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…..
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!
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.