Ah - 45's!
I still have my old 45 case - full of my collection over the years.
I remember one day when J.J. and I were riding in the car listening to the "Oldies" station - he was about 4 or so - and with practically each song that played, I would say, "I've got THAT one on 45!" Finally, I told him that I'd have to play my 45's for him some day, and he replied, "Mom, I THINK I've already heard them all!" He was probably right! LOL
Back in the day, you didn't buy an album unless you were SURE that there were a lot of songs on it you liked, or unless the group as a whole had captured your fancy, as in the case of The Beatles. Usually a group just had a good song or two, and that was it - then they fizzled.
My album collection started mid-60's when I couldn't get a song on 45, and would finally break down and get the album, because I liked the song SO much. Usually the rest of the album sucked! Greatest Hits compilations were welcome! Ones I bought just because I liked the group were The Beatles, of course, The Rascals, and The Monkees. As music progressed beyond the typical "one-hit wonders", I began purchasing Hendrix, The Doors, The Stones, and of course, Yes!
When 8-tracks hit the stores, I was convinced that they were an inferior technology, since they were so prone to break, and I didn't invest in them at the time. I got a small cassette recorder in 1969 that I took in the car with me - I remember a few pre-recorded cassettes being available then, but not many. It wasn't until the auto-reverse feature became prevalent that cassettes really took off and ultimately replaced the 8-track as the car stereo of choice.
Now, does anyone remember 78's?
Cool thread - fun to reminisce about all the old technologies!