Here’s a wee round-up of things that might be burning a hole in my wallet sometime soon!
Blue Oyster Cult – The Complete Columbia Albums Collection
Fourteen albums of BOC(how do you actually do umlauts on your PC?) from their debut to Imaginos. It also includes the Some Enchanted Evening bonus DVD and two albums of Rarities and Radio broadcasts. Apparently initial copies come with a download voucher for four live concert broadcasts too!
The first question I always want to know with these kind of sets is whether all the albums are remastered because often they are packaged with only the existing editions of CDs with no new work done which means they can be a mixed bag sonically. After a root around online I’m delighted to see that the later albums have all been remastered for this release and that makes it phenomenally tempting for £50. It’s out in the tail end of October. BOC are an essential and cruelly underrated band. I have most of this stuff already but mostly on vinyl so this is a MUST!
Temptation Rating: 10 out of 10 A Fire of Unknown Origin took my money away.
Black Flag – The First Four Years LP
There’s been a lot of Henry Rollins chat here and over at My Left Thumb so I’ve been on the lookout for any Rollins/Black Flag stuff in the shops. There wasn’t much doing as most of the stuff is import-only over here but, I’m happy to report, good old Monorail in Glasgow has saved the day with a nice stock of Black Flag vinyl and CDs so it’s just deciding where to start really! This is the early EPs and singles before Rollins joined the band but I’m told it’s essential so I’ll probably start here as it looks like a bit of a steal at £13 for the vinyl.
Temptation Rating: 9 out of 10 Only financial considerations are getting in the way here but this is definitely on my wish-list.
Enslaved – Riitiir
I really enjoy these Progressive Black Metal legends. But, really, I’ve not listened to their older stuff nearly as much as I should have so I’m going to do my best to hold off on this. At least until I’ve given the rest of their stuff a decent whirl. It’s been getting phenomenal reviews though so it might be hard to fight off the temptation.
Temptation Rating: 6 out of 10 If I’m serious about cutting down the buying, I can do without this… at least for now.
Testament – Dark Roots of the Earth CD/DVD
Pretty much the same story as with Enslaved. Too much music and too little time so I need to make more of what I’ve already got!
Temptation Rating: 5 out of 10 Not had the rave reviews that Enslaved have enjoyed so I’ve docked a point.
KISS – Destroyer: Resurrected
Temptation Rating: 10 out of 10 I’m going to get up and get down to the shops right now.