CD Scavenger Hunt – A month’s worth of purchases! (Part 3)

So this whole “month of purchases” has really turned out to be about 6 weeks worth…..that’s what happens when you don’t keep up with posting! Buy, buy, buy…..that seems to be my motto lately, I just wish I had more time to listen! So here is what is left from the last few weeks…..

Newbury Comics

Black Majesty – In Your Honour (2010) – $14: A little pricey for a new release on sale but I like this Australian Power Metal band so I would have picked this up at some point. Regular price was $17 so I saved $3. I was able to pick up the European digipak on Limb Music, that meant I got the two bonus tracks: ‘Two Hearts’ and ‘Silent Company (acoustic)’. Taking a look at my collection, it seems that I have picked up all but one of Black Majesty’s releases, the first album SANDS OF TIME (2003)…..now I’m on to filling the hole in the collection!

In This Moment – A Star-Crossed Wasteland (2010) – $10: I have heard a few songs from In This Moment and I have read a ton of reviews on all their albums so they have been on my list for a while to try out. This is their newest album and I figured the $10 sale price was a good chance to take. I don’t know what it is about this band that has had me so intrigued over the last year, maybe it’s singer Maria Brink? I picked up the regular version, I see there is a deluxe edition with 2 bonus tracks and a bonus DVD and I’m sure that will be pricey. Regular price on the standard version is $16 so I saved $6.

In This Moment – The Dream (Ultra Violet Edition) (2008) – $10 used: When I get it in my head that I want to check out a band, I usually do my research. I have been watching this used copy of THE DREAM for a couple of months and it has been sitting right in front a brand new copy of the same edition priced at $18. When I picked up A STAR-CROSSED WASTELAND, I decided that it was time to pick up this album at the lower price. Who knows how long it will stay there $8 cheaper! With my luck it won’t be there next time around so I grabbed it and saved the $8. Turns out there are 5 versions of this CD: the regular release, the Japanese pressing, the U.K. pressing, the limited edition with a bonus audio CD and this Ultra Violet Edition. The difference is that this set includes the regular album plus a bonus disc that includes 5 bonus tracks culled from the U.K. & Japanese pressing alongwith a musiv video and live performances. Well worth the $10!

Hell Yeah – Stampede (Deluxe Edition) (2010) – $15: Even though I’m a Pantera fan, I’ve never gotten around to picking up any of the members’ solo projects. That includes Down, Superjoint Ritual, Damageplan and Hell Yeah. I’m not sure why I never bothered but I figured why not pick up this new record while it was on sale? I ended up springing for the deluxe edition with the bonus live DVD because the sale price difference with the standard version was only a couple of bucks. Why not pay $2 more and get a bonus DVD? Regular price on this deluxe version was $20 so I saved $5.

Hell Yeah – s/t (2007) – $6 used: Same situation as with In This Moment: I decided I wanted to try out a band that’s new to me and I couldn’t pass up getting an older album at a great price. When I grabbed STAMPEDE in the New Release rack, I noticed there were no standard versions left so I went over to the Hell Yeah section in the Metal section to compare. That’s when I saw this used copy of the debut for $6 filed in with 3 regular priced CDs at $15 each. There was no way I was passing up a great bargain! Saved $9.

Ebay
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Cannibal Corpse – The Wretched Spawn/Worm Infested box set (2004) – $10 used: In my quest to broaden my Metal horizons this year, I decided I would check out more extreme Metal bands and Cannibal Corpse made the list. I was watching another CD by this seller and I notced no one had bid on this Cannibal Corpse set that included THE WRETCHED SPAWN album and the WORM INFESTED E.P. (2003). It was still at the starting bid of $4.99 so I put in a bid for the hell of it…..I won at $6, cut the shipping charge in half and it was $10. THE WRETCHED SPAWN has a bonus DVD included and it all comes in a black slipcase.

Jester – Tales From The Boogieman (1997) – $14 used: I have been hot on the trail of the original pressings of both Jester albums and I finally got one. About a year ago, I was able to pick up the 2 CD re-release of TALES FROM THE BOOGIEMAN and Jester’s second record DIGITALIA but that didn’t satisfy the collector in me. Opening bid was $4.99 and I won it for $10, cut the shipping in half with the Cannibal Corpse set and it was $14. Definitely a little pricey but I had to have it…..for some reason I am hooked on a few CDs from fanzine advertisements past and I’m out on the search!

Band Website

Snew – Snew You (2008) and We Do What We Want (2010) – $23: I’ve been hearing a lot about Snew since the beginning of the year but I never bothered to check them out, I figured they were kind of a joke band or something. After reading a lot of reviews, I decided to give Snew a try so I went to their official website and they were having a CD special – both albums for $17! I’m a sucker for a deal so I snatched both CDs up quick. Unfortunately the shipping was a little high at $6 but what can you do? I would have ordered the new album eventually but the package sale sealed the deal…..I even got a free sticker, LOL!

Concert

Sister Sin – Switchblade Serenades (2008) – $10: I went to the Michael Schenker concert last Tuesday and Sister Sin was the opening band, a complete surprise! I have had Sister Sin on the radar for a while but I never could get what I thought was their debut album, SWITCHBLADE SERENADES, at my local record store. It was there when it first came out 2 years ago but I haven’t seen a copy in about 18 months. After the show, I ended up meeting the band at their merchandise table and I noticed they were offering a CD/T-shirt package for $20…..that’s a deal! I already have their latest album, TRUE SOUNDS OF THE UNDERGROUND (2010), so I picked up this missing album plus a cool tour shirt. Unfortunately the only shirts they had were XL and I’m a 2XL guy so the tour shirt went to my 12 yr. old daughter.

Total = $112

Total (year) = $1045

Average price (per item) = $10.25

Total CDs (year) = 93

Total DVDs (year) =2

Total Box Sets (year) = 6

Total LPs (year) = 1

CD Scavenger Hunt – updated purchases

I haven’t been posting but I have been buying! Here’s everything I’ve picked up in the last couple weeks online and at the record stores…..

Record Stores

Dream_Theater_-_Black_Clouds_&_Silver_LiningsDream Theater – Black Clouds & Silver Linings (2009) – $15: The new Dream Theater came out last Tuesday and I had a choice of 2 stores to pick up the 3 CD limited edition: Newbury Comics or Best Buy. I went with Best Buy because it was $5 cheaper. The 3 CD set breaks down as follows: Disc 1 is the new studio album, Disc 2 is a bonus disc of 6 cover songs and Disc 3 is the studio album again but as instrumental mixes only. All together it’s 3 hours and 17 minutes of music on 3 CDs for the price of one regulary priced album…..a good deal!

primal-fear-166Primal Fear – 16.6 (Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead) (2009) – $16: Picked this up a couple of weeks ago at Newbury Comics when the album was released officially in the U.S. The cool thing was that the only copy the store had was the European version with the 2 bonus tracks and the video…..I prefer the extra material even if that means paying a couple extra bucks. I have only had a few spins so far but it sounds like another updated sound added to the Classic Metal assault.

Spinal_Tap_Back_from_the_DeadSpinal Tap – Back From the Dead (2009) – $9.99: New album from Spinal Tap, great sale price from Newbury Comics! A lot of extras included in the package: the CD has 19 songs (6 new and 13 re-recorded from the soundtrack), an hour long DVD and the CD packaging folds out to become paper dolls of the band and Stonehenge! The only complaint is that there is no slipcase to keep everything in but it’s definitely a cool way to put together a CD.

Axel Rudi Pell - Best Of (Anniversary Edition) (2009)Axel Rudi Pell – Best Of (Anniversary Edition) (2009) – $8.99: I don’t have much Axel Rudi Pell in the collection except for a few of the newer records so I figured a retrospective release like this would give me a taste of some of the older material. I picked this up mostly based on the sale price and it fit in nicely with the Primal Fear and Spinal Tap purchases.

Ebay

JESTER DigitaliaJester – Digitalia/Tales From The Boogieman (2000 reissue) – $2.50: Back when print fanzines were still a viable source of info, I heard about New Jersey’s Jester. I think this was around 1997 when their debut TALES FROM THE BOOGIEMAN was released on Pulse Records. I always wanted to check them out but I never got around to it and now the CD is out of print, same with DIGITALIA, now that Pulse Records is no more. Escape Music came around in 2000 and reissued DIGITALIA with new cover art and TALES as a bonus CD. Some retailers still have this for $17-$20 online but I was able to snag this on Ebay for less than $3.

Lita Ford - Dancin' On The Edge (1984)Lita Ford – Dancin’ On The Edge (1984) – $21: I have been after this CD for a long time. I had it listed in the WANTED! column for about a year now and my patient searching brought me a copy at a decent price. $21 may seem like a high price to pay considering the original release was probably $12-$15 but this CD regularly goes over the $30 range. This was one of those short auctions (3 days) so I came in quick with a last minute bid.

anvil_plugged_in_permanentAnvil – Plugged In Permanent (1996) – $22: I’m slowly filling all the holes in my Anvil collection after seeing the Anvil movie. I noticed that a lot of the later albums have Japanese pressings with bonus tracks and this album gives Japan one with ‘Stolen’. There were 2 copies on Ebay: this Japanese pressing from a seller I have bought from in the past and the regular U.S./Euro pressing without ‘Stolen’. Both were $17 so but the shipping was $2 more for the Japanese pressing. I paid the extra $2 for the extra track.

Online Stores

ufo-the-visitor-2009-cdUFO – The Visitor (2009) – $22.50: I’ve had a promo copy of this album for a few months now but I have to have an actual copy when it comes to on of my favorite bands. The bonus track ‘Dancing With St. Peter’ isn’t on the promo and I wanted to hear the updated version by UFO…..the song was the title track of the Phil Mogg fronted side project $ign of 4. The album of the same name was released in 2002. The only copy of THE VISITOR readily available was the U.S. version without the extra song so I ordered the Euro version from HMV.com.

One of the things I’m doing now more then ever is ordering online. The UFO CD from HMV is what I consider a one time thing but I have been browsing NEH Records, Sentinel Steel and CD Inzane more often lately. There are just certain albums that the local record stores are not going to stock! So here’s my latest order from CD Inzane…..

Solna - EuramericSolna – Eurameric (2009) – $13: I knew nothing about this all-star project except for the fact that CD Inzane founder Zane Petersen (from China Blue)produced it and played drums. There are a lot of guests on this album including Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear), Pamela Moore (Queensryche) and Alex De Rosso (Dokken). There are more people included and it kind of follows the path taken by other projects like Ayreon and Avantasia. I haven’t given it a spin yet but I’ve read some great reviews.

Solna_-_Sent_From_HeavenSolna – Sent From Heaven E.P. (2009) – $4: This 6 song E.P. was released prior to EURAMERIC and included 5 songs that are on the album and an E.P.-only bonus track titled ‘I Light A Candle Too’. Only 2000 copies were pressed and the CD was on sale for $3 + $1 shipping…..can’t beat that. I figured that I might as well grab the E.P. along with the proper album to have all the songs in the collection.

bloodbound tabula rasaBloodbound – Tabula Rasa (2009) – $12: I have to plead ignorance on Bloodbound because I’ve never actually heard any of the band’s music, the only thing I know is from the reviews I’ve read online and they all seem to be really positive about TABULA RASA. The album was $5 cheaper at CD Inzane than at NEH Records so I picked it up right away. I have the U.S./Euro version that includes a bonus video…..I hear the Japanese import has a bonus track instead.

Nocturnal Rites 8thNocturnal Rites – The 8th Sin (2007) – $5: Over the years I have picked up almost all the the Nocturnal Rites albums as they have been released but, for some strange reason, I never bothered to pick up THE 8TH SIN a couple of years ago. I was going through the CD Inzane clearance section and there this CD was for $5! The bargain is better because it’s the limited edition with the bonus DVD with videos, live tracks, and documentaries on the band’s European Tour 2005 and Japanese Tour 2006. The regular version was $12 & the limited edition was $5…..easy choice! The bonus DVD is PAL format but my DVD-ROM drive on the computer plays PAL.

Gothic Knights Up From the AshesGothic Knights – Up From The Ashes (2003) – $5: An online clearance section can be even more lucrative for finding CD treasure than your local record stores used bins! I couldn’t help but notice that this Gothic Knights album was a mere $5 so I grabbed it too! I looked at this album on Ebay for $15 to $20 depending on the seller…..even Sentinel Steel couldn’t match the price on a used copy! Now I only need the out of print debut from Gothic Knights.

udo infectedU.D.O. – Infected E.P. (2009) – $12: I wasn’t going to make the same mistake of not ordering the E.P. that comes before the proper album like I did with THE WRONG SIDE OF MIDNIGHT E.P. in 2007 before the MASTERCUTOR album came out. U.D.O. always has E.P. exclusive songs and INFECTED is in different: 2 non-album tracks, a remix and a live track to go along with the title track that comes from the new upcoming record DOMINATOR. The E.P. is limited to 2222 copies worldwide so I acted fast.