I cannot understand why anyone would want to resurrect the cassette. Vinyl I get, but the cassette? All right, here’s some trivia about those wretched things. What were the first albums to be released on cassette? This is actually a really could bar bet question. First, can you name the year? It was 1966. The first label to really get behind the new format was Chicago-based Mercury who released 49 albums all at one time. Among the first artists to have their material released on this new format were Nina Simone, Eartha Kitt, Johnny Mathis, Roger Miller, Nana Mouskouri, Leslie Gore and Patti Page. If none of those names mean anything to you, go ask your grandparents. What about rock and pop artists? James Brown and Jerry Lee Lewis seem to the first. What was interesting about cassettes is that it was tough to skip songs without fiddling with the fast-forward button. They helped create the habit of listening to an album all the way through.