Thursday, March 11, 2010

Eight Track Is Back, Maybe

On a subject that has nothing to do with anesthesia or medicine but brings back fond personal memories, there is a cool article in the Wall Street Journal today about a guy who has amassed a 2000+ collection of 8 track tapes. Mr. James "Bucks" Burnett first started collecting 8 tracks after finding a Beatles White Album in that format at a flea market. He eventually was able gather all the Beatles on 8 track tapes after twenty years, collecting other artists along the way. That to me is AWESOME. I am a huge Beatles fan and I didn't even consider that their music was published in 8 track format. Everybody talks about collecting vinyl but I've never seen them on 8 track.

My brother had an 8 track player in his alarm clock when we were growing up. It was the only such player in the house. I remember how annoying it was when you wanted to hear a certain song but the only way to fast forward was to advance up to one of the four predetermined stops in the tape. If the song was in the middle of that segment you had to wait for it. I think that was one reason the cassette tape was so much superior. As a kid I wanted one of those hi-fi quadrophonic systems that incorporated a record player, AM/FM radio, cassette player, and 8 track tape player, usually made by Zenith or Marantz or Fisher. We wanted our dad to buy an Oldsmobile that had an 8 track player along with CB radio. We envied the kids who could talk to truckers on the road who were fluent in CB chat (Breaker 1-9, Breaker 1-9. That's a 10-4 good buddy). He bought a VW Bus instead.

Ah, good times.

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