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Jason said...
When I hear the Album Sides, it reminds me of when I was a kid growing up listening to records. It's sure a big difference from CD's!

Paul said...
My first LP cost a bit more at $8.99, but I remember saving up and deciding Billy Joel The Stranger was full of enough hits to justify it. Little did I know Vienna was waiting for me.

Rita said...
I'm always taken back to Vitak-Elsnik records on 48th & Ashland Ave, where you could listen to an entire album in a listening booth before purchasing it. First purchased: Nancy Sinatra's "Boots."

Dave said...
My collection is small, only about 400 LP's.


But, I'll always remember the quality of various pressings.Columbia and RCA had good stuff, whereas, Atlantic and Capital had noisy pressings.Lots of pops

Kate said...
Thanks to the "ZOSO" album, I became and wholeheartedly remain a devoted Zep-head!

Phil said...
There are times when individual songs take on an additional impact when strung together as a collective work. Album Sides take us to places the singles alone can not.

Wayne said...
While over seas in the Marine Corps, some friends of mine & I would frequent this one establishment that would play any album you wanted, even bring in your own if they didn't have it. Great Memories!

Dave said...
I can still close my eyes and smell the incense burning at the Record Galley in downtown Elmhurst as I browsed the bins. Or when I really wanted to stock up, it was off to Korvette's. Great prices.

David said...
Ahhh what a music maniac I was back in the "LP" days. Spending my whole allowance at Rolling Stone Records!!


First Album was Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player.

Jerry said...
When I hear the the Album Sides it takes me back to High and College days. Going to Mr. T's and then moving onto Hegwish records to shop for new Albums. What a feeling!

Patty said...
It was Record Gallery in Elmhurst for me. And, I always spent time browsing the cut-out bins, often basing purchases on the cover art! Ended up with trash and treasures!

Wendy said...
Go way back to my first albums as a little kid, Everything's Archie (Sugar, Sugar and Bang Shang a lang).and With Love, Bobby (Bobby Sherman)....my parents were too square to let me buy Led Zeppelin, so I had to wait a couple of years to sneak out on my own. As a teen I would take the Metra downtown and walk to Rose's Records on S Wabash and mull around for hours. THAT was a record store.

mike said...
Album Sides reminds me of stacking 4 or 5 albums on the turntable and they would play for an hour or so. Album Sides lets you experience more by listening to more than one cut at a time.

william said...
I would buy the album and a reel tape and recorde the album. Keeping the orignal in the cover and keeping it scratch free. I found it fun and I could make custom mixes on tapes.

Jim said...
Among the album best sides are ones with a link amongst all the tracks, such those on "concept" albums. The Moody Blues' made some great ones, including both sides of "Days of Future Past".

Steve said...
My first LP back in the day was

"Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"! Used to play it on my little orange and white GE record player. The art along with the lyrics inside were an extra bonus!

Frank said...
I can remember how big a deal it was when I got a new record player for my birthday. It was this cool portable one where the turntable flipped down. It was kind of a tan color with orange panels.

Maxine said...
Album Sides brings memories back to the day when you could listen to LP's before you bought them at Kenmac Records on Devon! Remembering when"Hard Days Night" was released in February of 1964!

Bob Dietz said...
How about the first side of The Buckingham's???? I bought this album not even an hour before the tornato strike that hit Oak Lawn back in 1967.... I was listening to the album when the sirens started.

Bonnie said...
Albums! Gotta love the vinyl! I destroyed more copies than I care to imagine in the 60's. Overplaying them as a teen put in the scratches, skips, etc. The Moody Blues have been my passion since '67!

Mike said...
Hegewisch Records in Calumet City- the new releases were stacked 3 feet high on the floor. Cheapest prices and on sale before the release date -"If they're in the building, they're for sale".

Sharon said...
Wow..remembering my first "K-Tel" record..and then on to Frampton Comes Alive...which my father was convinced had subliminal sex messages hidden in the "voice box" verses...LOL!

Barb said...
My first album was"Meet the Beatles", I was only 11 at the time. To only go back!!!!

Lowell said...
After I saw the Moody Blues in the summer of '72, I put their LP "In Search of the Lost Chord" on my Christmas list, but none of my aunts would buy it for me because the album cover was "too bizarre".

Mark said...
I lost every bit of vinyl I had collected since I was 13 or so in a Las Vegas Storage incident that I still can't get over. Can we hear Jimmy Buffet's A1A on there or EC Was Here?

Mark said...
Back in the day the place to be was Burbank Records. They would run a sale 3 to 4 x's a year when they would sell 5 for $20. Everything in the place was fair game. $100 went a long way.

Cary said...
My first album was purchased at Montgomery Ward's in LaGrange. It was the second Chicago album back in 1970. Best sound quality was Steely Dan.

Brad said...
I remember those days too. my first album i ever bought queen" sheer heart attack" drove my father nuts. played it all the time. thanks for bringing back all those great fond memories you "ROCK"

BOB said...
ALBUM SIDES IS BY FAR THE BEST PROGRAMMING ON THE RADIO TODAY. I USED TO HATE WHEN PEOPLE

PICKED UP THE NEEDLE TO SKIP SONGS!! SUGGESTION...HOW ABOUT SOME COMEDY SIDES..FIRESIGN THEATRE/NATL.LAMPOON

Cathy said...
Bob is right! I would go to the record store after I got my paycheck. I would spend at least an hour looking at all the vinyl and I never left the store empty handed. The 1st album I bought was from REO Speedwagon. I still refer to an artist's new release as their "new album". Only people much younger than me say "What's that?" How sad!!

Karen said...
The first album my parents gave me for Christmas was Steppenwolf Gold. I couldn't believe they would do that, given how risque that cover was!! (For it's time!) I agree, Album Sides rocks!

Peggy said...
First album-Meet the Beatles. I saved lunch money until I had enough and bought it at Polk Bros. I carefully wrapped the cover in plastic. The record may be scratched but the cover still looks great!

Dan said...
We weren't allowed Alice Cooper albums in the house. I tried to sneak Billion Dollar Babies in the house in the Edgar Winter album cover They Only Come Out At Night. My mom caught me. Long live vinyl!

Ed said...
The start of FM stations that played more than 2 minute cuts was the beginning of the albums we now love. I still have all my albums and a turn table to play them on.

Laurie said...
Keep up the good work! I love to listen to your station!



Barbara said...
Let's hear any Led Zeppelin all the way through! As vinyl, they were shorter and can surely fit as a whole side now!


Then again, anything you guys play is great!


peacebat

Blair said...
My first Rock 'n Roll record was a Buddy Holly 45 that somebody gave me when I was 3! Wore the groove completely out of the record and been rocking ever since.

Mary said...
What I liked and remember so well is the smell of going into a record store. Always the smell of incense because lets face it .... every record store I've ever been in sold more than just records.

Nicole said...
Just wanted to let you know how much I truely enjoy listening. You play all of my favorite artists and I really love Album Sides thursday, because its uninterupted. Keep up the good work!

Kris said...
Some of my best memories were of the Fleetwood Mac album, Rumours...loved all of it. Another was Aerosmith's Toys in the Attic...ahhh, the good old days. Thanks for doing album sides Thursdays.

Kym said...
The first album I ever got was Three Dog Nights- Golden Biscuits. The first one I brought with my own money. Was, Yes- Close To The Edge. Still have them today, and many more.

ERIC S. said...
Love the show! More Kansas please! (In the Spirit of Things or Leftoverture)

LOU said...
album side --- ummm --- how about Led Zep #3 side 1; there is nothing better than listening to "Since i've been loving you", excellent blues

Karl Brinkmann said...
Record Gallery in Elmhurst is now a Starbucks, my first album was Endless Summer by the Beach Boys back in 7th grade with money earned from cutting grass, do kids still do that?? When the driver's license came we would pile in the Impala and head over to Rolling Stone at Harlem and Irving, and spend over an hour going through the bins. Found some treasures and the best was when you found a "cut out" something a little obscure but something you had to have and the price was right!! What about 8 tracks, sticking a matchbook or a comb in the player to keep the pressure on the head so you wouldn't hear multiple songs at the same time. Don't need a matchbook or a comb these days!! God I miss those good old days. Rock On Bob, love your stuff, more Boss please!!!!

Lindy said...
I didn't start buying albums really until college and then I went wild buy 2 a week: Led Zeppelin IV, Eric Clapton, Eagles, and on and on. One of the best in 1976 was the first one from Heart.

Kevin said...
I remember buying my first LP. It was The Kink's Greatest Hits... mono, and it was $3.69 at Steinburg-Baum.


I too would head right to the record store every payday. Usually Trangle Music on Pulaski.

Marianne said...
Bob,



I grew up at Montrose and Western on the northside of Chgo. I'd ride my bike or take the bus to Sears at Lawrence and Damen for the lastest record.



Marianne

Walter said...
First album, The who "Live at Leeds" and I had to glue down the nickle on the tonearm to keep it down. What ever happened to all the great album covers?

Jules Cohn said...
I looked forward to the days of vinyl.

Those days of looking at sleeves of your favourite group, was an art form which is not seen today. Days of putting the disc on a turn table are long forgotten.

TC said...
Album sides are one of the great things The Drive does. You guys are totally into the listener. That is why you are the best radio station in Chicagoland. Don't change!

C K said...
I walked into a record shop to buy a Schubert symphony. They happened to be playing Hocus Pocus by Focus. I left with that album, not the Schubert.


Also, Vitak-Elsnik the best sheet music!

Sean said...
To everyone who posted a comment below me. I'm alittle diffrent. I was born 3/19/81. That's right, only 26 years old. Yet I still miss my parents vinyl!!!. Rock on!!!!

John said...
I remember looking at Korvetts for records. I also bought records at Burbank records. I remember a lot of records were also head shops back in the day. I could spend hours reading album covers.

Karen said...
Ah listening to the Doors on that huge console player at Larwence's apartment with all the boys in the hood in the late 1980;s brings back memories.

John said...
1st mono-Meet the Beatles; 1st stereo-Sugar and Spice be the Cryin' Shames.

Late 60's-early 70's Moody Blues albums have some terrific "sides".

Tim said...
In Pittsburgh, great radio has died, so I always have Deep Tracks on the pc. The album side days bring back great memories of spending hours in the record store.

Thomas said...
Know what I miss? As much as I miss looking forward to the new music - I also miss opening an album, and the smell of a new record ...

Peggy said...
To 26 year old Sean of the CD generation- Tell your parents they raised you properly!

:) Glad you're listening.

mary said...
I love love love album sides but please can you pull out some other music than usual albums that contain tracks that the drive usually plays? ala Fleetwood Mac. How about some great early fm albums?

Amy said...
I see that I missed a side of a Bad Company album. I hope you are planning on playing another one. Please let me know if you do so I can tune in while I am at work. Great choices of albums so far!

Steve Downes said...
Glad you're all enjoying another Album Sides Thursday. Having you share your vinyl memories gives us on the air a lot of inspiration.

My first album: Kingsmen Vol 2. OK I'm dating myself. c-ya!

Laurie said...
Album sides- my FAVORITE program at the Drive. I love the sound the needle makes as it hits the vinyl. Takes me back to the good ol' days. Time to warm up my turntable again...

Doug said...
When I heard side 2 of Chicago II, I thought "oh no, something must have happened to the band." this album concept is something we don't see anymore!

William said...
I'm not going to share a memory, but I spent an unusual amount of time in the car today, and it was a pleasure to listen to great music the entire time. Whoever is picking the albums, great job!

Tom said...
As a 25 year old, I'm really enjoying the Album Sides. I think the digital revolution has changed the way people listen to music--song by song, instead of the duration of an album. Which is too bad.

Dave said...
Well, I am 40 and my first album was Dan Fogelberg's Greatest Hits. I look forward to the Drive's album side Thursdays and weekends for that matter! Brings on the pops!

Ira said...
I'm 22 and the Vinyl has always been a very important part of my life. Thanks to my parents for exposing to their eclectic record collection, I've been a passionate music fan since I was born.

John said...
Hi Bob,
I began a lifelong obsession buying records at Bayou Records on Archer. I was in the store so often buying LP's that I was offered jobs at Bayou. I usually left with LP's in place of cash!

JR said...
Album cuts take us to the root of Rock n' Roll.
J. Geils Band Live - Blow Your Face Out
Bruce
Queen
Led Zep
White Album
on and on
How about my first?
(The Late) Bill Chase - Pure Music
DRV!

John said...
I remember the sadness I felt listening to Jim Croce's, "I Got A Name" the day it was released shortly after his death. Like Buddy & Otis, it's too bad we never experienced all they could've offered.

Jake said...
My first albums were from Hegewisch Records in Calumet City. Allman Brothers "Beginnings" and Grand Funk "Live". I miss hanging out there and all the great album art and extras you got with albums. It will never be the same, but thanks to The Drive I can re-live all those memories.

Cochise said...
The "pops" used to be the noise. Now, they`re as music to the ears; while today`s "music is... Hey-I once heard Baron von Tollbooth @ 3am! Good radio Bob.

Doris said...
I love to listen to the Album Sides! I wish that I could listen all day, but I must work. Listening takes me back to many good times in my life and makes me happy.

Art said...
Thank you for album sides. Albums were the legal tranquilizer of choice for members of the armed forces in the late 1960s and early 1970s. They all bring back good memories.

Peggy said...
I remember going to Hegewish Records on Torrence Ave in Calumet City. There was a very big man always wearing black tee shirts with a chain attached to his wallet. Great cheap music.

Monica said...
Have been a passionate music fan since listening to records with my sister when I was 4.I used to love record collector shows at the Holiday Inn in Alsip. Vinyl pops are one of my favorite sounds.

Larry said...
I've bought thousands of albums by now but my 1st complete album was The Doors 1st...Wow what a concept! I owned only 6 albums by the time I was 21 now I own thousands!

Ted said...
I love album side thursdays. I'm only 18, but feel like I should've been born 40 years earlier than I was born. This music is representative of when times were simpler and better. Viva la vinyl!

madgarcia said...
It's so cool that now my children are listening and playing the same tunes that never seem to phase out they just become stronger and better. The Drive does just that from sunset to sundown.

Hanky said...
WASSUP Guys!!! I love listening to your station on a computer here in Hayward, CA! I'm thinking about getting an iPod Touch so I can start listening to your radio station from anywhere. PEACE :)

Greg said...
I got up today in Livingston, Montana, and there was my Chicago DJ Stroud. First song I hear is Turn, Turn, Turn, Byrds. Nice to start the day with a favorite.

Diana said...
My first album was Meet the Beatles. I was very young. Wish I still had it!!

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