Ebay is one of the best places to find some good Metal albums but the marketplace has become more expensive in the last few years. There used to be a time when you could pick up albums on the cheap but the bargains aren’t as easy to come by as they used to be with tons of new sellers creating competition. I still watch Ebay closely because you can get a good deal if you are patient and know the market.
Laurence Archer – LA (1986, vinyl) – $40: A lot of people are going to think that $40 for a vinyl record is too much but when you consider that the original CD has gone has high as $300 at it’s peak, and the Italian bootleg CD draws between $40-$50 regularly, then this is a decent price for the original LP. I picked this record up from a reputable seller from Japan but the album hasn’t arrived yet, regular airmail can be a tricky propostition. The good news is I spent the extra $5 on the insurance so if it never comes, I get my $40 back.
Stampede – Hurricane Town (1983/2006 reissue) – $15: In keeping with the Laurence Archer theme I also picked up Stampede’s 2nd album (their first was a live record) that is their studio debut, HURRICANE TOWN. I could have grabbed this on vinyl to get the original pressing but Rock Candy Records has done a great job of officially reissuing some great out of print records. This reissue has 4 bonus tracks from the pre-Stampede band Lautrec and a full color booklet with expanded liner noted and pictures.
Ram Jam – Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Ram (1978/2006 reissue) – $15: Another Rock Candy Records reissue of an album that I have been searching for. You might remember Ram Jam from their 1977 single ‘Black Betty’, a classic rock radio staple. PORTRAIT is the band’s second record and it’s usually harder to find on vinyl in good condition. This album has never been released on CD but a lot of bootlegs exist, Rock Candy worked with members of the band to reissue the album with extensive liner notes and pictures. Unfortunately there are no bonus tracks but it’s a heavy ’70s classic that’s easier to find.
Deep Purple – Machine Head (1972/1997 2 CD 25th Anniversary Edition) – $10: I picked up the latest edition of Classic Rock Magazine and Deep Purple was the cover story so I decided to pull out all the Purple albums and load them into my MP3 player. I found that I was missing a couple of the older albums so I decided to start chronologically. This album came out in 1997 for MACHINE HEAD’s 25th anniversary (now it’s 37 years old!) and it’s a 2 CD set with a remixed version and a remastered version plus an extensive booklet. Deep Purple is one of those bands that gets the reissue treatment every few years but these anniversary editions seem to be the definitive reissues especially with Roger Glover and other Purple members involved in the process. The next anniversary edition on the list is