CD Scavenger Hunt – updated purchases

Here we go again! I’ve been buying a lot of CDs & DVDs so here’s what’s new……

Ebay

hammerfall-no-sacrifice-no-victory-2009Hammerfall – No Sacrifice, No Victory (2009) – $15: I’ve been a Hammerfall fan since GLORY TO THE BRAVE was released in 1997 so everytime they release a new album I have to have it right away. NO SACRIFICE, NO VICTORY has been out for a couple of weeks in Europe and Japan and I was holding out for a U.S. release but I couldn’t wait and I used BUY IT NOW to grab the European version. I bought this late last week and the U.S. release ended up being this past Tuesday…..the local shop had it on sale for $9.99…..figures!

NEH Records

great_white_-_rising_artworkGreat White – Rising (2009) – $17: Great White’s last album, BACK TO THE RHYTHM, was one of my Top Albums of 2007 and it was an awesome comeback. This is another album that came out everywhere else a week or two ago except for the U.S. (the U.S. release is sometime in April). RISING was at the top of my want list so I searched all over the Net for a decent price and NEH had the best one. I always like ordering from NEH because they are based in the U.S. and always have a solid selection and great shipping rates.

jeff-scott-soto-beautiful-messJeff Scott Soto – Beautiful Mess (2009) – $17: Had to have the new Jeff Scott Soto album as well and I had to wait a couple months. JSS went with an initial release campaign for a digital download of the complete album. I just can’t bring myself to download anything so I decided to wait until the actual CD was released. It took a couple of months but JSS released the album on CD and then it took me a couple of weeks to get around to ordering it. I’ve always been a JSS fan since his days with Yngwie Malmsteen but his solo works are more melodic and soulful rather than Metal. After seeing him successfully front Journey a couple of summers ago, I will always support anything he releases.

tall-stories-skyscraperTall Stories – Skyscraper (2009) – $17: Continuing the theme of former Journey frontmen releasing new albums, Steve Augeri got the unreleased Tall Stories album, SKYSCRAPER, out and in the hands of fans. SKYSCRAPER was worked on from 1993 to 1995 but the band dissolved and Augeri went on to Tyketto and then Journey. I had the first Tall Stories album when it came out back in 1991 and it’s solid Melodic ock and I expect that this new record is more of the same.

CD Baby

badmouth-debut-albumBadmouth – s/t (2008) – $10: I’ve had this album on my radar since it came out in September but I’ve never been able to find a decent price. I was going to order it from NEH Records with the rest of my order but the price was $18.99! I checked Ebay but there was nothing available so I moved over to Badmouth’s website and I saw that it was $10 buying direct from the band! Clicked the link…..went to CD Baby and it’s all done.

dirty-penny-take-it-sleazyDirty Penny – Take It Sleezy (2007) – $12: Now I just couldn’t order one CD from CD Baby so I went through my account’s wish list and one of the last CDs I put on there was Dirty Penny’s first disc. I never got around to picking this up a couple of years ago and I have read some great reviews online so this one was a no brainer. What made it even sweeter was that the price was the best I’ve seen. I’ve read that Dirty Penny is like a cross between Dokken and early Motley Crue, I love both those bands so I hope that’s true.

ravage-freedom-fighterRavage – Freedom Fighter (2008) – $7: I’ve been checking out a lot of local bands and Ravage is from my backyard (Massachusetts). I’ve been compiling a list of local New England bands and Ravage was on the list but I forgot all about them until I received an email from Metal Blade that they signed Ravage for their new record. A quick check and $7 later and this 6 song E.P. was on the order.

 

Not everything can be an online purchase because I’m a record store guy and I still like to go through all the racks. I went down to my local Newbury Comics to pick up a few new releases from last week and this week but I didn’t get to the store until Noon…..usually I’m there right when the doors open because there is only a limited amount of certain new releases…..

Newbury Comics

wolf-ravenousWolf – Ravenous (2009) – $12: This was first on the list because I knew there would only be 1 or 2 copies in the store. Nothing in the new release rack, nothing under “Wolf” so it was off to the front counter. Good news was that the Metal guy was working and he had the second (and last) copy of the CD behind the counter. Turns out they sold the first one as soon as they opened and they hadn’t had a chance to get the other copy on the front rack. From what the Metal guy told me, it’s an excellent album, he bought his own copy…..so they really had three!

mastodon-crack-the-skye-2009Mastodon – Crack The Skye (2009) – $10: CRACK THE SKYE has got to be one of the most anticipated Metal albums of the year especially after Mastodon’s previous album from 2006 BLOOD MOUNTAIN. That record was a grower for me but I started to come around and check out the rest of Mastodon’s albums and I’m really high on the band. I started receiving press releases on CRACK THE SKYE two months ago so I knew that there was a limited edition package with a bonus DVD but I went with the regular CD. I have to really love a band to spend an extra $5 for a a special edition with a DVD that’s just about making the record.

cruefest-2008Motley Crue – Crue Fest 1 DVD (2009) – $19: I wasn’t going to pick this DVD up because I knew there would be plenty of copies around but because the store didn’t have Saga – Live In Munich (2 CD/2 DVD) limited edition I decided to pick this one up as a consolation prize. I didn’t go to Crue Fest 1 last summer because I thought the lineup sucked aside from Motley Crue and Buckcherry and I really didn’t want a DVD with performances by Trapt, Sixx AM, and especially Papa Roach. the good news is that there is a full Crue perofrmance, a documentary about the tour, 6 Crue videos, and only a few tunes from the other four bands. I can live with that! I also just saw Motley Crue a couple weeks ago so I figured the performance had to be a good one on the DVD.

The quest continues because I was shut out of two items on my hunt: Rob Halford – Resurrection re-release and Saga – Live In Munich (2 CD/2 DVD) limited edition. The Halford reissue has four new tunes on it and was advertised a week ago for $13 but they were sold out. The Saga limited edition set is the last performance of the band with original singer Michael Sadler and was advertised this week for $25 while both the double CD and double DVD versions were both priced at $17 separately. If I’m going to buy the set then I might as well get both formats in one package for the lower price. I’ll be getting that one this weekend…..if they have it in stock!

CD Scavenger Hunt – Catching Up Again!

I bought some good CDs in the last couple of weeks, mostly from Ebay and my weekly stop at the local shop. I bought a couple of albums this week that haven’t arrived yet: I pre-ordered the 2 disc limited edition of Whitesnake – Good To Be Bad through Amazon.com (see the link in the sidebar) and I won an auction for Y&T – Musically Incorrect (1996). Neither has arrived yet so I will list them in future editions. So here’s what I added to the collection recently…..

Keel – Lay Down the Law (1984) – $12.99: Keel’s first album was never officially released on CD but it has been widely bootlegged over the years. Finally, Ron Keel and Mike Varney of Shrapnel Records got together and put this album on CD. It’s a full-color digipak but no booklet and I’m not sure if it’s remastered. Either way, this is official issue and I can finally forget about digitizing my vinyl copy.

Lana Lane – Red Planet Boulevard (2007) – $14.99: I’m a big Lana Lane fan and I passed on this when it came out back in the Fall. I wasn’t happy that her previous album, GEMINI (2006), was an album of covers so I was reluctant to buy this one right away. So, in my quest to acquire albums from 2007 I missed, I picked this one up. It was also the last copy at the record store so I didn’t want to get shut out and have to order online, pay for shipping, etc.

The Sword – Gods Of The Earth (2008) – $9.99: Had to buy this the day it was released, especially at such a good sale price! I wasn’t too high on The Sword’s debut album, AGE OF WINTERS (2006), but it was still good. I did my research before hand and read a lot of reviews so I bought the hype and made the purchase. Not disappointed at all, it’s a solid Doom Metal album (read my review) and looks to be one of the best records of 2008.

Kamelot – Ghost Opera: The Second Coming (2008) – $10.88: Kamelot released Ghost Opera in 2007 and it was excellent, it made my Top 15 Albums of 2007. So now it’s 2008 and the band has re-released the album with the added title of “The Second Coming” and added videos to the main disc. A second CD is included wiith 10 live tracks from Belgrade and four bonus studio tracks. For the price I paid, that is totally worth it. Do all these bonus feature put this album in my Top Albums of 2008?

Bullet – No Mercy (1983) – $10.54: I have been after this CD for 10 years! I’ve had the opportunity many times but I have never pulled the trigger until now. This slice of German Metal was released on CD by the now defunct High Vaultage label in 1997 and included two demos as bonus tracks. I have been collecting High Vaultage releases for a number of years but they are starting to become had to find. I love the album cover! Picked this up on Ebay, price includes shipping.

Trixie – s/t (2003) – $25.25: This one I had to splurge on because I haven’t seen it go for less than $30 now that it’s out of print. This was released on Metal Mayhem in 2003 and it got rave reviews. I had a few opportunities to pick this up but I passed for other releases. Of course when I finally get around to buying it, it’s out of print! Another Ebay auction won, price includes shipping.

Tall Stories – s/t (1991) – $9.65: I’ve been in a Journey mood recently, especially the version with Steve Augeri at the mic. I thought that Journey record, ARRIVAL, was great so I’ve been playing it a lot along with the GREATEST HITS record. I figured I’d go back and listen to the Tall Stories album because I wanted to compare but it’s not there. I double checked my want list and it was there…..cross another one off the list. Ebay auction #3 of the week, price includes the envelope and stamps!

Roxy Blue – Want Some? (1992) – $8: I swear I had this album but it’s on my Want List and not in my collection. I really need to make a master list of my collection because this is happening a lot! Found this at a decent price and I was the only bidder. Usually this goes for $15+ on Ebay but it was only $8 with shipping. Another classic album cover!