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8-TRACKS - 8 track's - THE LAST ONES OFFICIALLY MADE (1986-1988)

REEL TO REELS - POPULAR MUSIC (1974-1984) THE LAST DECADE OF PRODUCTION - RARE TITLES

Columbia House carried the last officially released reel to reel albums in late 1984.   Click here to read more about Columbia House Record & Tape Club Monthly Catalog Listings

It is possible that no reel to reel's were sold in stores during the 1980's making any reels from 1980-1984 very hard to find

Why specific titles were chosen to be released is not known.   It would seem logical to me that there were likely 3 possible strategies of marketing:

1 - market easy listening and music genres that older mature audiences would want to buy as this is an expensive specialty market to run a reel to reel player

2 - market well established artists that are already proven sellers in this format (seen in performers such as Neil Diamond, Barry Manilow, Billy Joel etc)

3 - market the biggest selling and most commercially popular titles from record/cassette and make available in this format (Thriller, Synchronicity, Footloose)

The following list are all items I have personally verified as existing - you will find pictures for all of them above at the REEL PHOTO link.
Please let me know if you can add anything to the list by reaching me at
hoknes@hotmail.com  or contact me to discuss reel's / i'm always looking for ads or catalogs of reels
After watching all online reel to reel auctions for an entire year and reading through a hefty 150,000 listings, 

I have verified and identified the existence of 104 known releases from the 1980's as of April 16th 2012

There must be many many more but its still a question of who would have bought these back then? 
It would seem likely that all of the biggest selling albums 1980-1983 would have appeared in reel to reel but most have never turned up a single copy!
A Columbia house record ad I have from 1972 says that every title listed is available in reel to reel format
The majority of titles are soft pop and a/c format or just the most popular titles of the year

1974 seems to be a transition year.   I can find just about any popular album release up to 1973 fairly easily and then 1974 used titles on ebay become much rarer

REEL TO REEL TAPES FOR SALE - CLICK THIS LINK

THE MASTER LIST - EVERY KNOWN REEL TO REEL EVER RELEASED DURING 1974-1989

1989:

DONNY OSMOND - SOLDIER OF LOVE - (promo only, hit single only for radio stations)

1984:
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - BORN IN THE USA (not confirmed by me)
CHRISTINE McVIE

DAN FOGELBERG - WINDOWS AND WALLS 
FOOTLOOSE SOUNDTRACK  - sold on ebay for $33
GOLD AND PLATINUM - VARIOUS ROCK ARTISTS  sold on ebay for $67 (the last official release reel ever!)
THE BIG CHILL SOUNDTRACK  sold on ebay for $30
THE CARS - HEARTBEAT CITY  sold on ebay for $40
PAUL MCCARTNEY - GIVE MY REGARDS -
(promo only, "Audio Press Kit", includes McCartney talk plus a musical montage of 4 songs from the soundtrack). This was a first in a series of Audio Press Kits put out by 20th Century Fox. Included with the tapes was a cover letter, a format sheet with running times, production notes on the movie, an indemnification form, and a "comments" postcard for radio stations to return).   valued at $150

1983:
AC/DC - FLICK OF THE SWITCH
AIR SUPPLY - GREATEST HITS
BARBRA STREISAND - YENTL SOUNDTRACK
BILLY JOEL - AN INNOCENT MAN
BONNIE TYLER - FASTER THAN THE SPEED OF LIGHT
FLASHDANCE SOUNDTRACK
KENNY ROGERS - 20 GREATEST HITS
KENNY ROGERS - WE'VE GOT TONIGHT
LIONEL RICHIE - CAN'T SLOW DOWN
LOVERBOY - KEEP IT UP
MELISSA MANCHESTER - GREATEST HITS
MEN AT WORK - CARGO
PLACIDO DOMINGO -MY LIFE FOR A SONG
THE POLICE - SYNCHRONICITY
RE-FLEX - THE POLITICS OF DANCING - promo short length Capitol S-2478
STEVIE NICKS - WILD HEART
STYX - KILROY WAS HERE
TWO OF A KIND SOUNDTRACK
WILLIE NELSON and WAYLON JENNINGS - TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT
YES - 90125 (not confirmed by me)

1982:
ABBA - THE SINGLES: FIRST TEN YEARS
ASIA - ASIA
BARRY MANILOW - HERE COMES THE NIGHT
BILLY JOEL - THE NYLON CURTAIN
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - NEBRASKA    sold $300 and $280 on ebay for sealed copies
DAN FOGELBERG - GREATEST HITS
DURAN DURAN - RIO
EAGLES - GREATEST HITS VOL 2
ELTON JOHN - JUMP UP
FLEETWOOD MAC - MIRAGE
FOREIGNER - RECORDS
GO-GO'S - VACATION
J GEILS BAND - SHOWTIME
KENNY ROGERS - LOVE WILL TURN YOU AROUND
LITTLE RIVER BAND - GREATEST HITS
MICHAEL JACKSON - THRILLER     sold $125 on ebay used
NEIL DIAMOND - 12 GREATEST HITS VOL 2
PAT BENATAR - GET NERVOUS
POLICE - GHOSTS IN THE MACHINE (confirmed by Mikkel)
QUARTERFLASH - QUARTERFLASH
REO SPEEDWAGON - GOOD TROUBLE
SIMON AND GARFUNKEL - CONCERT IN CENTRAL PARK (confirmed at link below)
TOM JONES - COUNTRY
TOTO - TOTO IV
THE WHO - IT'S HARD
WILLIE NELSON - ALWAYS ON MY MIND

1981:
ABBA - VISITORS
AIR SUPPLY - THE ONE THAT YOU LOVE
BARBRA STREISAND - MEMORIES
BARRY MANILOW - IF I SHOULD LOVE AGAIN
BILLY JOEL - SONGS IN THE ATTIC
BLONDIE - BEST OF
DIANA ROSS - ALL THE GREAT HITS
DIANA ROSS - TO LOVE AGAIN
DOOBIE BROTHERS - BEST VOLUME TWO
EDDIE RABBITT - STEP BY STEP
FOREIGNER - 4
GEORGE BENSON - COLLECTION
JAMES TAYLOR - DAD LOVES HIS WORK
J GEILS BAND - FREEZE FRAME
KENNY ROGERS - CHRISTMAS
MERRY CHRISTMAS - VARIOUS ARTISTS
MOODY BLUES - LONG DISTANCE VOYAGER
NEIL DIAMOND - HEARTLIGHT
NEIL DIAMOND - ON THE WAY BACK
PAT BENATAR - PRECIOUS TIME
QUEEN - GREATEST HITS
STARS ON - STARS ON LONG PLAY (STARS ON 45)
VAN HALEN - FAIR WARNING
WHO - FACE DANCES
WILLIE NELSON - SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW

1980:
ANNE MURRAY - A COUNTRY COLLECTION
ANNE MURRAY - GREATEST HITS
ANNE MURRAY - SOMEBODYS WAITING
BARRY MANILOW - BARRY
BILLY JOEL - GLASS HOUSES
BLUES BROTHERS - SOUNDTRACK
BOZ SCAGGS - MIDDLE MAN
CARLY SIMON - COME UPSTAIRS
CARS - PANORAMA
CRYSTAL GAYLE - THESE DAYS
DIANA ROSS - DIANA
DIONNE WARWICK - NO NIGHT SO LONG
FLEETWOOD MAC - LIVE
FRANK SINATRA - TRILOGY (3 album set)
HERB ALPERT - BEYOND
JOHNNY MATHIS - DIFFERENT KINDA DIFFERENT
JOHNNY MATHIS - BEST OF JOHNNY 1975-1980
JOURNEY - DEPARTURE
KENNY ROGERS - GREATEST HITS
LINDA RONSTADT - GREATEST HITS VOL. 2
LINDA RONSTADT - MAD LOVE
MICHAEL JACKSON - OFF THE WALL
NEIL DIAMOND - THE JAZZ SINGER
PAT BENATAR - CRIMES OF PASSION
QUEEN - THE GAME
SUPERTRAMP - PARIS
WILLIE NELSON - HONEYSUCKLE ROSE

1979:
ABBA - VOULEZ VOUZ
ALL THAT JAZZ - SOUNDTRACK
ANNE MURRAY - I'LL ALWAYS LOVE YOU
ANNE MURRAY - NEW KIND OF FEELING
ARTHUR FIELDER & BOSTON POPS - I GOT RHYTHM
BAD COMPANY - DESOLATION ANGELS
BARRY MANILOW - ONE VOICE
BILLY JOEL - 52ND STREET
BLONDIE - EAT TO THE BEAT
BLUES BROTHERS - BRIEFCASE OF BLUES
BOB DYLAN - SLOW TRAIN COMING
CAPTAIN AND TENNILLE - MAKE YOUR MOVE
CARLY SIMON - SPY
THE CARS - CANDY-O
CHICAGO - CHICAGO 13
CHUCK MANGIONE - FUN AND GAMES
DAN FOGELBERG - PHOENIX
DIONNE WARWICK - DIONNE
DOOBIE BROTHERS - MINUTE BY MINUTE
DONNA SUMMER - ON THE RADIO
EAGLES - LONG RUN
EARTH WIND AND FIRE - I AM
EDDIE MONEY - LIFE FOR THE TAKING
ELO - DISCOVERY
ELO - GREATEST HITS
ELVIS COSTELLO - ARMED FORCES
ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK - THIS MOMENT IN TIME
FLEETWOOD MAC - TUSK
FOREIGNER - HEAD GAMES
HERB ALPERT - RISE
JAMES TAYLOR - FLAG
JETHRO TULL - STORMWATCH
JOHNNY MATHIS - BEST DAYS OF MY LIFE
JONI MITCHELL - MINGUS
KINKS - LOW BUDGET
KNACK - GET THE KNACK
MICHAEL JACKSON - OFF THE WALL
NEIL DIAMOND - SEPTEMBER MORN
RAY CONNIFF - I WILL SURVIVE
RAY CONNIFF - PLAYS THE BEE GEES
REALISTICS - YEAR IN MUSIC GREATEST HITS (1979)
STYX - CORNERSTONE
SUPERTRAMP - BREAKFAST IN AMERICA
VILLAGE PEOPLE - GO WEST

1978:
AL STEWART - TIME PASSAGES
ANDRE KOSTELANETZ - YOU LIGHT UP MY LIFE
ARTHUR FIEDLER & BOSTON BOPS - SATURDAY NIGHT FIEDLER
BARBRA STREISAND - SONGBIRD
BARRY MANILOW - EVEN NOW
BARRY MANILOW - GREATEST HITS
BOSTON - DON'T LOOK BACK
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - DARKNESS AT THE EDGE OF TOWN
CAPTAIN AND TENNILLE - DREAM
CHICAGO - HOT STREETS
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS SOUNDTRACK
COKE - COKE ADDS LIFE (ADVERTISEMENTS
DONNA SUMMER - LIVE AND MORE
ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK - LAST OF THE ROMANTICS
HELEN REDDY - WE'LL SING IN THE SUNSHINE
JOHNNY MATHIS & DENIECE WILLIAMS - THAT'S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR
JOHNNY MATHIS - YOU LIGHT UP MY LIFE
KANSAS - TWO FOR THE SHOW
LINDA RONSTADT - LIVING IN THE USA
NEIL DIAMOND - YOU DON'T BRING ME FLOWERS
RITA COOLIDGE - LOVE ME AGAIN
ROD STEWART - BLONDES HAVE MORE FUN (confirmed by Mikkel)
SAMANTHA SANG - EMOTION
STEVE MILLER BAND - GREATEST HITS 1974-1978
STYX - PIECES OF EIGHT
TED NUGENT - DOUBLE LIVE GONZO
ZUBIN MEHTA - STAR WARS

1977:
AEROSMITH - DRAW THE LINE
ART GARFUNKEL - WATERMARK
BARBRA STREISAND - STREISAND SUPERMAN
BOZ SCAGGS - DOWN TWO THEN LEFT
BURT BACHARACH - FUTURES
CAPTAIN AND TENNILLE - COME IN FROM THE RAIN
CAPTAIN AND TENNILLE - GREATEST HITS
CARPENTERS - PASSAGE
CHICAGO - 11
DIANA ROSS - AN EVENING WITH
ELO - OUT OF THE BLUE
FERRANTE AND TEICHER - ROCKY AND OTHER KNOCKOUTS
FERRANTE AND TEICHER - STAR WARS
GARY WRIGHT - LIGHT OF SMILES
GEORGE BENSON - IN FLIGHT
HELEN REDDY - EAR CANDY
JETHRO TULL - SONGS FROM THE WOOD
JIM CROCE - TIME IN A BOTTLE
JOHNNY MATHIS - HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME
KISS - LOVE GUN
LIONA BOYD - MINIATURES FOR GUITAR
NATALIE COLE - UNPREDICTABLE
NEIL DIAMOND - LOVE AT THE GREEK
PAUL SIMON - GREATEST HITS ETC
PETER FRAMPTON - I'M IN YOU
PHIL SPECTOR - GREATEST HITS
PINK FLOYD - ANIMALS (confirmed by link at bottom)
QUINCY JONES - ROOTS SOUNDTRACK
RAY CONNIFF - AFTER THE LOVING
ROBIN TROWER - IN CITY DREAMS
ROGER WILLIAMS - EVERGREEN
SERGIO MENDES - PAIS TROPICAL
STAR WARS SOUNDTRACK (2 reels)
STAR WARS - STORY OF STAR WARS - NARRATION
STEVE MILLER BAND - BOOK OF DREAMS
TOM JONES - SAY YOU'LL STAY UNTIL TOMORROW

1976:
AEROSMITH - ROCKS (quadrophonic)
AMERICA - HIDEAWAY
BARRY MANILOW - THIS ONE'S FOR YOU
BTO - BEST SO FAR
CAPTAIN AND TENNILLE - SONG OF JOY
CARPENTERS - A KIND OF HUSH
CHICAGO - 10
DIANA ROSS
EARTH WIND AND FIRE - SPIRIT
ELO - A NEW WORLD RECORD
ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK - AFTER THE LOVING
FERRANTE AND TEICHER - FEELINGS
GEORGE BENSON - BREEZIN'
GLEN CAMPBELL - BLOODLINE
HALL AND OATES - BIGGER THAN BOTH OF US
HELEN REDDY - GREATEST HITS
HELEN REDDY - MUSIC MUSIC
JAMES TAYLOR - IN THE POCKET
JEFFERSON STARSHIP - SPITFIRE
JETHRO TULL - M.U.
JETHRO TULL - TOO OLD TO ROCK N ROLL
JOE WALSH - YOU CAN'T ARGUE WITH A SICK MIND
JOHNNY MATHIS - I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU
KISS - ALIVE
KISS - DESTROYER
KISS - ROCK AND ROLL OVER
LINDA RONSTADT - GREATEST HITS
LOGGINS AND MESSINA - BEST OF FRIENDS
LOGGINS AND MESSINA - NATIVE SONS
NEIL DIAMOND - BEAUTIFUL NOISE
PAUL ANKA - THE PAINTER
PETER FRAMPTON - FRAMPTON COMES ALIVE
RAY CONIFF - TV THEMES
SANTANA - FESTIVAL
STEVE MILLER BAND - BOOK OF DREAMS
STEVIE WONDER - SONGS IN THE KEY OF LIFE
THREE DOG NIGHT - GREATEST HITS
TONY ORLANDO & DAWN - WORLD OF TONY ORLANDO AND DAWN
WAR - GREATEST HITS

1975:
AL GREEN - GREATEST HITS
ANDY WILLIAMS - THE OTHER SIDE OF ME
ART GARFUNKEL - BREAKAWAY
BACHMAN TURNER OVERDRIVE - FOUR WHEEL DRIVE
BACHMAN TURNER OVERDRIVE - HEAD ON
BOBBY VINTON SHOW
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - BORN TO RUN
CAPTAIN AND TENNILLE - LOVE WILL KEEP US TOGETHER
CAPTAIN BLOOD - SOUNDTRACK
CARLY SIMON - BEST OF
CAT STEVENS - GREATEST HITS
CAT STEVENS - NUMBERS
CHICAGO - CHICAGO 9 - GREATEST HITS
DEEP PURPLE - COME TASTE THE BAND
DEEP PURPLE - STORMBRINGER
DOOBIE BROTHERS - BEST OF
DOOBIE BROTHERS - STAMPEDE (Quadrophonic)
DOOBIE BROTHERS - TOULOUSE STREET (1972 re-release) (Quadrophonic)
EARTH WIND AND FIRE - GRATITUDE
ELTON JOHN - GREATEST HITS
ENOCH LIGHT & THE LIGHT BRIGADE - THE DISCO DISQUE
FERRANTE AND TEICHER - PLAY THE CARPENTERS
FOUR SEASONS - WHO LOVES YOU
GLEN CAMPBELL - RHINESTONE COWBOY
GORDON LIGHTFOOT - COLD ON THE SHOULDER (Quadrophonic)
GRAND FUNK RAILROAD - CAUGHT IN THE ACT
HELEN REDDY - NO WAY TO TREAT A LADY
HENRY MANCINI - RETURN OF THE PINK PANTHER (Quadrophonic)
ISAO TOMITO - DANCING
JEFFERSON STARSHIP - RED OCTOPUS (Quadrophonic)
JIM CROCES - THE FACES I'VE BEEN
JIMI HENDRIX - ARE YOU EXPERIENCED / AXIS BOLD AS LOVE
JIMI HENDRIX - MIDNIGHT LIGHTNING / CRASH LANDING
JUSTIN HAYWARD & JOHN LODGE (The Moody Blues) BLUE JAYS
LITTLE FEAT - LAST RECORD ALBUM
OHIO PLAYERS - HONEY
PAUL ANKA - FEELINGS
PAUL SIMON - STILL CRAZY AFTER ALL THESE YEARS
RAY CONNIFF - ANOTHER DONE SOMEBODY WRONG SONG
RAY CONNIFF - LAUGHTER IN THE RAIN
ROBIN TROWER - FOR EARTH BELOW

ROBIN TROWER - LIVE
ROD STEWART - ATLANTIC CROSSING
SEALS AND CROFTS - GREATEST HITS
TOMMY - SOUNDTRACK
TONY ORLANDO AND DAWN - GREATEST HITS
TONY ORLANDO AND DAWN - SKYBIRD
WAR - WHY CAN'T WE BE FRIENDS
ZZ TOP - FANDANGO

1974:
ALICE COOPER - GREATEST HITS
AMERICA - HOLIDAY (Quadrophonic)
ANN PEEBLES - I CAN'T STAND THE RAIN (Quadrophonic)
BOBBY VINTON - MELODIES OF LOVE
BONNIE KOLOC - YOU'RE GONNA LOVE YOURSELF IN THE MORNING (Quadrophonic)
BREAD - GREATEST HITS VOL 2
CARLY SIMON - HOTCAKES
CHARLES GERHARDT - CITIZEN KANE
CHARLIE RICH - VERY SPECIAL LOVE SONGS
CHER - DARK LADY
CREATIVE SOURCE - MIGRATION (Quadrophonic)
CROSBY STILLS NASH AND YOUNG - SO FAR
DEEP PURPLE - MACHINE HEAD (Quadrophonic)
DOOBIE BROTHERS - WHAT WERE ONCE VICES ARE NOW HABITS
ELTON JOHN - CARIBOU
FERRANTE AND TEICHER - DIAL M FOR MUSIC
FOGHAT - ENERGIZED
GLADYS KNIGHT & PIPS - CLAUDINE
GORDON LIGHTFOOT - SUNDOWN
GRAND FUNK - SURVIVAL
GRATEFUL DEAD - SKELETONS FROM THE CLOSEST - GREATEST HITS
HERB ALPERT - YOU SMILE THE SONG BEGINS
JETHRO TULL - WAR CHILD
JIM CROCE - PHOTOGRAPHS AND MEMORIES
JOE WALSH - SO WHAT
JOHNNY CARSON - HERE'S JOHNNY
LIZA MINNELLI - LIVE AT THE WINTER GARDEN
LOGGINS & MESSINA - ON STAGE
MAC DAVIS - ALL THE LOVE IN THE WORLD
MAC DAVIS - STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES
MARIA MULDAUR - WAITRESS IN THE DONUT SHOP
MARSHALL TUCKER BAND - A NEW LIFE
MARVIN HAMLISCH - THE ENTERTAINER
MOODY BLUES - THIS IS THE MOODY BLUES
NEIL DIAMOND - SERENADE
NEIL SEDAKA - SEDAKA'S BACK
PAUL ANKA - ANKA
PAUL SIMON - IN CONCERT
PERCY FAITH - THE ENTERTAINER
POINTER SISTERS - THAT'S A PLENTY
ROBIN TROWER - BRIDGE OF SIGHS
ROGER WILLIAMS - I HONESTLY LOVE YOU
ROGER WILLIAMS - THE WAY WE WERE
SANTANA - GREATEST HITS
SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE - SMALL TALK
SONNY AND CHER - LIVE IN LAS VEGAS VOL 2
SUNSET BOULEVARD - SOUNDTRACK
THREE DOG NIGHT - HARD LABOR
THREE DOG NIGHT - JOY TO THE WORLD (THEIR GREATEST HITS)
TONY ORLANDO AND DAWN - PRIME TIME
VIKKI CARR - ONE HELL OF A WOMAN>
WAR - LIVE
WILLIAM DEVAUGHN - BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU GOT

No Beatles or solo-Beatles was ever released on reel to reel format after 1971

Paul McCartney is featured on Live and Let Die 1973 Soundtrack on reel.
 
Great index of various reel releases from 1957 to 1989 at this link
http://www.discogs.com/explore?fmt=Reel-To-Reel&sort=year_desc 
References that I cannot confirm at these links:
http:
//www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/archive/index.php/t-116186.html
http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/archive/index.php/t-139264.html
Thanks to Mikkel Mikkelsen for helping with list and confirming some titles
mibm@tdcadsl.dk
 
This list compiled by Terry Hoknes at
hoknes@hotmail.com in Canada
I was a member of Columbia House from 1981 to about 1989
I started out in vinyl initially but had switched to cassette in the late 80's
I never knew anyone personally who bought 8-tracks or reel to reels during this time period

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