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Monday, 2 July 2018

My First CDs

A few days ago over at Martin's place I joined in a discussion about the first CDs that folk had bought.

Mine were Rites of Passage by the Indigo Girls and Out of Time by R.E.M. bought in Boston around 1992. Probably not as good as the two Martin featured. I had a quick check and it seems that neither has featured here before.

As I mentioned I bought them before I had a CD player which my pals thought bizarre. My argument was and remains it is better to have some CDs  you can play when you get a CD player rather that get a CD player and have nothing to play!

At the time in America CDs were sold in cardboard packaging about a foot long with the CD at the top and empty space below. Coincidentally R.E.M.were one of the bands to speak out against this needless waste.Although I agree with this I'm kind of glad I bought a couple in this format before it was quite rightly dropped.

Indigo Girls - Galileo

R.E.M. - Near Wild Heaven


  1. Interesting about the packaging. I suppose in these plastic-aware days even the conventional jewel case might be seen as excessive now.

  2. My first CD was Dire Straits - Brothers In Arms

  3. I read that the Indigo Girls have just released a live album - with The University of Colorado Symphony Orchestra .

  4. My first CD singles all came from the same shop on the same day (Woolworths). Just before Christmas 1989. "Getting Away With It" by Electronic, "The Peel Sessions" by The Associates and a wee bargain bin leftover called "Kylie Said To Jason" by The KLF. I had to get a girl at work to tape them onto a cassette for me as I still didn't own a CD player. I still have the CDs. And the cassette (which still plays in my car).

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  6. Mine was 'King of America' by Elvis Costello. I think.

  7. Wow, 1992! I considered myself a holdout, and I got a CD player in 1988. I was the last of my friends to do so. I started to get the itch in 1987 when Sire put out the first Just Say Yes compilation, and it was only on CD. That stuck in my craw for about a year until I took the plunge. On the day I bought the player, I picked up my first three CDs... London 0 Hull 4, In My Tribe and East Side Story. I abandoned vinyl and cassette that day. Of course, I thought it was for good. I still buy a fair share of CDs to this day, but vinyl began creeping in again about 12 years ago. That was the good old days when my indie labels weren't competing with the majors for vinyl-press time.