Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Cassettes


Cassettes - remember them?

It seems a lot of people do.

For a short period, I think between the late 1970s and 1980s, Ladybird started to publish many fiction titles with an accompanying cassette. Occasionally at a car-boot sale I'll still come across a cassette from a Puddle Lane, WLT or Children's Classic book.

Although these cassettes don't seem to have been issued for very long, they seem to have been valued, at least in retropect, by erstwhile owners. This email, which I received last week, is quite typical:

For some years now I have been searching for the "well loved tales" series by Ladybird with the accompanying audio cassettes. Especially their 1979 version of "The Ugly Duckling" would be a fantastic find. I see you offer most of the books but there is no mention of the audio tapes, do you happen to have these as well? Or know where I can find them, possibly converted to MP3?


I have no answer to these enquiries. Does anyone know if you can still get hold of them anywhere?

44 comments:

Anonymous said...

They are indeed rare. I have been searching everywhere and collecting for about two years now. I Have about 20 cassettes. I plan to eventually rip them to Mp3.

It has become a hobby of mine.
The tapes were recorded by Pickwick International in association with ladybird books.

rick4444 said...

Does anybody have the lost world audio tape? Ihad it as a child and now can't find it.

chazii said...

Oh my word, I remember the puddle lane ones! I read the book whilst my sister listened to the audio (she isn't much of a reader) and I just remember puddle lane, and singing along to a little song about Mrs Pitter Patter!

Anonymous said...

rick 4444 - have lost world tape..listened to it for first time in 20 years or more tonight...
davidyellop@hotmail.com

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Iain Lowery said...

I am searching for the audio cassette that came with 'The Space Pirates' which was one of the 'Adventures of Major Tom' series. If anyone has one or sees one then please let me know. You would make me a very happy man!

Dan Schrieber said...

I have found about 20 cassettes of tell a tale in a box in my parents attic. All the princess ones really, classic fairytales. I am going to convert them to mp3 and would love to share them, can anyone recommend a platform?

Iain Lowery said...

YouTube? with an image of the cover... Or, soundcloud or something like that. I think if I was searching for something like that then YouTube would be where i'd expect to find it

Theo Brown said...

hey there, I just lost my post sort of, but if it does turn up, don't think I'm impatiently double posting!

I wanted to ask Dan and Anonymous further up: Anything ever become of the MP3 rip?

And: I'm not living in England, which means my chance of finding these cassettes anywhere are 0.00001%.

If someone finds the Lorna Doone cassette, playing to Beethoven's 6th symphony, the pastorale, which was a "Tell-a-tale" cassette, with "Tell-a-tale" printed on it, I will pay anything up to 20 pounds for the effort of postage and packing; I can't really afford that much more, but please, if you find it, I'll take it if it costs 50 too, I would be eternally grateful; I loved the cassette, the music, and I'll never find it again if not for somebody's help :)

Thank you to anyone who reads this.

Theo Brown, to be found at theo6brown@gmail.com

Stephen REVERE said...

Theo! I have about 200 of these tapes but frustratingly I can't find one copy of Lorna Doone otherwise I would have happily sold it to you. It's also one of the few ones I don't have a digital version of. Sorry!

Let me know if you're looking for any others. I have quite a lot of duplicates so will be hopefully listing these all online for sale before the end of the year.

All the best,

Stephen
stephensellis@gmail.com

A said...

Stephen do you happen to have the wind in the willows one? With the beethoven music?I've been looking for this for years...

Anonymous said...

Hello, has anyone got the pickwick ladybird horror classics cassettes. Dracula,The Mummy,Frankenstein,Hound of the Baskervilles,Jekyll& Hyde to sell or even good copies of the cassettes. I purchased these for my children when they were younger and then they no longer listened to them I gave them to our local charity shop.
We had a family get together recently and they were mentioned and I really would love to be able to get them to pass on to my grandchildren.

Kind Regards
Barbara
angelangelus@msn.com

Anonymous said...

Hey guys, I had a customer bring me in a treat, unopened castle grayskull under attack book and cassette. he's looking for a valuation as its one of those loft findings. If anyone has any idea what these are worth or if anyone is interested could you call or text 07546882310. thanks guys, shane fairweather.

Fattytallulah said...

I am looking for a copy of the Swiss Family Robinson audio cassette as a gift for my brother, does anyone happen to have a copy they're willing to sell? Thanks.

Stephen REVERE said...

I have a copy of Swiss Family Robinson on cassette. Feel free to contact me on stephensellis@gmail.com

All the best, Stephen

meaw meaw said...

I rememeber these fondly. Esp the music to "Journey to the centre of the Earth"

meaw meaw said...

Rimsky-Korsakov. Scheherazade, Symphonic Suite, Op. 35 The Sea and Sinbads ship I belive is the piece I remember.

Phoenix Fitness said...

Ho Stephen, I emailed you with some questions!

Rob Spear said...

Hi Stephen,

I have read your comments on this thread and have a request �� I have sent you an email with this request ��

Hope to hear from you soon ��

Rob

TheFiL1984 said...

For years I've been trying to find a cassette I had in the late 80s early 90s that was about a zoo and it had the music from van halen's brown eyed girl. This is all I can remember! And it has been bugging me for so long! I've searched everywhere, but with just the song and the zoo, as you can imagine I haven't got very far! If anyone knows what this might be or where I can find it please let me know! phil.newbury@gmail.com

Tim Bartlett said...

I have The Ugly Duckling tape, produced by Pickwick International, but now am struggling to find a cassette player to test it out on! Then I need to turn it into digital. Has anyone found a digital version?

David Berry said...

Hey

Just put The Lost World on youtube :)

https://youtu.be/KE27_w1eFvw

Cheers
David

Fran said...

David, amazing upload. It would be so great if those who had these on cassette could upload them to youtube or digitise them somehow. Sad to think they'll eventually be lost.

And if anyone has a digital version of Swiss Family Robinson, please do let me know! Been searching for this for years!

David Berry said...

Cheers Fran, don't have any more I'm afraid...if I find any I will :)

Anonymous said...

I am looking for A tale of two cities. Lots of fond memories of it as a child. Cathy

Just Go said...

Did anyone ever manage to get these on mp3? I'm desperately trying to get hold of the Swiss Family Robinson one. ..

Unknown said...

Does anyone have the pick-wick telltale version of the Secret Garden? I would really like to track down a copy of the audio!

Thanks, Tasha

Miss Naylor said...

Please please help!!! I too am desperate to get hold of the Swiss family Robinson. Have a two year old and could cry at the thought of listening to that with him. I loved the music. Was so wonderful always felt like I was in the cave with them lol. Please help if you can
My name is emmy
Email
missnaylorscience@gmail.com
Thank you to those who have put some on YouTube after reading this I found a couple. If anyone knows where I can find more or Swiss family please get in touch. I'll keep my eyes open on my travels and share any I come across. Thanks So happy I found this page :)

Tim Bartlett said...

Sorry, no. But I now have created an mp3 of The Ugly Duckling...Many happy memories of car journeys in the mid-80s...

Miss Naylor said...

Oh wow I remember that!! :)

Anonymous said...

I am a little late to the table :) but if it is of interest, the music for the following books is:

Journey to the centre of the earth: Wagner - Rienzi overture

Ali-Baba and the 40 thieves: Rimsky-Korsakov - Scheherazade

The Lost World: Berlioz - Overture from the Trojan March (This took me ages to work out and I am a musician by profession :)

Aladdin : Rimsky-Korsakov - Scheherazade (begins with 3rd movement unlike the 40 thieves

Oliver Twist - Schubert's Unfinished Symphony

Lorna Doone - Beethoven's Patrol Symphony

Around the World in Eighty-Days - Dvorak New World Symphony

Tom Sawyer - Dvorak New World Symphony

Annoyingly I cannot remember which one was used for Swiss Family Robinson and cannot find the cassette currently but it might come back.....

Best Wishes,

Tom

Anonymous said...

Sorry for the embarrassing typo Beethoven .......

Anonymous said...

In fact I think Swiss Family Robinson was also Scherazade

Regards,

Tom

Anonymous said...

2 more:

"The Mummy" and "Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" were both Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique

Tim Bartlett said...

Ugly Duckling uses Vlatava by Smetana. Lovely music. Beautifully read story...

Anonymous said...

Yes and so does Treasure Island :)

Shame children don't really have something that quiet compares these days to my knowledge...

globalnomad said...

Apologies, but i have gotten a bit lost - does anyone have a lead on the Wind in the Willows with Beethovens soundtrack? I listened to mine so much it broke the spool. I would LOVE to hear it again, it brought the story to life in a way no other retelling has ever done.

Thanks all round!

Deets

Amanda said...

Hi there everyone its nice to see I'm to the only one who still remember those tapes... does anyone have an idea of the music for secret garden? I believe it was released in Jan 1980.

Laregisseuse said...

I've been looking for that Wind in the Willows with Bethoven's 6th for years too!! It was wonderful and I would dearly love to find it again! Any leads appreciated.

Anonymous said...

Hi guys,

I have The Wind in the Willows, the book and the cassette! The Ladybird Children's Classics and the cassette is Pickwick International light green in colour. I bought it from eBay back in 2012 and kept in in an envelope, just hope it's ok! I'm hoping to get it transferred to a cd and MP3 then I'll put it on YouTube if I can! I'm afraid I'm not very technical so I don't know how long it will take me to do it but I will, as so many people loved this version of the story, I have very fond memories listening to it as a child (now 41 yrs)

Anonymous said...

Excellent. In time, we may find them all. Very happy memories if listening to these on car journeys back in the mid 80s...

A said...

Amanda, Secret Garden music is Borodin, steppes of central Asia https://youtu.be/Dq4bOmxKVQQ

I hope you can get wind in the willows on to YouTube, if love to play it got my kids!

Anonymous said...

Hi guys,

I'll certainly do my best with The Wind in the Willows! I'm going to get it copied over to a cd (really hope it can be done) over Easter and whilst I'm there I'll see if they can help me put it on YouTube as I have no idea what to do! Keep an eye on this thread and I'll let you know when I've done it! I'm doing it as a surprise for my sister's 40th; she'll love it, as it was one of our favourites growing up!

Anonymous said...

I'd love the wind in the willows - I've searched for it on ebay a couple of times and can't find it