Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Tape deck chronicles: Ford demo tape

As someone who grew up in the '90s, my siblings and I spent most of our car time with something playing through the speakers. Typically, it was whatever radio station my parents wanted to hear, but when us kids got to choose, it was something on a cassette. I was in high school by the time there was a car in the driveway that didn't have a deck.

When my parents brought an Aerostar home in 1995, it came with this (as did many other Fords at the time). It's nothing more than a few unoffensive, easy listening tracks cobbled together at minimal cost when it came to royalties. I don't have a cover for it anymore, although I'm not sure if they were issued with one.

Now that 21 years have passed since it was made (and the van went a long way towards gone), the tape itself is showing its age. The tape itself is warped and distorted in more than a few places, but sound quality is mostly decent. You'll be more turned away by the sounds it sends through your speakers than by the inability for some parts to play it properly.

Overall, it's a a tape that's most useful in seeing if your old walkman or deck still works. It was never designed to stand on its own feet musically, and that's just as true in 2015 as it was twenty years ago.

Track listing:

Side A
1. Lily Was Here
2. I'll Always Love You
3. So Close
4. Miracle

Side B
1. Everyday People
2. Holding Me Tonight
3. Mammagamma
4. You Can't Deny It
5. Going Home

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