WANTED: Queen – The Game (1980)



Queen The Game (1980)

Queen – The Game (1980, EMI)

I know what you’re thinking: How do you not own THE GAME? Actually, I do own it…..but on vinyl. With no turntable at my disposal, my vinyl copy of THE GAME sits idle.

I’ve replaced every Queen cassette or vinyl I had with the 1991 Hollywood Records re-releases. Over the years, I picked most of them up at an average of $10 each. The local chains I frequent usually put Queen in the sale bins but THE GAME never seems to be in there. A brand new sealed copy has run $16.99 for years at the local shop (They date the price tags so it’s easy to see the markup/markdown) and I just don’t want to pay that much. I’d like to wait for a good coupon but it’s usually only “$2 off”, for some strange reason I find $14.99 too much. I also wouldn’t mind a used copy for much less but those are few and far between.

Aside from price, the other reason I’ve put off buying this disc is that it’s readily available. How many times have you gone to the record store and passed on a disc that you know is always around for another that you think is harder to find? I do it all the time. This album resides at the top of my Want List and I pass it over everytime because it has been sitting in the same rack for at least five years (I’ll check that tag date next time I go in). I’ll drop 20 bucks on another Queensryche greatest hits, like I did last week, but I won’t buy this album. I’m at the point where I realize that the store isn’t going to lower the price and a used copy is only a mirage.

It might be time to drop the $16.99…..


UPDATE – 1/2/08
I finally picked this CD up at an FYE for $18.99, minus a $3 0ff coupon, and I used a gift card I got for Xmas. I got it for nothing, always a good deal! Read it here.

Weekend Playlist – 9/2/07

Here’s what I’m listening to this weekend:

  • 3 Inches Of Blood – Fire Up The Blades (2007): This is a seriously good album. I like the NWOBHM influence.
  • Joe Lynn Turner – Second Hand Life (2007): JLT has to be one of the smoothest Rock vocalists of all time. The man can flat out sing! If this were released anytime between 1981 and 1986, it would have been HUGE!
  • KISS – Asylum (1985): One of the forgotten ’80s KISS albums that only diehards enjoy…..but they released 3 singles/videos and they did well.
  • The Doors – The Doors (1967): Has it really been 40 years since this debut?
  • Heaven & Hell – Live At Radio City Music Hall (2007): I can’t get enough of Dio-era Sabbath, this was such a great live show.
  • Scorpions – Humanity Hour 1 (2007): Can’t go wrong with a new Scorpions record.
  • Scorpions – Blackout (1982): Can’t go wrong with a Scorpions classic, a Metal classic!
  • Peter Criss – Criss Cat #1 (1994): A much better album than the new one, IMO. At least it’s a Rock album.
  • .38 Special – Special Forces (1982): I like good ol’ Southern Rock…..
  • Axel Rudi Pell – Mystica (2006): I’ve been listening to this CD on and off for about a year. It’s good but it doesn’t stick with me…..I like it but I don’t understand why I’m not getting into it like I should with a solid record.

Shuffle Mode – “KISS Edition” – 9/1/07

Tale Of The Tape:
Dell DJ 30 (1st gen)
3584 songs (301 full albums)

I’ve been listening to a lot of KISS lately but the only way to keep it fresh when you know the albums by heart is to shuffle the songs. Here’s the first 25 songs (song-album-year):

  1. ‘Radioactive – Gene Simmons (1978)
  2. ‘2000 Man’ – Dynasty (1979)
  3. ‘All Hell’s Breakin’ Loose’ – Lick It Up (1983)
  4. ‘Read My Body’ – Hot In The Shade (1989)
  5. ‘Domino’ – Revenge (1992)
  6. ‘Take It Off’ – Revenge (1992)
  7. ‘Sweet Pain’ – Destroyer (1976)
  8. ‘Rock And Roll All Nite’ – Dressed To Kill (1975)
  9. ‘Love Her All I Can’ – Dressed To Kill (1975)
  10. ‘Reason To Live’ – Crazy Nights (1987)
  11. ‘Danger’ – Creatures Of The Night (1982)
  12. ‘Burning Up With Fever’ – Gene Simmons (1978)
  13. ‘Escape From The Island’ – (Music from) The Elder (1981)
  14. ‘All American Man’ – Alive II (1978)
  15. ‘Black Diamond’ – KISS (1974)
  16. ‘Is That You?’ – Unmasked (1980)
  17. ‘Not For The Innocent’ – Lick It Up (1983)
  18. ‘Psycho Circus’ – Psycho Circus (1998)
  19. ‘Thou Shalt Not’ – Revenge (1992)
  20. ‘Don’t You Let Me Down’ – Peter Criss (1978)
  21. ‘Mr. Speed’ – Rock And Roll Over (1976)
  22. ‘My Way’ – Crazy Nights (1987)
  23. ‘Tomorrow’ – Unmasked (1980)
  24. ‘Firehouse’ – KISS (1974)
  25. ‘Hotter Than Hell’ – Hotter Than Hell (1974)

Bonus Track: ‘Trial By Fire’ – Asylum (1985)