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Featured Albums.

"Various" Album Tracks Indexed by Artist and Track Name .

All Albums, Singles, and Cassettes

Agitpop - Plain Of Jars.

America - Tin Man 7" Single.

Aural Sect - Demo Tape. - CM. I played drums in this late-1980s local Ann Arbor punk band.

Aural Sect - Testimony. - CM.

B-52's - B-52's. - Their classic debut album, with "Rock Lobster" and others.

B-52's - Wild Planet. - Their second album, but no sophomore slump here. "Private Idaho". Need I say more?

Bach - Four Symphonies.

Bauhaus - Burning From The Inside.

Be Bop Deluxe - Modern Music. - Full album experience: Contains two tracks, "Side A" and "Side B", with stylus up/down noise preserved.

Be Bop Deluxe - The Best Of And The Rest Of.

Beatles - Greatest Hits 1967-1970.

Beatles - Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Jeff Beck - Blow By Blow.

Jeff Beck - Wired.

Beethoven - Symphony 7.

Berlios - The Fantastic Symphony.

Black Oak Arkansas - Jim Dandy 7" Single.

Blue Nile - A Walk Across The Rooftops.

Tommy Bolin - Teaser.

Borax - Krunchies. - CM. Demo tape. Sebastian Wreford's mid-1980s local Ann Arbor band that defied categorization. Progressive punk, perhaps?

Brains - Electronic Eden.

James Brown - Its A New Day.

Dave Brubeck - Greatest Hits.

JJ Burnell - Euroman Cometh. - Solo effort from The Stranglers' bass player.

Buzzcocks - Singles Going Steady.

Charlie Byrd - Charlie Byrd.

Cars - Candy O.

Cheech And Chong - Santa Claus And His Old Lady 7" Single. - Featured album.

Cheech And Chong - Up In Smoke. - Sorry, contains only "Low Rider" by War, and "Earache My Eye".

Colin Cherry - Demo Tape. - CM. Local Ann Arbor musical experiment. Just recording for the fun of it. Never played a gig. Yeah, that's me on drums.

Chic - Cest Chic. - Yes. This is the classic 1978 funk album, with "Le Freak" and "I Want Your Love".

Chicago - Searchin So Long 7" Single.

Clash - The Clash. - This is the 1979 USA release of the 1977 UK debut album.

Julian Cope - World Shut Your Mouth Twelveinch EP.

Elvis Costello - This Years Model. - Rolling Stone ranked this number 11 on its list of the best albums of the period 1967-1987.

Elvis Costello - Trust.

The Cure - Boys Don't Cry. - Featured album. - Re-release of the "Three Imaginary Boys" debut, this album falls somewhere in the grey area between post-punk and poppy new wave. Listen to this album alongside other contemporary debuts, such as U2's "Boy", Echo & The Bunnymen's "Crocodiles", and maybe The Police's "Outlandos d'Amour".

The Cure - Faith.

The Cure - Live Excerpt Twelveinch Single.

The Cure - The Top. - The Cure's 5th studio album and a poppy new upbeat sound after the trio of Seventeen Seconds, Faith, and Pornography.

The Cure - The Walk Twelveinch EP. - 1983. With "Let's Go To Bed", big '80's MTV and radio hit.

Dark Ages - Demo Tape. - CM. This was Dave Whipple on drums. Local Ann Arbor band demo tape.

Deep Purple - Smoke On The Water 7" Single.

Devo - Freedom Of Choice.

Doll By Doll - Remember. - Featured album. - Woefully overlooked late-70s / early 80s British rock band. At the birth of punk and new wave, record executives viewed their style as passe. Sad. This is probably one of my favorite albums.

Doobie Brothers - Take Me In Your Arms 7" Single.

Carl Douglas - Kung Fu Fighting 7" Single.

Dream Syndicate - Tell Me When Its Over Twelveinch Single.

Durutti Column - Return Of The Durutti Column.

Durutti Column - Valuable Passages.

Bob Dylan - Blood On The Tracks.

Bob Dylan - Greatest Hits Vol 2.

Eagles - Lyin Eyes 7" Single.

Echo & the Bunnymen - Bootleg Tape All Covers. - CM. Copy of a cassette. I know little of the origins of this bootleg. "Baby Blue" by Bob Dylan, "Friction" by Television, "Paint It Black" by the Rolling Stones, "Big Country" by the Talking Heads, many others.

Echo & the Bunnymen - Crocodiles.

Echo & the Bunnymen - Echo And The Bunnymen. - This is the 1987 album, with the hit "Sugar Kisses".

Echo & the Bunnymen - Echo And The Bunnymen Twelveinch EP.

Echo & the Bunnymen - Heaven Up Here. - Featured album.

Echo & the Bunnymen - Killing Moon Twelveinch Single. - This song appeared in the "Donnie Darko" soundtrack.

Echo & the Bunnymen - Ocean Rain.

Echo & the Bunnymen - Porcupine.

Echo & the Bunnymen - Shine So Hard Twelveinch EP.

Duke Ellington - Jazz Violin Session.

English Beat - Just Cant Stop It.

Brian Eno - Ambient 4 On Land.

Brian Eno - Another Green World.

Brian Eno & David Byrne - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts. - This 1981 album is an early use of sampling. According to Brian Eno, it wasn't the first album to employ sampling, but it was probably the first album in which sampling was used to completely replace the lead vocals.

David Essex - Rock On 7" Single.

Figures On A Beach - Swimming Twelveinch EP. - "Figures On A Beach" was a moderately successful local Detroit synth band.

Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood Mac.

Fleetwood Mac - Rumours. - Were the 1970s really this sedate?

John Foxx - Metamatic.

Robert Fripp & Brian Eno - Evening Star.

Robert Fripp & Brian Eno - No Pussyfooting.

Robert Fripp - Exposure. - This is the 1985 "definitive edition" with alternate takes, rather than the original 1979 release.

Game Theory - 2 Steps From The Middle Ages.

Gang Of Four - Another Day Another Dollar Twelveinch EP.

Gang Of Four - Entertainment.

Gang Of Four - Solid Gold.

Gang Of Four - What We All Want Twelveinch Single.

BC Gilbert & G Lewis - 3R4.

Grand Funk Railroad - Survival.

Peter Hammill - Sitting Targets.

Heart - Dreamboat Annie.

Woody Herman - Giant Steps.

Howlin Wolf - The Real Folk Blues.

Husker Du - Everything Falls Apart.

Husker Du - Zen Arcade.

Insex - Demo Tape. - CM. Me on drums in this early 1980s local Ann Arbor new wave band.

Its Raining - Awaken At Twilight.

Its Raining - Radioland Twelveinch EP. - "It's Raining" was a moderately successful local Detroit alternative rock band.

Jam - Sound Affects.

Ahmad Jamal - Crystal.

Billy Joel - Piano Man 7" Single.

Elton John - Bitch Is Back 7" Single.

Elton John - Step Into Christmas 7" Single. - Featured album.

Sammy Johns - Chevy Van 7" Single.

Joy Division - Still.

Joy Division - Transmission Twelveinch Single.

Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures. - Featured album. - Their classic debut album. Arguably the originators of the post-punk movement. Clearly in my all-time top 10 favorite albums.

Jules And The Polar Bears - Fanetiks.

Jules And The Polar Bears - Got No Breeding.

Killing Joke - Killing Joke. - Featured album. - Debut album by the band that influenced Nirvana, Metallica, and Soundgarden. I can't say enough good things about this category-defying hard-rocking punk album.

King Crimson - Beat.

King Crimson - In The Court Of The Crimson King.

King Crimson - In The Wake Of Poseidon.

King Crimson - Lizard.

King Crimson - Red.

King Crimson - Three Of A Perfect Pair.

King Crimson - U.S.A..

Igor Kipnis - Bach Partitas.

L L Cool J - Rock The Bells Twelveinch Single.

Last Poets - Last Poets. - 1970 African beat poetry. One of the earliest influences on hip-hop culture.

Led Zeppelin - Dyer Maker 7" Single.

Lynyrd Skynyrd - Gold And Platinum.

MX-80 Sound - Crowd Control.

Magazine - Magic Murder And The Weather. - Magazine was Howard Devoto's successor band after he left The Buzzcocks.

Mahavishnu Orchestra - Birds Of Fire.

Mahavishnu Orchestra - Inner Mounting Flame.

Map Of The World - Demo Tape. - CM.

Map Of The World - Monkey Paw 7" Single. - "Map Of The World" was a moderately successful local Ann Arbor - Detroit pop / new wave band. Khalid Hanifi is still active in the SE Michigan music scene.

Martha & the Muffins - Danseparc.

Martha & the Muffins - Mystery Walk.

Martha & the Muffins - This Is The Ice Age.

Martha & the Muffins - Trance And Dance.

John McLaughlin - My Goals Beyond.

Steve Miller - Number 5.

Carlos Montoya - Guitar Recital.

Mortals - Compilation. - CM.

Mortals - Live At The Blind Pig. - CM. Me on drums. Mortals final gig, recorded by Len Warner.

Mortals - Parking Structure 7" Single. - I played drums in this local Ann Arbor - Detroit punk rock band.

Mortals - WCBN Cassettes Around Midnight Interview. - RCM. This was Frank Davis' WCBN interview show. Probably mid-1980s.

Mothers Of Invention - Just Another Band From L A.

Bill Nelson - Northern Dream.

Bill Nelson - The Love That Whirls.

Bill Nelson's Red Noise - Sound On Sound.

New Order - Blue Monday Twelveinch Single.

New Order - Confusion Twelveinch Single.

New Order - Low Life.

New Order - Movement. - Full album experience: Contains two tracks, "Side A" and "Side B", with all pops and scratches preserved, including stylus up/down.

New Order - Power Corruption And Lies.

New Order - Singles. - VCM. Three early New Order 7" singles, including "Temptation" and "Everything's Gone Green".

New Order - Thieves Like Us Twelveinch Single.

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - Architecture And Morality.

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - Dazzle Ships.

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - Messages 10" Single.

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark.

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - Organisation.

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - Souvenir 10" Single.

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - Talking Loud And Clear Twelveinch Single.

Pink Floyd - Ummagumma.

Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here.

Police - Zenyatta Mondatta.

Jean Luc Ponty - Open Strings.

Public Image - Second Edition.

R.E.M. - So Central Rain Twelveinch Single.

Rachmaninov - Piano Concerto No 3.

Rare Earth - Ecology.

Rare Earth - Motown Stars.

Lou Reed - Blue Mask.

Lou Reed - Legendary Hearts.

Lou Reed - Rock And Roll Animal.

Renaldo And The Loaf - Songs For Swinging Larvae.

Rolling Stones - Aint To Proud To Beg Its Only Rock And Roll 7" Single. - Two singles in one!

Romeo Void - Its A Condition.

Romeo Void - Never Say Never Twelveinch EP.

Roxy Music - Avalon.

Roxy Music - Siren.

Rush - A Farewell To Kings. - Featured album.

Santana - Abraxas.

Santana - Blues For Salvador.

Scars - Author Author Twelveinch EP.

Scritti Politti - Hypnotize Twelveinch Single.

Neil Sedaka - Laughter In The Rain 7" Single.

Severed Heads - Rotund For Success.

Sex Pistols - Never Mind The Bollocks.

Bobby Sherman - Easy Come Easy Go 7" Single.

Shriekback - Care.

Shriekback - Mercy Dash Twelveinch Single.

Sonic Youth - EVOL.

Jim Stafford - Spiders And Snakes 7" Single.

Steely Dan - Aja.

Steely Dan - Cant Buy A Thrill.

Steely Dan - Gaucho.

Steely Dan - The Royal Scam.

Stranglers - Aural Sculpture.

Stranglers - Feline.

Stranglers - Live X Cert.

Stranglers - Meninblack.

Stranglers - The Raven. - Full album experience: Contains two tracks, "Side A" and "Side B", with all pops and scratches preserved, including stylus up/down.

Stravinsky - Firebird.

Stravinsky - Rite Of Spring.

Supremes - Holland Dozier Holland.

Swans - Young God.

Jamaaladeen Tacuma - Show Stopper.

Taj Mahal - The Best Of Taj Mahal.

Talking Heads - Remain In Light. - Full album experience: Contains two tracks, "Side A" and "Side B", with all pops and scratches preserved, including stylus up/down.

Talking Heads - Speaking In Tongues.

Tangerine Dream - Force Majeure.

Teardrop Explodes - Kilimanjaro. - This is the American release, with "Suffocate".

Tenants - Demo Tape.

Tenants - Final Sessions. - CM. Demo tape. This was the Larry Dean / John Heed band from Flint, in their second and final year. Me on drums.

Tenants - Play On Words. - CM. Demo tape. The Tenants first recording from summer 1981, at WCBN in Ann Arbor. Me on drums.

Three Dog Night - The Show Must Go On 7" Single.

Tin Tin - Astral Taxi. - VCM.

Tom Tom Club - Man With The Four Way Hips Twelveinch Single.

Traffic - John Barleycorn Must Die.

Traffic - Last Exit.

Traffic - Low Spark Of High Heel Boys.

Traffic - On The Road.

Jethro Tull - Greatest Hits.

U2 - October. - Featured album. - This is U2's tragically underrated and oft-overlooked second album.

Van Der Graaf Generator - Godbluff.

Van Der Graaf Generator - H To He.

Van Der Graaf Generator - The Least We Can Do Is Wave To Each Other.

Vanilla Fudge - Vanilla Fudge.

Various - NOTE: Most "Various" albums are indexed by artist and track. See "Various" Album Tracks Indexed by Artist and Track Name.

Various - A Factory Quartet. Track list. - A Factory Records compilation. Four bands, one on each album side: Duritti Column, Kevin Hewick, Blurt, and The Royal Family And The Poor.

Various - Ann Arbor Punk. - CM. This was Toby Stone's band, Pink Hooey, plus several other Ann Arbor punk bands, all on a single mix tape.

Various - Evangelical Retinol. Track list. - VCM. A mix tape from Larry Dean. Bands include 999, Rezillos, Roxy Music, Police, Gary Numan, Fabulous Poodles, Dead Boys, Mott the Hoople, Boomtown Rats, plus more.

Various - KJQ Greatest Hits Of The 80s Vol 1. Track list. - RCM. On January 21 1990, KJQ broadcast the greatest hits of the 1980s, and Dee recorded the entire broadcast on five 90-minute cassettes. This collection has all the hits. I mean all of them.

Various - KJQ Greatest Hits Of The 80s Vol 2. Track list.

Various - KJQ Greatest Hits Of The 80s Vol 3. Track list.

Various - KJQ Greatest Hits Of The 80s Vol 4. Track list.

Various - KJQ Greatest Hits Of The 80s Vol 5. Track list.

Various - KRCL Saturday Night. - RCM. This is a typical Saturday Night on KRCL. Lots of punk rock. Recorded in 1990.

Various - KRCL Signals From The Shadowpools. - RCM. KRCL's avant-garde show. Reminiscent of "Hearts Of Space", but darker.

Various - Machines. Track list. - 1980 Virgin compilation.

Various - Musics That Could Destroy Burton Vol 1. Track list. - VCM. This is a mix tape created by Larry Dean.

Various - Musics That Could Destroy Burton Vol 2. Track list. - VCM. Another mix tape from Larry.

Various - Mutant Pop. Track list.

Various - Pauls Singles. Track list. - VCM. I once had a great 7-inch singles collection. Fortunately, before I sold them all in a moment of sheer lunacy, I managed to record many of them to cassette. Here it is.

Various - WCBN Vol 1. - RCM. I made multiple cassette recordings of WCBN broadcasts in the mid-1980s, usually in the middle of the night when they would typically play the weirdest and most obscure stuff. Still love listening to these.

Various - WCBN Vol 2.

Various - WCBN Vol 3.

Various - WCBN Vol 4.

Various - WDET. - RCM. This is a cassette recording of a 1980s WDET broadcast.

Various - b9. Track list. - This is the rare / obscure Belgian Sandwich Records release. It contains the first release by Prothese, who later went on to found acid house band Front 242. Lots of other good poppy electronic tunes.

Velvet Underground - Velvet Underground And Nico.

Vivaldi - I V Concerti.

Vivaldi - The Four Seasons.

Wainwright Louden - Jesse Dont Like It 7" Single.

Weather Report - Mysterious Traveller.

Wire - 154.

Wire - The Ideal Copy.

Stevie Wonder - Tribute To Uncle Ray.

X - Under The Big Black Sun.

XTC - Black Sea.

XTC - English Settlement.

XTC - White Music.

Neil Young - After The Gold Rush.

Neil Young - Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere.

Neil Young - Harvest.

Neil Young - Neil Young.

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About This Collection

From 2011 to 2016, I ripped my collection of vinyl and cassette tapes to MP3. The results are available here for you to download as .zip files, free of charge. Enjoy! The collection is predominantly late-70s and early 80s punk, post-punk, and new wave, with some progressive rock, classic rock, classical, and jazz. Not everything here is mine - thanks to Dee Martz and Jim Pollicita for their additions. I have attempted to remove most pops and scratches. But many pops remain, so if you're looking for a vinyl audio experience, you won't be disappointed. You should also expect some inconsistency in the recording quality, gain, and MP3 file options. But, having been warned, I think you'll find that most material here is entirely listenable and will make an excellent addition to your music library.

To add to iTunes on a Mac: 1. Click the album link. iTunes should open and the music should automatically import. If this doesn't happen: 2. Open iTunes. 3. Go to File->Add To Library. 4. Navigate to your Downloads area and select the folder corresponding to the album you just downloaded. Click Open, and the music should import into iTunes. If iTunes doesn't automatically add the album art, most of my .zip files contain an album art image that you can add manually.

Tip: Some of the "Various" albums might import each track as its own album. You probably want all tracks to appear in iTunes as a single album. You can fix this. For each individual track, open the Info dialog. Set the "Artist" field to the song artist (it should already be set, but check to make sure), and set the "Album Artist" field to "Various Artists". The result will be a single iTunes library album by "Various Artists", but each individual track will have the actual artist associated with it.

Key: Unless marked otherwise, MP3 was ripped directly from vinyl.
CM = Cassette to MP3 (Original source was a cassette recording).
VCM = Vinyl to Cassette to MP3 (MP3 was ripped from a cassette recording of a vinyl record).
RCM = Radio to Cassette to MP3 (MP3 was ripped from a cassette recording of a radio broadcast).

If you find any typos or other mistakes, please contact me: "skewmatrix 'at'" (Paul Martz).