Bill Nelson’s Getting the Holy Ghost Across … the tape!

Bill Nelson's Getting the Holy Ghost Across Tape front
Bill Nelson’s Getting the Holy Ghost Across Tape front

I already have this album, on vinyl and on CD, but the tape has something special about it, and it isn’t just that it was the format that I bought this album on for the first time. No, it’s something different.

Bill Nelson's Getting the Holy Ghost Across Tape back
Bill Nelson’s Getting the Holy Ghost Across Tape back

With the original tape was a lyric list that came with it, printed on the same sort of paper that bibles are printed with. It was a lovely touch and in keeping with the whole album, so when I saw it come up on eBay I knew it was something I wanted to own again just for old times sake.

Bill Nelson's Getting the Holy Ghost Across Tape lyric sheet
Bill Nelson’s Getting the Holy Ghost Across Tape lyric sheet

Wishing that Unknown Public was still a thing

Cassette inlay
Cassette inlay
Unknown Public cassette
Unknown Public cassette
Unknown Public information
Unknown Public information
Inside the Unknown Public Box
Inside the Unknown Public Box
Unknown Public: First Edition
Unknown Public: First Edition

But it isn’t and hasn’t been for a long time now, which is such a shame. It was such an interesting idea and such a good package. Of course it was in a time before music discovery on the internet was a thing. Before Spotify was a thing. Back then, stuff like Unknown Public (although there wasn’t really anything like it) was a really good way to discover new music, new artists. It worked like that for me.

So in many ways it doesn’t have a place in terms of today’s music world, but I think we’re poorer for it. A lot of the enjoyment from Unknown public was in how it was put together. The beauty of the package and its contents. You can’t make that on the internet. Maybe someone should try.