CD Scavenger Hunt – Two week update

I may have disappeared from writing but definitely not from BUYING! I’ve had to hit the stores and Ebay to pick up some mandatory new releases and I won a CD that I needed to add to my collection. This is two weeks worth of hitting the stores, it’s a small list but definitely big on quality!

Brainstorm - Downburst (2008)Brainstorm – Downburst (2008) – $10: Good thing comes to those who wait! I tried to pick this up the day of release two weeks ago but the local shop only stocked one copy. I didn’t understand this because it’s a Metal Blade release and they are usually well-stocked. I still got the sale price because there were two price tags and I asked for the lower one. Saved $5!

Ayreon - 01011001 (2008)Ayreon – 01011001 (2008) – $18: When Arjen Anthony Lucassen puts together an Ayreon project, it’s usually one of the best releases of the year. I got into Ayreon late but I’ve started to go back and collect all the back catalogue, it’s hard to find all the limited editions with the bonuses. This album had 3 versions: the regular 2 CD version, the limited edition 2 CD & DVD in a small box, and the deluxe edition with the 2 CDs, DVD, and expanded booklet in a special case. I opted for the limited edition at $18 so I could have the special DVD. I would have paid for the deluxe edition but the extra $12 was all for packaging. I know this will compete for Album of the Year on many lists.

Avantasia - The Scarecrow (2008)Avantasia – The Scarecrow (2008) – $10: Edguy’s Tobias Sammet really has a great side project in Avantasia. Another concept project chock full of guests, kind of like Ayreon, I’ve been lookin forward to this release for a while. What I find interesting is that there were over ten copies of this stocked at the local shop. Either Avantasia is a huge seller in Rhode Island or the person doing the ordering is a huge fan! Actually, the guy running the Metal section is a big fan and I was able to listen to most of the album while browsing.

Iron Maiden - Live After Death DVD (2008)Iron Maiden – Live After Death DVD (2008) – $14: This is an absolute must fave DVD! I have been waiting for this to be released for years, I had a copy of the VHS a friend made me but that died years ago. Disc 1 is the original concert. Disc 2 has the History of Maiden Pt.2, the documentary Behind the Iron Curtain, Rock In Rio ’85, and a 15 minute ‘Ello Texas. Maiden really knows how to put together a DVD package because this is way over five hours of classic footage. This DVD will be hard to take from the #1 spot of my Top DVDs of 2008 in December. I think I’ve watched it four times already!

Dio - Intermission (1986)Dio – Intermission (1986) – $15: Picked this up from a great seller on Ebay that I’ve dealt with many times. This is a Japanese pressing of Intermission and is in mint condition. There are more than a few copies on Ebay but they have prices in the $20+ range for the regular release, I got a deal of the Japanese import. The CD was $10 and the shipping $5, very affordable from Japan. This purchase takes Intermission off the WANTED list.

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2 comments on “CD Scavenger Hunt – Two week update

  1. Cool that you found so many cd´s you were looking for. That INTERMISSION japanish edition is a very good price.
    I dont know about buying LIVE AFTER DEATH on dvd. Have the original video tapes from LIVE AFTER DEATH and BEHIND THE IRON CURTAIN. Still its important to get RIO 85 and the second part of the documentary. I will wait for the price to go down a little.
    I also ordered some stuff. They new DIRTY LOOKS, IMAGINOS by BLUE ÖYSTER CULT(finaly out again), BLOOD ON THE HIGHWAY by KEN HENSLEY, VIOLATOR by the new 80s sounding heavy metal band LECHERY(check them out please Steve), RUNNIN´WILD by AIRBOURNE and the last HARDCORE SUPERSTAR. Never carreda about them but after listening to some samplers of their new album on their my space i needed to buy it. Check it out Steve:
    http://www.myspace.com/hcssgbg
    Pure 80s glam metal. They sound to me like a mix between RATT, MOTLEY CRUE, WHITECROSS, FASTWAY and FASTER PUSSYCAT.

  2. I just picked Brainstorms “Soul Temptress” album. It’s pretty cool, I’ll have to get more of their work. I got into Ayreon late as well and still have to check out some early work, but “Human Equation” was brilliant and this new one sounds good so far, I’ve only spun it once.

    I’ll have to check my local CD shop for Avantasia’s new one. I’ve been anticipating it for a long time as well. Nice Haul!!

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