This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio with Dana & Carl is simply too large a concept to be neatly contained within a mere three-hour weekly time slot. Hence these occasional fake TIRnRR playlists, detailing shows we're never really going to do...but could.
Long before Dana and I put together the four commercially-released This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio compilation albums, I was one of the many, many pop fans who used to make mixtapes. Many of my old homemade concoctions predated my possession of a proper tape deck. I had a portable cassette recorder, and when I wanted to get my personal K-Tel on, I'd put an LP or 45 on the turntable, place the stylus at the desired track, and try to press RECORD before the music started to play. Hijinks ensued. Oh, and where exactly did I place my tape recorder to properly capture the deep and majestic sound of my music? Right in front of the stereo's speaker. Singular. One of the speakers. The fidelity was exactly what you would have expected. But, as I've pointed out before, I'm pretty sure that's how the good folks at K-Tel and Ronco and Adam VIII did it, too. My fidelity wasn't all that much worse than theirs.
This fake TIRnRR playlist is slapped together from some of the tracks I included on those long-ago mixtapes. I recall it was mostly a '70s phenomenon for me, probably something like 1973 to '75, maybe '76. I took up the practice again in the early '80s, after I'd graduated from college and moved into an apartment. By then, of course, I was a knowledgeable and capable music enthusiast, and my approach to mastering mixtapes had become more sophisticated; now, I put the recorder in between the two speakers. Progress! The results remained lo-fi. My enthusiasm did not dim in the slightest. My music. My mixtapes.
NOTE: Throughout these proceedings, there is no time that I am under oath. Decades later, my precise memory of these old mixtapes is a little south of totally reliable. Each of these tracks is something that was part of my soundtrack during the mid '70s and early '80s, and I had vinyl access to all of them at the time. Some were borrowed, some belonged to my sister when she was still living at home, and some were mine all mine. Some (most?) definitely made it to my mixtapes, some might not have. I threw in a few deliberate ringers, tracks which I only had on prerecorded cassette and couldn't have dubbed to my mixtapes. But collectively, all of 'em fit today's theme to one degree or another. C30 C60 C90 GO!
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