Lynyrd Skynyrd – Last of a Dyin’ Breed (Classic Rock Magazine Fan-Pack)
I have always enjoyed Skynyrd in the past and have been pretty keen on the post-crash line-ups too. I really rated The Last Rebel and Edge of Forever especially, both excellent albums. I have to say that they’ve lost me a bit on the last couple of releases. Didn’t rate Vicious Cycle much and didn’t even buy Gods and Guns. I am rarely in the mood for this kind of bluesy Rock these days so I think I’m going to have to leave this on the shelf. Pretty surprised to see ex-Black Crowe Johnny Colt popping up here though, when did that happen?!
TEMPTATION RATING: 2 out of 10 Yeeee…..naw.
V/A – Re-Machined: A Tribute to Deep Purple’s Machine Head (Classic Rock Magazine Fan-Pack)
Usually these Fan-Packs are new albums packaged with a bonus magazine. This one feels like a magazine with a bonus CD so this is priced way over the mark at £15. Iron Maiden and Metallica’s contributions are intriguing but I really don’t do tribute albums so I’m going to find this easy to resist I think. Machine Head isn’t even Purple’s best record! Discuss.
TEMPTATION RATING : 3 out of 10 For Maiden and Metallica.
ZZ Top – La Futura
Saw this in Fopp today for a £10… momentarily tempted but I managed to put it back. I have plenty of ZZ Top as it is, some of it has been underplayed. I know Martin Popoff really rates modern-day Top which is encouraging but I might just leave this until I’m in a genuine mood for it. It’s not going anywhere right?
TEMPTATION RATING: 7 out of 10 Not now but I’ll probably pick this up in the futura.
Judas Priest – Screaming for Vengeance 30th Anniversary (CD/DVD)
A great Priest album. The main money shot here is the DVD of their performance at the US Festival. You often see images of Priest performing at this festival in articles and websites about them so this is a pretty iconic show for the band. It is also only £10 which would be an ok price tag for the DVD on its own anyway so it doesn’t feel like I’m being totally ripped off. The elephant in the room is the Live Vengeance ’82 DVD which has all these songs from the same era, is also pretty iconic and has a longer set-list. I could be swayed either way on this. Maybe I’ll hold off until I have a really bad day or something like that.
TEMPTATION RATING: 8 out of 10 Hard to imagine I won’t treat myself to this at some point.
Ozzy Osbourne – Speak of the Devil (DVD)
Been a bit of a debate here about the relative merits of Ozzy’s live releases. It put me in the mood for this. It’s an odd line-up featuring Brad Gillis on guitar, filling in for Randy Rhoads after his tragic and fatal accident. But it’s still Diary-era Ozzy and looks pretty entertaining. It also looks like it might keep coming down in price so I might hover around it like a vulture for a while longer.
TEMPTATION RATING: 9 out of 10 This DVD isn’t going anywhere and neither am I. See you at the bargain bin.
Rollins Band – The Only Way to Know for Sure
Been on a Rollins kick and this live album comes heavily recommended. It’s also a strong contender for the Live After Live After Death column I’ve been doing (if it’s as good as Aaron and Mike say it is!). Going to have a poke around on Discogs and see if I can get this for a good price. Can I also just add that the title is an inspired title for a live album.
TEMPTATION RATING: 10 out of 10 The only way to know is to buy it!