RetroHound Podcast #1 – Dad’s Cassette Tape from 1972


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I don’t know that this should really be called a “podcast,” I ripped this cassette of my Dad’s that he recorded off the radio in about 1972. That’s the date of the latest song anyway. Now the sound quality isn’t the greatest, after all, the tape is 40 years old. But… How many of you think you’ll be able to listen to your MP3s in 40 years? And you’re just using lousy earbuds or computer speakers anyway. If you want a good quality version, use the Amazon link at the bottom and buy individual mp3s, or better yet, CDs, or even better yet, find the vinyl.

The picture above is the actual cassette. Here’s the song list. Kinda odd for me, cause I wouldn’t expect my Dad to have The Doors or Iron Butterfly. Especially the LONG version of both songs. You’ll hear a little bit of the announcer for the show Solid Gold in parts. During In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida I had some trouble with the tape or the player, so there’s some glitches. It’s OK, the song goes on for 18 minutes, so you’ll probably fast forward through it anyway.

Dad’s Cassette Tape from 1972 or so

You Can’t Always Get What You Want – Rolling Stones
Johnny B. Goode – Johnny Winter?
Light My Fire (long version) – The Doors
In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (the very, very long live version) – Iron Butterfly
Needles and Pins – The Searchers
Crazy Mama – J. J. Cale
Midnight Hour – Wilson Pickett
Family of Man – Three Dog Night
Mister Can’t You See – Buffy Sainte-Marie
Here Comes the Night – Them
Spirit in the Sky – Norman Greenbaum
Everything I Own – Bread
I Feel the Earth Move – Carole King
Mighty Quinn – Manfred Mann
Heart of Gold – Neil Young
Willie and the Poorboys – Creedence Clearwater Revival
Tiny Dancer – Elton John
Devil with a Blue Dress On/Good Golly Miss Molly – Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels
Louisiana – Mike Kennedy
Lightning Strikes – Lou Christy
Lodi – Creedence Clearwater Revival
It’s So Nice To Be With You – Gallery
Respect – Otis Redding
Conquistador – Procol Harum (Cuts off part way, that’s the end of the tape).

Now I don’t know what size these things should be, but this is 85.2MB, so be forewarned. I suppose I should have a zip file with the cassette picture, the song list, and the mp3, but I’ve already spent several hours and I’m done in. Hope you enjoy it, if I get some nice comments I’ll do it again. If anyone has any suggestions how to do this better, please feel free to comment.

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4 thoughts on “RetroHound Podcast #1 – Dad’s Cassette Tape from 1972

  1. 1972, jeez. That’s older than any tapes I have. It’s neat to hear a slice of time like that, especially when there are snippets of DJs or commercials between songs.


  2. oh man – the pic of the tape is sooo great! i have a ton of tapes i had big plans of recording too. i still plan on doing it but who knows when, but yeah – it’s a lot of work. thanks for sharing this! there’s something nice about the crappy sound of an old tape or record that i really like. it reminds me of listening to a transistor radio when i was a kid.


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