The first album you bought: on vinyl, on cassette, on CD, all digital

Vinyl: Air Supply’s Greatest Hits
Cassette: the Moody Blues’ In Search of the Lost Chord and On the Threshold of a Dream (tie)
CD: The Beatles’ Past Masters Vol. 1
Digital: The Go! Team’s Thunder, Lightning, Strike, via iTunes

I haven’t bothered getting the Air Supply or Moody Blues albums on any other media.

First vinyl single: Blue Oyster Cult, Don’t Fear the Reaper (yes, more cowbell)

First vinyl album: Kiss, Rock and Roll Over

First cassette: I bought 2 from Sears when I got my first fake walkman (a sanyo),
Neil Young, Rust Never Sleeps
Black Sabbath Sold our Souls for Rock and Roll

First CD: The Cars

First all digital? Like the first downloaded? No idea.

Vinyl: Quiet Riot, “Mental Health”, circa 1983
Cassette: Rush, “Exit Stage Left”, also circa 1983
CD: Cinderella, “Night Songs”, 1986
First “digital” (i.e. download): don’t remember, would have to check file dates for earliest MP3 track and I’m too lazy to do this right now.

I’ve never bought an album on vinyl or digital.

For cassette, it’s a tie between Metallica’s self-titled album and Nevermind.

For CD, I don’t remember. Very likely Jagged Little Pill.

Oh, man, that was twelve thousand records ago! Lemme see…

Single: The Rooftop Singers - Walk Right In (1963)
Album: no idea, probably one of the Beatles albums
Cassette: I only ever bought two prerecorded tapes. First was Pink Floyd - The Wall
CD: The Beatles - either Not For Sale, or Something To Hide (bootlegs, and I had them for 4 years before I had something to play them on)
Digital: none

LP: The Doors
Cassette: I’ve never bought a prerecorded cassette, except for a class
CD: A Momentary Lapse Of Reason - Pink Floyd
I don’t do digital.

Vinyl: Twisted Sister - Stay Hungry

Cassette: Metallica - $5.98 Garage Days Re-revisited

CD: Guns ‘N’ Roses - Appetite for Destruction

Digital: n/a

  1. First vinyl: A recording of “Rhapsody in Blue” in about 1957

  2. First CD was Digital: A recording of “Rhapsody in Blue” and “An American in Paris”

I had never realized the coincidence until this thread.

Vinyl: Michael Jackson, Thriller
Cassette: Whitney Houston’s self-titled album (I was ten, OK?)
CD: Tom Petty, Full Moon Fever
Digital: Probably one of the Live Phish releases

Vinyl: bought at the same time: Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band and a two record collection of Big Band Hits (Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Dorseys, Glenn Miller, Cab Calloway and many others)

Cassette: I believe it was Harvest by Neil Young, though it could have been Mudslide Slim by James Taylor – I forget.

CD- I’ll use the first one I bought for ME, because I bought a few for my daughter that I just don’t feel a need to share. My first I believe was 10 Summoner’s Tales by Sting or Hank Williams Greatest Hits, I’m pretty fuzzy on this.

First legal Download (Which I’ve converted to for some time now): A roots/reggae version of “Hotel California” by a band called The Moonrakers

Vinyl: Elton John’s Greatest Hits
CD: The Police - Synchronicity

Single: Love Me Do–The Beatles

Album–V.J. Presents the Beatles. With the gatefold cover. I wish I’d kept it, that sucker is worth something now. I think I paid $2 for it.

Cassette–Springsteen’s boxed set.

CD–Leonard Cohen’s Recent Songs.

That is simply precious!

I didn’t purchase it…it was a gift from the parental units: “Meet the Beatles”
Purchased by me: I got You Babe - Sonny & Cher
Never purchased an 8-track or cassette
CD: Hmmm…I think it was either Pink Floyd or The Beatles. But shortly thereafter we just started replacing all our vinyl.

Vinyl Single: Sweet Pea by Tommy Roe (God knows why)
Vinyl Album: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (in monaural – I didn’t have a stereo)
Cassette: Might have been “The Allman Brothers Band Live at Ludlow Garage*”
CD: Don’t recall. Possibly “High Energy” by James Cotton
Electronic: “Rosalita” by Bruce Springsteen via iTunes

*The CD/tape came out in 1990, but I remembered it well from my days in college in the 70s. My roommate worked at Ludlow Garage and had a tape of it.

First vinyl single: She Loves You, late 1963
First vinyl album: Meet The Beatles, right after Christmas , 1963
First 8-track, Woodstock, whenever that was released, 1970, maybe?
First cassette, Shoot Out The Lights, Richard and Linda Thompson
First CD, Document, REM

Single: for some reason I think this is “The Streak” by Ray Stevens, but I can’t be sure. I was 9 years old.

Album: The Beatles’ 1967-1970.

Cassette: a Youssou N’Dour record I bought on a trip to Senegal, never released here (can’t recall its name). I went from LP to CD, never picked up more than a handful of premade cassettes.

Eight-track: I once bought a box of 8-tracks at a flea market; a roommate at the time had a player in his car. The only one I remember was Talking Heads’ More Songs About Buildings and Food, which they should have retitled More Songs About Food and Buildings because all the songs were in a different order than the LP.

CD: The Clash, London Calling and the Beatles, Rubber Soul, bought at the same time. Had to start somewhere.

Download: Wilco, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.

Vinyl: J Geils Band - Freeze Frame
Cassette: Either ‘Best of Blue Oyster Cult’ or ‘Best Of Steppenwolf’
CD: U2 - Achtung Baby
Download: Only one so far - Kelley Deal 2000, don’t recall which album

LP: Simon & Garfunkel, Sounds of Silence

45: Beatles, “Hey Jude”

Cassette: McDonald and Giles

CD: King Crimson, Discipline and Marillion, Fugazi

Download: Stereolab, Margerine Eclipse (That’s my first full album purchased as a download. The first track purchased via download was Art Blakey doing “A Night in Tunisia.” I have no idea what the first track I ever obtained via download was; most likely someone’s privately recorded music posted on the old

45: Snoopy and the Red Baron’s Christmas, I was 5.
Vinyl: **Obscured by Clouds ** because it was one of the only Pink Floyd Album’s I could not borrow from my older brother. I was about 12.
8-Track: **Animals ** by Pink Floyd. I was about 14.
Cassette: **The Worst of Jefferson Airplane ** (I was at Navy A School)
CD: **Yes Songs ** 2bl live CD. Awesome (Bought 1st CD Player Boom Box around 1986 in Hong Kong and a few CD’s to listen to. Yes Songs was the first I picked out. I love the music and the CD was only $16 US when it was still $30 back in USA.