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Posted 3 years ago


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The 1960's brings us music we can take in a car not a radio . We thought this portable music was awesome , never mind that in middle of a song tape turned itself over and there was a long pause till it started again :-) I guess have several 100 tapes yet and a few recorders . Why I keep them I have no clue I think they are part of history in the music world and the graphics are nice on tapes too :-) I took a photo of a shelf full of them in cases . Oh I think I hear a Beach boy Tune starting up again as I ride in convertible down highway :-) I put an Andy Gibbs one out front as he passed away so young .
Stereo 8, commonly known as the eight-track cartridge, eight-track tape, or simply eight-track, is a magnetic tape sound recording technology. It was popular in the United States from the mid-1960s through the early 1980s, but was relatively unknown in many European countries. Stereo 8 was created in 1964 by a consortium led by Bill Lear of Lear Jet Corporation, along with Ampex, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Motorola, and RCA Victor Records (RCA). It was a further development of the similar Stereo-Pak four-track cartridge created by Earl "Madman" Muntz. A later quadraphonic version of the format was announced by RCA in April 1970 and first known as Quad-8, then later changed to just Q8.
The popularity of both four-track and eight-track cartridges grew from the booming automobile industry.[1] In September 1965, Ford Motor Company introduced factory-installed and dealer-installed eight-track tape players as an option on three of its 1966 models (Mustang, Thunderbird and Lincoln), and RCA Victor introduced 175 Stereo-8 Cartridges from its RCA Victor & RCA Camden artist's catalogs.[2] By the 1967 model year, all of Ford's vehicles offered this tape player upgrade option. Thanks to Ford's backing, the eight-track format quickly won out over the four-track format, with Muntz abandoning it completely by late 1970.

Despite its problems, the format gained steady popularity because of its convenience and portability. Home players were introduced in 1966 that allowed consumers to share tapes between their homes and portable systems. "Boombox" type players were also popular. With the availability of cartridge systems for the home, consumers started thinking of eight-tracks as a viable alternative to vinyl records, not only as a convenience for the car. Within a year, prerecorded releases on eight-track began to arrive within a month of the vinyl release. Eight-track recorders had gained popularity by the early 1970s.


  1. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 3 years ago
    Amazing to still have the players also, great collection, still remember when these players p'd me off and I destroyed my collection as did so many people, and still miss them at times, so now I realize I probably should have kept them. Beautiful memory !!~ Phil.
  2. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thanks Phil I have some good 8 tracks and would play them and record but quality just does not do song justice :-)
  3. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thank you Mikko and packrat :-)
  4. walksoftly walksoftly, 3 years ago
    Lot's of good memories mixed in with the 8 track era, cruisin around in the old 64 chev. But it was frustrating when the player would eat your tape, often you would see the ribbon of magnetic tape blowing in the wind on the side of the road where someone got pissed off & through it out the window.
  5. trunkman trunkman, 3 years ago
    I have a clock radio that has BOTH an eight track AND a cassette player!!!!! And the clock is digital!!!! (late 70's I think) had it by my beside till last year -- now my son has it and it still works! I love the bulk heft feel of an eight track gripped tightly in my hand just before I toss it out the window -- too funny walksoftly. Thanks for the post manikin.
  6. kerry10456 kerry10456, 3 years ago
    Love the memories you have stirred up with this GREAT piece of our younger years, Thanks for sharing!!!!!!!
  7. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thanks for the love and yes lots of memories and frustrations with these machines but driving down the highway with a tape player we were free to listen to our music not the radio even though yes at times we needed to toss one out the window LOL
  8. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thanks bellin I know you never had one like some of the other comments or you make have kicked it out door by now as many went to garbage :-)
  9. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thank you Lisa !
  10. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thank you chevelle ! Oh that inspired me to scan the old chevelle we had back then :-) Thanks for stopping always glad to see you on my posts .
  11. bratjdd bratjdd, 3 years ago
    Wow, Manikin it brings me back to my childhood, Watching my mom cooking while she is singing to her favorite 8 track tape. Thank you so much for bringing good memories back in my life. I need it especially today of all the days =)
  12. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thank you bratjjd :-) Glad it took you on a little trip down memory lane . It's fun to travel that road once in awhile :-)
  13. bratjdd bratjdd, 3 years ago
    Yes, it is miss those days.
  14. TRIKER TRIKER, 3 years ago
    I still have maybe 10 or 12 4 track tapes. I remember when 8 track came out you could get an adapter that would let you play 4 track in an 8 track player. It snapped into the hole on the bottom and supplied the rubber wheel for the tape to push against like an 8 track tape has. The 4 track player had a rubber wheel that moved up through the hole when you put a tape in the machine. I also have an Akai Reel to Reel with built in 8 track. You could record direct from 8 track to reel. Bought it new in Hong Kong in 1976. Wow that was a long time ago! You know your getting old when you go into antique shops and say "I remember those"
  15. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Triker for sure it is a sign we are becoming collectible as we remember all these items . I have a reel to reel I have and use to put old music to Cds :-)
    Thank you Lisa & chevelle ( Oh I have a photo that you made me think of of our old chevelle ) going to post it now . The muscle car :-)
  16. Earthling_ Earthling_, 3 years ago
    Hey Manikin! I know you posted this a month ago, but I just joined CW a few days ago and only saw this today.

    Oh my, what memories. In my younger days I somehow got an 8-track player for my car that had a fine tuning adjustment. Remember how you could sometimes faintly hear another song playing when you were listening to a song? That happened when the tape was not aligned to the player head properly. The player in my car had a knob that would move the play head ever so slightly up and down to align it. It was old when I got it and I only had three tapes at the time. Led Zeppelin - In Through The Out Door, Boston - Don't Look Back, and Aerosmith - Toys In The Attic.

    Most of my albums when I was a teen were on cassette tape, but I started buying some 8-tracks because of the player in my car. I have none now, but I do have the memories.

    I noticed this post because I recognized the Andy Gibb tape. When he was hot, my girlfriend was hot for him. I didn't mind though. She had to deal with my fascination with Stevie Nicks.

    -- Earth
  17. Bruce99 Bruce99, 3 years ago
    This takes me back Manikin! I've got boxes of 8-Track Tapes, and I still have a player/recorder but I never listen to them anymore. I used to hate it when the foil start/end of the continuous loop separated. I did get proficient at opening the shell re-threading and taping the ends back together though! Maybe I'll dig out one of my favorites just to see if it will play after 40 years of storage! (: Thanks for sharing these with a very nice, informative write up too.
  18. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thank Bruce :-) glad the post took you for a walk down memory lane . Mine still play after years of storage and they still stop in the middle of a song to flip to other side lol
  19. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Earthling welcome to CW so nice to have you and it is fun to go back and look at older posts . I enjoyed reading your story on 8 Tracks :-) It is fun to walk down memory lane now and then . I never had any favorite singers I always had favorite songs so I was always pulling out the tape and changing it , But now and then I still play one to see how it sounds . The quality does not improve with age on them . So glad to see you on my posts and come again soon !
  20. Bruce99 Bruce99, 3 years ago
    Yeah, the fade out, CLICK, fade in was always a minor annoyance but at least you didn't have to listen to DJs talking over the song or all of the annoying commercials, eh? My car was my boom box, but I usually keep the windows up. It was a miracle I could hear sirens but I could. Fortunately, I still can! (:
  21. mikielikesigns2 mikielikesigns2, 3 years ago
    i played Glen Cambells "Galviston" & "lineman" on a trip to Texas in our F-100 until they pulled over & put me in the camper! Thats ok, to crowded up front anyway.
  22. Roycroftbooksfromme1 Roycroftbooksfromme1, 11 months ago
    I'll have to dig mine out this summer and do a show and some reason there's a lot of country ones .. oh my lions tigers and bears
    we have the cd player you carry around and can split it in half so you have 2 speakers ....old old old te he
  23. ThriftyGypsy ThriftyGypsy, 11 months ago
    Hey Manikin,
    I'll trade you a Foghat 8 track for your Eagles, Hotel California....what do you think? lol. Great posting and very informative! We have a thrift store in town that has hundreds of these for sale. I wonder if they realize they probably wont be selling too many! Talk to you later friend, Thrifty
  24. Manikin Manikin, 11 months ago
    TG I will give you the eagles . That big yellow box plus cases and bags all hold 8 tracks :-) If you want it it is yours :-) just email me your addy .
  25. packrat-place packrat-place, 11 months ago
    Check this out.
  26. Manikin Manikin, 11 months ago
    Thank you pack :-))))

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