RECORD STORE TALES Mk II: Getting More Tale
#335: Musical Archaeological Discovery!
A couple weekends ago, I had a chance to dig through some old boxes looking for musical memories. I found that, and a lot more.
I discovered a complete inventory of my entire music collection, that I had made as a kid. Most of it was on cassette. There’s no date on it, but thanks to my photographic memory of musical life events, I can easily date this to within +/- a couple months. Let’s have a look and figure out when I made this inventory.
The first thing I noticed was there are 24 CD titles on this list. I received my first CD player for Christmas of 1989. That would place this list a fair bit after Christmas of ’89.
In the section for “Videos”, I only had four VHS titles at the time: Kiss, Def Leppard, Judas Priest, and Warrant. I know I received a Faith No More (You Fat Bastards) video for Christmas of ’92. So we’re well before December 1992.
Back to the CD section. The presence of the Led Zeppelin box set helps me narrow it down further. I know I received that box set for Christmas of 1990. I also remember getting Slaughter’s Stick It Live tape on December 28th of that year, and that cassette is on this list.
I distinctly recall my birthday in July 1991. I received Alice Cooper’s Hey Stoopid on cassette (thanks sis), and Van Halen’s For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge on CD (thanks Bob). Neither are on this list. Therefore, this was made sometime between Christmas of 1990, and July of ’91. Just over six months. To narrow it down as tightly as possible, I need to look for purchases that I know I made in early 1991.
In April or May of ’91, I can remember getting the new Mr. Big (Lean Into It) on cassette, and the first Raw M.E.A.T CD. Neither are on here. Most definitively however, missing on this list is David Lee Roth’s newest, A Lil’ Ain’t Enough. I know I got that for Easter of 1991. Now we’re really close. Somewhere between January to March of ’91!
I know I bought the uber-rare cassette single for Helix’s “Good to the Last Drop” really early in 1991. Snow was still on the ground, and that cassette single is not listed here. Therefore: I conclude that I created this list after Christmas 1990 or early in 1991, but probably during Christmas break 1990! I would have had the spare time to work on it during break.
Some additional observations:
1. Apparently I hadn’t yet discovered alphabetizing.
2. The dollar values printed represent approximate guesses as to retail value. I later made a revised list that replaced this with 5 star ratings, but I have not as yet found that version.
Here it is, now preserved digitally forever! And look — I only owned one CD single!* Final interesting note: Most of the items on this list are long gone. I’ve upgraded to CD on all the cassettes and only kept a handful. I have most of the vinyl, but I gave away my ’45 of the Wrestlers. I have some of the CDs, but others (Kiss, Bon Jovi, AC/DC, Van Halen, Slaughter, Maiden, Motley Crue) have long been replaced by remasters.
* Iron Maiden’s “Holy Smoke”, bought at Dr. Disc in the autumn of 1990.