'm in a really old car, or my MP3 player is broke.

[Edited 4/28/12 17:37pm]

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Reply #15 posted 04/28/12 6:31pm

toejam

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I don't go out of my way to search for them, but if I come across one I haven't got and it's less than $10 I'll normally pick it up. There's no way I'd ever pay more than that for a cassette. I probably have about 30 or so Prince cassettes total.

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Reply #16 posted 04/28/12 7:08pm

XNY

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I still use them in my car. I'm not a fan of the sound ipods make and cd's continue

to get scratched in my car. So I play tapes instead.

I still have a lot of blank tapes laying around so I make my own mixes for around town.

That, and Goodwill many has them for 49cents. biggrin

By the way, I just found a near-mint VHS copy of "Billboards", the Joffrey Ballet performance.

I saw it years ago live and never bought the tape - so I jumped at the chance when I saw it ...and VHS tapes are also 49 cents. You can't beat that. Woo hoo !! bananadance

"Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion" -- Martha Graham
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Reply #17 posted 04/28/12 7:10pm

XNY

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CrabalockerFishwife said:

I buy cassettes all the time, but just because they're so cheap. I usually convert them to digital and never touch the tapes again, unless I'm in a really old car, or my MP3 player is broke.

[Edited 4/28/12 17:37pm]

How do you convert them to digital/mp3s? I know you can convert vinyl to digital, but didn't

know you could do it with tapes. hmm

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Reply #18 posted 04/28/12 7:20pm

thedance

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My Cassette tapes:

[img:$uid]http://img707.imageshack.us/img707/5422/princecassettetapes01sm.jpg[/img:$uid]

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Reply #19 posted 04/28/12 7:20pm

thedance

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the "1999" cassette tracklist:

[img:$uid]http://img214.imageshack.us/img214/1188/princecassettetapes03.jpg[/img:$uid]

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Reply #20 posted 04/28/12 7:38pm

CrabalockerFis
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XNY said:

CrabalockerFishwife said:

I buy cassettes all the time, but just because they're so cheap. I usually convert them to digital and never touch the tapes again, unless I'm in a really old car, or my MP3 player is broke.

How do you convert them to digital/mp3s? I know you can convert vinyl to digital, but didn't

know you could do it with tapes. hmm

There's a few different ways to do it, but I'm bad at explaining things, so just google 'cassette to mp3'. The easiest way to do it would be to buy a USB Cassette Player. You just plug it in to your computer, install some program that comes with it, put a cassette in the player, and it records onto your computer as it's playing.

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Reply #21 posted 04/29/12 3:18am

thedance

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the sound on these cassettes are usually not so great,

so why convert these cassettes to MP3??

But of course it can easily be done with Audacity..

(In case you have a tape recorder)..

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Reply #22 posted 04/29/12 8:26pm

duggalolly

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thedance said:

the "1999" cassette tracklist:

[img:$uid]http://img214.imageshack.us/img214/1188/princecassettetapes03.jpg[/img:$uid]

What an odd tracklist. They say it has 2 extra tracks, but "How Come U Don't Call Me" is the only non-LP track, and they removed "Automatic," "All The Critics Love U," "International Lover"??

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Reply #23 posted 04/29/12 8:30pm

CrabalockerFis
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duggalolly said:

What an odd tracklist. They say it has 2 extra tracks

1999 was released as a double album, and as a single disc vinyl album.

[from wikipedia]

1-LP edited version

Side one

  1. "1999" – 6:15
  2. "Little Red Corvette" – 5:03
  3. "Delirious" – 4:00
  4. "Free" – 5:08

Side two

  1. "Let's Pretend We're Married" – 7:21
  2. "Something in the Water (Does Not Compute)" – 4:02
  3. "Lady Cab Driver" – 8:19

The cassette has two tracks that this version doesn't.

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Reply #24 posted 05/01/12 4:49pm

Digifuwill

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I don't collect them but there still laying around the house!

[img:$uid]http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-fFPhA4YcFmQ/T6B1ljwbk7I/AAAAAAAAD7s/L4iuBo7Z2to/s640/IMG_0211.JPG[/img:$uid]

[img:$uid]http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-N1o7tReFM58/T6B19bWBORI/AAAAAAAAD70/wN0FRAePSAA/s640/IMG_0058.jpg[/img:$uid]

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Reply #25 posted 05/01/12 7:20pm

EyeJester7

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My Cassette tapes:

[img:$uid]http://img707.imageshack.us/img707/5422/princecassettetapes01sm.jpg[/img:$uid]

I am SO jealous of you in so many kind of ways it's not even funny. biggrin

I want to find some!!! I love your collection!! headbang headbang

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Reply #26 posted 05/01/12 7:31pm

EyeJester7

I am addicted to cassette tapes! I've always has been! They have been a passion of mine since I was young. I record them still today, to use for mix tapes, and such.

Can you tell from my wall? Hahaha

Finding a Prince record on cassette would make me thrill me in several different ways!

I only have a 'Copy' of the Black Album, SOTT, and Parade on cassette. I would love to have at least four more. I want 'Come' on cassette and a few more rare ones to find.

I record my own messages and mixes on cassette as you can see from my wall, but having more Prince records would be beyond cool. smile

But as for collecting, I'll stick to vinyl and CD's smile

Cassettes are more personal for my own use as I talk and record data. PLUS the sound is not as crisp as it would be in any other format.

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Reply #27 posted 05/01/12 7:35pm

kewlschool

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Why? When I can collect records.

99.9% of everything I say is strictly for my own entertainment
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Reply #28 posted 05/01/12 9:45pm

XNY

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CrabalockerFishwife said:

XNY said:

How do you convert them to digital/mp3s? I know you can convert vinyl to digital, but didn't

know you could do it with tapes. hmm

There's a few different ways to do it, but I'm bad at explaining things, so just google 'cassette to mp3'. The easiest way to do it would be to buy a USB Cassette Player. You just plug it in to your computer, install some program that comes with it, put a cassette in the player, and it records onto your computer as it's playing.

Thanks for all the info !! I have a quite a few tapes that sound better than my mp3's. I've also found that a VCR recording of his live sets sound far better than my DVD recordings of the same performance. The video is not as good, but I don't care about video as much as I do about audio. I have VHS copy of Fury from SNL that blows away the dvd. thanx again !

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Reply #29 posted 05/02/12 4:49am

TrevorAyer

i almost exclusively listen to cassettes .. love em .. if i buy a cd i will make a tape then sell the cd .. i love vinyl but it tends to skip and be scratchy .. even if its a new record, the record stores don't take good care of them anymore ... i like to download live shows and make a tape without the bad songs .. i also like to tape shows myself on cassette ..

even tho lossless is far superior .. mp3 is definately not .. in fact if you convert anything to mp3 you will regret it as tho you just flushed your entire collection down the toilet .. its far better to remain lossless cd or vinyl and cassettes are pretty good better than mp3 for sure

cds tend to scratch and be unlistenable after .. a tape you can usually fix .. even if it gets eaten by your tape deck you never bother to clean or demagnetize .. cds cant usually be fixed once they are scratched ..

most music was recorded on tapes in the first place, then converted to digital, now adays its recorded digitally and you can here its not as warm and full sounding

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