In addition to the two Takara Tomy Arts Super Figure Collection Grendizer UFO Gashapons that I lucked out in getting yesterday, I also picked up a couple of used discs: Hall & Oates’ Rock n’ Soul Part 1[i] and Spyro Gyra’s first live album entitled, Access All Areas.
These albums were without their inserts but I knew what I was holding in my hands and scooped them up right away at a fraction of the cost.
To think, this was how everyone used to listen to music.[ii]
Short history lesson
Back in the early 90’s, Compact Discs (CD) were the thing! A literal upgrade in quality from the bulky Vinyl, 8-track, and cassette tapes. It was the only way to get music back then as digital downloads were still in its infancy. CD’s also had a long lifespan–unless you left them under direct sunlight–and were reported to be good for a couple of thousand plays before encountering any problems.
Well enough of that and back to the albums that I got.
Hall & Oates’ Rock n’ Soul Part 1 (1983)
Aside from the notable hits in this greatest hits album, the duo added two previously unreleased songs recorded between 1983 and 1984: Say It Isn’t So (October 29, 1983) and Adult Education (February 18, 1984).
The first time I heard Adult Education was in the Non Stop Pop FM channel in Grand Theft Auto IV (2008).
The song immediately grew on me.
I guess listening to music during drive-by’s will do that to you. Hahaha!
- Say It Isn’t So – 4:17
- Sara Smile – 3:09
- She’s Gone (Single Version) – 3:26
- Rich Girl – 2:24
- Kiss on My List (45 Version) – 3:52
- You Make My Dreams – 3:07
- Private Eyes (Edited Version) – 3:27
- Adult Education – 5:23
- I Can’t Go for That [No Can Do] (Single Version) – 3:45
- Maneater – 4:31
- One on One (Single Version) – 3:57
- Wait for Me (Recorded live at the Montreal Forum in March 1983) – 6:03
Spyro Gyra’s Access All Areas (1984)
This is the jazz group’s eighth album and first live album. Shaker Song and Morning Dance are among my favorites in this one.
- Shaker Song – 7:14
- Serpent in Paradise – 5:56
- Heliopolis – 11:49
- Harbor Nights – 7:04
- Conversations – 8:30
- Schu’s Blues – 4:46
- Morning Dance – 5:37
- Islands in the Sky – 6:29
- Sea Biscuit – 6:03
- Latin Streets – 8:24
Compact Discs….gotta love them 🙂
[i] Also credited as their greatest hits album.
[ii] Man, I can vividly remember an NBA video where the Toronto Raptors’ Vincent Lamar Carter is caught switching discs in his portable disc player.