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Mon Nov 11, 2019, 01:18 PM

In my 1st car I kept a shoe box full of 8track tapes (Part2)

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Some came and went as they inevitably destroyed themselves the way 8tracks always did.

A few others I would always replace as soon as I had the pocket change to buy another copy.

This series talks about the permanent records (hehe)

In the mid to late 70s Southern rock was a pretty popular genre all over America. I heard that the Allman Brothers were huge in NY and San Francisco for instance.

But Southern/Country Rock was the main rock genre where I came up.

We listened to all of it, not just big nationally known bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd , 38 Special or the Allmans.

My favorite Southern Rock band was on the next rung down the ladder as far as popularity went but had originality and musicianship by the truck load.

The Marshall Tucker Band.

Now the MTB 8tracks I had in my car were kind of a greatest hits records, and at least once it was the actual " Greatest Hits By The Marshall Tucker Band" the others were truck stop bargain bin "Compilations" I'd pickup for $2.98 or so on the road.

The track list varied a little bit, but the big tunes were always on them - Take the Highway, Heard it in A love Song etc.

But why highlight songs we all know already?





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Reply In my 1st car I kept a shoe box full of 8track tapes (Part2) (Original post)
The Polack MSgt Nov 11 OP
SonofDonald Nov 11 #1
The Polack MSgt Nov 11 #3
SonofDonald Nov 11 #5
The Polack MSgt Nov 11 #7
SonofDonald Nov 11 #8
mr_lebowski Nov 11 #2
SonofDonald Nov 11 #6
mr_lebowski Nov 11 #10
SonofDonald Nov 11 #12
msongs Nov 11 #4
Thomas Hurt Nov 11 #9
SonofDonald Nov 11 #11
flotsam Nov 11 #13
The Polack MSgt Nov 11 #14
flotsam Nov 11 #15
The Polack MSgt Nov 11 #16

Response to The Polack MSgt (Original post)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 01:42 PM

1. Memories

I kept my 8 tracks in a Rainer beer 1/2 rack box, they made them from cardboard

Somebody ripped me off and I went to cassettes after that

They did me a favor

I found a case of Memorex UD XLII 8 tracks at a garage sale years ago

They were sold for $35 each on eBay when 8 tracks in old muscle cars came back

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Response to SonofDonald (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 01:57 PM

3. My 69 Plymouth 4 door was in no way at all a "Muscle Car"

But it was cheap and it was mine

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Response to The Polack MSgt (Reply #3)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 02:08 PM

5. Restored muscle cars that had 8 tracks

Is what I meant

My older sister paid $500 or so for a factory 8 track radio for her 1967 Shelby GT 500 when it was being restored

My buddy still has boxes of old 8 tracks, he's an audio nut as I am but he collects audio that isn't quite hi fidelity like an old wire recorder

He owns three high end reel to reels including my old Pioneer RT-707 and my old Nakamichi Dragon, I kept my Nak CR-7A cassette and still use it

I own 4-500 blank type II cassette tapes so I won't run out



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Response to SonofDonald (Reply #5)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 02:16 PM

7. Yeah I wish I had the kind of money that would make those costs seem reasonable

In the 80s I had a 68 T-bird that I loved with all my wallet - but we had to part ways after I got married.

In keeping with the theme here, the T-bird had an 8track player - But I never once put an 8track in it.

I bought a cassette tape adapter and kept cassettes on the car


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Response to The Polack MSgt (Reply #7)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 02:29 PM

8. I've always been in to audio

And old cars

I kept collecting audio through my life and was doing it when it was dirt cheap after people abandoned each format

I own 800 or so vinyl records and my Nak Deck

But not one MP3 or any other digital format except about 100 cd's

My 8 track was in my 1968 Cougar XR-7 GT-390 four speed

I paid $800 for it in 1977, it's long gone

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Response to The Polack MSgt (Original post)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 01:44 PM

2. Of course Can't You See was on the Memorial playlist I made for my pop's

Celebration of Life last Saturday.

And some Skynyrd and Allman's as well ... he was a big fan of all them ... Molly Hatchet too ... who I turned him onto when I was 12. He also loved the Outlaws ...

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Response to mr_lebowski (Reply #2)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 02:10 PM

6. That's some good music right there

Looks like I'm going to fire up the turntable now

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Response to SonofDonald (Reply #6)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 02:33 PM

10. Pops would definitely approve of the turntable action ...

That was as far as his technical knowledge of music playback went, actually ... don't think he ever even had a cassette desk, let alone a CD player (though he did have a DVD player we gave him, not sure he ever used it though lol).

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Response to mr_lebowski (Reply #10)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 02:42 PM

12. Indeed, I own lots of nice gear but

The turntable is where it's at in my house

Nothing sounds as good as vinyl, IMHO

I just can't get into digital and even dumped my subscription to Stereophile after 25 years because that's all they talk about these days

Just an old fogy I guess

My buddy says the best 8 track home player he's heard is a Panasonic that has 4 purple track indicators over the tape well and he's looking for one

He has a bunch of nice condition tapes to play

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Response to The Polack MSgt (Original post)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 01:59 PM

4. beatles 8 tracks are quite collectible nt

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Response to The Polack MSgt (Original post)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 02:29 PM

9. I had a CJ and never had a top on it if it was warm enough. Had a brick Realistic 8 track...

couple of speakers strapped to the roll cage and a few 8 tracks in a cheap case under the back seat.

No one every messed with it, though that is not surprising, the jeep was as old as I was and you could practically drive nails with that 8 track player.

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Response to Thomas Hurt (Reply #9)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 02:37 PM

11. The good old days

I just dug out WAR's greatest hits, now I won't leave the house the rest of the day

Oh well...

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Response to The Polack MSgt (Original post)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 02:48 PM

13. You post Marshall Tucker but not "Simple Man"?

And by the by-before the 8 track there was a 4 track player-I know this because my brother had one in his 67' Mustang. After it was stolen he got the newer tech 8 track and admitted the thief probably did him a favor...

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Response to flotsam (Reply #13)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 02:55 PM

14. Feel free to add to the list Flotsam. It's a party!

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Problem is, Simple Man was a Skynyrd song.

Did you mean this one?

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Response to The Polack MSgt (Reply #14)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 03:35 PM

15. Yep-but I could swear that at one time I heard Marshall Tucker cover it

Ain't found it but I found this cover by a group I never heard. It's only pretty good but I thought the video was very good...

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Response to flotsam (Reply #15)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 04:05 PM

16. Yeah I like this cover too

Shinedown was on the radio around St Louis a little while ago with "45" and it's alright

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