There’s no base like chrome

While I was digging around in the archives for that Karajan version of The Planets, I happened upon an unsolicited mix tape I had done for someone back in 2001 but never actually got around to sending out.

There was a completed J-card in the box, identifying it as one of mine; I figured it had been played once, for quality-control purposes, then stuck away on a shelf, from which it was swept into a box, packed away, and completely forgotten.

I resolved not to read the track listings on the card, and schlepped the tape out to the car, where it’s being played during the daily commute this week. After hearing about half of it so far, I have to tell you, I made some pretty damned good mix tapes in those days, and this one, on a good Type II tape with 70µs equalization and Dolby B, clearly lived up to my standards.





3 comments

  1. Charles Kerr »

    21 November 2006 · 10:11 am

    What’s the tracklist, Kenneth?

  2. CGHill »

    21 November 2006 · 11:42 am

    When it’s finished playing, I’ll actually look at the J-card — but not until.

    Tomorrow sometime, probably.

  3. CGHill »

    21 November 2006 · 7:26 pm

    Okay, here’s the track list.

    Side A:
    Angel Baby (Rosie and the Originals)
    Slip Away (Clarence Carter)
    Sweet City Woman (The Stampeders)
    The Way It Is (Bruce Hornsby and the Range)
    Can’t Find the Time to Tell You (Orpheus)
    I Just Don’t Understand (Ann-Margret)
    Hit the Road, Jack (Ray Charles)
    Heat Wave (Martha and the Vandellas)
    I Can Help (Billy Swan)
    Sure Gonna Miss Her (Gary Lewis and the Playboys)
    Gypsy Woman (Brian Hyland)
    Pop Muzik (M)
    I Hear a Symphony (The Supremes)
    Unchained Melody (Vito and the Salutations)
    Sally Go ‘Round the Roses (The Jaynetts)
    Rinky Dink (Dave “Baby” Cortez)

    Side B:
    Gimme Dat Ding (The Pipkins)
    Beechwood 4-5789 (The Marvelettes)
    Hooka Tooka (Chubby Checker)
    Thunder and Lightning (Chi Coltrane)
    My Cup Runneth Over (Ed Ames)
    Tennessee Bird Walk (Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan)
    A White Sport Coat (Marty Robbins)
    He Will Break Your Heart (Jerry Butler)
    Day Tripper (The Beatles)
    No Matter What (Badfinger)
    Ain’t No Sunshine (Bill Withers)
    Take a Chance on Me (Abba)
    Naturally Stoned (The Avant-Garde)
    When I’m Gone (Brenda Holloway)
    Talking in Your Sleep (The Romantics)
    Is It True (Brenda Lee)
    The Letter (The Arbors)

    This actually flows pretty well, though I didn’t crossfade any of these.

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