The Compact Disc has turned 40 years old this week. What was your 1st CD?

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Message 2115557 - Posted: 4 Mar 2023, 19:15:09 UTC

How the Compact Disc Changed the Music Industry
CDs debuted in the United States 40 years ago this week, and now they're making a comeback.


I purchased my first CD player and first CD in late 1986. I think I paid around $200 USD for the basic CD player (play, pause, forward or backward one 'track') and probably $20 for the CD - a full digital recording (DDD) of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture...

Later that evening I hooked it up to my measley 40 Watts/Channel Stereo system with speakers rated for 60W and proceeded with the "destruction test" of the real cannons firing, with the volume control set about 1/2 way just to be safe.

Yes, my speakers and stereo survived but my neighbors probably wondered what the heck was that noise!

I also purchased a Billy Joel CD at the same time.

I amassed a ~300 CD collection over the next many years before MP3's and digital streaming on the Internet became the norm.
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Message 2115560 - Posted: 4 Mar 2023, 19:31:24 UTC

Geez... now that I try to remember, I can't remember the first one. I'm sure it could have been this one:



Fittingly, one of the first to be completely digitally recorded.
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Message 2115562 - Posted: 4 Mar 2023, 20:43:47 UTC
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I think my first CD was Rumours by Fleetwood Mac, i'm pretty sure Brothers in Arms was in the first 10 or so.
I actually had bought about 4 or 5 CDs before i got a CD player.

From memory the CDs were around $32 each, my CD player (a Marantz CD-75DXII) cost around $800 (and that was a very good price at the time).
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Message 2115572 - Posted: 4 Mar 2023, 22:21:54 UTC

Love Over Gold - Dire Straits.

Still got it, and still use it to wake the neighbours when I feel the urge.
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Message 2115578 - Posted: 4 Mar 2023, 23:28:03 UTC
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Decided it was a good way to limit damage to my original 'blue prism' album.
That album was 50 years old on the 1st.
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Message 2115580 - Posted: 4 Mar 2023, 23:38:31 UTC

I played my Pink Floyd collection yesterday while working away and today it's my Dire Straits collection.

But if I want to wake the neighbours up I'd play either AC/DC or Nickelback. :;-)

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