First Stereo albums I ever heard


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Back in 1966 I was 7 years old. I loved music and was fixated on the Beatles after seeing them on the Ed Sullivan Show with my older sister.
We had a few 45's that we listened to on a little mono phonograph. Then one day my parents bought a brand new GE console Stereo. This
was a huge event in our house. That thing was a beautiful piece of furniture, and I was amazed by it. My Dad bought 2 albums to test it out
with. They were Whipped Cream and Sergio Mendes and Brazil '66. I couldn't believe the sound coming out of that wooden box. I have all of
the TJB albums now, but Whipped Cream will always be special to me.

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I had to wait till I was 13 & 1/2 years old when my brother Mike bought his new stereo system in December 14, 1978 as an early Christmas present!! He bought a Technics turntable, Marantz stereo receiver, TEAC cassette player & Pioneer speakers!! As for me, I had to wait until the second week of July of 1986 when I was 21 years old. I got a Technics turntable from the "Best" store (NOT "Best Buy"), Yamaha headphones, Technics cassette player & Technics compact disc player & (can't think of the brand name) but it was a stereo receiver which I got from the old Highland Appliance store in Saginaw, Michigan!!! The Technics CD player was skipping (NOT the CD) so I had to wait until May 5, 1995 (which I turned 30 years old) when I got a DENON CD player at The Listening Room in Saginaw, MI!!


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Back in the late sixties and early seventies, all we had was Mono record players at home. One was a Magnavox or Phillips from the late forties/early fifties. I got permission the check out stereo players from the high school library on the weekends and I could listen to my stereo albums. I bought my first stereo in early 1974 at JC Penneys and do not remember what brand it was. In 1977 I got a Panasonic stereo and I still have it.


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I'd guess it was 1966, since I remember the stereo record player and one of the albums I got in stereo for Christmas that year was WHAT NOW MY LOVE. Along with GOING PLACES and SOUTH OF THE BORDER, those were the three albums I would have first heard in stereo.

The record player was a simple "portable" fold-out turntable with two side speakers that detached and you could set each one of them about six feet from the main unit. Controls were on the top of the fold-down; it was a light cyan plastic unit, and I believe it was either a Magnavox or a Motorola - one of those "M" companies. I already owned THE LONELY BULL and WHIPPED CREAM in mono, so my collection early on was a mixed one. I know it wasn't long until I added both SRO and SOUNDS LIKE, and ultimately getting VOLUME 2, but my sister picked me up a mono copy with her discount at S. Klein on the Square, where she worked.

I was really wowed by hearing separate stuff coming from one speaker or another, and was told by someone at school that stereo headphones were really something too. I did a makeshift tryout by holding the two blue speakers to my ears and turning the volume way down to experience what headphones must have sounded like.

For high school graduation, I was given an FM Stereo radio. It had two detached speakers that matched size and the wood-tone of the main cabinet. It was a neat looking unit with a beautiful blue dial that lit up, and an orange stereo pilot light that lit on stereo stations. Beforehand, I was convinced that FM stereo couldn't sound as good as my record player - I'd imagined that the stereo effect would be somehow reduced going through the airwaves that way, but I was dead wrong. In fact, the stereo radio, to me, sounded better than my stereo records, and I learned that it was because my little record player only had a ceramic cartridge, and to get the great sounds I was hearing on the radio, I needed a magnetic cartridge in my turntable. So that was the next purchase, a separate system with an FM tuner/amplifier and a turntable with a magnetic cartridge. BSR brand.

Ultimately, I went back and bought up all of the TjB albums in stereo and ditched the mono. Only many years later did I discover that there was some value in the mono pressings too!


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I used the old Admiral hi-fi in the basement--it was an upright cabinet that played only records, and I used to stand on the chair next to it so I could load up the changer. Must have worn it out since my grandfather handed down a Heathkit changer (made by Glaser Steers) that replaced it. It probably was 1969 or so that we got a big Magnavox console up in the living room, stereo of course, and the stereo records were not to leave the console. My mother bought another console five or six years later when she redecorated and got a more modern and compact Magnavox to replace it with. In the meantime, I'd bought a plastic GE record player (similar to the GE Wildcat, but had separate cube-shaped speakers) from EJ Korvette's with my own money. Didn't take long before I was hooking other speakers to it to improve the sound.


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As I was born just shortly before Mono recordings were phased out in my earliest listening experiences I was exposed simultaneously to Both Stereo and Mono albums thanks to my parents collection I can say my first stereo listening was quite intriguing hearing different sounds coming from two speakers on some of the records and No difference on the others hearing these differences as a very young Child i had yet to know the differences and I owned Mono Cassette players from the time I was 11 until I got my first stereo system at age 17 so for a long time in my youth Stereo sound was a treat and a privilege as well as a rarity but today thankfully I still have the older Mono recordings too so both to me are still a treat especially now with what we know and have experienced ( sad to mention again) The Universal BBQ of 2008 (self explanatory)
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