Turn To Stone

Joe recorded that (the second) version of Turn To Stone on his So What album 41 years ago, in 1974. I bought it a few days after its release and still have my copy. On vinyl, of course — the only saving grace of 8-track tape was portability, and the audio quality of cassette tapes in those days was so poor that no label released albums on cassette. That meant that listening to your own music in the car meant enduring ka-chunk! on every track change, and quite often in the middle of a song, too.

I had a portable 8-track player in ’74, though they were relatively rare things, and that made me the life of the impromptu party everywhere I went. Puff puff ka-chunk! 😀

No, not really. I didn’t have a marijuana habit in ’74. I’d tried it, but had foolishly got way too fucked up to enjoy the experience. It wasn’t until ’76 that I tried again and didn’t hate it.


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