Tuesday, 30 November 2021

Cassette Tape Collection Sale

I'm currently selling these tapes. They are a collection of newly-bought and previously-owned cassettes that have been stored in my loft for the last fifteen years, although prior to that were displayed proudly on shelves.
I've decided to sell them now as they're being wasted sitting in boxes when someone else could own them who's been after a particular one for ages.
As you can imagine, the condition of plastic boxes after 25+ years is never going to be gorgeously pristine, but I have kept them all as clean as possible. Therefore, expect blemishes such as scratches or the odd crack - I will detail any bad faults.

How to buy

Each cassette has a price. There is no bidding.
Postage is 1st Class (Large Letter) which is £2.05 (this is for one single tape). All tapes are sent in jiffy mailers.
If you prefer some security, then you can pay for 1st Class Signed For (which is an extra £3.45 for ONE tape).
Please note that there is no compensation available on standard 1st Class post, whereas 1st Class Signed For will allow you to claim loss or damage up to £50. The choice is yours, but I would recommend paying that bit extra if you're buying the more expensive tapes.
 
 All purchases must be paid for through PayPal only.

I want it. What do I do now?

First thing to do is send an email to ageingbboysunite@yahoo.com stating your desired tape(s). I will tell you if they are still available and give you the total amount due and the PayPal address where to send it.
 

Anything else?

Unfortunately, these are only for sale to UK buyers only. Sorry.
Also, as it's 2022 and online payments are a thing now, then all purchases must be paid asap.
No timewasters please.
All tapes are UK pressings unless otherwise stated.

THE LIST!



Big Daddy Kane - Long Live The Kane (1988)  SOLD






There is a remnant of a price sticker on the front box side and bizarrely some text on the cassette has been wiped off - possibly due to an inferior printing ink.
 
 
The Enjoy! Story - Various (1988)  SOLD

 


 
The vinyl set of The Enjoy! Story is a four-LP affair, however the cassette version is two tapes consisting of 30+ tracks from the disco rap era.
Two cases housed in one main block. One of the boxes is loose when opened but fine when closed.


Davy D - Davy’s Ride (1987)   SOLD




Nice 'Our Price' sticker on the front (originally filed under Soul & Disco "SD")!


Def Jam Classics Volume II (1990)
£5




Run DMC - King Of Rock (1985) - SOLD

 
A really great album featuring King Of Rock and my favourite, Can You Rock It Like This among other nice cuts.


Beastie Boys - Licensed To Ill (1986)  SOLD






I think EVERYONE had this album at one point. The great thing about the cassette version is that the whole cover art is available at a glance whereas the vinyl version is a gatefold that needs to be opened to fully appreciate it. Even the CD shows just the tail as well.
Side 2 of the tape has slight scuffling of the label on the right side (as seen in photo).


Public Enemy - Bum Rush The Show (1987) - SOLD



Totally sexy cassette version of PE's debut album. And if you can actually read the lyrics that are printed on the inlay card, then you must have bionic eyes.

 

Public Enemy - Muse Sick-N-Hour Mess Age (1994)  SOLD





Great condition, later-era but still on DEF JAM album. Includes a fold-out of all the lyrics. Again, bionic eyes in full effect, brother!


Breakdance - You Can Do It (1984)
£5


Sadly, the instructional pull-out was not included with the cassette release, but it's all ready to chuck into your boombox and start throwing down to the sounds of Alex & The City Crew.


Paul Hardcastle/Universal Funk - Zero One (1985)
£25


Very rare to find these days. Released just before Paul blew up with his worldwide smash, '19'.


Break Machine - Break Machine (1984)
£8


Break Dance Party. Need I say more?


Tommy Boy Greatest Beats (1985)
£30



One of the best record labels in rap history, with some right corkers included. And what about that iconic cover!


Schoolly-D - Saturday Night! The Album (1987) - SOLD






Schoolly D - Smoke Some Kill (1988)
£8

Funkmaster Flex - The Mix Tape (Volume 1 (60 Minutes Of Funk)) (1995)
£6

Fun fact: This mixtape was done in one non-stop take, no editing and no 4 tracks. 

So there.



The Jerky Boys - Stop Staring At Me! (1999)
£5

 US import, not available in the UK.


The Jerky Boys - The Jerky Boys 2 (1996)
£5
 
 
Fun fact: The album title for Radiohead's Pablo Honey comes from one of the prank calls included on this album (the first one, in fact) in which the caller poses as the victim's mother and says: "Pablo, honey? Please come to Florida.".  A sample of the sketch appears during the guitar solo on "How Do You", too.


The Jerky Boys - The Jerky Boys 3 (1996)
£5

Includes Curly G - Bamm! which I've plundered many times.

Again, another US import as bizarrely Jerky Boys product was difficult to obtain back in the day.

 

Mantronix - The Cassette (1985) - SOLD




One of the first cassettes I ever bought. Timeless.


Kurtis Blow - America (1985)
£5
 
Don't you love America? It's my favourite country.


Grandmaster Melle Mel & The Furious Five - Stepping Off (1985) - SOLD




As you'd expect from 1985, all the hits - and more!


Various - Def Beats 1 - SOLD
 


 
An early Music Of Life comp concentrating on US tracks. Also featuring a "Powerplay Megamix" by the enigmatically-named Nomis Sirrah...


Various - Crew Cuts (1984)
£15


Island Records don't get the props they rightly deserve for helping to usher in the early '80s hip-hop releases. Remember 4th & Broadway?


Cash Money And Marvelous - The Mighty Hard Rocker (WALKABOUT SERIES 1)
£30



Pretty much rare as a hen's dentist. There was only one other release in this short-lived series of, ahem, cassingles, that were part of the Sleeping Bag Walkabout Series. The other being EPMD's 'I'm Housin'.

Personally, I love the design on this and wish there had been more.


Herbie Hancock - Head Hunters
£20
 

 I bought this after really wanting to know more about Herbie's groovy past. Was not disappointed.


Wild Style Soundtrack (1983) - SOLD
£ OFFERS













Sorry for the overload of pics but, well, this IS Wild Style we're talking about here. One of my first hip-hop loves and one I still continue to adore.

This is a pretty rare cassette version of the soundtrack, and one that almost never turns up on eBay or Discogs.


Ruthless Rap Assassins - Killer Album
£10


One of the north of England's best rap groups - yes, hip-hop did exist outside of the M25 in 1990. And It Wasn't A Dream and Just Mellow are my pick of the bunch here.


Krispy 3 - Herd Out Da Gate (1994)
£30

When I interviewed these lads via telephone back in 1993 I had to devise some sort of lo-fi system to capture the chat. Luckily we had a second phone in the house connected to the same phone line. I spoke on one phone and propped up my trusty tape recorder to the speaker end of the second phone to record us all. My folks weren't best pleased that they were confined to the living room until I'd completed the interview.


Kold Sweat Raw Flavours 1
£20


 Kold Sweat comp from 1994. Not so fun fact: I sold all my beloved white label promo Kold Sweat 12"s once and then instantly regretted it. History is now looking like it's repeating itself.

N.b. The spine on the inlay is printed the other way round. Just pointing it out if you get anxious about this sort of thing.


Hard As Hell Volume Four (1990)
£15


Harder than the hardest, hard as hard can get. Music Of Life compilation dealing in murder and distress with the nastiest Br*tc*re beats known to man.


 
Sugarhill The 12” Remixes
£5
 

There's some cracking remixes on here from the likes of Richie Rich, C.J. Mackintosh and THAT one by Ben Liebrand which I'm sure you remember. No? Well, it's here.
Sorry, it's not 50p.
(N.b. small hairline crack on box spine)


Dope On Plastic! 3 (1996)
£10



Ball-cracking instrumental hip-hop jams that were huge in the mid-90s. Compiled by John Stapleton who also oversaw many of the lovely comps over on Harmless.


Classic Hip Hop Mastercuts Volume 1 - SOLD


We're onto the Mastercuts selections now, and if you know your music then you know that Mastercuts is a name of quality. Some ludicrously-classic bangers on here. And that front cover? Chef's kiss.


Classic Electro Mastercuts Volume 1
£12


Top drawer selection and some epic liner notes included in the generously-packaged inlay.


Classic Mellow Mastercuts Volume 1
£12


 You know the score. Copiously-detailed liner notes again. Beautiful.


Classic Funk Mastercuts Volume 2
£5


Sadly, the inlay card has somehow become stuck together and won't open up to reveal the tracklisting and liner notes without tearing. If you love a challenge, then this is the tape for you.

The Ragga Twins - Reggae Owes Me Money (1991)
£15 

Ragga-breakbeat uptempo madness from the pioneering Shut Up And Dance label.


The Last Poets - The Last Poets (1984)
£15



 


This is the Celluloid pressing of The Last Poets which originally came out in 1970, although not on cassette. Rare Dutch release.


Diamond And The Psychotic Neurotics - Stunts, Blunts, & Hip Hop (Canadian)
£35
 


 
This is the ultra-rare Canadian release of one of hip-hop's most classic albums. Super-nice inlay card.
Note: small cosmetic cracks on front of case as seen in photo.


De La Soul - Stakes Is High (1996)
£30


De La's 4th album - in cassette form! Inlay is lush and folds out EVEN LONGER than Stunts, Blunts...!
 


Diamond Shell - The Grand Imperial Diamond Shell (1991)  SOLD




This often overlooked Cold Chillin' release was produced by the late, great Biz Markie.
US pressing.
Fun fact: Biz was the older brother of Shell.


Sway & King Tech - Concrete Jungle
£7


Criminally-underrated album with some solid cuts like Follow 4 Now, Bum Rush The Sound and Devastating being my pick of the collection.
The inlay card opens out hysterically-long and has all the lyrics printed on it. 


Wu-Tang Clan - Wu-Tang Forever (1997)
£30
 


Wu-Tang's follow-up album to Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) in double cassette format.
Excellent condition and still has shrink-wrap around the box.

 

Various - Jungle Mania 94 (1994)
£7
 

The first hardcore/jungle album I ever bought. Wanted it purely for the track Scotty III by Sub Nation. What a banger.



THE STREET SOUNDS SELECTION

 

Electro 16
£20



 
Electro 15
£20



 
Electro 13
£20



 





Electro 12 - SOLD
 






N.b. hairline scratch/crack on box spine (see photo).


Electro 11
£20




Fresh '86 hype sticker! 
Fun fact: Electro 11 was mixed by Simon Harris & DJ Froggy.


 

Electro 10
£20
 




 Some classic tunes on here. And Star Raid.


Electro 9
£20





Everyone has their favourite Electro and this is mine.
Doug E. Fresh, Bad Boys, D.St, Kid Frost, World Class Wreckin Cru, Mantronix, Fat Boys and Rockmaster Scott. Legends, each and every one. 



Electro 8
£20





Electro 7
£25





Electro 6
£45






Regarded by many to be their favourite volume of the series. With such great representatives of the scene at the time such as Real Roxanne, UTFO, Captain Rock, Roxanne Shanté, Egyptian Lover. Whodini and Dougé/Dougy Fresh, it's no wonder.

But who was 'Bobby Broom'? He is a jazz guitarist and composer who seems (on paper at least) to be from a different world than most other inhabitants in the world of Electro. This little oddity was an anomaly, as his previous single from 1981, Niqui, is a straightforward bit of jazz-funk. Nevertheless its inclusion on Electro 6 is well-deserved.


Electro 4
£35
 




 

Electro 3
£30





UK Electro 
£45




There were two pressings of the UK Electro tape - one with a blue print on the cassette shell and the other with red. This one is the RED


Crucial 1
£30





Crucial 3
£30






This has got to be in my top 3 of all the mixes in the whole Electro universe. The selection is perfect and the transitions are absolutely seamless. Thank you,  Mastermind Herbie.
Also contains Full Force's Alice with the most annoying line known to man, "baby, I'm your carpenter, please let me lay your tile". I may have been an overeager and desperate, spotty teenager back in the day, but I never felt so compelled to use that chat-up line in my local Cinderellas.


Street Sounds Edition 15
£5

This is the regular Street Sounds series, which mostly steered away from the Electro style and instead kept busy with the soul/disco selection.
That said, Morgan Khan still couldn't resist shoehorning in his protégés, Masquerade with their One Nation single.


Street Sounds Rare Groove Vol 2
£10 
 

There weren't a lot of decent funk compilations out in 1988 but Street Sounds had a very worthy attempt with their Rare Groove series - sadly this was the last one.
(N.b. slight staining on shell and a faint pen marking of "G" inscribed also)


Street Sounds - Gotta Go Go (1986)
£5
One day Go-Go shall have the spotlight it so richly deserves. Until then this Street Sounds comp has some bangers to keep you dancing, including the immortal Redds And The Boys song, Put Your Left Hand In The Air, Put Your Right Hand Down Your Underwear. Words to live by, indeed.
 


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