CD Scavenger Hunt (The Superbowl Edition) – 2/3/07

With the backlog of CDs and DVDs on my desk, and the fact that nothing really exciting has been released, the CD hunt really ground to a halt in January. New albums have been released, same with DVDs, but nothing really jumped out at me that I had to have.

I worked late Friday night into Saturday morning so I didn’t get to bed until 4am. When I woke up around Noon, the wife and kids were out. The perfect opportunity to head to the local shop to burn the gift cards I got for Xmas. I get a lot of gift cards to Newbury Comics because it is the only independent chain left in my area and the prices and selection are pretty good. I do a lot of business at the North Attleboro store (5 mins from home) and the Warwick branch (20 mins away).

There is an art to redeeming gift cards, it is one that only the most savvy CD scavenger can master. There are certain rules, certain criteria, to follow:

  1. The amount of money you spend is double the amount of the gift cards. This is the first rule. If you have a $50 gift card, then you are obligated to buy up to $100. The reason? Normally you would spend $50 anyway so spend $50 and the gift cards get you $50 in free music! Makes sense to me.
  2. Buy those higher priced items and/or regularly priced albums you keep passing up because they aren’t a priority. Box sets are always a good play here because the gift card takes part off at the register. You can easily justify buying the new Robert Plant box set because you’re getting a “discount”. Same goes for CDs like the Helloween and Motorhead expanded reissues that retail at $20 each or Japanese imports that you have a hard time shelling $25 for. It’s always easy to spend someone else’s cash with the gift cards.
  3. Raid the used bins and bargain bins for all the CDs you pass on because they are always there. How many times do you go through the used section and see that King Diamond CD, or that Yngwie Malmsteen album, that is always there in the same spot? You’ve hidden that particular CD because it’s a good price and you want it but you pass because something else catches your eye. Happens to me all the time. The gift cards always make it easier to fill up on used discs that you have passed on previously…..because they’re free.
  4. Try to redeem your gift cards when there is a discount, promotion, or coupon. Pretty self explanatory. Nothing is better than getting the coupon for “$3 off regular price for each CD (up to 3 discs)”, it just makes financial sense. I like the “buy three, get one free” on all used CDs. You’re getting maximum bang for someone else’s buck.

I have been holding on to my cards for weeks waiting for the weekly coupon that made the most financial sense. Since the holidays, the only coupons and/or promotions have been on holiday merchandise or Newbury Comics swag. I couldn’t wait any longer. Armed with my $60 in cards and $60 in cash, I stepped through the doors of the North Attleboro branch and began the quest…..

Iron Maiden – Death On The Road (DVD, 2007) – $16: Been waiting on this one for awhile to surface. I’ve had the CD version since the day of release but I was especially interested in the DVD because I saw the tour stop in 2003 at the Centrum in Worcestor, MA with Motorhead and Dio. Great show!

Motorhead – Ace Of Spades (Deluxe Expanded Edition)(2005) – $19: Rule #2 in effect. This filled the hole in that Motorhead collection of the expanded deluxe series. It also replaces one of my oldest cassettes.

Winger – IV (2006) – $15: Missed out on this one for $9.99 the day of release. I thought I’d get it for Xmas but the wife couldn’t find one.

Jeff Scott Soto – Essential Ballads (2006) – $15: JSS could sing the alphabet and I would pick it up on CD. One of the hardest working, and highly talented, singers in the business. Congrats to him for landing the Journey gig.

Vixen – Live & Learn (2007) – $10: Who knew Vixen was releasing a new album? I read the Metal news three times a day and I don’t recall seeing this on the schedule. I just watched the VH-1 Bands Reunited on Vixen a couple of weeks ago so the band is fresh in my mind. For $10… can you go wrong?

Black Stone Cherry – s/t (CD/DVD, 2006) – $8 used: I read some good things about BSC so I figured I’d take a chance. Came with the bonus DVD…..this set was selling for $16 regular price. Can’t beat half off.

Southern Gentlemen – Exotic Dancer Blues (2000) – $6 used: The debut of David T. Chastain’s southern rock/blues rock side project. I have the second offering, DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE (2003), it was good so I figured this one was worth a shot. The chick on the cover is hot, that guided part of the decision also.

Insane – Wait And Pray (2004) – $6 used: All I know about this band is that they are from Italy, they play Metal, and this was two dollars cheaper than ordering from Sentinel Steel.

Stillborn – State Of Disconnection (1992) – $4 used: They play Metal and are from Sweden, released on Century Media. The back cover had a pic of the band, knowing nothing about them I grabbed it based on the band’s pic. It was only four bucks.

Fozzy – All that Remains (2005) – $3 used: I have the other Fozzy CDs so this three dollar disc fills a hole in the collection.

Total (with tax) = $107   

So my part was only $47. Not bad for the first hunt in a month. I followed my rules except for #4, there were no promos or coupons but the bargains made up for it.

12 comments on “CD Scavenger Hunt (The Superbowl Edition) – 2/3/07

  1. Ace of Spades? Man, I remember blasting the neighborhood away with that one. At that time, music didn’t get much raunchier than that.

    As you dared mention them, I saw King Diamond in Copenhagen eons ago, opening up for someone one day – can’t remember what the band was. All I remember was hitting the beer stand outside the hall more or less continuously that evening until K.D. was done. God, they sucked. Even in a completely blasted state they were horrible. They were funny to look at and – at the time – were something of a novelty, but that geek fronting the band just made me cringe. Exaggerated movements, laughable cape, stupid makeup. I thought I was in a travesty show.

    The beer (Tuborg and literally kegs of Faxe, if anyone knows the latter) was great though. I could have had that a lot cheaper elsewhere though.

    BTW: I really have no recollection as to who was the main act. They probably sucked just as bad? Or I was far too drunk to a) appreciate and b) remember?

    Those were the days.

  2. I got a promo copy of Winger 4 for free from a friend. I have not listened to it yet. Actually I have never heard a whole Winger album before.
    Isn’t Fozzy Chris Jericho’s band? I figured any band with a wrestler singing may not be too good.

  3. I realy loved to read this post of you. This is one of the reasons why i love your blog so much. You adventures at the record shop are just great. Keep them coming always Steve.
    Anyway, you bought some cool cds. Did you like the new VIXEN cd?? For shore their will be soon a review coming, no?
    About those gifts cards, they look like a good thing. They are not very popular in Spain, only for fashion shops.
    Take care brother, i realy realy loved this post very very much.
    Stay metal,

  4. I am curious to see what you think about Black Stone Cherry. They are from my home state (Kentucky). I got the chance to see them live back in November and they put on one hell of a show. They are still in heavy rotation on my playlist today.

  5. Volkher – Motorhead always seems to be the band everyone can agree on and ACE OF SPADES is one of the best albums I own. I had to replace that old tape and the bonus disc is pretty good.

    Metal Mark – A freebie is always a good thing. Never heard a full Winger album? Try PULL (1993), generally considered the best Winger album. I think they get a bad rep because the 1st two albums followed the current trends of ’80s Hard Rock. I like the first 3 albums a lot.

    Rene – Haven’t listened to the new Vixen yet but you can count on a review as soon as I do.

    Hardrockhideout – The reason I picked this up was your review at your site. I figured I’d give it a shot. I’ve listened to it a couple of times but I really want to give it a focused listen before I review it.

  6. Steve,

    Motorhead is one of the very few bands that is/was honest down to the smallest bone in their bodies.

    I appreciate a stance like that most, especially with the slew of greedy one-hit hair bands that erupted all over the scene around that time (and all the other crap around today).

    You went to see Motorhead and always got (get) what you paid for. Hell, I remember seeing them teamed up with Girlschool (anyone remember them?) … a great concert at which the lead singer of Girlschool got electrocuted seconds into the first song when she dared touch the mike stand and managed to continue 10 minutes later.

    Motorhead came on after that first exhausting hour or so and blew the roof off one of the smallest Danish venues I’ve ever seen a concert at (they tore the place down years ago and built an observatory there, thereby killing one of the smelliest, funnest live joints in all of Scandinavia).

    Don’t shoot me, but I accidentally saw Bryan Adams there one day a long time before he became known. That place could hold two- or three hundred people when packed, and besides one of my faves, “Stiff Little Fingers”, I also got my first glimpse of a scarily good “Police” there. Damn, they had energy when they started out. Shortly before/after I saw Joe Jackson there whose “Sunday Papers” I still love today. Actually, the “Fingers”, “Police” and “Jackson” turned me onto a whole new world of music when they popped up.

    /end of brief rant/

  7. Not sure about Winger, but there is some good stuff in that grab bag.

    I’m curious. What’s your favourite Bruce Dickinson album? I’m divided between his debut and Accident of Birth. Accident may have the edge.

  8. That’s a great set of rules you’ve got there. Most of the Used stores I know don’t carry a lot of what I like. The only place that does’ selection is getting stale. But I keep hunting for those little gems.

    Nice haul!

  9. I am STILL holding on to my Best Buy giftcard because I can’t decide what to do with it. Plant’s box set would be a good option … if I didn’t already have five of the CDs.

    — david

  10. Dude, I was laughing the whole though and that’s not an insult. I really loved your methodology and justification. We have a music store locally that does a buy one used CD or DVD get one free special on New Years Day and Father’s Day weekend, so I horde my gift certs for that sale every time and usually I load up. It’s part of why I have 2600 CDs, that and all of those promos.

    I’m the dude who had two promo copies of that Winger album is talking about and really, it’s pretty decent actually.

    The CDs stacked on your desk, are these all purchases or are you a formal metal writer too?

  11. Volkher – Motorhead is the real deal, a band that is nothing more than a band. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing them live a handful of times and their live show over the years has stayed fast and hard. One thing that Motorhead does, and other bands don’t dare do, is play different songs from different albums. We all like to hear ‘Ace Of Spades’ and ‘Iron Fist’ but it’s a treat when you get ‘The Chace Is Better Than The Catch’ or ‘Love Me Like A Reptile’.

    Mike Cool – My favorite Bruce solo album is TATTOOED MILLIONAIRE because that is an album that was big back in the old days. Take nostalgia away and My favorite album is CHEMICAL WEDDING with ACCIDENT OF BIRTH an extremely close second. Those would be my Top 3.

    DPTH – The pickings get slimmer when the mom & pop stores shut down. The stores here in RI were goldmines for years but many have closed and the treasures have all gone to Ebay.

    Mike – On just a few listens, the Black Stone Cherry album is solid.

    David – I eyeballed that Plant box but I already have most of the albums on CD also. It’s Best Buy so you can go outside Music with the gift card, there is awful selection at the local Best Buy here.

    Ray – Looks like our collections are similar in count. I had a list going but I lost it when I switched to the new computer. I have been logging the CDs into a Music Database so I should have a final tally by the end of the year, LOL! I estimate my collection between 2500 and 2600. The pile on the desk is purchases, unfortunately I am not a formal music writer so I don’t get many promos. I used to write for a couple of websites a few years ago and I got some great stuff from Magna Carta, Lion Music, and Nuclear Blast but the well dried up when the websites went under and my contacts left the labels.

    I don’t drink, smoke, or gamble (except Powerball) so I only spend my extra cash on music…..that’s why there are the rules!

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