Hey kids, when your parents were teenagers...back in the day...our music didn't come from the internet via our computer. We didn't have those thisngs....and we liked it! We had to go to something called a record store and buy our favorite songs one at a time on small circles of black vinyl call a single, or a larger black circle of vinyl with many songs on it called an L-P. And these had to be played on a record player in our homes. We couldn't play these songs from little pocket sized devises through earphones or in our cars. We didn't have those things either, and we liked it!
What would happen if couldn't get to the record store? How would we get our favorite music to listen to as often as we wanted in our homes? From the Columbia House Record & Tape Club, of course. This was a subscription service that kicked into effect after you received your 12 initial selections for only one penny! Then you would be required to purchased a certain number of albums at regular club prices over a set time period. The CHR&TC would offer a "Selection of the Month" based on your musical preferences that you could just accept or deny by checking a little box on a form you had to mail back. If you failed to respond with your selection, you automatically received the "Selection of the Month".
When I stumbled upon this CHR&TC catalog from 1983 it brought back so many memories. I have countless L-P's in my collection that I received from that club. I always bought L-P's from them. I guess that's why I really had forgotten that they also offered the same music on 8-track tapes, cassette tapes and even reel-to-reel tapes.
This must sound like such a hassle compared to today's way of doing things, but there was (and still is) a certain excitement waiting for something to arrive from the postman. Instant gratification isn't all its cracked up to be.
Take a look at the catalog shown above, in particular the info about the selection of the month and the price breakdowns back then.