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Old 06-23-23, 05:16 PM
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Re: First CD you ever bought?

I'm thinking my dad's first cd might have been Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms.

It was probably a year or two later when I got my own player & started buying my own cds. My first might have been Def Leppard's Hysteria or something else I traded in a few years later. I still have most of my longboxes somewhere.

I was never one to buy pre-recorded cassettes. I didn't trust them. Before cds, I would buy the vinyl record & then record the album onto a blank cassette (or at least the best songs) to take wherever.
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Re: First CD you ever bought?

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And in longboxes.
I still have a few longboxes hanging around from some of the first CDs I bought.
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Originally Posted by Lokimok
I'm thinking my dad's first cd might have been Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms.
I think that was the second CD I ever bought. First one was Journey-Raised on Radio, just after I spent $250-$300 on a JVC CD player. I think I still have it somewhere.
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Re: First CD you ever bought?

My first CD player was a Yorx (anyone remember that brand?) that I bought at K-mart in 1986. Really low end, it sucked and tended to skip, but it was the only one I could afford as a poor university student.
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Originally Posted by cultshock
My first CD player was a Yorx (anyone remember that brand?) that I bought at K-mart in 1986. Really low end, it sucked and tended to skip, but it was the only one I could afford as a poor university student.
I remember Yorx. I had a Morse Electrophonic combo AM/FM stereo/turntable/8-track player way before I got my first separate component system.
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Re: First CD you ever bought?

Originally Posted by cultshock
I bought the Music For Nations CDs of those two albums back in the day. Since they were imports they cost me $30 CDN each but it was worth it to me. They sound pretty good for the era, except that the MFN Lightning had the left/right channels accidentally reversed.
Even for non-import stuff, $20 a pop was already a giant turn-off for me at the time for metal cd titles.

This was one of several big reasons why I stopped listening to less popular metal stuff at the time, such as all that Florida death metal stuff produced by Scott Burns.

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Re: First CD you ever bought?

I'll admit, back then I spent way more money on music than I should have, based on my mediocre part-time income.
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Old 06-24-23, 09:12 PM
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Re: First CD you ever bought?

Originally Posted by cultshock
I'll admit, back then I spent way more money on music than I should have, based on my mediocre part-time income.
Same here. I wasn't willing to do any "blind buys" of $20 cds produced/engineered by Scott Burns.

At that time around the "dawn" of florida death metal, I picked up the vinyl versions of Obituary "Slowly We Rot" and Sepultura "Beneath The Remains" which were both produced by Scott Burns. From the few metal magazine reviews of "slowly we rot" at the time, they asserted Obituary was a death metal band. But listening through "Slowly We Rot", I thought it didn't sound like what I thought "death metal" was suppose to sound like. It sounded like the complete opposite of what I thought death metal was suppose to sound like, that I didn't even bother listening to that sepultra "benath the remains" vinyl after that.

Another factor compounding my reluctance, was that a lot of that Florida death metal stuff and other Scott Burns produced titles were not being released on vinyl in america. The vinyl versions which existed, were expensive $15 to $20 imported versions from Europe mostly. So I was not willing to do such "blind buys" of $15 vinyl titles.

When vinyl titles were still plentiful and less than $10 a pop before 1989/1990, I was willing to make some "blind buys" of titles which had good reviews in various metal magazines at the time.

$15 / $20 blind buys were a non-starter for me.
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Re: First CD you ever bought?

Originally Posted by John Galt
Boyz II Men - Cooleyhighharmony

Probably around 1993
That's one of mine also. I remember when I got my first cd player as a kid I bought:
Boys II Men - Cooleyhighharmony
Kriss Kross - Totally Krossed Out
Color Me Badd - C.M.B.
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Re: First CD you ever bought?

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Same here. I wasn't willing to do any "blind buys" of $20 cds produced/engineered by Scott Burns.

At that time around the "dawn" of florida death metal, I picked up the vinyl versions of Obituary "Slowly We Rot" and Sepultura "Beneath The Remains" which were both produced by Scott Burns. From the few metal magazine reviews of "slowly we rot" at the time, they asserted Obituary was a death metal band. But listening through "Slowly We Rot", I thought it didn't sound like what I thought "death metal" was suppose to sound like. It sounded like the complete opposite of what I thought death metal was suppose to sound like, that I didn't even bother listening to that sepultra "benath the remains" vinyl after that.

Another factor compounding my reluctance, was that a lot of that Florida death metal stuff and other Scott Burns produced titles were not being released on vinyl in america. The vinyl versions which existed, were expensive $15 to $20 imported versions from Europe mostly. So I was not willing to do such "blind buys" of $15 vinyl titles.

When vinyl titles were still plentiful and less than $10 a pop before 1989/1990, I was willing to make some "blind buys" of titles which had good reviews in various metal magazines at the time.

$15 / $20 blind buys were a non-starter for me.
I did lots of blind buys back then, as the stuff I was buying (thrash and early black/death metal) was never played on the radio or MTV at the time, and none of my friends were buying the same music I was, so I couldn't borrow stuff to check out. I depended mostly on record reviews in mags like Metal Hammer and Kerrang, and got to know the reviewers that seemed to have the same tastes as me and went with their recommendations. It was about 50/50, half the albums I liked and the rest I rarely listened to. I really wish Spotify was around back then, I could have saved tons of money!

Speaking of Sepultura, I bought their Morbid Visions LP when it came out after reading positive reviews, and "Brazilian Death Metal" sounded quite exotic at the time. After I first listened to it, I thought "What the fuck is this?", the primitive music and raw, horrible production were way too much for me at the time. But this kind of stuff is an acquired taste, 1987 me couldn't handle it, 2023 me has no problem with it at all, I'm used to low-fi, primitive stuff nowadays.
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Re: First CD you ever bought?

I believe my sister and I bought Totally Krossed Out by Kriss Kross when I was 10 or 11. That's the first CD that I can remember buying.

Old 06-25-23, 12:42 PM
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Originally Posted by cultshock
I did lots of blind buys back then, as the stuff I was buying (thrash and early black/death metal) was never played on the radio or MTV at the time, and none of my friends were buying the same music I was, so I couldn't borrow stuff to check out. I depended mostly on record reviews in mags like Metal Hammer and Kerrang, and got to know the reviewers that seemed to have the same tastes as me and went with their recommendations.
I gradually grew to really distrust record reviews of any kind, regardless of the publication. (I didn't have access to then-current issues of Kerrang and Metal Hammer, due to local newstands and record stores not carrying it at all). I was reading the really horrible metal magazines like Hit Parader, RIP (a non-porn title published by Larry Flynt of Hustler), various short-lived titles published by Creem magazine, and a different "Metal Mania" title which was not consistently published. (Not the older "Metal Mania" version published by Jonny Zazula of Megaforce records fame).

The last straw for me was Obituary "Slowly We Rot", which had decent reviews but didn't sound anything like "death metal" to my ears circa 1989. In those days, I imagined "death metal" was suppose to sound like Possessed "Seven Churches", Sodom "Obsessed by Cruelty", Death "Scream Bloody Gore", Bathory's debut and "The Return", etc ... from before 1989.

It wasn't until the late 1990s, that I started buying a lot of Scott Burns produced cd titles which were showing up in used records stores in the $2 dump bins. This was long after Florida death metal's popularity had already declined significantly, and superseded by scandinavian black metal. Low-risk blind buys at $2 or $3 a pop.

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Old 06-25-23, 10:38 PM
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Originally Posted by cultshock
My first CD player was a Yorx (anyone remember that brand?) that I bought at K-mart in 1986. Really low end, it sucked and tended to skip, but it was the only one I could afford as a poor university student.
Now that I think about it and going through storage to jog my memory, my first cd(s) was actually three titles: Accept "Metal Heart", Judas Priest "Turbo", and Giuffria "Silk and Steel". (Giuffria was a blind buy, other than previously reading a review/article about them in a metal magazine)

At the time, my father dragged me along on a shopping trip to an independent stereo store which also had a cd section. Apparently at this particular indie retailer, they had an offer for every new cd player they sold, the customer got a "buy 2 cds get 1 free cd" one time deal along with it. My father purchased a Sony cd player, but didn't find any cds he wanted at this particular retailer. So he asked me if I wanted anything, where I went through the cd section and found the above three titles to buy. (This retailer didn't have a good metal selection).

Out of these titles, I listened to these three titles a lot initially. Though after while, the only one I was still listening to a lot was Giuffria. The latter was like a keyboard-heavy hairspray metal band with a lot of power ballads, before power ballads were popular. I thought "Silk & Steel" sounded like one of those heavily overproduced albums with tons of layering, like a metal version of music from the "Miami Vice" tv show.

After 7-8 months or so of using my father's cd player a lot, he decided to buy me a separate cd player where we went back to that same independent stereo store. It turns out that indie shop still had that "buy 2 cds get 1 free cd" offer, with each new cd player purchase. This time I got: Manowar "Fighting The World", Y&T "In Rock We Trust", and Dio "Sacred Heart". (This shop still didn't have a good metal selection).

These three subsequent cd titles had very little to no replay value for me. I really like Dio's "Holy Diver" album, but "Sacred Heart" didn't hold my interest much. Y&T "In Rock We Trust" was a blind buy based solely on Tom Allom being the producer, which gave the album a heavier sounding production albeit with mediocre songwriting. (Y&T had better albums than this). Manowar "Fighting The World" was one of the few all-digitally recorded albums at the time, but I found the songwriting kinda lackluster.

Originally Posted by cultshock
I did lots of blind buys back then, as the stuff I was buying (thrash and early black/death metal) was never played on the radio or MTV at the time, and none of my friends were buying the same music I was, so I couldn't borrow stuff to check out. I depended mostly on record reviews in mags like Metal Hammer and Kerrang, and got to know the reviewers that seemed to have the same tastes as me and went with their recommendations. It was about 50/50, half the albums I liked and the rest I rarely listened to. I really wish Spotify was around back then, I could have saved tons of money!
More generally, these above mentioned experiences was my first taste of cd "blind buys" and/or "impulse buys" of cds which left a bad aftertaste for me. This was the big reason why I stopped "blind buying" new albums, especially once grunge became popular and was hardly released on vinyl. For example, I didn't bother buying the two Guns 'N Roses "use your illusion" cds at the time.

After that, the few then-new titles I purchased on cd were ones where I was able to listen to the entire album beforehand and I liked it. For example, such as at nightclubs, parties, on the radio, borrowing cds from friends, etc .... This was the only reason I picked up something like Alice In Chains "Dirt" and "Facelift", Pearl Jam "Ten" and "Vs.", etc ...
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Re: First CD you ever bought?

Originally Posted by lwhy?
I believe my sister and I bought Totally Krossed Out by Kriss Kross when I was 10 or 11. That's the first CD that I can remember buying.
Jump was a good track
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When I got my first CD player I bought 2 CDs, one the very first CD I ever heard way back in 1985.

And the second was Depeche Mode. Both came in the long cardboard sleeve covers and cost about $18 each at Sound Warehouse.




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Originally Posted by The Questyen
That's one of mine also. I remember when I got my first cd player as a kid I bought:
Boys II Men - Cooleyhighharmony
Kriss Kross - Totally Krossed Out
Color Me Badd - C.M.B.
Yup, my parents didn't have the money for CDs or CD Players, so it was up to me to buy my own player and CDs (not that I would have listened to their music at the time). But by the time I was in sixth grade, the old portable cassette player was the subject of ridicule on the bus, I saved up and bought a "cheap" off brand portable CD player for somewhere around $80 at one of those giant electronics clearance sales they used to run. I could ride my bike up to our local record store and would always go through their used CDs to see what they'd get in new. I remember the used CDs being $8.99 while new CDs were probably 16.99-18.99 there, but if you found the CD on sale at Wal Mart or Best Buy, you could usually get them for around 11.99. Cooleyhighharmony was first. Not sure what I bought next but I remember all the early Pearl Jams (Ten, Vs, Vitalogy), Boyz II Men "II", Babyface "For the Cool in You", Oasis "What's the Story", Soundgarden "Superunknown", and Smashing Pumpkins "Melon Collie and the Infinite Sadness" all getting a lot of play while going to and from school.
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Believe it was Use Your Illusion 1
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The Doors Greatest Hits double-CD; bought it from The Wall.
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CDs I bought in 1985:

Madonna- Like a Virgin
Thomas Dolby- Golden Age of Wireless
Van Halen- 1984
Prince- Around the World in a Day
Tears for Fears- Songs From the Big Chair
Howard Jones- Dream into Action
The Cars- Greatest Hits
Thompson Twins- Here’s to Future Days
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The first one I got with my new 1986 Fisher Stereo system with a CD, double cassette deck, radio, and record player


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First 3 CDs bought together:

Appetite for Destruction - Guns N' Roses
And Justice for All... - Metallica
The Real Thing - Faith No More
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The Chronic by Dr Dre in 1993.
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Originally Posted by Music
First 3 CDs bought together:

Appetite for Destruction - Guns N' Roses
And Justice for All... - Metallica
The Real Thing - Faith No More
Those are all great ones.
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They weren't the first I ever bought, but the first I owned were all four KISS solo albums on CD because I won them as a prize. I didn't even have a CD player. I think I held onto them for a while and then just threw them away.

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Oh, that's easy. The first cassette, CD, VHS, DVD, and Blu-ray I ever bought - including those first three with "my own money" as a kid - was ​​Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The first two were technically the album Monty Python Sings, but there's a Holy Grail song on it, so it counts.

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