My current projects

I’ve taken a couple weeks off from writing here because I had some other projects involving my music collection that I wanted to get started on…..but I have also been a little bored with the whole blogging thing lately. So here’s what I’ve been doing with myself lately…..

iPod & iTunes
When I bought my new iPod 120 gb I was sure I could easily fill it but I didn’t take into account the actual time to take my CDs and burn them in. The first thing I did was figure out how to upload the albums in my Dell DJ 30 back to the computer. When I would load my Dell DJ, I would delete the songs off my hard drive because I knew there was a way to reload it. I reloaded everything and then transferred to iTunes…..the most I had to do was change a few details and update some cover artwork but the process was simple. Good thing too because I had some bands in the DJ with a ton of albums: KISS, Sabbath, Maiden, Priest, UFO, Saxon, MSG, Scorpions, Dio. Once I got everything into iTunes, I started uploading more CDs and I’ve been storing everything on an external hard drive. It’s been a long process because I’ve been stopping and listening to a lot of lost classics. The other iPod project was loading my daughter’s Nano with selected classics from KISS, Saxon, David Lee Roth, Ozzy, and AC/DC and transferring everything she had on the computer’s hard drive to the external.

Collectorz.com – Music Collector
I have had the Music Collector software for four years and I still haven’t catalogued my CD collection. When I bought it a few years ago, I started a list but then we started house hunting, bought a house, moved, etc. My collection lived in various states for the last few years and, now that they are organized, I decided to get a new start cataloging them.

Posters & Pictures
Another Metal hobby of mine is collecting posters and pictures of my favorite bands and albums. I have a ton of old poster and promo flats that I’ve picked up from local record stores and Ebay and I have been able to snag some black & white promo shots of bands on Ebay. After 3 years of being in my house, my wife and I decided we might as well decorate and the upstairs music room is all mine so I’ve been going through things deciding which ones to frame.

So that’s where I’m at now but I should be back blogging soon. My collections have renewed life and that also makes my interest renewed, hopefully I can translate that into some consistent posts…..

WANTED: KISS Creatures era poster: The Loudest Band In The World (1982)

WANTED

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KISS poster from the Creatures Of The Night era: The Loudest Band In The World (1982)

I have been after this poster for 27 years! I saw it for the first time in 1982 at the Good Vibrations record store in Foxboro, MA, it was hanging in the window promoting the new album, CREATURES OF THE NIGHT. I decided to spend my hard-earned allowance on it but the poster was sold out! I never saw another one at any record store through the ’80s and I looked through every poster rack in every record store I went to.

The second time I saw this poster was at a KISS convention put on by a New England KISS collector’s group in the mid-90s. There were a ton of the posters there in excellent condition but the prices were way too high, from $50 to $100! I was paying my way through college at the time so it was way out of my price range. Then I got online in late 1997/early 1998 and I found a ton on Ebay with similar prices. I’ve been half-heartedly watching for the poster over the last decade or so but I never bothered to snatch one up now that I can afford a higher price. This pops up on Ebay a lot so now that one of my side projects is collecting old posters from the ’80s, I’m in the market again.

What makes this so special to me is that this was supposed to be the original cover of the CREATURES album and it just looks really cool! CREATURES is my 2nd favorite KISS album and it’s completely underrated. The picture above I took from the last completed auction on Ebay…..the poster went for $29.51 plus $8 shipping…..not too bad for a near mint poster that’s 27 years old.