CD Scavenger Hunt – May update

In keeping with the tradition of not posting the Hunts at the end of the proper months, here is another big update, this time for this past May…..

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Fozzy – Happenstance (2002) – $4 used
High Noon – No Turning Back (2009) – $6 used
Lance King – A Moment In Chiros (2011) – $6 used
Heaven’s Edge – s/t (1990) – $12 used
Rush – Moving Pictures (1980) – $2.50
Rush – Signals (1982) – $2.50
Deep Purple – Now What?! (2013, Deluxe Edition) – $16
Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats – Mind Control (2013) – $12
Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats – Blood Lust (2012) – $15
Queensryche – Frequency Unknown (2013) – $10
Stratovarius – Nemesis (2013) – $10
Avantasia – The Mystery Of Time (2013) – $10
Amaranthe – The Nexus (2013) – $10
Free Fall – Power & Volume (2013) – $10
Ugly Kid Joe – Stairway To Hell E.P. (2012) – $6

Poison – Sexyback (promo CD single) (2007) – $7 used
Arch Enemy – Black Earth (1996) – $7 used
Arch Enemy – Burning Bridges (1999) – $7 used
Arch Enemy – Wages Of Sin (2001) – $7 used
Arch Enemy – Dead Eyes See No Future E.P. (2004) – $7 used
Shok Paris – Go For The Throat (1984) – $7 used
Shok Paris – Steel & Starlight (1987) – $11 used
Shok Paris – Concrete Killers (1989) – $11 used
Trixter – New Audio Machine (2012) – $12
Waysted – Save Your Prayers (1986/2013 reissue) – $10
Jorn – Symphonic (2013) – $11
Torch – Electrikiss (1985) – $14 used
Airbourne – Black Dog Barking (Special Edition) (2013) – $22.50
Armored Saint – March Of The Saint (1984) – $9.25 used
Armored Saint – Delirious Nomad (1985) – $9.25 used

May was a really good month but I kind of stayed away from the record stores and did more online. I’m torn right now because technology is providing me a means to compare prices on Amazon and Ebay while I’m in the record store and I’m making decisions based on price. I’ve always been a record store rat and I always will be but, I buy and devour so much music yearly, that I need to save as much money as possible. I support local record stores but it’s hard to when Amazon offers the same CD cheaper than the record store sale prices and no sales tax. No shipping for me because I’m an Amazon Prime member and the membership has already paid for itself. Let’s move on to the treasures I found…..

My first outing of the month was a quiet one. I hadn’t planned to go to Newbury Comics but I was driving through Warwick, RI and decided to stop in. I picked up the Fozzy, High Noon, Lance King and Heaven’s Edge CDs all in the used bin for some really great prices. The Lance King CD replaces the promo digital download that Lance’s label, Nightmare Records, sent me to review but the gem was the original pressing of the self-titled Heaven’s Edge album. It’s a highly bootlegged CD and there have been some shoddy reissues so I was cool spending $12 for a used CD. I checked Ebay while I was in the store and original pressings were listed for $25+ so I feel like I got a bargain. After the record shop, I went across the street to Best Buy so I could burn a $5 off coupon that was expiring the next day. Best Buy doesn’t have much of a selection and they aren’t big on organization so it can be a crap shoot finding a gem. I knew what I wanted…..Rush! I’ve been filling the holes in my Rush CD collection with Best Buy purchases because they are all $5 each so I grabbed Moving Pictures (1980) and Signals (1982). Take that $5 coupon off the $10 total and I got both for $2.50! My last trip out before I went online shopping was to my usual Newbury Comics location in North Attleboro, MA to grab the new Deep Purple album special edition. I wanted the CD/DVD edition so I paid a little extra than the regular CD. While I was there the store was playing the new Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats record, Mind Control, so I added that in on sale and caved in to buy their 2012 release Blood Lust also.

Now we get to the dilemma…..online vs. record stores. I had been watching a few new releases at the record stores and passed on them because I either thought the sale price was too high or I was skeptical about the material therein. The releases in question were the new albums from Geoff Tate’s version of Queensryche, Stratovarius, Avantasia, Amaranthe and Free Fall.  The Queensryche record has gotten terrible reviews so I was holding out for a used copy and I was actually shopping for the new Stratovarius online for the special ecition with three bonus tracks and those two were well stocked at the sale price. Also, I wasn’t in the mood for another concept record so I passed on Avantasia on sale and I really wanted to try out Amaranthe and Free Fall but those CDs were available at regular price. I finally caved in towards the end of the month and checked the prices on Ebay and Amazon and decided that the best value was to order through Amazon. I got all five CDs for $10 each ($50 total) with free shipping (I have Prime) and no sales tax, had I bought in the record store, with sale prices, the total would have been $68. So I actually saved $18 for the same exact items on Amazon vs. my favorite Newbury Comics…..that’s 1 or 2 CDs! If the Queensryche, Stratovarius and Avantasia albums were bought in store at their respective regular prices ($17 each regular price) then my total in store would have jumped to $80. And those figures in store don’t include state sales tax! The savings is obvious and I guess that’s why record stores are having a hard time competing. As a bonus for saving all that money, I also ordered a hard copy of the Ugly Kid Joe E.P. that I bought digitally back in 2012. The actual CD was $6 so it wasn’t a large add on.

Ebay was extremely lucrative in May. There were a few CDs I paid a little extra for and there were some good bargains. I had to have Poison’s cover of Justin Timberlake’s ‘Sexyback’ but I didn’t want the entire Poison’d covers album so I found the CD single for a cheap $4 + $3 shipping. As soon as that CD was taken off the want list, I focused on Shok Paris. I found a copy of Go For The Throat from a seller who was also selling a four CD lot of Arch Enemy CDs I needed so I went for both auctions and won for a grand total of $35. So I’m averaging $7 per CD on Ebay but the rest of the month was higher. I finished the Shok Paris discography (Steel & Starlight and Concrete Killers) for $11 each, grabbed the latest Trixter record from 2012 for a cheap $12 (replacing the promo download I was sent), the Waysted – Save Your Prayers 2013 reissue from Cherry Red Records and Jorn Lande’s Symphonic album for $11. I grabbed a CD copy of Torch – Electrikiss even though I already own the vinyl…..I’ve never seen a CD version so I grabbed it for $11 + $3 shipping and it’s in mint condition. The CD says Metal Blade for a label and I checked all Metal Blade releases through 2002 (through the anniversary box set) and didn’t see it listed. I think it was a Metal Blade Europe release and it’s a real silver pressed, factory made CD…..I’m still researching it. I had to have the new Airbourne album but I wanted the 2 disc special edition so that cost me a total of $22.50 and the seller who sold me the Arch Enemy lot had both Armored Saint CDs listed in one lot so I grabbed that for $18.50.

Total = $284

Total (year) = $1106.80

Average Price (per item) = $11.07

Total CDs (year) = 91

Total DVDs & BluRays (year) = 3

Total LPs (year) = 1

Total Box Sets (year) =5

Early Monday Morning Metal – 7/28/08

Nothing is worse than being tired and having so much to do. That is exactly how last week went for me! My work schedule changed again because my assistant is out with an eye injury so I have had the overnight shift for the last two weeks. Of course the overnight shift is where I originally started so going back to my “old job” is a pretty good deal, very relaxing and not too much responsibility. Unfortunately, it’s taken my body the full two weeks to get back into my old sleeping pattern so I have been extra tired. Add the oppressive heat and torrential downpours that we’ve had here in Rhode Island and it’s making my two daughters stir crazy! I’ve been doing anything I can to keep them amused and sneaking in naps while they are playing video games or doing arts & crafts.

Sunday was my day off and I swore that I was going to catch up on the site, my music, and some overdue chores around the house…..I slept instead! I got home at 10am from work and slept most of the afternoon. when I got up, I lasted until after dinner. I think I fell back asleep around 7pm and woke up around 4am…..WIDE AWAKE! So what do you do when you’re up at 4am and everyone else is out cold? You start playing DJ and spin some early Monday Morning Metal!

Twisted Sister – Stay Hungry (1984): This is one of those albums that my oldest daughter really enjoys and I have Spongebob Squarepants to thank! In the Spongebob Squarepants Movie, there is a scene at the end where Spongebob performs the ‘Goofy Goober Rock’. The song is ‘I Wanna Rock’ with different lyrics and a David Lee Roth ‘California Girls’ sample. The good news is that she has borrowed the album and she knows it by heart! She also knows LOVE IS FOR SUCKERS (1987) word for word also and has both albums in her MP3 player. I decided I wanted to hear STAY HUNGRY without the vocal stylings of a 10 yr. old but it is cool to sing along with her.

‘Goofy Goober Rock’

‘I Wanna Rock’

Trixter – Trixter (1990): I know what everyone is thinking, “Trixter?”. Back in my senior year of high school, especially that summer after we graduated, Trixter was a huge deal on RI radio stations. I saw this when I was reaching for STAY HUNGRY so I pulled this out for a quick spin just to hear the two singles. I remember the hype was that all the guys in the band were teenagers, a prime gimmick that all the girls ate up, but they were all in their early 20s! This one doesn’t stand the test of time but it did remind me of hanging out in the parking lots with 50-100 other people on the weekends!

‘Give It To Me Good’

‘One In A Million’

When you sit in front of around 3000 CDs wondering which ones you haven’t heard in a long time, it gets a little crazy. I started making piles of discs to spin and I soon had close to 30 CDs ready to go! Unfortunately, I only had a window of 4 hours before everyone else woke up and my wife got ready for work. The next two choices had to be good…..

Dangerous Toys – Dangerous Toys (1989): Another “parking lot” band that everyone really liked back in the day. I remember driving around in my buddies Nova and playing this cassette over and over again. Best song here for me was ‘Queen Of The Nile’ but the whole record is strong. Dangerous Toys was one of those bands that we all thought would make it really big because they had a similar sound to Guns ‘N Roses. Definitely one of those ’80s bands that gets no credit, ‘Scared’ & ‘Teas’n, Please’n’ were a” over MTV and radio back in the day.

‘Scared’

‘Tease’n, Please’n’

Y&T – In Rock We Trust (1984): I haven’t listened to enough Y&T over the last few years and that’s too bad because they were (and still are) a great band. I was the only one I knew that like Y&T BEFORE ‘Summertime Girls’ hit MTV back in ’85. I remember picking up this cassette after I saw the video for ‘Don’t Stop Runnin’ and that was it. One of my friends use to bust my chops about that song saying it was the best Paul Stanley song that didn’t make ANIMALIZE. I hear some similarities but Y&T weren’t KISS Klones at all. I have the recent reissue that has ‘Go For The Throat’ added from the Hear ‘N Aid benefit album and OPEN FIRE (1985).

‘Don’t Stop Runnin’

Black ‘N Blue – Black ‘N Blue (1984): Great debut! I remember the hype on Black ‘N Blue in all the magazines back in ’83/’84 and I got this cassette without ever hearing a note. Side 1 was always my favorite: ‘The Strong Will Rock’, ‘School Of Hard Knocks’, ‘Autoblast’, ‘Hold On To 18′, and ‘Wicked Bitch’. ‘Hold On To 18′ had decent MTV rotation, I was glued to that station 24/7! All BNB albums are hard to find on CD but the reissue box set on Majestic came out a few years ago so I picked it up. I play this record once a month and it’s probably one of my favorite from ’84. Too band Gene $immons diluted their sound on future records. BTW, watch the video…..doesn’t Jaime St. James look like a cross between Dee Snider & Paul Stanley? And who is that guitarist that looks like Ace Frehley? LOL!

‘Hold On To 18′