Originally Posted by imoldernu
As kid, I received a 78 RPM record album set of 3 records... A "books on tape" type of recorded reading of Tarzan of the Apes
by Edgar Rice Burroughs...
With my wind-up Victrola record player, I'd go into my room, and play all six sides... at least once a week, for many years. Steel needles that hardly ever got replaced, so the records eventually wore down to the point when unless you had heard the readings before, the sound was unintelligible due to the hiss and scratches.
My prized possession died when our closet flooded, many years later.
So, yeah... not Elvis, or the Beatles... or Bob Dylan...
I was delighted to find it on the internet... here:
Tarzan of the Apes read by David Stifel
To me, it was the cassette tapes. I played them until they start making squeaky noises and died a slow death.
I often fixed tapes as they get "eaten" by tape players. I'd cut out the damaged part, and taped them together for replay. One Pavarotti song that I fixed, it made a smooth transition despite the cut out part. Many years later, when I bought CD replacement, the song was almost new to me b/c I was so used to the "abridged" cassette version