My Reel Tapes: #1

I have always loved music. During the 60’s and 70’s, I used to edit music and create tapes with dual cassette decks. Initially I recorded music from FM radio overnight, and while listening I would select songs I liked that I wanted to keep on a new tape. I would also capture the artist, album, and track information and save that playlist with the tape.

Later I graduated to two reel-to-reel tape recorders which offered much more capacity. Of course, I no longer have either the cassette or reel tape recorders, but I have boxes of cassette and reel tapes (and vinyl records and CDs too).

I’ve been wanting to get them converted to DVD to load into my computer, but I was concerned that might cost a lot and might not turn out that good for some of the tapes which are so old. It’s been so long since I’ve listened to them, and thought that it would be fun and bring back lots of memories via the music I loved way back when I was much younger.

Lately I realized that I could create custom Spotify playlists from my recorded tape list contents, and I’ve started doing that with a few tapes and actually the quality is much better anyway. There’s no tape noises and many albums have even been remastered. Although some of the songs are not available on Spotify, most of them I have found. I intend to share them in a series on my blog along with lots of other music that I like.

I hope you like this trip down memory lane. Starting right now …

Tape 1 – 14 songs, 57 min


Here are albums featured is this playlist.

Deja Vu by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (1970) – 10 songs, 36 min

All Things Must Pass (Remastered) by George Harrison (1970) – 28 songs, 2 hr 5 min

Flowers (Remastered) by The Rolling Stones (1967) – 12 songs, 37 min

The Best of Lindisfarne by Lindisfarne (1989) – 20 songs, 1 hr 16 min

To Our Children’s Children’s Children (Expanded Edition) by The Moody Blues (1969) – 1 songs, 3 min

Nursery Cryme by Genesis (1971) – 7 songs, 39 min

A Salty Dog by Procol Harum (1969) – 10 songs, 40 min

Asylum Choir II by Leon Russell (1995) – 16 songs, 47 min

10 to 23 by José Feliciano (1969) – 11 songs, 42 min

If Only I Could Remember Your Name by David Crosby (1971) – 9 songs, 37 min

Songs for Beginners by Graham Nash (1971) – 11 songs, 32 min

Photo credit: Deja Vu @ Amazon (album cover)

4 thoughts on “My Reel Tapes: #1

  1. Doug, I don’t know if you knew this, but I used to sneak downstairs early in the morning when you would come home from college (or maybe it was after you were married) with your tapes and put on your cool headphones and listen to Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young’s “Suite Judy Blue Eyes” and the Beatles White Album before everybody else got up.. 🙂 Love, Wendy

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    • That’s an interesting story. Actually, while at the dentist for a cleaning earlier today , they were playing Suite: Judy Blue Eyes in the background, and also Maybe I’m Amazed by Paul McCartney (written just before the Beatles breakup in 1969).

      Did you know the song was written by Stephen Stills about his former girlfriend, singer/songwriter Judy Collins, who was known as “Sweet Judy Blue Eyes”? Much of the lyrics consisted of his thoughts about her and their imminent breakup after a 2-year relationship.


  2. Wonderful ideas for recapturing the music you love. What I miss the most now is the lack of attention to the continuity of albums with all the random streaming of music today. ie. Pandora, I Heart …

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    • I appreciate the feedback. I really did enjoy listening to those “progressive” FM radio stations during those times which played album cuts, especially overnight when I recorded them for later editing.

      And listening to them again brings back lots of memories about what was going on at that time and what I was doing at that stage in my life.


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