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Is there a list of ‘singles’ that had a physical release?

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Last post 28/02/2019

Posted by oobu24

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      Phew! I didn’t really know how to phrase this post.

      I used to be able to go Woolworths or another record shop and purchase Paul’s latest. I’d then go home and carefully place it on the record player and listen while looking at the sleeve and artwork. Great stuff. Side B’s were really a treasure as they used to be unavailable elsewhere. I remember walking into town on the dark, on a mission to buy 7” ‘Once upon a long ago’ and waiting until the last possible moment so my purchase would be registered on the Christmas chart. 

      anyway, blah blah blah... You all know this. But I went into HMV last year to ask for ‘Come On To Me’ as a CD single but was told is was not available in this format. 

      A 7” single used to be a precious source for new material, so it was an essential purchase. 

      Is there a list of physical 7” releases? And also CD singles? When was the first and last cassingle? When was the first download only song? Etc etc.

        This is a useful site to work your way through as far as Paul's releases are concerned. However, in recent years, his 'singles' have been download only it seems other than promotional cd-r's.

        https://www.discogs.com/artist/35301-Paul-McCartney?subtype=Singles-EPs&filter_anv=0&type=Releases&page=1

          For better or worse, physical singles are nearly dead, except for occasional special deals like Record Store Day. Hell, physical albums are in major decline, too. Those of us dinosaurs who like to own physical copies of our music are approaching extinction.

            Bruce M. wrote:

            For better or worse, physical singles are nearly dead, except for occasional special deals like Record Store Day. Hell, physical albums are in major decline, too. Those of us dinosaurs who like to own physical copies of our music are approaching extinction.

            I hope not too soon. I’m nearly 64 and hoping for another 25-30 years! I have some good genes though - mom’s dad lived to 96, dad’s dad lived to 102, dad lived to nearly 90, and mom is still with us at 88. 🤞

              Bruce M. wrote:

               Those of us dinosaurs who like to own physical copies of our music are approaching extinction.

              If music ceases to be made available in a physical format I'll simply stop buying it. I have hundreds of cds and vinyl that really need revisting anyway.

              But the good news is that like vinyl, cassettes are making a come back too so I'm hopeful that cds at least will be around for some time to come.

                Kestrel wrote:

                Bruce M. wrote:

                 Those of us dinosaurs who like to own physical copies of our music are approaching extinction.

                If music ceases to be made available in a physical format I'll simply stop buying it. I have hundreds of cds and vinyl that really need revisting anyway.

                But the good news is that like vinyl, cassettes are making a come back too so I'm hopeful that cds at least will be around for some time to come.

                What about 8 tracks? lol

                  oobu24 wrote:

                  Kestrel wrote:
                  Bruce M. wrote:

                   Those of us dinosaurs who like to own physical copies of our music are approaching extinction.

                  If music ceases to be made available in a physical format I'll simply stop buying it. I have hundreds of cds and vinyl that really need revisting anyway.

                  But the good news is that like vinyl, cassettes are making a come back too so I'm hopeful that cds at least will be around for some time to come.

                  What about 8 tracks? lol

                  I have one 8 track tape I saved - the music from a movie Ringo was in (Son Of Dracula) Have nothing to play it on though. 😂

                    oobu24 wrote:

                    Kestrel wrote:
                    Bruce M. wrote:

                     Those of us dinosaurs who like to own physical copies of our music are approaching extinction.

                    If music ceases to be made available in a physical format I'll simply stop buying it. I have hundreds of cds and vinyl that really need revisting anyway.

                    But the good news is that like vinyl, cassettes are making a come back too so I'm hopeful that cds at least will be around for some time to come.

                    What about 8 tracks? lol

                     Well, perhaps not 8 tracks or 78rpms for that matter either. 

                      Kestrel wrote:

                      Bruce M. wrote:

                       Those of us dinosaurs who like to own physical copies of our music are approaching extinction.

                      If music ceases to be made available in a physical format I'll simply stop buying it. I have hundreds of cds and vinyl that really need revisting anyway.

                      But the good news is that like vinyl, cassettes are making a come back too so I'm hopeful that cds at least will be around for some time to come.

                      I sorta understand the modest revival of vinyl (still a very small volume in the music industry overall), but renewed interest in cassettes baffles me. They were a horrible, problem-prone medium whose only value was that you could play them in your car -- a function that's now covered by either CDs or streaming. Why would anyone willingly buy music on cassette?

                        Bruce M. wrote:

                        Kestrel wrote:
                        Bruce M. wrote:

                         Those of us dinosaurs who like to own physical copies of our music are approaching extinction.

                        If music ceases to be made available in a physical format I'll simply stop buying it. I have hundreds of cds and vinyl that really need revisting anyway.

                        But the good news is that like vinyl, cassettes are making a come back too so I'm hopeful that cds at least will be around for some time to come.

                        I sorta understand the modest revival of vinyl (still a very small volume in the music industry overall), but renewed interest in cassettes baffles me. They were a horrible, problem-prone medium whose only value was that you could play them in your car -- a function that's now covered by either CDs or streaming. Why would anyone willingly buy music on cassette?

                        Bruce, this is becoming a habit, me agreeing with you! 😂

                          Bruce M. wrote:

                          Kestrel wrote:
                          Bruce M. wrote:

                           Those of us dinosaurs who like to own physical copies of our music are approaching extinction.

                          If music ceases to be made available in a physical format I'll simply stop buying it. I have hundreds of cds and vinyl that really need revisting anyway.

                          But the good news is that like vinyl, cassettes are making a come back too so I'm hopeful that cds at least will be around for some time to come.

                          I sorta understand the modest revival of vinyl (still a very small volume in the music industry overall), but renewed interest in cassettes baffles me. They were a horrible, problem-prone medium whose only value was that you could play them in your car -- a function that's now covered by either CDs or streaming. Why would anyone willingly buy music on cassette?

                          And speaking of ways to ply them...it's becoming more difficult to find a car/suv that even has a cd player. I'm happy that my new car has one.