I have well over 500 maxell cassette tapes all with live Grateful Dead recordings ( a few Phish too).I'm talking every Dead show I've ever seen plus all the shows I wish I could have. Cassettes will always ALWAYS win in my world. Buying a "recording section ticket" just to tape that night's show, trading a box of 10 tapes with the 5 most recent shows recorded on them for a ticket to the next night... Cassettes are the photo albums of my life (prior to becoming a dad).
Back in the day you could buy tickets which would allow for DAT systems to plug right into the soundboard. I had the 72' VW and my touring bro had the system, it was a beautiful thing. After the shows he'd spend his time making copies for trade and I'd earn some $ by selling grilled cheese sandwiches which came with a sticker I made up which read "Make grilled cheese, not War!", hahaha.
Post by Horned Gramma on Jul 19, 2013 6:24:09 GMT -8
Cassettes were a stop-gap technology. Comparing the sound quality of cassette tapes to the sound quality of vinyl is fucking idiotic. If you have even the most basic understanding of the two technologies, you understand this.
Here's some truth: some people see a much broader spectrum of colors. Some people are supertasters. Some people have more finely chuned hearing, and those people can detect SIGNIFICANT differences in sound quality between formats. There is nostalgia attached to listening to music on vinyl, but there is also a depth to the sound that can't be duplicated by compact disc or a fucking strip of magnetic tape. The music has a physical presence within the grooves of the LP, and that is what you are hearing.
I understand the nostalgia for cassettes: I had a huge collection, I made mix tapes, I resisted the transition to compact discs for a LONG time. I UNDERSTAND the nostalgia, but I still think it's stupid, and record labels and stores trying to sell them to the slsk generation... reminds me of a Chumbawamba lyric.
They're buying up nostalgia for a time they can't remember
Music on tape has always sounded far worse by a long shot. Tape is also more fragile. The only reason they were ever created and distributed was for the portability. Then there was also the fact that you could rerecord on them. Yeah, it is just ridiculous that they would ever be given another chance.