Archive for December 25, 2009

True to form this year…..I have been taking my time posting my weekly hunts for new treasures to add to my collection. I haven’t updated my purchases since the end of November, and I haven’t set foot in a record store in about a month! There have been some great sales online lately through some of my favorite online shops, and I’ve been searching Ebay as usual for those rarities I crave, so here’s everything I picked up online in December…..

CD Inzane

For most of 2009, CD Inzane has been my only online Metal retailer. I have found the best prices, selection and shipping there consistently all year long…..up until the last 4 weeks. I started my final orders on Black Friday (11/27) and December’s Black Saturday (12/12 )when CD Inzane had their 30% off sales. Not one to miss a bargain, I placed a $100+ order on Black Friday that came to $70+ after the 30% off but I got shut out of all but 2 of my picks. I woke up late that morning and got my order in 4 hours into the 5 hour sale! On the Black Saturday sale I was up an hour BEFORE the sale began and had everything I wanted the previous sale in my cart, along with a few more new releases, and was ready to log in at 7am sharp with a $150+ order. Unfortunately, I only got one of my selections. Don’t ask me how I didn’t get what I wanted the second time around but I was more than a little disappointed…..hopefully I will catch a few breaks next year with these great sales!

Winger – Karma (2009) – $14.99: I wasn’t too high on the last Winger CD so I went into this purchase a bit wary. One of my good friends picked this album up and recommended it highly so I decided that I would buy it during the 30% off sale. My version is the European that has the bonus track ‘First Ending’ and the video extra on the making of the album. I’m not sure if my friend’s copy is the same, he bought it at a local big box store, but I paid the same price he did after the 30% off.

Helix – Vagabond Bones (2009) – $12.29: Helix is one of those bands from my formative Metal years that I still love to this day. Who am I kidding? I love ALL the bands from when I was growing up! In the last couple of years though I have been slowly picking up Helix’s back catalog and buying the new records straight from Planet Helix. The price was $15 at most online retailers, at the band’s website and even in the weekly ad from Newbury Comics so I added this to my order to save some cash!

Jeff Scott Soto – One Night In Madrid (2009) – $22.09 (3 disc value pack): The Winger & Helix CDs were part of the first order on Black Friday, this Jeff Scott Soto release was the only item I received from my order on the December Black Saturday sale. The regular prices for the double CD and the DVD separately was $20 but the package deal was $36…..already saving $4! Add the 30% off and this was a no-brainer of a purchase!

Ebay

Billy Idol – Happy Holidays (2006) – $22: I have this thing for buying up different holiday albums, especially from Rock bands, and the Billy Idol holiday album has been on the Want List for a couple years. I just wrote a WANTED post for this album a few weeks ago and I just couldn’t wait when I saw a BUY IT NOW for $19. I have been watching this album go well over $25-$35 over the last year or so so $19 + $3 shipping was a good deal to me!

Lord Grey – Lady Of The Lake (2002) – $35: I have been looking for this CD since 2002 when I saw it only once in my favorite record store (that is now long gone). I got into a local New England Melodic Rock band called Savannah in the late ’90s and I found out that Lord Grey was actually the band that pre-dated Savannah for three of the musicians. This album saw a release independently on Shire Records in 2002, I saw 2 copies one day in 2 Guys Music and passed. A week later…..both were gone! I paid a few extra dollares on this one but the last couple of copies at auction have gone well over $50.

Lion’s Share – Dark Hours (2009) – $11: The latest from Lion’s Share was one of the albums I tried ordering from CD Inzane and got shut out from. I decided to give Ebay a look and I found a new, but opened, digipak copy for $8 from a reliable seller that I have bought from in the past. The grand total came to $11 with shipping and I saved $2 more then I would have if I had received this with my CD Inzane order.

Christmas is finally here and we are entering into the last few days of December 2009, that means it’s time for my year end awards! It’s been another great year for Hard Rock and Heavy Metal and I have listened to more new releases by many different bands in many different genres than any other year. I have a huge pile of albums released in 2009 that I have been re-listening to over the last few weeks so I can post my picks for the best and the worst albums of 2009. I will post those picks along with my top DVD picks, albums I missed in 2008 that could have made my best of 2008 list, and the last CD Scavenger Hunt of the year. I’ve got my eye on 2010, along with some catching up on 2009 albums I missed, and it looks like it’s going to be a very busy Metal New Year!

Here is the schedule for the 2009 Awards Week:

Friday 12/25The final CD Scavenger Hunt of 2009

Saturday 12/26 — Albums I Missed in 2008

Sunday 12/27The Top 5 Music DVDs of 2009

Monday 12/28The 5 Worst Albums of 2009

Tuesday 12/29The Top 40 Albums of 2009 (#26-#40)

Wednesday 12/30The Top 40 Albums of 2009 (#11-#25)

Thursday 12/31The Top 40 Albums of 2009 (#1-#10)

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For the last couple of years, a few of us bloggers out there have linked our year end lists together and 2009 is no different. The best thing about these lists is that there is always room for debate and many albums some of us may have missed during the year. Please check out the websites below for more best of/worst of 2009 lists by some excellent writers with a serious passion for music. Some of the websites published their lists earlier in the month, some later and some as a month long daily post so check out the websites’ December 2009 archives for everyone’s picks.

All Metal Resourcehttp://allmetalresource.com/

Bring Back Glamhttp://bringbackglam.squarespace.com/

Hair Metal Mansionhttp://hairbangersradio.ning.com/

Hard Rock Hideouthttp://hardrockhideout.com/

Hard Rock Nightshttp://hardrocknights.wordpress.com/

Heavy Metal Time Machinehttp://metalmark.blogspot.com/

Imagine Echoeshttp://www.imagineechoes.com/

Layla’s Classic Rockhttp://laylasclassicrock.blogspot.com/

Metal Excesshttp://metalexcess.com/

The Metal Minutehttp://rayvanhornjr.blogspot.com/

Metal Odysseyhttp://metalodyssey.wordpress.com/

The Ripple Effecthttp://www.ripplemusic.blogspot.com/

Rock of Ageshttp://rockofages.wordpress.com