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Old January 25th 14, 05:51 PM posted to alt.collecting.8-track-tapes
Paul Urbahns
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Default Spar 8 Tracks

I am searching for 8 track tapes on the Spar label. Many times they are sound-a-likes of current hits with made-up names like The Now Generation, Nashville Country Jamboree, etc. If you do not have any tapes maybe you have run across a catalog or sale list lists releases.
Thanks!

Paul Urbahns
Radcliff, Ky
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Old February 25th 14, 07:35 PM posted to alt.collecting.8-track-tapes
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Default Spar 8 Tracks

On Sat, 25 Jan 2014 09:51:13 -0800 (PST), Paul Urbahns
wrote:

I am searching for 8 track tapes on the Spar label. Many times they are sound-a-likes of current hits with made-up names like The Now Generation, Nashville Country Jamboree, etc. If you do not have any tapes maybe you have run across a catalog or sale list lists releases.
Thanks!

Paul Urbahns
Radcliff, Ky


"Spar" was a truck stop brand popular in the 1960s through early '70s.
What they did was take "cover bands" (usually found in bars and honky
tonks) and had them "cover" big hits of other, better artists.

These truck stop carts are very rare today, as the musical content was
usually marginal at best, and the quality of the recordings were even
worse, usually.

I believe Spar (and many other fly-by-night labels servicing truck
stops were shut down due to copyright violations in the '70s. I have
run across them, and they're usually pretty awful!
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Old April 12th 16, 01:21 AM posted to alt.collecting.8-track-tapes
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Default Spar 8 Tracks

I have a few Spar 8-Track's myself. I recently scored one via a seller in a Facebook group alongside several others, with three of them still sealed. That recent score is in mint condition and is in it's original slipcase. I have a few others that I scored many years ago in the late 1990's in a case full of 8-Tracks that were mostly country music. At the moment, I am not interested in selling them, but if I ever change my mind, I will let you know, Mr. Urbahns.


Thanks for asking. Thanks also for the info, DeserTBob


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Old April 12th 16, 09:06 AM posted to alt.collecting.8-track-tapes
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Spar or spare?
kates track shack is makeing me an offer to buy my pro model sony 8 track
tape corder


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I have a few Spar 8-Track's myself. I recently scored one via a seller in a
Facebook group alongside several others, with three of them still sealed.
That recent score is in mint condition and is in it's original slipcase. I
have a few others that I scored many years ago in the late 1990's in a case
full of 8-Tracks that were mostly country music. At the moment, I am not
interested in selling them, but if I ever change my mind, I will let you
know, Mr. Urbahns.


Thanks for asking. Thanks also for the info, DeserTBob



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Old April 12th 16, 10:31 PM posted to alt.collecting.8-track-tapes
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Default Spar 8 Tracks

On Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 4:07:26 AM UTC-4, Andy wrote:
Spar or spare?
kates track shack is makeing me an offer to buy my pro model sony 8 track
tape corder


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Spar Andy. Spar was another one of those pirated 8-Track labels that were sold at truck stops and, at times, flea markets. They usually featured covers bands doing sound alike recordings of hits of the day. I recently scored one from a guy in Oklahoma where I bought a whole bunch of tapes from. Depending on what player you played them on, they usually didn't sound very good. The company wasn't around for very long. There was also competition from other pirated 8-Track tape labels, with most of them compiling multiple songs from various artists onto one tape or songs from the same artist onto one tape. I remember at gas stations and convenience stores, when someone bought two packs of a few particular brands of cigarettes, such as Kool, Salem, Winston, Bel-Air or Raleigh, they would get a free pirated 8-Track with the purchase of them. I don't know how the tobacco companies got away with that, but they did.

Thanks for asking, Andy.

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Old April 13th 16, 08:39 AM posted to alt.collecting.8-track-tapes
Andy
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Default Spar 8 Tracks

So an early day napster or pirate bay type thing you hear about all the
time.
or the good old use net news groups that not many use any more
maby spar was run by noodles


"frschoonover" wrote in message
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On Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 4:07:26 AM UTC-4, Andy wrote:
Spar or spare?
kates track shack is makeing me an offer to buy my pro model sony 8 track
tape corder


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Spar Andy. Spar was another one of those pirated 8-Track labels that were
sold at truck stops and, at times, flea markets. They usually featured
covers bands doing sound alike recordings of hits of the day. I recently
scored one from a guy in Oklahoma where I bought a whole bunch of tapes
from. Depending on what player you played them on, they usually didn't sound
very good. The company wasn't around for very long. There was also
competition from other pirated 8-Track tape labels, with most of them
compiling multiple songs from various artists onto one tape or songs from
the same artist onto one tape. I remember at gas stations and convenience
stores, when someone bought two packs of a few particular brands of
cigarettes, such as Kool, Salem, Winston, Bel-Air or Raleigh, they would get
a free pirated 8-Track with the purchase of them. I don't know how the
tobacco companies got away with that, but they did.

Thanks for asking, Andy.


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Old April 14th 16, 02:04 AM posted to alt.collecting.8-track-tapes
frschoonover
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Default Spar 8 Tracks

On Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 3:39:57 AM UTC-4, Andy wrote:
So an early day napster or pirate bay type thing you hear about all the
time.
or the good old use net news groups that not many use any more
maby spar was run by noodles


You're possibly joking with the Charlie "Noodles" Nudo reference in regards to Spar, but Spar was actually located in Nashville Tennessee during the time that they were in business. Though they did mostly country music themed 8-Track tapes, they actually released tapes in a variety of music styles. As I said, they weren't in business very long as competition from other music pirates began taking over the free way of music. The sound of the tapes from the competing music pirates varied. Sometimes, they would record records onto tape and sell them. I have a pirated tape of Willie Nelson called Gold 'Til Now, which features some of his hit covers that were taped from records. They also copied from other 8-Track's as well using a duplicator. Spar simply used it's own musicians to record tracks and have singers with freaky voices that can sound like a particular performer. The money that people paid when they purchased their tapes went to pay their musicians and singers, while they kept some of the money to themselves. Plus, they even stated on their tapes "All fees and royalties paid", which were mostly token payments to music publishers to maintain a semblance of legitimacy.

Music piracy was around way before the internet and still continues to flourish to this day. Bootlegging became a thing when they released the infamous Bob Dylan demos bootleg "Great White Wonder", which I happen to have in my ever growing vinyl collection, and even to this day, bootlegging flourishes. It will continue to flourish as long as people buy bootleg records and CD's to add to their music collection.

Thanks again.
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Old April 15th 16, 07:39 AM posted to alt.collecting.8-track-tapes
Andy
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Default Spar 8 Tracks

you are correct about boot legging and piracy.
2 forms that will never be totally stopped.
as for noodles yes i dought he would have the smarts to run a record
company
spar is like some the no name music company's in my area sometimes they do
good covers of a bands music other times it really sucks


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"frschoonover" wrote in message
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On Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 3:39:57 AM UTC-4, Andy wrote:
So an early day napster or pirate bay type thing you hear about all the
time.
or the good old use net news groups that not many use any more
maby spar was run by noodles


You're possibly joking with the Charlie "Noodles" Nudo reference in regards
to Spar, but Spar was actually located in Nashville Tennessee during the
time that they were in business. Though they did mostly country music themed
8-Track tapes, they actually released tapes in a variety of music styles. As
I said, they weren't in business very long as competition from other music
pirates began taking over the free way of music. The sound of the tapes from
the competing music pirates varied. Sometimes, they would record records
onto tape and sell them. I have a pirated tape of Willie Nelson called Gold
'Til Now, which features some of his hit covers that were taped from
records. They also copied from other 8-Track's as well using a duplicator.
Spar simply used it's own musicians to record tracks and have singers with
freaky voices that can sound like a particular performer. The money that
people paid when they purchased their tapes went to pay their musicians and
singers, while they kept some of the money to themselves. Plus, they even
stated on their tapes "All fees and royalties paid", which were mostly token
payments to music publishers to maintain a semblance of legitimacy.

Music piracy was around way before the internet and still continues to
flourish to this day. Bootlegging became a thing when they released the
infamous Bob Dylan demos bootleg "Great White Wonder", which I happen to
have in my ever growing vinyl collection, and even to this day, bootlegging
flourishes. It will continue to flourish as long as people buy bootleg
records and CD's to add to their music collection.

Thanks again.


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Old April 26th 16, 10:18 PM posted to alt.collecting.8-track-tapes
frschoonover
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Default Spar 8 Tracks

On Friday, April 15, 2016 at 2:40:12 AM UTC-4, Andy wrote:
you are correct about boot legging and piracy.
2 forms that will never be totally stopped.
as for noodles yes i dought he would have the smarts to run a record
company
spar is like some the no name music company's in my area sometimes they do
good covers of a bands music other times it really sucks


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You may have made a very valid point there regarding Charlie "Noodles" Nudo, Andy. It's a wonder how he is still on Ebay after all of this time. I just checked him out on Ebay and again, he is selling stuff that you could buy at a junkyard, junk-shop, antique store and flea markets for cheap prices at ridiculously high prices with free shipping. With many sellers, free shipping is a convenience, but with "Noodles", you're paying for the shipping along with the high prices that he sells his stuff for. As I said, I guess that since he has no more 8-Track's or any of those graphite robbing foam pads to sell, he is now selling this stuff. I still buy on Ebay when I can and I also buy from other online selling sites as well.

My most recent addition to my 8-Track collection is Merle Haggard's Mama Tried album. It is still in wonderful shape and it has new pads and splice. I played it when I got it in the mail and it sounds great. Aside from this one, I also have The Best of the Best of Merle Haggard and Merle Haggard Presents His 30th Album on 8-Track, which are both RCA Music Service tapes, while the Mama Tried is an authentic Capitol Records tape.

Happy trails and Happy Trackin' to y'all.

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Old April 27th 16, 09:02 AM posted to alt.collecting.8-track-tapes
Andy
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Default Spar 8 Tracks

You are right about him.
deserter bob knows him well to.
iam looking at a deal with kate at the track shack to sell or trade my sony
pro model 8 track tape corder it both plays and records.
got it with very low use from a radio station it was the back up unit.
how do i look him up on e bay i want to see his foolisness my self


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"frschoonover" wrote in message
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On Friday, April 15, 2016 at 2:40:12 AM UTC-4, Andy wrote:
you are correct about boot legging and piracy.
2 forms that will never be totally stopped.
as for noodles yes i dought he would have the smarts to run a record
company
spar is like some the no name music company's in my area sometimes they do
good covers of a bands music other times it really sucks


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You may have made a very valid point there regarding Charlie "Noodles" Nudo,
Andy. It's a wonder how he is still on Ebay after all of this time. I just
checked him out on Ebay and again, he is selling stuff that you could buy at
a junkyard, junk-shop, antique store and flea markets for cheap prices at
ridiculously high prices with free shipping. With many sellers, free
shipping is a convenience, but with "Noodles", you're paying for the
shipping along with the high prices that he sells his stuff for. As I said,
I guess that since he has no more 8-Track's or any of those graphite robbing
foam pads to sell, he is now selling this stuff. I still buy on Ebay when I
can and I also buy from other online selling sites as well.

My most recent addition to my 8-Track collection is Merle Haggard's Mama
Tried album. It is still in wonderful shape and it has new pads and splice.
I played it when I got it in the mail and it sounds great. Aside from this
one, I also have The Best of the Best of Merle Haggard and Merle Haggard
Presents His 30th Album on 8-Track, which are both RCA Music Service tapes,
while the Mama Tried is an authentic Capitol Records tape.

Happy trails and Happy Trackin' to y'all.


 




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