Visting Houston about a month ago to clean out the last lingering dregs of my adolescent bedroom before the old family house is sold, I came upon these curios of my high-school existence.
Trust me, I blew my entire first paycheck from my first real job on a new cassette deck. But before that happened, 8-track is what I had in the late ’70s and early ’80s, and esoeteric titles like much of what you see here (Eagles and Styx aside) were available for a buck or less. My unit was also a recorder, which made it possible to tape ENTIRE KANSAS ALBUMS off the radio, nearly for free.
Casting nostalgia aside, I tossed these into a pile destined for the trash bin. But on returning home to New York, an article about the Eight Track Museum in Dallas popped up on Twitter. With a frantic text message to my sister, I was able to get these gems rescued, and I intend to donate them to the museum as soon possible.
The world should know, after all, that Annette Peacock once was available on 8-track cartridge.
Top row, L-R: Pink Floyd, A Nice Pair; Annette Peacock, X-Dreams; John Klemmer, Arabesque; Tangerine Dream, Rubycon
Second row, L-R: Peter Gabriel, Peter Gabriel; Eagles, The Long Run; Styx, The Grand Illusion; Cheech and Chong, Up in Smoke
Third row, L-R: Ornette Coleman, Crisis; The Nice, Elegy; Styx, Crystal Ball; Styx, Equinox
Bottom row, L-R: Renaissance, Novella; Focus, Ship of Memories