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Cassette Tapes (Hard Case)

Cassette Tapes (Hard Case)

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Available in two styles

Hard Case: Hard plastic cassette case with full cover and printed label.

Soft Case: Old-style, soft plastic cassette case with front and back stickers made from images when these cassettes were made by hand.


Daniel's early song-writing years were characterized by his individually hand-made cassette tapes which he made and handed out to friends and strangers.

He use the cheapest tapes he could buy and even subscribed to free-by-mail subscriptions to denominational preachers just so he could re-use the cassette tapes. Some of the preaching on those tapes later were kept on the albums he created!

Jeff Tartakov (a.k.a. Stress Records) then continued the tradition of hand-made / hand-copied cassette tapes for decades.

Albums vary in content and length. You should be aware that the CD versions of several of these albums come as a COMBINED tracks from several albums, so the asterisked albums have fewer tracks than the CD versions. 

The album Live In Berlin, however, contains ALL the tracks from the 1999 Berlin show, which is more tracks than the original cassette tape release, and the same number of tracks as the VINYL release of the show titled "Why Me - Daniel Johnston Live In Berlin". 

The CD version of Songs of Pain and More Songs of Pain is titled "Early Recordings" and contains 2 CDs.  This CD is now out of print.

The double asterisked tapes (**) have never been "published" as anything but cassette tapes.

The available cassette tapes include (click on the link to see TRACKS):

Songs of Pain (1981)
Don't Be Scared (1982)
The What Of Whom (1983)
More Songs Of Pain (1983)
Yip Jump Music (summer of 1983)
Hi, How Are You (fall of 1983) *
The Lost Recordings (1979-83)
The Lost Recordings 2 (1979-83)
Retired Boxer (1984) *
Respect (1985) *
Continued Story (1986)*
Merry Christmas (1988)**
Live At SxSW (1990)**
Frankenstein Love (1992) **
Live In Berlin (1999) **

* contains only the named tracks whereas the CD version is a combined album of two cassettes

** Available ONLY on cassette tapes

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