Saturday, 1 December 2007
Today we had friends for dinner that we met through our children. The man, Dirk, is a music lover and a record collector. Last time we met he had told me that he had some old cassette tapes that didn’t play anymore. It are tapes with live music, that he had recorded from radio in the eighties.
Because I have some good tape decks, I said I would gladly give it a try to bring these recordings to live again.
Right now I am listening to one of the oldest tapes, with an interview with The Sex Pistols. More than 25 years old and it still sounds great. Long live cassette tapes!
On most of the tapes is music that I don’t particularly like: Joy Division, The Au Pairs, Echo and the Bunnymen, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, etcetera. But also concerts of The Specials, Curtis Mayfield and The Cramps. I don’t know if my Tascam will play all the tapes, but so far there were no problems.
Dirk used to make photos of the concerts that he visited. I asked him if I could see some of those pictures, and tonight he brought along some shots of a Curtis Mayfield concert and the first concert that Grandmaster Flash gave in Amsterdam, both from 1984. I was there and I remember being disappointed because I thought it was a lame show.
I will ask Dirk if he likes to put up some more photo’s up on this blog in the near future.
Here is Curtis Mayfield, recorded and broadcasted in 1984 by a Dutch radio station, the KRO. It is his second encore, If there’s a hell below.