Queensryche – Take Cover (2007)

Queensryche - Take Cover (2007) artwork

Queensryche – Take Cover (2007, Rhino)

  1. Welcome To The Machine – (Pink Floyd)
  2. Heaven On Their Minds – (Jesus Christ Superstar)
  3. Almost Cut My Hair – (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young)
  4. For What It’s Worth – (Buffalo Springfield)
  5. For The Love Of Money – (The O’Jays)
  6. Innuendo – (Queen)
  7. Neon Knights – (Black Sabbath)
  8. Synchronicity II – (The Police)
  9. Red Rain – (Peter Gabriel)
  10. Odissea – (Carlo Marrale & Cheope)
  11. Bullet The Blue Sky (live) – (U2)

Band Lineup:
Geoff Tate – Lead Vocals
Scott Rockenfield – Drums
Eddie Jackson – Bass
Mike Stone – Guitars
Michael Wilton – Guitars

Producer: Kenny Nemes

Total Time – 55:31

Queensryche official website
Queensryche MySpace page
Rhino Records

Whenever I come across a covers album, or cover songs, I get a little annoyed. Maybe it’s all the covers that made it onto a lot of late ’80s/early ’90s albums. Maybe it’s the excessive amount of tribute albums in the late ’90s. Maybe it’s current trend to make an album of covers, giving bands a quick product to promote. I just don’t like these types of albums…..but TAKE COVER is done really well.

I found out about this project this past summer when I caught Queensryche in concert opening for Heaven & Hell and Alice Cooper. In the middle of their set, Queensryche did a cool rendition of Pink Floyd’s ‘Welcome To The Machine’, complete with Geoff Tate on saxophone! After that performance, I knew I had to hear the rest.

The record starts with ‘Welcome To The Machine’ and it is still excellent, Queensryche really doing the track justice. I never got into Jesus Christ Superstar but for some strange reason, I know some of the tunes. ‘Heaven On Their Minds’ bores me but it’s another example of just how good Geoff Tate’s voice is. The band goes to the late ’60s/early ’70s for material with ‘Almost Cut My Hair’ and ‘For What It’s Worth’. ‘Almost…’ is pretty much straight forward to the CSN&Y version but, again, Tate’s voice sets the song apart from the original. A totally different arrangement changes ‘For What It’s Worth’ and makes it more in the Queensryche vein. I’m so used to hearing the original that I’m both shocked and intrigued by the changes.

I like the band’s take on The O’Jays’ classic ‘For The Love Of Money’. It’s another song that’s pretty straight forward to the original except that it’s “Rocked up” with the electric guitars. My favorite track on this album is ‘Innuendo’. I’m a big Queen fan and I’ve always found many Queen covers to pale in comparison to the originals. We are talking about Queen here, virtuosos at their craft. Queensryche does a superb job of keeping up with the original, it’s Geoff Tate’s best performance on the album but I think Mike Stone and Michael Wilton have Brian’s May’s guitar work down pat. Another spot on cover is Black Sabbath’s ‘Neon Knights’. It sounds almost like the same cut with only the vocals replaced! The solo is very good and the guitar tone is almost dead on to Tony Iommi’s, a very well done song. ‘Synchronicity II’ will be remembered by children of the ’80s as a really rockin’ Police track. I’m glad Queensryche chose this song, the could have gone with a more popular Police tune but they went for one that doesn’t get as much run almost 25 years later. Tate’s voice lacks a little of Sting’s original grit but Geoff hits the highs very well.

Peter Gabriel’s ‘Red Rain’ is another deep track chosen by the band and it comes off really well. This song would have easily fit on HEAR IN THE NOW FRONTIER (1997), Q2K (2000), or TRIBE (2003). I like the echo effect on the vocal, Gabriel does the same thing. ‘Odissea’ is impressive in that it’s Opera and in Italian. tate imoresses again with his versatility and his ability to sing in another language when he doesn’t actually speak it! The last cut is a long live version of U2′s ‘Bullet The Blue Sky’. I’m not sure if this song fits with the band but they seem to pull it off well. It’s very long though.

Bottom Line:
If you are a fan of Queensryche, you’ll pick this up and like it. If you are a casual fan, you might want to sink your teeth into the band’s excellent back catalogue first but this CD will give you an idea of the band’s sound. As far as covers albums go, it’s very good: the vocals are perfect, the musicianship is top notch as is the production. There are a few twists and different takes on some songs but that keeps it all a bit fresh, doesn’t it? Ranks right behind the Shaw/Blades record, and ahead of the two Tesla covers discs, for best covers album of 2007. Favorite tracks: ‘Innuendo’, ‘Welcome To The Machine’, ‘Neon Knights’, ‘Synchronicity II’, and ‘Red Rain’.

Kelly Garni, original Quiet Riot bassist, talks about the details of Kevin DuBrow’s death

From SleazeRoxx.com:

Original Quiet Riot bassist Kelly Garni explained what happened the day Kevin DuBrow’s body was found at www.randyrhoads.tk

No need to state the obvious. First off I want to thank all of you who either called or emailed me. I’m sorry I can’t respond to them individually as it would be a huge endeavor. I also want to thank everyone who refrained from jumping to conclusions and starting rumors. This has been a very traumatic tragedy to me and because of the fireworks usually associated with Kevin, I was expecting an avalanche of negativity that both me and Frankie usually have to deal with. And I’m happy to say that for the most part, everyone did nothing but express good feelings. Unfortunately what negativity that did occur was internal and while inconvenient, I was able to handle.

On Sunday, while I was working I got a phone call from Kevin’s home security company. It was at about 3:15 in the afternoon. I am the only one who gets a call when ever his alarm goes off and usually I go to his house and let the guards in to check things out. However, Kevin had had his front doors replaced a few weeks ago and I did not yet have a key so I told them to send the guards and if there was a problem I would go there and take care of it. They also told me that Kevin’s voice mail was full. That was the first sign of trouble to me. I got on the phone to Frankie in LA and asked if Kevin was with him. He said no and that he hadn’t talked to Kevin in about 10 days. He said he thought Kevin was with one of his girlfriends. From there, I started to track her down. I have never met her and only after Frankie gave me her name was I able to find her which was relativity easy. By now about 10 minutes had passed. She said that Kevin had missed Thanksgiving with her (one of 2 girls he was supposed to have thanksgiving with. Well, he IS Kevin) She said she had gone to his house and left him many messages without response and that she had a very bad feeling about this. Right then, my other phone rang. I have 3 phones in my house and little did I know soon all 3 would be ringing nonstop. I put the phone down on the table with girlfriend #2 still on the line and it was Frankie on the phone. He told me what had happened. I lost all composure at that point and told FB I would call him back. Now to the other phone where I had the unpleasant task of telling #2 the news. Needless to say she freaked. GF#1 was Lark Williams who was in San Fran at the time. She was worried about Kevin as well and she had called a paramedic friend of hers to go check on Kevin. The guy happened to be very close to his house. With Lark on the phone, the guy went to Kevin’s and was looking into windows and told Lark he could see his keys on the counter. Lark told him to break in immediately. It was a very ballsy and good thing she did. The guy broke in (hence the call from the alarm co.) and found Kev. This all happened in about 20 minutes time. From there, police, fire, everybody was called. He was found in bed. I talked with a Detective who was there and they hadn’t even removed Kevin yet. He said “We have found no signs of foul play and are ruling this an accidental death”. Last I heard from Kevin’s brother, there was going to be a service this Sunday in Corona del Mar, Ca. Kevin will be buried next to his father. But then I was told that the coroner was still not done so that was kind of up in the air. I have not heard from them since. Peter Margolis was one of the first people I called. I had had to tell the news to Kevin’s brother as well and I really didn’t want to go through that again with others who are important in our lives. He was very kind was immediately saddened and said right off he wouldn’t wish this on anybody. I read his statement and can say that he did in fact want to work out the differences between Kevin and himself. From here, I am not going to point out all the other things to you that people say when an icon dies. Kevin was what he was and he lived his life as such.

To me, Kevin was my brother for 35 years. And like brothers, we had our differences. But many many times over dinner, we discussed how great it was to be able to sit across from each and laugh about all the terrible things we said and did to each other. He was always there for me, and I was always there for him. The last time I saw him was on our mutually shared birthday, Oct 29, He gave me a big hug and a really great present. The best present though was the hug. I will miss him terribly. I pray that those who had issues with him don’t take this opportunity to celebrate this. If you knew Kevin well enough to have a beef with him, then you knew him well enough to know he had a very good side to him as well. Thank you all for all your kindness. Please remember him for the one thing he wanted to be since he was born. A ROCKSTAR.

R.I.P. – Kevin DuBrow – found dead in his Las Vegas home Sunday 11/25/07

CD Scavenger Hunt – Ebay Edition – 11/28/07

There are so many 2007 releases that I haven’t picked up yet, a lot of them are out now around the world but will be released in the U.S. in early 2008. I decided to take a look at Ebay and some online shops last Wednesday, I found two auctions ending Thanksgiving so I watched, waited, and won! Considering the holiday weekend, both CDs were shipped Friday and arrived today.

Airbourne – Runnin’ Wild (2007) – $18.50 (includes shipping): This was a deal I couldn’t beat anywhere! The seller was from the U.S. and he had low shipping ($4). I’ve been waiting patiently on this CD to either show up at my local record store or find a deal at a couple of my favorite online shops. I haven’t found this for less than $20 plus shipping…..until now. I had a high bid of sixteen dollars and won with $14.50. So far, an excellent record.

Primal Fear – New Religion (2007) – $11.51 (includes shipping): Another album high on my want list for a few months but still commanding no less than $17 plus shipping at online stores. I got lucky as this seller had four separate auctions for this CD ending within an hour. I watched all four and got the best deal at $7.01. The shipping was about the same as Airbourne ($4.50) and it was another U.S. seller so that meant faster shipping. My only disappointment was that the auction listed the “limited edition digipak” and I thought I was getting the limited edition digipak with the two bonus videos. Unfortunately, no videos but the digipak is actually available in both versions, I just have the regular one. No worries, I’m still psyched at getting this for a bargain. So far, another solid album.

Totals – $30.01 for 2 CDs that are currently imports.

Neurosonic – Drama Queen (2007)

Neurosonic - Drama Queen (2006)

Neurosonic – Drama Queen (2007, Bodog Music)

  1. So Many People
  2. Are Solar
  3. I Will Always Be Your Fool
  4. Me Myself And I
  5. Crazy Sheila
  6. Until I Die
  7. Fearless
  8. Boneheads
  9. Frankenstein
  10. So Now You Know
  11. For The Boy

Musicians:
Jason Darr – Vocals, Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Bass, Piano & Keyboards, and Programming
Jacen Ekstrohm – Bass, Backing Vocals
Troy Healy – Guitars
Shane Smith – Drums
Cassandra Ford – Backing Vocals

Producers: Jason Darr & Riley Karroll

Total Time – 41:04

Neurosonic MySpace page
Bodog Music

Neurosonic is a band that blends many different styles: Hard Rock, Alternative, Nu-Metal, Punk, Pop, and even a bit of Techno/Electronica. The band and the music is the product of mainman Jason Darr (vocals, guitars, et al) and it’s an eclectic mix. I kind of look at the project as similar to Trent Reznor’s Nine Inch Nails added to a bit of Green Day…..the bands are different to each other but they maintain a common thread in being totally unique and a blend of different styles.

DRAMA QUEEN was released in Canada in September 2006 and in the U.S. in January 2007. The music on this album is not my usual style, I’m a metalhead by trade so the Alternative/Nu-Metal/Pop thing is not for me. What I found after giving this album many focused spins is that this music is tailor made for Rock radio and MTV. The music has enough to appeal to a mass audience, to the people that still get their cues from the radio dial.

‘So Many People’ have that Nu-Metal feel with the heavy down-tuned guitars but also the Pop/Rap appeal in the vocals and programming. The lyrics are catchy and have a hook. Same goes for ‘Are Solar’…..I can see this being played to a younger audience in a club. It’s got a blend of heavy guitar, a dance beat, and a slight rap. That’s a formula that works today.

‘I Will Always Be Your Fool’ starts slow, almost like a Red Hot Chili Peppers ballad, but it kicks in for the chorus with the downtuned guitars. ‘Me Myself and I’ has a nice acoustic base and harmonies while ‘Crazy Sheila’ kicks things back in line with a Green Day like influence (but better).

‘Until I Die’ has a nice Metal riff intro but it cuts out for part of the vocal. This song has a nice aggressive quality to it but it does slow down slightly before the chorus. So far I like this song the best. ‘Fearless’ starts out slow with an accompanying string arrangement but the song progresses into a mid-tempo groove with more of the modern guitar. Another song that I would call a heavier Green Day. There is a lot of programming and guitars on ‘Boneheads’ and this just screams “club” to me. It’s not a dance tune, it’s a Rock song, but you could hear the possibilities for a dance remix.

I like the quick drum intro to ‘Frankenstein’ and the chugging beat but I’m just not feeling it, it sounds like I’ve heard the same thing earlier on the album. ‘So Now You Know’ is basically mid-tempo and picks up a bit around the chorus. This song reminds me of something I would have heard on MTV back in the early ’80s from an British Pop band. It’s not dated, it’s a modern track, it’s the different styles all in one that gives me this vibe. I dig ‘For The Boy’. I’m a sucker for acoustic guitar, harmonies, and strings…..this would be a single on Pop radio today.

Bottom Line:
The music is not my usual thing but it’s not bad. If I look at it from a Heavy Metal standpoint, then this album is way too light and Pop oriented and there is barely any Metal. If I look at this album in the realm of the current trends in Rock & Pop music, then this album should definitely appeal to a wide range of the mainstream. Overall, I enjoyed it as something different and something I would have never discovered on my own. I think Jason Darr has a unique musical vision and is full of talent to create songs with a blend of diverse styles. If Neurosonic can get airplay on mainstream radio, they will have success. Check their MySpace page to listen to these songs.

KISS Loves You (A Film By Jim Heneghan) DVD (2007)

KISS Loves You DVD (2007)

KISS Loves You DVD (2007, MVD Visual/8th Grade Films)

A film by Jim Heneghan for 8th Grade Films

Main Feature: KISS Loves You documentary film

Bonus Features:

  • Super-8mm footage of KISS live in Stockholm, 1976 (no audio)
  • 90 minutes of Outtakes from the film
  • The Beyond Vaudeville KISS Spectacular program
  • Extended footage of the 1996 KISS Reunion press conference from the USS Intrepid

(Region 1, NTSC, Total Running Time = 2 hrs 48 mins)

MVD Visual
8th Grade Films

KISS Loves You is a film ten years in the making that began in 1994 when KISS was probably at their lowest point of their success and popularity. Despite the changes in the music industry, and in the musical tastes of the public, fans of KISS were congregating at unofficial KISS conventions, starting KISS tribute bands, and networking through various mailing lists and fanzines. Remember, this was years before the Internet took over the world, the ingenuity and dedication of fans t o put these things together are incredible.

The film follows a select few super fans (the “KISS family”, Bill Baker from Fractured Mirror, etc) and various tribute bands (Hotter Than Hell, Strutter, Dressed To Kill, Fractured Mirror) and sees their 10 year journey through the highs and lows of being a KISS diehard. You get to see personal collections, hear personal statements, and witness real emotion when it comes to the band. There is plenty of convention footage of fans dressed as KISS members, fans giving testimonials, merchandise, art…..put it this way: if it’s KISS-related, it’s here! Also, a few well-known Rock celebrities are interviewed briefly: Dee Snider, Sebastian Bach, Dick Manitoba (The Dictators).

A real treat is home video footage of Ace Frehley out with his good friend Bill Baker at a mall, Gene Simmons & Paul Stanley raiding a KISS convention with police to recover stolen costumes from their warehouse, and also Peter Criss doing a Q&A at another unofficial KISS con. I also liked the various tribute bands performances and the dedication of the fans.

There is a huge bonus section that includes outtakes, a New York cable access show (The Beyond Vaudeville show) on KISS, and especially the never before circulated Super-8 silent film of KISS performing in Stockholm in ’76. For collector’s, the Super-8 footage is reason enough to buy this DVD.

Bottom Line:
What the film really shows is the dedication, rather the fanaticism, that some people have for the band KISS and all it’s universe. The fans are all characters, all unique and quirky. It takes a special breed to love something/someone that much that it borders on addiction. KISS fans are like Trekkies or Star Wars fans: they live for and through the band.

There are times when the stories are fun and pretty cool but then, as the years go by, the tales become a little pathetic. I can say “pathetic” because I am one of those people, I am a KISS diehard. I have been in the lines to buy KISS albums the day of release. I have attended many KISS conventions (what ever happened to New England KISS?). I have seen tribute bands in concert and I have seen the real band over 20 times since 1987. I could easily relate to the film because I should have been in it!

If you’re a fan of KISS, go out and get this!

R.I.P. – Kevin DuBrow – found dead in his Las Vegas home Sunday 11/25/07

Courtesy of Bravewords.com:

Kevin DuBrow (1955-2007)

R.I.P. – Kevin DuBrow (1955-2007)

QUIET RIOT singer Kevin DuBrow’s body was found by friends, on Sunday, November 25th in his Las Vegas home. Dubrow recently spent a birthday weekend in New Orleans where he ate great food and even caught THE CULT at the House of Blues.

Kevin loved fine foods and was a true gourmet at heart. DuBrow grew up in Hollywood, California, before settling in the Los Angeles suburb of Van Nuys at age 13. By the time he was in his mid-teens he had developed an appreciation for a number of British rock acts including the SMALL FACES, SPOOKY TOOTH, ROD STEWART and HUMBLE PIE. It was the latter of those influences that would leave the biggest impact on DuBrow and act as a compass in his musical career.
The original Quiet Riot band was started by Randy Rhoads in 1975, but broke up in 1979 when Rhoads went on to join OZZY OSBOURNE’s band. In 1980, DuBrow formed a band he named DuBrow, which also included brothers Tony and Carlos Cavazo. After Rhoads’ death in 1982, Dubrow changed the name of the band to Quiet Riot, which his record company felt would allow the band to capitalize on wide name recognition. Rudy Sarzo ended up joining the band once again before the release of Metal Health, which stormed to the top of the charts, making Quiet Riot the first metal band to achieve number one status on their (US release) debut album. Songs like ‘Cum On Feel the Noize’, and ‘Metal Health (Bang Your Head)’ then launched them into national fame.

Quiet Riot continued through the 90′s in several different incarnations. In 2004, DuBrow recorded a collection of cover versions for his first solo album, In For The Kill.

Quiet Riot’s latest album, Rehab, was released on October 3, 2006. The lineup on the album is Kevin DuBrow, Frankie Banali, Tony Franklin, and Neil Citron. Legendary singer GLENN HUGHES also makes a guest vocal appearance on the album. However, as was noted above, this version of the band no longer exists.

Frankie Banali’s official website has the following statement: “I can’t even find words to say. Please respect my privacy as I mourn the passing and honor the memory of my dearest friend Kevin DuBrow.” – Frankie Banali 

From Blabbermouth.net:
Although the band has yet to issue an official statement on the matter, bassist Kelly Garni, who was one of the founding members of QUIET RIOT, has posted the following message on the Randy Rhoads (late QUIET RIOT/OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist) web site RandyRhoads.tk:

“I ask this to all of you not only for myself but for other friends and family. I ask that no one here offer any speculation or opinions, theories or other things that could be construed as negative or, and I’m sorry for this, even sympathetic, right at this immediate time. I am already within hours of this having to deal with untrue rumors and speculation and that only adds fuel to that. There is a tendency for the subject of Kevin to incite flames on every board and now is not the time for that. I will explain to everyone here the facts and the truth in the next 24 to 48 hours as I realize this will effect us all. So please, until then, be patient. All details and other pertinate info will be passed on to you here when it becomes available to me. Thank you.”

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Another sad day in the Rock world and very shocking. I always loved Quiet Riot, I grew up in the ’80s. I caught every local show the band did and I always respected the band for keeping at it even though they were the top dog anymore. Kevin made some great music and had many fans, he will be missed by everyone. Rest in peace Kevin…..

 – Steve

The Kevin DuBrow MySpace page is back online, stop by and leave your thoughts.

Vader – And Blood Was Shed In Warsaw DVD (2007)

Vader - And Blood Was Shed In Warsaw DVD (2007)

Vader – And Blood Was Shed In Warsaw DVD (2007, MVD/Metal Mind Productions)

Live from the Stodola Club:

  1. Intro
  2. Shadow Fear
  3. Sothis
  4. Helleluyah!!! (God Is Dead)
  5. Warlords
  6. Silent Empire
  7. Blood Of Kingu
  8. Out Of The Deep
  9. Carnal
  10. Dark Age
  11. Back To The Blind
  12. Intro: Para Bellum
  13. This Is War
  14. Lead Us
  15. What Colour Is Your Blood
  16. Epitaph
  17. Cold Demons
  18. Predator
  19. Wings
  20. Wyrocznia

Videos:

  1. Sword Of The Witcher
  2. Helleluyah!!! (God Is Dead)
  3. Interview with Peter

Extras:

  • Interview with Peter
  • Band history
  • Gallery
  • Discography
  • Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound

Band Lineup:
Peter (vocal, guitar)
Daray (drums)
Novy (bass)
Mauser (guitar)

(Region 1, NTSC, Running Time = 1o5 mins)

Vader official website
Vader Myspace page
Music Video Distributors (MVD)
Metal Mind Productions
Metal Mind Productions MySpace page

When this Vader DVD crossed my desk, I had no idea what to expect, Death Metal isn’t my usual Metal genre but I do enjoy some. Unfortunately I haven’t really checked out many of Vader’s albums, this Polish band has been assaulting the ears of metalheads since 1992.

This concert was filmed on February 12, 2007 at the Stodola Club (Warsaw, Poland) as Vader was wrapping up their tour promoting IMPRESSIONS IN BLOOD (2006). The show is absolutely brutal! I was very impressed with the energy and power the band displays live. These guys just never stop delivering song after song of ear splitting Metal, 20 songs worth. The crowd feeds off the band and is as energized as any I’ve ever seen. 

What helps the band, and overall package, is the way that the DVD was created. This was a multi-camera show so there are plenty of angles and closeups…..I thought the shots from the back of the club were excellent because you could see the rabid fans. The audio is excellent as well and you can choose to enjoy it in 5.1 Surround Sound. I watched this using the 5.1 Surround, it was awesome!

I enjoyed the interview with Peter because it gave me a little more insight into the history of the band. There were some really good questions and Peter gives full insightful answers. The discography, gallery, and band history will also appeal to diehards and newer fans.

Bottom Line:
I have to admit that I didn’t know much about Vader before I put this on. After watching this a few times, I’ve found another band to add to my growing list of bands to check out. The music is aggressive, raw, and brutal. The band performs with explosive energy and the crowd is frenzied. Definitely a surprise DVD for me. If you want to pick this up, try to get the CD/DVD edition so you can enjoy the audio as well.

Freddie Mercury – R.I.P. 16th anniversary

Freddie Mercury statue in Montreux, Switzerland

Freddie Mercury – R.I.P. (1946-1991)

Sixteen years ago, my favorite singer, Freddie Mercury passed away at 45 years young. To this day, Freddie is remembered by family, friends, and fans and his legend continues to grow. I never had the chance to see Queen live with Freddie at the mic but the music they created is just as special now as it was when I first heard it. Rest in peace Freddie…..

Queen official website

Eric Carr – R.I.P. 16th anniversary

Eric Carr - 1950-1991 R.I.P.

Eric Carr – R.I.P. (1950-1991)

Eric Carr passed on 16 years ago, he left too soon and is still missed by family, friends, and fans the world over. Eric was a big part in the rejuvenation of KISS (my favorite band) and I always thought he carried himself with class and kindness. Of all the members of KISS that I grew up with in the ’80s, Eric Carr was the one I most wanted to meet. I never had the priviledge but I was able to enjoy the talents he had. Rest in peace Eric…..

Eric Carr official website

Update

I hope everyone in the U.S. had a good Thanksgiving holiday and hopefully all of my international visitors have had a good week as well.

After a monstrous work week, I was able to enjoy the holiday with my family but I’ve been unable to really sit down to write. I’ve had to try and cram everything into a small amount of free time and I’ve had to push the website aside for about a week.

There is good news! I have the weekend off and I am planning on enjoying some of the new CDs I’ve acquired out on the last Hunt. Not only that but I am lucky enough to be on some labels’ lists for promotions so I am receiving fresh, and diverse, material more than ever. I plan on posting a lot of CD and DVD reviews in the coming week so stay tuned!

CD Scavenger Hunt – “Catching Up” Edition

It’s been about a month since the last Hunt but I’ve been very active at the record stores and online.

Let’s start with Ebay. I picked up a couple of good discs recently:

Queensryche – Mindcrime At The Moore (2007) – $8.99: Even though I’m a big Queensryche fan, and I love OPERATION: MINDCRIME, how many live versions do I need? I had no intentions of grabbing this release but the $4.99 price tag was too good to pass up. One of my favorite sellers had multiple copies of this, the catch is the shipping = $4 each CD. You can’t complain getting a 2 CD set for nine bucks.

Overkill – Immortalis (2007) – $8.99: Same seller, same price. The local shop had this for a dollar more the week of release but I passed. I saved $1 but the CD is in the mail, I’ll get it by Tuesday.

I’ve been to the local record shop the last few weeks grabbing some 2007 releases that I missed the first time around and a few that just came out:

Helloween – Gambling With The Devil (2007) – $13: Picked this up the day of release at the sale price. It’s the 2 CD set with the bonus tracks and videos. So far, I’ve enjoyed playing this one a lot.

Motley Crue – Carnival Of Souls Live (2007) – $14: Another 2 CD set for a sale price the day of release. Here’s the thing about this release, it was released already! Different artwork, and a couple of videos from the DVD release, this album was released as a 2 disc set and separately through Wal-Mart. I never picked it up when it came out in 2006 because it just seemed like an odd package with the artwork. The tour was great but I passed until now. I’ll have to get the DVD soon.

Queensryche – Take Cover (2007) – $9.99: Can’t pass up the price! I know I hate cover songs but Queensryche did such a good rendition of ‘Welcome To The Machine’ in concert this summer that I had to check this out. If it’s as good as the Shaw/Blades cover album, I’ll be psyched.

Hammerfall – Steel Meets Steel (10 Years Of Glory) – $9.99: Can’t pass up this price either! I know it’s a greatest hits package but 30 songs on 2 CDs is serious bang for the buck! I’m a big Hammerfall guy so the completist in me had to grab it.

Lizzy Borden – Appointment With Death (2007) – $13.99: I’ve been redoing my want list by adding all the 2007 releases I missed. At the top was of the 2007 wants was Lizzy and Lillian Axe…..I had the new Lillian Axe in my hand and looked for Lizzy but it wasn’t filed under their name. As I was going to the counter to see when it would be in, I noticed a display copy above the ‘B’ section. B is for Borden, whoever filed it didn’t know Lizzy Borden was a band and not a solo artist. Their mistake is my gain.

Kamelot – Ghost Opera (2007, Ltd. Ed. CD/DVD) – $5.99: Yes, it was $5.99! I passed on GHOST OPERA when it came out because I was low on cash. The sale was done after a week and I missed out on saving $3. If I had extra cash, I would have gladly paid the $12.88 sale price. At the record store I frequent, the staff re-prices CDs on a regular basis. It’s not uncommon for stock that doesn’t sell to be lowered in price by a dollar or two, especially if there are multiple copies. The other cool thing is that the date is printed on the price tag so you know when it was re-priced. This one was done the day before and was an obvious mistake because the other three copies were re-priced at $14.99. That’s not my fault. When I brought this up to the register, it scanned $5.99 so it was legit, a major bargain!

Total: $85 for 8 CDs (five were 2 CD or CD/DVD sets)