on hiatus

Unfortunately, fellow music collector Volkher Hofmann, at, has to take a break from his websites due to health reasons. Volkher’s sites are superb, very well written and informative. The Living With Music site is one I really enjoy because I’m a collector as well and Volkher and I seem to think alike on MANY topics.

Best wishes and a speedy recovery Volkher! I’ll be looking forward to you returning to action soon.

Hydrogyn – Bombshell (2006)

Hydrogyn – Bombshell (2006)

1. Vesper’s Song
2. Blind
3. Look Away S.P.
4. Breaking Me Down
5. I’ve Been Waiting
6. Confession
7. Love Spoke
8. Back In Black
9. The Sand
10. Whisper
11. Circle
12. Book Of Names
13. Come Back To Me
14. Mutilated Mind

Hydrogyn official website
Chavis Records

I picked up Hydrogyn’s debut, Best Served With Volume, last year after I read a positive review online. I listened to the album many times because I really wanted to like this band. A good debut: Julie Westlake (lead singer) provided great vocals and the rest of the band brought the musicianship (the band becoming very tight due to numerous live gigs). There was something missing. Turned out that I didn’t like the production, it sounded muddy, the vocals drowned by the band.

Well that has all changed on Hydrogyn’s sophomore release, Bombshell, after enlisting famed producer Michael Wagener (produced Accept, Skid Row, Metallica, Motley Crue and more). Wagener has taken the best from the band and helped bring that out in the recording. No more muddy mix, nor more drowned out vocals….Westlake is now front and center showing off her talent. I also think the guitars sound crisper on Bombshell, especially come solo time. Too bad Wagener didn’t produce the debut!

I’ve been at this one all day. Favorite tracks here: ALL! I am really digging this album! I could have done without the cover of AC/DC’s ‘Back In Black’… just seems out of place in the middle of the album. It’s done well, just out of place.

The pre-order was $10 at the Hydrogyn website and it arrived in 3 days with a band window decal and a B&W 8X10 pic of the album cover signed by Julie Westlake. Now that’s a band giving their fans some value! Hopefully the band will tour in the Northeast (RI/MA area) so I can check their live show.

CD Scavenger Hunt – March 21, 2006

Took a shopping trip to the Newbury Comics in North Attleboro, MA on Tuesday. Tuesday is “new release” day for CDs and DVDs, so I wasn’t passing up on the Edguy CD for $9.99. There weren’t many new releases to pick up (I usually buy them thru online retailers) so I checked out the used bins for some deals…..

…..and there weren’t many…..

Queen – Queen II (1974/1991, Hollywood Records) – $9.99

I’m in the process of filling in some holes in my Queen collection. I have all the albums on cassettes and vinyl so I’ve been holding off on grabbing the CDs. 10 bucks for a used CD is usually too rich for my wallet but the new/sealed copy in the “Queen” section was $16. Save $6? Sure! At least the copy I grabbed was scratch-free and the inserts were pristine.

As I was ravaging the racks, I noticed that some newer Metal releases were already marked “used”: the new Lullacry, Nocturnal Rites, In Flames, and Sepultura. These are new releases from the last month so I asked a clerk what was the deal. I found out that many people will buy the CD at the sale price, upload it to their computer/MP3 player, and then return the CD for a few bucks in store credit or cash. Then they repeat the cycle.

As a collector, this has never crossed my mind. Why go thru the trouble of buying a CD, ripping it and returning it for a third of the purchase price? Now “New Release Tuesday” creates “Used Bin Wednesday”. Next week’s scavenger hunt just got more promising…..