It’s almost been a month and I am still active buying CDs in person and online but I’m not really doing the volume I used. I’m still out there buying new releases but I’m also re-exploring my own collection. One of the things that is a daily challenge for me is what to listen to, I always have some new releases ready to go but there are so many classic albums that I own that I haven’t played in a long time. So here’s the update on the last few weeks, I picked up a few interesting albums and some definite bargains.
Ratt – Infestation (2010) – $13: This was a complete no-brainer! Aside from the new Scorpions record, the new Ratt record was one of my most anticipated release of the year. I grew up with Ratt, I remember when ‘Round And Round’ was a “world premiere video” on MTV back in 1984, and I have been waiting for a reunion with Stephen Pearcy since…..well, their last reunion in 1999! I was buying this anyway but I was able to get access to the album ahead of time so I knew just how good it was when I dropped my $13 on the counter. Saved $4.
Cathedral – Guessing Game (2010) – $8: There was no way that I was going to pass up the new Cathedral album at such a great sale price. I didn’t realize that it was a double disc set either! That tells me that the Doom across 13 tracks are long and full of sludge. The problem was that this came out the same day as Ratt and I got to the record store late so they sold out of their two copies that were in stock. I ended up having them call the other stores in the chain and hold one for me at a location 20 minutes away. When I got to the other store it turned out that I had the last copy on hold and a few like-minded metalheads had come in looking for a copy. Saved $8.
Armored Saint – Symbol Of Salvation (3 CD Special Edition) (2003) – $12: I already own the original pressing of SYMBOL OF SALVATION but I have been watching this particular reissue for a few years now. It’s always in stock, it’s always around $20 and I always pass it up! On this particular visit to the record store I looked at it again and noticed the new regular price…..$8 cheaper! SOLD! You get the original album plus two bonus videos on Disc 1, the demos and part 1 of an interview on Disc 2 and part 2 of the interview on Disc 3 all enclosed in a nice slipcase. Saved $8.
Jon Oliva’s Pain – Festival (2010) – $12: Pricey imports be damned!I knew that if I waited patiently that this album would eventually get an official North American release. I picked up the first two JOP albums right away because of my love for Savatage but I never got around to buying 2008′s GLOBAL WARNING. Not sure why I never bought it but I didn’t want to make the same mistake with FESTIVAL. I always forget about Jon Oliva’s Pain even though I’m a big Savatage fan and I kept seeing ads, reviews, and JOP stuff everywhere online…..a sign perhaps? Saved $4.
Triptykon – Eparistera Daimones (2010) – 10: I picked up the new Triptykon based on two things: my new love of Celtic Frost and the preview I got of a few Triptykon songs on the Ye Olde Metal Shoppe podcast. I started listening to the podcast a couple months ago and I heard the Triptykon stuff and I was hooked! Take a look at that album cover too! If this album was in the record store 25 years ago when I used to tread the aisles of Record Town and Good Vibrations I would have bought it based on the cover alone. Sale price helped too, saved $6.
Possessed – Seven Churches (1985) – $15: So I’m sitting around reading Sound Of The Beast (by Ian Christe) and I get to the part about Possessed and i decide to give SEVEN CHURCHES a fresh listen. I go upstairs to the collection and I can’t find it. So I go down to the cellar and I check the old cassettes…..nothing. Now I’m freaking out because I think I’ve lost an album! In one of my Rubbermaid containers are a bunch of CDRs that were burned for me and there’s SEVEN CHURCHES! I got to listen to the album again but I had to get this at the top of my list. I ended up buying the 1999 reissue at regular price…..saved $0.
Bullet For My Valentine – Fever (2010) – $9: I have successfully avoided Bullet For My Valentine for two albums but I keep getting recommendations from people that this is a great Metal band. I’m usually skeptical of any band that is featured so prominently on the t-shirts of the kids at my daughter’s elementary school…..same thing goes with Avenged Sevenfold and Killswitch Engage. I figured I’d finally give the band a try with FEVER, if it sucks then I’m only out $9 but if it’s good then I saved $7.
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Bad Moon Rising – Full Moon Collection (3 CD set) (2005) – $15: I love Doug Aldrich’s playing and I am trying to collect all of the bands he’s played in (Burning Rain, Bad Moon Rising, Lion, etc.). I’ve had FULL MOON COLLECTION on the radar for a while but the price has never been right until now. The 3 CD set includes all three of BMR’s albums (1991′s BAD MOON RISING, 1993′s BLOOD, 1995′s OPIUM FOR THE MASSES) with all the bonus tracks from their Japanese E.P.s…..basically, I have all the studio recordings in one package. Unfortunately, there is a song missing titled ‘Union’ that was replaced with ‘Free’ on the OPIUM FOR THE MASSES disc. So I have everything minus one song! Great deal though because this set can go up past $50 sometimes.
Metal Massacre Vol.1 (1982) – $5: I’ve been on a Metal Blade kick lately from reading Sound Of The Beast (by Ian Christe) so I pulled out all my Metal Massacre CDs and my Metal Blade 20th Anniversary box set and I noticed a glaring omission…..I’m missing the first Metal Massacre! Thanks to Ebay, you can grab a cheap sealed copy, with the price tag from Hot Topic still on it for $7, and save $2! Of course, there are two versions of Vol.1, this is version #2. The original version on vinyl has Ratt’s ‘Tell the World’, Steeler’s ‘Cold Day In Hell’ and the original version of Metallica’s ‘Hit The Lights’ (with Lloyd Grant on lead guitar). I’m on the search for the vinyl now…..
Helix – Get Up! (2007) – $15: I’ve been looking for this CD for almost three years now and I finally have it! GET UP! is a self-financed CD from Brian Vollmer of helix that showcases seven songs that would later show up on THE POWER OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL (2007) on Perris Records. GET UP! was basically a teaser CD that fans could buy and Brian would autograph it. This CD has been out of print since it came out basically so it’s a rarity and the completist in me had to have it.
Helix – Long Way To Heaven (1985/1999 reissue) – $10: You’ll start to notice a trend here because I’m filling some holes in the Helix collection. This reissue is the one that Helix frontman Brian Vollmer re-pressed and sold through his website – PlanetHelix.com. The CD artwork looks a little blurry and the booklet is your basic lyrics and band picture but it’s official issue from Brian himself (I took the time to research the details of the CD to be sure). I’m not sure if this album ever got a proper CD release but I got the reissue I knew about at a solid price.
Helix – Wild In The Streets (1987/2002 reissue) – $9: This is a great record and the title track is one of my favorite Helix songs. I had this on cassette and I’m finally getting around to buying this one after years! This is another reissue, this time by EMI Canada in 2002. There’s no extras, no bonus tracks or videos, it’s just the regular album. Comparing it to the LONG WAY TO HEAVEN reissue, this CD seems a little more professionally done. Not taking away anything from Brian Vollmer and his reissues, it’s just obvious a major label has a bigger budget for reissues.
Helix – No Rest For The Wicked (1983/2005 reissue) – $8: I’m just replacing all the old Helix cassettes in the CD Scavenger Hunt! I couldn’t pass up such a great price for this album, it’s got ‘heavy Metal Love’ on it! This is the 2005 reissue from Rock Candy Records and they are well known for putting a lot of effort into their reissues. No bonus tracks but the album is remastered and it has an excellent booklet that includes a written note from Brian Vollmer.
Total = $141
Total (year) = $540
Total CDs (year) = 55
Total DVDs (year) = 1
Total LPs (year) = 1