Classic Recordings – ‘The Arabian Nights’ (1985)

Posted on by Dave

Another entry into the epic Spellbinder Tapes series from Fisher-Price, ‘The Arabian Nights’.

The Arabian Nights is a collection of fabulous tales in Arabic, assembled during the Middle Ages. In the 10th century, some of the stories were transmitted by word of mouth among the Mohammedan peoples of the Near East.

The one story that ties all of the tales together is about the jealous sultan Sharhryar, who marries a new wife every night and has her promptly put to death the next morning. But one bride, Scheherezade, made a good effort to save her life. She told the sultan stories that entertained him night after night. It is these tales that make up The Arabian Nights.

Three of the stories, The Arabian Nights, Aladdin and his Magical Lamp, and Sinbad the Sailor, are included!

Enjoy, and give us a LIKE on Facebook! There are plenty more to come, including some more Fisher-Price Classic Comics series! Stay-tuned, Amigos!

Label: Fisher-Price “Spellbinder Tapes” Series / The Cutting Studios Inc. 1975
Voices: Unknown
Format: Cassette Tape
Country: US
Released: 1983/1986
Genre: Children’s, Non-Music
Style: Story, Special Effects, Spoken Word
Length: 52:39

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14 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Tom October 30, 2013 at 7:12 pm -

    Just listened to this. I used to listen to this as a kid and it brought a lot of memories. Do you have treasure island too? Listening to this reminded me that I used to have the treasure island tape. keep up the good work.

    • Dave October 31, 2013 at 10:14 am -

      Thanks Tom. I actually have the entire set. Recently started going through all of my old boxes, so somewhere among the Transformers toys and ViewMaster reels are the tapes. 😉 More to come!

  2. Dave November 6, 2013 at 11:07 am -

    Oh man, you are a savior, Dave! Like you, I too grew up with this fantastic series of Fisher Price audiobooks and have been very disappointed that they were never reissued. I still have all the books (which are in relatively good shape after nearly 30 years) and 5 of the tapes (I lost The Arabian Nights tape when I was about 8 or 9, and for the past 26-27 years have sorely missed it). I tried playing my Treasure Island cassette in my Walkman the other night and it has degraded terribly over the years..again, I wonder why Fisher Price never re-released these in CD format. Imagine my delight when I discovered last night that you so kindly posted a digital file.. I have already downloaded your file of Robinson Crusoe (perhaps my most favorite along with Treasure Island) and will soon be downloading Frankenstein and The Arabian Nights. Thank you again!

    – Dave

    • Dave November 6, 2013 at 11:28 am -

      Thanks for the kind words, Dave! This is the sole reason I’ve worked to get all of these old tapes on here, for people like us that grew up with these. I found them in a box of my old things and was amazed that my mom had even bothered to save them, let alone the fact that they still worked (having cooked in a shed under the Californian sun for the better part of 25 years). I appreciate your feedback and will continue to add recordings!

    • Dave November 6, 2013 at 11:46 am -

      On a side note, I could only track the original company, The Cutting Corporation, down to what they appear to be now which is a service to transfer your old tapes, records, videos to modern media or something. Funny they do that, yet make no mention of these old tapes, lol. Fisher-Price also has no info on these. It seems there are only a few (and I mean 2 or 3 at most) references on the net to these, one of them being us. 🙂 Strange, like you said, that they wouldn’t have re-released these or made them available in digital form. I still cannot find info on the voice actors, as the books didn’t really show a “cast” to my knowledge. I’ll have to take another look.

  3. Chris November 10, 2013 at 5:36 pm -


    I just got Arabian Nights and Frankenstein from you. You’re going to upload Treasure Island and Robin Hood too??

    • Dave November 11, 2013 at 12:08 am -

      Robin Hood should be up if not tomorrow then Tuesday. My Treasure Island tape is being finicky so it may be a while, but I will do everything I can.

  4. Alice March 15, 2014 at 4:09 pm -

    Wow. Thank you so much for uploading this! I can’t believe it’s actually out here on the internets 🙂

    • Dave September 19, 2014 at 10:57 pm -

      You’re welcome, Alice! Glad you enjoyed it.

  5. Nathan March 27, 2014 at 1:42 pm -

    I still had this from when I was little. I saved it from the trash when my wife went through the kids book recently. I just looked it up and was surprised to find the recording. Awesome. Sounds just like I remember it.

  6. Dave September 19, 2014 at 10:57 pm -

    George Washington now posted!

  7. Maeve September 22, 2014 at 12:14 pm -

    NO WAY! I have looked all over for a copy of this cassette – but this is even better! Thank you so much!

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