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DT: come reap
Posted on 2006.13.04 at 01:06
where am I: on my way to bed
How I feel about it all: groggygroggy
Soundtrack: the fuzzy static in my head
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Dear Neil,

I feel your pain.

Love, Me

"When I was 13 I had my very own cassette player, and I bought my music on cassette. It felt, to use a wonderfully old-fashioned word, modern. And back then one of my favourite albums was Bowie's DIAMOND DOGS.

I bought it again on CD a few years ago, when it was re-released, and while it sounded the same, there was something wrong, and I couldn't figure out what it was.

I played it again last night, as part of my personal background soundtrack to working on Charles Burns' BLACK HOLE, and suddenly I knew. The tracks were in the wrong order -- that is, they were in the right order for the LP, but the cassette release had reordered them to use equal amounts of tape on each side, and that was what I'd played over and over as a boy. Diamond Dogs had to be followed by Rock and Roll With Me, for example, not with Sweet Thing. After all these years, I still remembered the cassette song-sequence, and expected it.

A few minutes of iPod fiddling, and I found myself listening to Diamond Dogs just as I did when I was 13. The creaking sound in the background was the hinges of the world turning back thirty years, comfortably and well."

When I started buying cassettes, and then CDs, instead of LPs, the sound of the original was so imprinted on my brain that I knew when all the scratches/skips on the record was.It bothered me that they weren't there anymore. It's nice to know there are other obsessives out there like me.


peacey at 2006-04-13 14:14 (UTC) ()
There is something greatly comforting about those skips, pops, and crackles in an LP. Back in the day, they were irritating as hell. Now, they're nostalgic. I don't miss cassettes though. My car stero ate them for lunch. Also, I loathed trying to fast forward or rewind to a particular song. How simply archaic.
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2006-04-13 19:59 (UTC) ()
I still have my LPs, although I don't have a turntable. I'm loath to part with them, so every time I move I lug them around and have to find a space for them. Someday I'll get rid of them. Or not.
peacey at 2006-04-13 20:04 (UTC) ()
Don't get rid of them. Or, if you do, be choosy about which to part with. Some of them will fetch a pretty penny. Me mum gave me a couple of Johnny Cash LP's from Sun Records. They are far from pristine condition, but still. Probably be able to sell them, but I'm thinking of having them professionally framed instead.
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2006-04-14 22:13 (UTC) ()
Ooh, what a good idea!

BTW, you had AIM on last night but I couldn't reach you. Are you okay?
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