The first record I ever owned* was the Partridge Family’s “Up to Date.” Actually, I acquired this and a copy of Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” at the same time — they were given to me by a cousin who was “growing out of them” (and growing into ABBA). Yesterday while jogging Amy and I came across a box of 8-track tapes, and there it was — my first album, albeit on different media. A Donny Osmond collection and the Star Wars soundtrack was also in the pile. So sad that someone had just tossed these aside, as if worthless. Well, I guess I don’t blame them. It’s not like anyone but Pagan Kennedy can play 8-tracks anymore. But still. Brought back great memories to see this cover, with the birthdays of each of the Partridges on it. I used to wonder whether these were the real birthdays of the Partridges, and if so, did they get flooded with presents every year.
* Full disclosure: I actually did have a couple of children’s records before this — some kind of Mickey Mouse adventure in a recording studio and a record where all the instruments of the orchestra had personalities and we got to know them and their voices. But those didn’t count because they were given to me by parents, i.e. not hip.
So what was your first album? (LP, CD, cassette, 8-track…)