Cassettes in the UK 89-93

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Cassettes in the UK 89-93

Post by threechordwonder » 12 Aug 2019 11:48

I'm not sure if the "After Hours" tapes themselves ever reached the UK, but between '89 and '93 various other VU tapes could be picked-up from pop-up stalls in markets from Walthamstow to Wapping; I stopped collecting them in '93 when cassettes started to decline and the stalls disappeared.

I'm not sure if the tapes have ever been documented (honestly I haven't kept up with the VU books of recent years), or whether there's even a need.

Nevertheless I've put together some notes about two of them, selected at random and posted them here https://c.mail.com/@652099718028993115/ ... ty7Mqy3qgw (you'll have to download the file).

Do you folk have an appetite for more? Remember, they came from a time before the web when information about the VU was hard to find and lies were as welcome as truth (ok, maybe not, but sometimes it was hard to tell the difference).

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Re: Cassettes in the UK 89-93

Post by dial4 » 12 Aug 2019 12:20

Sounds interesting, do they have tapes from the 1993 reunion ? A lot listed here in the tapes section are totally unavailable.

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Re: Cassettes in the UK 89-93

Post by lurid » 12 Aug 2019 22:11

I visited Edinburgh record fairs from 1980 onwards and picked up a fair number of live lou Reed / vu cassettes. But to be be honest I got more by trading. I used to run a wanted ad in Goldmine every few months and made a lot of trading contacts that way.
The "live and alive" section of Enrique's Web page started out as a list of my live tapes.

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Re: Cassettes in the UK 89-93

Post by bleach » 16 Aug 2019 16:48

Good idea for a thread! Before CDR trading and the internet cassettes helped us hear some great VU music (not always in great quality though!) i started saving some pics from Ebay recently of any 80/90s examples...

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Re: Cassettes in the UK 89-93

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Re: Cassettes in the UK 89-93

Post by threechordwonder » 17 Aug 2019 13:36

dial4 wrote:
12 Aug 2019 12:20
Sounds interesting, do they have tapes from the 1993 reunion ? A lot listed here in the tapes section are totally unavailable.
Well, I don't know who "they" are; I didn't really know the sources and the market stalls came and went years afo, so any tapes that did exist are presumably no longer available. But I did pick up tapes from The Forum, Wembley and Glastonbury.
lurid wrote:
12 Aug 2019 22:11
I visited Edinburgh record fairs from 1980 onwards ...
Great, I'm not the only one who remembers these things. But what is Goldmine and what is Enrique's Web page? Forgive my ignorance.
bleach wrote:
16 Aug 2019 16:48
Good idea for a thread! Before CDR trading and the internet cassettes helped us hear some great VU music (not always in great quality though!) i started saving some pics from Ebay recently of any 80/90s examples...
Thanks, I agree completely about the quality. The numbered tapes in the second picture look like the Afterhours tapes themselves (minus 26, Sweet Sister Ray) - and these were on eBay? Well done, that's an incredible find. Did they sell?

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