It was August 17, 1982, when Sony and Philips first trotted out their new audio thingy for the media. After years of joint work, they unveiled the compact disc. "Perfect sound forever," they said.
Despite much initial resistance--record labels and record stores had no interests in the costs associated with a new format--the CD pulled the music industry out of a deep post-disco recession and heralded an era of explosive growth that continued until Napster came along.
But that's another story. What I want to know is what was your first CD purchase?
My first CD wasn't a purchase at all. I had an opportunity to tour the Cineram plant in Canada and was gifted with a digital recording of some Glenn Miller tunes. I still have it somewhere.
The first CDs I bought for my new Technics player were Love by The Cult (LOVE the dynamics and the close-miked drums on "She Sells Sanctuary") and So from Peter Gabriel (stunning production). Then it was Avalon by Roxy Music because I was eager to show off how good recorded audio could be.
After that, it's a blur. It became a sickness. The current collection is somewhere around 10,000.
What were your first CD purchases? And to help you along, Spinner has this article on the subject.