February 14, 2013

Mix tape #3:

Filed under: Modern artifacts — acagle @ 2:27 pm

Misc. Mellow
Toto, Africa
Duran Duran , Save a prayer
Crosby Stills & Nash, Southern Cross
Elton John, I guess that’s why they call it the blues
Journey, Send her my love
Julian Lennon, Valotte
Foreigner, That was yesterday
Alan Parsons Project, The Traveler
Spandau Ballet, True

Warren Zevon, A certain girl
The Eagles, In the city
Jackson Browne, The Load-Out
Santana, The sensitive kind
Santana, E Papa re
Dave Edmunds, Sweet little Lisa
.38 Special, Hold on Loosely
Molly Hatchet, Bounty Hunter
Firefall, Get you back
Jefferson Starship, Rock and Roll is good-time music
Van Halen, Beautiful Girls

That first one is one of my favorite sets. I’ve even recreated it somewhat in my iTunes library; some I haven’t gotten in digital format yet. Don’t know what the other list was supposed to be, the label’s come off.

One thing that’s come back to me and made me appreciate both CDs and digital music files is the ability to auto-skip. It’s unbelievably tedious to fast-forward through these tapes. And because the wheels go at a different speed depending on whether you’re near the beginning or end of a tape, the time in FF between songs is different (shorter near the end). I still have something of a nostalgic feeling towards LPs — I think there’s a pleasant tactile aspect to getting out a record and placing it on the turntable — but not really to tapes; those always seemed like kind of a necessary evil to me as they never sounded as good as vinyl.

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