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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2007 10:14 am 
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I just noticed that Barfko-Swill has got a lot of FZ albums on Cassette for $5 or $6 each.
Anybody who have one? How do they sound? Or look? Or is this just a big joke?
I think it sounds delicious and I want to buy a couple of them right now.

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I've heard Uncle Meat is particularly delicious on cassette. Never bought one from Barfko, though

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Yeah I heard Lost Episodes (and taped it. Shh! Don't tell anyone!). And it sounded OK, but I imagine you'll be annoyed by the usual wear n tear. Plus the loud engines.

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Last year I bought Greatful Dead's Hundred Year Hall on cassette from the deadnet for 5 $. I don't know how the Zappa stuff sounds on cassette, but this Dead concert from 1972 sounds really great. If I weren't complete with the official FZ stuff I would buy the cassettes bargains.

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they be ok i think The first zappa i bought was tapes Shiek Yerbouti and Man from Utopia.just watch what you play them on noty funny when they get chewed up :twisted:

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Cassettes deteriorate rather quickly. Best to buy CDs instead or if it's a rare, master or bootleg cassette, burn it to disc.


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I wonder if you can bake cassettes...

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I've only held on to a handful of tapes. I have one Zappa album on tape, The Perfect Stranger. The last time I was at Sam the Record Man (RIP) in Toronto they had a big bin of copies, one dollar each, I couldn't say no to that.


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My first copy of Tinsel Town Rebellion was on cassette, in a dollar bin. Quite a nice purchase. I think that album was actually a cutout for a while!

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The only Frank Zappa cassette I own is the officially released "Guitar World Cassette", with some elsewhere unpublished and/or remixed stuff and the exclusive "A Solo From Heidelberg".

"The Guitar World according to Frank Zappa" from the Guitar World Magazine 1987 (GW002)

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In those days, a few cassettes were handed over by Frank himself to a close dutch friend.

And one of these tapes was bought later on an ebay auction by myself. :)

Of course I burned this little succer on CD ...

And, oh yes, it's on the bootleg "Guitar Hernia" too.


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For that price..go for it.

If they are sourced from the Ryko discs, they should be on par with them. If you enjoy extracting audio from a cassette onto a computer/mp3 player/compact disc, you can also do that. Uncle Meat looses its "penalty" tracks, and if you enjoy Zappa and don't mind sitting through an album without skipping tracks then these are perfect for the price.

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I have the complete Zappa Records cat-log on cassette.
And a few others EMI - CBS
Just as collector items
Never listening to it.
But it's nice


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Cassettes deteriorate rather quickly. Best to buy CDs instead or if it's a rare, master or bootleg cassette, burn it to disc.


We've had cassettes lasting for long periods of time, up to 30 years. Our cassettes from 1980 still sound pretty good. And we've had cassettes that didn't last a year.

One trick to long cassette life is to store them vertically, otherwise the round things with the tape around it (sorry, don't know the english word) will mis-align and then they can jam. Another is to always use good cassette players. Third is to only use good cassettes. No BASF / Emtec.

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Cassettes deteriorate rather quickly. Best to buy CDs instead or if it's a rare, master or bootleg cassette, burn it to disc.


We've had cassettes lasting for long periods of time, up to 30 years. Our cassettes from 1980 still sound pretty good. And we've had cassettes that didn't last a year.

One trick to long cassette life is to store them vertically, otherwise the round things with the tape around it (sorry, don't know the english word) will mis-align and then they can jam. Another is to always use good cassette players. Third is to only use good cassettes. No BASF / Emtec.


Ooh! Fourth is to never put them in a hot car right below the window. We melted a cassette this way, in France. Wish we made a picture.

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BBP wrote:
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Cassettes deteriorate rather quickly. Best to buy CDs instead or if it's a rare, master or bootleg cassette, burn it to disc.


We've had cassettes lasting for long periods of time, up to 30 years. Our cassettes from 1980 still sound pretty good. And we've had cassettes that didn't last a year.

One trick to long cassette life is to store them vertically, otherwise the round things with the tape around it (sorry, don't know the english word) will mis-align and then they can jam. Another is to always use good cassette players. Third is to only use good cassettes. No BASF / Emtec.
THE word for a round thing in the UK is a wheel :shock:the thing about lose tape is spool.

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 Post subject: Re: Cassettes
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^ Nice.

The first two Zappa Albums I brought in the late seventies were on Cassette- Chunga's Revenge and Just Another Band from LA, both original Reprise tapes. Still gottem and play them occasionally on my Nak and they still sound pretty good. :mrgreen:

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Rick Olson of the Zappa tribute band Bogus Pomp mailed this still-sealed promo to me about 20 years ago. 8)

I still have the note he attached: "There are only 1000 copies of this tape in existence. It was made by Ryko for promo purpose. 300 were sent to BOGUS POMP and for Zappaween 1 in 1995, and the rest were for a Halloween DJ Party at the Palladium in NYC."

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 Post subject: Re: Cassettes
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I've bought lots of cassettes from the guy, who presented that photo lately. Including Strictly Halloween and some YCDTOSA promos.

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I've bought lots of cassettes from the guy, who presented that photo lately. Including Strictly Halloween and some YCDTOSA promos.

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Excellent!

Way back in the day I Frankensteined some very nice Koss headphones into some
hearing protection ear muffs, and modified a weed whacker harness to accommodate
first a Sony then an Aiwa Walkman type cassette player, which took my lawn mowing
to a whole new level.....The Discman never worked out on the harness the mini-Discman
however was perfect, for as long as the mini discs lasted. Of course now it's all obsolete
and lives in a box over by the cheese fondue pot, shuffleboard set and coffee percolator.....

The cassettes live on.....

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 Post subject: re: cassettes
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made in 1975, my 1st boot ... 3rd gen tape of multiple cassette copies of a few original crappy vinyl fz boots [3 hours of d-grade super thin c180 tape]

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First Zappa I ever heard (a few cuts from apostrphe('), released on this day in 74), was on a recorded cassette 8)

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