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8 Track Journal
Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Found one of those desperate sales that happen in the middle of the week where everything that doesn’t get sold today gets tossed. After still being sore and bruised after last week’s move I could completely relate I was told by the lady running it the realtor came by in the morning yelling at her for still being here. I still find it hard to turn off my hoarder brain and hope soon to be able to flip the switch, last week I bought the usual amount of yard sale crap and ended up tossing most of it, I don’t think that’s very health, stay tuned.

 

Now for the obligatory 8 track find, one of the boxes had tapes and not just the standard Streisand tapes but a few from the RCA  record club series, when someone says record club it usually conjures up late releases from in demand bands like U-2, Quiet Riot or The Talking Heads, this lot had a few interchangeable Elvis tapes a 2 tape compilation of 60s soft rock titled Sealed With A Kiss, Chicago 17 and The Beach Boys Rarities which is a keeper for the German version of In My Room


Posted by gregg-n at 2:40 PM PDT
Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Last week someone came to the junk store and offered to buy it and I told him to make me an offer I couldn’t refuse and he didn’t and I left it at that, then he was back 2 days later and wanted to rent the place and we got to play the game again. This time his offer was about $500 more than I make on a good month, how could I say no. It’s amazing how much you can improve a place with a cheap paint job.

Now I’m going to have to find another excuse to justify my pack rat lifestyle but welcome the change. What was kind of funny was the last customer was a strange woman who has a tweaker vibe to her and I gave her cheap liquidated merchandise right and after I loaded up her car she said she had to get her wallet in the back seat and drove away in a flash, a nice ending to a career, maybe I made the right choice but right now I feel like the end of a long running sitcom that ends with a closed sign turning off just before the credits roll.

I’m going to miss going to yard sales for a living and not sure if I’m qualified to do anything else so it should be interesting. In a month this place will be recreational marijuana store, so I’m changing from slum lord to drug lord overnight.

The 8 tracks use to be on the left mini shelf in the 3rd photo. 

 

 

 

 

 


Posted by gregg-n at 5:30 PM PDT
Updated: Tuesday, 5 May 2015 5:34 PM PDT
Friday, 10 April 2015

After being burned at Estate sales that are estate sales in name only I’ve decided that my new favorite sub category of sales are now “moving sales”.  They rarely disappoint, don’t hire outside people to run them who want a cut of the profits and if you get there late enough you can get deals.  I found one this Thursday which in itself is rare to find and weeded out the weekend shoppers who work. This sale had 4 vinyl tape cases full of 8 tracks with the majority on the disappointing Readers Digest label but the last one has lots of 70s cheese in the form of K-tel’s Disco Nights Vols 1 and 2 and an artsy Lennon /Ono unfinished music tape, that’s almost as unlistenable as Metal Machine Music. It’s nice that Yoko is still carrying on the tradition of warbling incoherently into a microphone the only reason I ask is why?

My favorite of the bunch is the double tape titled the Rollerboogie soundtrack that is more of a period piece that combines the fad of disco and the roller skating craze of the mid 70’s.  For every Saturday Night Fever and Thank God It’s Friday soundtrack we have a gem like this and that horrible Can’t Stop The Music tape.  I’m now looking for Skatetown USA to complete the holy trinity.


Posted by gregg-n at 4:05 PM PDT
Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Could this be the first 8 track player ? 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=309&v=nBNTAmLRmUg

 



Posted by gregg-n at 7:47 AM PDT
Updated: Wednesday, 8 April 2015 7:55 AM PDT
Sunday, 1 March 2015

""He's really not dead...as long as we remember him."


Posted by gregg-n at 11:41 AM PST
Friday, 2 January 2015

Found a few Beach Boy tapes last week to add to the collection and counteract the winter funk, I have Pet Sounds someplace but not in this photo.

 

Hopefully this New Year will be more 8 track friendly, it’s been a while since I’ve found any kind of player that makes me happy that I have a ton of spares that do the job.  New Years Eve is such a bring down after all the fun of Christmas and I think it would be better if they added more props. X-mas is so full of imagery, colors and excesses you just can’t get bored, but New Year’s isn’t much more than champagne and a pair of novelty glasses with the year printed out on the frames. And don’t get me started on the music selection, I mean where are the New Year’s carols? All I could find on 8 track was ABBA’s Happy New Year on the Super Trooper tape. So the issue isn’t the holiday, it just has a PR problem.


Posted by gregg-n at 4:35 PM PST
Saturday, 15 November 2014

I found this on one of those right wing "I hate Obama" websites.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It reads- "Since the Obama White House has become the equivalent of an ancient 8-Track tape stuck in a loop until it wears itself out"

 I've never had a tape wear itself out maybe the White House just needs some new presure pads.

 


Posted by gregg-n at 3:34 PM PST
Thursday, 13 November 2014

 8 Track sighting, the GE Power Sound Loudmouth player on season 4 episode 10 of Portlandia, no use of the tape feature but the P.A. system still lives on.

 


Posted by gregg-n at 8:30 AM PST
Updated: Thursday, 13 November 2014 2:38 PM PST
Sunday, 2 November 2014

Tapes can be found in the strangest places, Friday I went to a seafood restaurant that just went out of business filled with giant lobster tanks and lots of industrial pots and pans but in the corner were 20 tapes like Commander Cody, The Who and The Stones. I got them all for $2 and one of the workers said they’ve never seen one before and the other said they thought no one would buy them. But even more fun was I was told these use to be played in the eatery until it closed, that’s right a place in 2014 that still played 8 tracks, love it.

Also for the 2 other people reading this blog I’m looking for tapes from the band Pilot, they were a poppy Scottish band that have a Bay City Rollers vibe, I can pay cash.


Posted by gregg-n at 9:28 AM PDT
Wednesday, 17 September 2014

And speaking of the Rock Alliance lightning stroked twice, sort of.  I found another one of their tapes titled Make Me Feel So Groovy, Rock Alliance purists may notice that is title is also the same one as one of their songs on their classic Flyin’ High tape, but the similarities don’t end there a look at the track listing shows that this tape is exactly the same on as the said tape with the only difference being the art work and more interestingly this band has switched labels so besides Misty the Rock Alliance is now on the Nice & Easy label.

 More importantly there is an address on it where this tape was manufactured in 1972 333 Park St in Troy Mich. I was excited about this and hoped that there might be some remnant of the factory but alas a Google search reveals that it’s a warehouse that can be had for $4 a square foot. If only this band was huge then we might have gotten the 8 track version of Abby Road.


Posted by gregg-n at 4:37 PM PDT

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