There is a promotional page and trailer for KISSology 2 that can be found here.
Archive for July, 2007
I was outside the local Best Buy at 9:30am waiting for the doors to open so I could buy…..
Peter Criss – One For All (2007) - $13: Today was the big day, Peter Criss released his first solo album since 1982, titled ONE FOR ALL. For a KISS diehard like myself, any original material from any KISS member or alumni is very important! Peter struck a deal with Best Buy to have a signed limited edition of the CD in stock marked with a gold sticker. And it is! Not a fake print but an actual Sharpie penned autograph by the Catman himself!
I went to the local record shop down the block to check on the Peter Criss CDs, I wanted to see if theirs were the autographed limited edition. Never found out because they sold their only copy when the doors opened. At least Best Buy had 10 copies displayed.
Total – $13
Well it’s been almost two months since I went out on a proper hunt, and even then it was only for the new Ozzy album. It’s been a long two months with many added expenses but it seems that things are clearing and spending a few dollars is OK.
Armed with a coupon for $2 off a used CD (limit 3), I made my way to Newbury Comics with…..my list! Finally, I take the list…..but will I buy anything on it?
Stryper – The Roxx Regime Demos (2007) – $9.99: I saw this CD advertised in last week’s e-newsletter from Newbury Comics. The price was right but the timing wasn’t. I’m a sucker for Stryper so I grabbed this when I saw this was $9.99 REGULAR PRICE! It will be interesting to hear how Stryper was, before they got signed, as Roxx Regime.
Great White – Back To The Rhythm (2007) – $11.88: This is Great White’s first release since 1999′s CAN’T GET THERE FROM HERE. Has it really been almost a decade? I’ve had a hard time listening to Great White music since the Station Nightclub Fire tragedy in 2003 (I wasn’t there but I was supposed to go). With the exception of Jack Russell’s solo album, I haven’t really listened and I am/was a big Great White fan. This album has that “train wreck” factor: You don’t want to look at the train wreck but you do anyway. I had to hear what this band had musically after a tragedy that changed so many lives. Curiosity got the better of me and so did the price. What I found interesting was that there were at least ten copies at the shop, I’d like to see how many they actually sell aside from mine. I was also interested to see if the band mentioned anything to do with the fire in the liner notes. They did the classy thing and dedicated the record to all those who passed on or were injured that night. Hopefully, some of the proceeds goes to the proper charities.
Brazen Abbot – Bad Religion (1997) – $8 used + $2 off coupon = $6: Nikolo Kotzev has been making major noise with his melodic rock project for years and I finally got around to picking up one of the CDs. The local shop is clearing out the racks in order to have space for the holiday season, this CD should have been listed as “opened”, not “used”. Basically, the staff peeled the wrapper off and marked it down half price, this had been the only Brazen Abbot album in the store for a couple of years. I’ll take it for $6 and listen to Joe Lynn Turner, Goran Edman, and Thomas Vikstrom sing over good music.
Brainstorm – Liquid Monster (2005) – $8 used + $2 off coupon = $6: Been a fan of Brainstorm since 2000′s AMBIGUITY but I never got around to getting this CD. It made many lists as one of the top releases of 2005 so I’m really psyched about finally getting this…..cheap!
Danger Danger – Cockroach (2001) – $12 used + $2 off coupon = $10: This is a hard to find 2 CD set released by the band themselves with help from Sony. Long story short: This is the band’s unreleased third album in 1993 with Ted Poley on vocals. Due to Poley’s firing and subsequent legal battle with the band and label, it got shelved. The vocals were re-done with new singer Paul Laine in 1994 but it was still shelved. Poley and the band worked out their differences, Laine left the band, and the fans get both versions on 2 CDs. This is a major find because the band sells this on their website for $27 + shipping! I like Danger Danger so this was a must have.
Total – $45
- Favorite pickup: Danger Danger – Cockroach
- Best Value: Danger Danger – Cockroach (saved about $20 buying used instead of from the band’s website)
My first trip out in almost two months and it is a major success. I crossed four albums off my long list and the prospects for next week are very good.
We’ve got a couple of repeat offenders in this edition of Ebay Madness that just keep going for big money on Ebay. Let’s start this installment with one of my favorite collectibles:
The final price is well under previous highs of $590, $777, and $1376.34 but it is still an expensive CD. I noticed that one of the major players on the collector’s circuit won but a look at the “Bidders List” shows something is not quite right. On the last day, a new Ebay member bid ten times to move the price up to $300. Could it be a shill bidder? Maybe the seller? It’s not an uncommon practice. The warning signs for me were the lack of specific information and the use of a stock photo rather than an actual picture of the item. Despite that I did put in a high bid of $50, I am Bidder 5.
This slice of Death/Thrash just went for $300.01 a week before so demand is high. I realize that this was a limited pressing on an independent label but there has to be a cheaper alternative
Very rare vinyl E.P. and STILL SEALED! Two pictures in this auction, front and back covers.
Obviously opened but the record itself is in Mint (M) condition, the cover is Near Mint (NM). What I like about this auction is that there were more pictures (four) to assess the quality.
We’ve seen the rarities go for big money but what about some more common CDs? Or at least more available CDs?
This is actually a big picture so click the thumbnail for a more detailed look. I understand that you can only get this CD by purchasing a ticket to an upcoming Tesla concert but the going rate on this auction is ridiculous! For this price, you could buy at least two tickets for the band live and get two CDs. This CD has been a high priced item since the tour started but now the market is flooded and you can find sets of both volumes for less than half the price of this auction. What bothers me about this auction is that the seller is using a larger version from another auction that ended five hours earlier for $175. Same seller, different ID? Or coincidence? I’ll bet that Tesla releases this to the public eventually and/or there will be copies to snatch up around $20.
Bridesofdestruction is a reputable seller from Japan and really knows the collector’s market on Japanese pressings. He/she always has successful auctions. It’s a fact that Japanese pressings are sonically superior but is the average fan really going to notice? Audiophiles with good stereo equipment will notice the difference but what about the average Joe with a shelf system from Circuit City? I can go out right now and pick up two or three copies used of the U.S. release for about six bucks each. Some collector’s will only buy Japanese pressings, and first pressings only. More dollars than sense, IMO.
I couldn’t take it anymore so I decided that I would sit down and organize my CD collection. It took a few hours to take everything out of the banana boxes from the move in October but I got it done.
Please check out the latest pictures of my collection at my Flickr! page.
When I file my CDs I follow the strictest of rules:
- KISS CDs come first. They are my favorite band so they have top billing. Then…..
- Alphabetical by artist/band
- Chronological by album within the artist/band
- Reissues/re-releases are filed by the year they were re-done, not the original release year
If you looked at the pictures, you saw 1950 CDs. These are all my regular CDs except for my KISS CDs which are still in a box by themselves. My box sets, soundtracks, compilations, and live bootlegs are all still in boxes as well.
When I total everything I do not include the bootlegs so I still guess-timate my collection at around 2500. That includes all the CDs pictured, the KISS CDs in a box, the soundtracks and compilations, the box sets and the pile on my desk that keeps growing.
I’m hoping that my wife and I will get this room painted on my vacation in August and then I can invest in more of the IKEA Benno shelves and hang them. I’m probably going to need about twenty more to get it all up on the walls.
Just a small milestone that I wanted to report:
Today this blog has officially gone over 100,000+ visitors.
Like I said, a small milestone but it is significant to me because I didn’t think I would last this long (just over a year and a half) doing this.
Thanks to all the new visitors and repeat offenders that come by and take a look.