The 80s: Record-Club Only 8-Tracks

(right: Huey Lewis & the News: Small World — one of the last 8-track titles sold by a tape club, November 1988).

As a member of the Columbia or RCA record clubs you could still buy new releases on 8-track through 1988.

Below is an attempt to list all titles that that came out as Record Club Only (RCO). Remember — these are titles that were never released to retail stores, only to the tape clubs.

A conundrum: no one is sure exactly at what point in time retail tapes were discontinued. For the most part, they ended in 1982, but May of 1984 is the last month that they were listed in the Schwann Record & Tape Catalog, so it’s a bit fuzzy.

And what was the last commercial 8-track ever released? Many say that it was Huey Lewis & the News’ Small World, released in November 1988. (Readers’ Digest and some other production houses continued to release their 8-track tapes through 1989 however).

This list is not complete: if you have seen or own others, please email us.

PS — There are tapes on the list that came out in the 80’s but were not part of a Record Club. They were added to the pages before we had all the information about the overlapping periods of RCO production. I’ve included them anyway.

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+Not verified as Record-Club Only

ARTIST YEAR TITLE SUBMITTED BY
A-Ha 1985 High and Low Michael L. Puk
1986 Scoundrel Days Robert Moody
ABBA 1982 The Singles AbbaRCOTheSingles Ron O [tobor_the_8_man]
  1984 I Love ABBA   Robert Moody
AC/DC 1983 Flick of the Switch  ac dc flick o fthe switfh Linda Kacirek
  1985 Fly On The Wall Tuba Bruce
  1986 Who Made Who
 acdc Andy Schnabel
Accept 1986 Balls to the Wall Robert Moody
Adam Ant 1982 +Friend or Foe  Rob Rhue
  1983 Strip  
  1985 Viva Le Rock  
Adams, Bryan 1983 Cuts Like a Knife  BryanAdamsRCOCutsLikeAKnife Joe Naya
Image submitted by Ron O [tobor_the_8_man]
  1983 Reckless  bryan adams - reckless RCO (submitted by Tuba Bruce)
Picture submitted by Michael Page
 ‘ 1987 Into the Fire Nathan Kling
Aerosmith 1982 Rock in a Hard Place Joe Naya
  1985 Done With Mirrors  aeromirr Aaron Bicchieri 
After the Fire 1982 +ATF Tuba Bruce
Air Supply 1985 Air Supply  AirSupplyRCOST Robert Moody, Image by Ron O [tobor_the_8_man]
  1986 Hearts in Motion   Robert Moody
  1984 Greatest Hits  air-supply Robert Moody, Image submitted by Ron O [tobor_the_8_man]
Alabama 1982 +Mountain Music   alabama David  Urbanic
  1984 Roll On  alabamarollon David  Urbanic 
  1983 The Closer You Get   alabama2 Tom Lukashow
1986 The Touch alabama touch Michael L. Puk
Alpert, Herb 1982 +Fandango Tom Lukashow
 “ 1983 Blow Your Own Horn Tom Lukashow
 “ 1984 Bullish Aaron Bicchieri 
 “ 1985 Wild Romance  herb alpert wild romanceherb alpert back Aaron Bicchieri (images by Michael L. Puk)
Alphaville 1983 Forever Young Egon Koenigbaur
Allen, Deborah 1983 Let Me Be the First (scan by Robert A. Bartz) 
Anka, Paul 1983 Walk a Fine Line Tom Lukashow
Asia 1982 +Asia asia (scan by Robert A. Bartz)
 “ 1983 Alpha  alpha (scan by Robert A. Bartz)
Atlanta 1984 Pictures pictures (submitted by Tom Lukashow)
(Scan submitted by Robert Bartz) 
Bad Company 1982 +Rough Diamonds badco Aaron Bichierri 
Beach Boys 1983 Rarities  BeachBoysRCORarities Ron O [tobor_the_8_man]
 “ 1986 Made in U.S.A    BeachBoysRCOMadeInUSA Ron O [tobor_the_8_man]
Beastie Boys 1986 License To Ill  
Benatar, Pat 1982 +Get Nervous     PatBenatarRCOGetNervous Tuba Bruce
Image by Ron O
 “ 1983 Live From Earth    PatBenatarRCOLiveFromEarth Ron O [tobor_the_8_man]
 “ 1984 Tropico      PatBenatarRCOTropico Ron O [tobor_the_8_man]
 “ 1985 Seven the Hard Way    PatBenatarRCOSevenTheHardWay Ron O [tobor_the_8_man]
Berlin 1982 +Pleasure Victim Tuba Bruce
  1984 Love Life   Robert Moody
Big Country 1983 The Crossing Tuba Bruce
Black Sabbath 1982 +Live Evil  live_evil_us_8track_rca_big Robert Moody
(pic by Andy Schnabel
)
  1983 Born Again   Andy Schnabel
Blue Oyster Cult 1983 Revolution by Night Paul Evans
Branigan, Laura 1982 +Branigan    
Boston 1986 Third Stage
 boston third stage CRCboston third stage rca Jon Pruett

 

Bowie, David 1983 Let’s Dance   DavidBowieRCOLetsDance Image submitted by Ron O [tobor_the_8_man]
 “ 1984 Tonight  
 “ 1987 Never Let Me Down  
Browne, Jackson 1983 Lawyers in Love  Robert Moody
  1986 Lives in the Balance
Robert A. Bartz
Carpenters 1983 Voice of the Heart    carpenters voice of the heart Michael L. Puk
  “ 1985 Yesterday Once More    CarpentersYesterdayOnceMore Image submitted by Ron O [tobor_the_8_man]
Cars 1984 Heartbeat City  heartbeatcity-front (Scan submitted by Robert Bartz) 
 “ 1985 Greatest Hits
 cars_greatest Andy Schnabel
 “ 1987 Door to Door
 cars_door Andy Schnabel
Cash, Johnny +1982 The Adventures of Johnny Cash JOHNNY CASH ADVENTURES OF 1JOHNNY CASH ADVENTURES OF 2  Michael L. Puk
1983 Johnny 99 Chris Davidson
1985 Rainbows Chris Davidson
Cash, Rosanne 1983 Somewhere in the Stars  rossanne cash- somewere in the stars canada Michael L. Puk
Chicago 1982 +16  CHICAGO 16 FRONTCHICAGO 16 BACK Joe Naya
(image by Michael L. Puk)
1983 If You Leave Me Now Egon Koenigbaur
 “ 1984 17  chicago17 David Urbanic
 “ 1984 18   chicago-18-1986 Chris Davidson
1985 Take Me Back to Chicago Egon Koenigbaur
 “ 1988 19 Egon Koenigbaur
Cetera, Peter 1982 +Peter Cetera Egon Koenigbaur
Chirino, Willy 1984 Differente Joe Naya
Cross, Christopher 1985 Every Turn of the World Egon Koenigbaur
Clapton, Eric 1985 Behind the Sun   Roberty Moody
Clash, The 1982 Combat Rock
 clash_combat Andy Schnabel
Clayderman, Richard 1984 Music of Love Joe Naya
Cline, Patsy 1986 Her Legendary Recordings 
[this one is non-RCO. MCA Records Inc. and Suffolk Marketing Inc.]
 patyscline Dave Maugans
Collins, Phil 1986 No Jacket Required  
Commodores 1982 +All the Greatest Hits    
Conlee, John 1983 Greatest Hits  conlee2  Tom Lukashow
 “ 1984 Blue Highway  Tom Lukashow
Conley, Earl Thomas 1984 Treadin’ Water Tom Lukashow
1986 Too Many Times EARL THOMAS CONLEY Michael L. Puk
Cooper, Alice 1983 Zipper
Shawn Howard
Costello, Elvis 1983 Punch the Clock elvis costello punchclock 84elvis costello punchclock 84 2 Michael L. Puk
Cougar, John 1982 +American Fool  JOHN COUGAR  Michael L. Puk
  1985 Scarecrow Joe Naya
Creedence Clearwater Revival 1985 The Movie Album Robert Moody
Cross, Christopher 1983 Another Page christophercross Mike Hanna & Dave Maugans
Culture Club 1982 +Kissing to Be Clever kissingtobeclever (Scan submitted by Robert Bartz) 
 “ 1983 Colour by Numbers  colourbynumbers (Scan submitted by Robert Bartz) 
 “ 1984 Waking Up With The House On Fire  CULTURE CLUB WAKING UP Michael L. Puk
Darin, Bobby 1989* The Bobby Darin Story Nathan Kling
Deep Purple 1984 Perfect Strangers deep purple perfect strangersdeep purple perfect strangers BACK Michael L. Puk
De Burgh, Chris 1984 Man on the Line CHRIS DE BURGH Michael L. Puk
1986 Into the Light Egon Koenigbaur
Def Leppard 1983 Pyromania  pyromania *submitted by ratboymike@hotmail.com  (Scan submitted by Robert Bartz 
Denver, John 1984 Greatest Hits Vol. 3  john-denver-hits-vol-3  
Devo 1982 Oh No, It’s Devo! DEVO OH NO ITS DEVO Michael L. Puk
Dexy’s Midnight Runners 1983 Too-Rye-Ay Bob Bartz
Diamond, Neil 1982 +Heartlight Egon Koenigbaur
1983 Classics: The Early Years   Robert Moody
1984 Primitive NEIL DIAMOND CANADA neil diamond tape usa Michael L. Puk
 “ 1986 Headed for the Future Mike Hanna
Dire Straits 1988 Money For Nothing (Greatest Hits)      direstraits Mitch McKeever
Dokken 1985 Under Lock and Key dokken Robert Moody
Doors, The  1983 Alive She Cried doors Dan Gibson
(pic by Andy Schnabel
)
Duran Duran 1982 +Rio
duran_rio Andy Schnabel
 “ 1984 Arena  
Eagles 1982 +Greatest Hits Vol. 2 eagles-hits  
Earle, Steve 1986 Guitar Town   [DIGITAL!} Randall Gelser
 “ 1987 Exit Randall Gelser
 “ 1987 Early Tracks Randall Gelser
Easton, Sheena 1982 +Madness, Money and Music  
 “ 1984 Private Heaven  
Edmunds, Dave 1982 D.E. 7th DAVE EDMUNDS 8 TRACK Michael L. Puk
1983 Information Michael L. Puk
Elbow Bones & the Racketeers 1983 New York of the Dawn Egon Koenigbaur
Electric Light Orchestra 1983 Secret Messages E.L.O secret messages RCO Michael Page
Elgart, Larry 1983 Hooked on Swing 2  elgart83 Tom Lukashow
Eurythmics 1983 Sweet Dreams are Made of This  
 “ 1983 Touch  
 “ 1985 Be Yourself Tonight beyourselftonight-front Robert Bartz 
 “ 1986 Revenge  
Everly Brothers 1984 24 Original Classics everlybrothers David Urbanic
Fieldler, Arthur & the Boston Pops 1985 The World’s Greatest Marches
[Labeled RCA Special Products… not sure if this is RCO or not]
arthurfieldler  Dave Maugans
The Firm 1985 ST  thefirm Robert Bartz 
 “ 1986 Mean Business  meanbusiness Robert Bartz 
Fixx, The Phantoms
Fleetwood Mac 1982 +Mirage   mirage-front (Scan by Robert Bartz)
  1987 Tango in the Night  fleetwood mac tango in the night 8 trackfleetwood mac 8 track back  
  1988 Greatest Hits
Fleetwood Mac - Greatest Hits  
Flock of Seagulls, A 1982 +A Flock of Seagulls flock-of-seagulls Paul Evans 
  1983 Listen  flock-listen1 Dan Gibson, Image submitted by Ron O [tobor_the_8_man]
Fogleberg, Dan 1982 +Greatest Hits danfogelberg David & Wendy Urbanic
 “ 1984 Windows & Walls dan fogelberg 1dan fogelberg 2 Mike Hanna (image by Michael L. Puk)
  1985 High Country Snows Robert Moody
1988 Exiles Chris Davidson
Foreigner 1982 +Records
ForeignerRCORecords Image submitted by Ron O [tobor_the_8_man]
  1985 AgentProvocateur ForeignerRCOAgentProvocateur Image submitted by Ron O [tobor_the_8_man]
Foster, David 1986 David Foster Egon Koenigbaur
Frankie Goes to Hollywood 1984 Welcome to the Pleasuredome Robert Moody
Frey, Glenn 1982 +No Fun Aloud  glen_frey David Urbanic & Bgas
  1985 The Allnighter Robert Moody
Frizell, Lefty 1983 Columbia Historic Edition lefty frizzell 8 track Michael L. Puk

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