Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Easin' Down the Eight-Track
As you may have read in previous posts, I have a fondness for The Wiz. While my affection is far more tightly focused on the Broadway version, I was quite excited for the release of the film version back in the day as well. I had also just gotten my first stereo and it had an eight-track tape deck built in.
My dad was an audiophile and I'd been raised to look down on eight-track. I only ever owned three eight track tapes in my life and all were different versions of The Wiz.
The first acquired was a weird knock-off recording of cover versions of most of the big songs from the film as performed by "The Detroit Players" (see image at right). I remember liking parts of this recording, but I've not been able to play it since 1980 and I've not found it on LP anywhere. Anyone have it?
Eventually I picked up a copy of the movie soundtrack on eight track as well. I'm not sure why, except perhaps to be a completist. I liked the soundtrack okay - but I don't have any memories of ever playing this tape. They seem to have gotten the entire two-album set onto the tape. I didn't think eight-tracks could hold that much.
So this is my Ozzy eight-track collection. Anyone have any others? Did the MGM soundtrack make it to eight-track?
That's it for today.
Easin' on down...