How Tempting! 11th Sep 2012

Here’s a wee round-up of things that might be burning a hole in my wallet sometime soon!

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!

26 thoughts on “How Tempting! 11th Sep 2012”

  1. Priest arrived here last week. Have yet to pop it in the player.

    Machine Head is not their best album (I would say Fireball) but I did order that. Maiden makes it compulsory, Metallica is icing on the cake.

    ZZ Top I am looking forward to — the first studio album I’ve bought since Eliminator!

    The new Helix and the new Marillion both just arrived today….


    1. I’ll be interested to hear what you make of the Priest and Marillion. I wasn’t that enamoured with the last Marillion album so I’m holding off on it too… It’s really tough trying to cut down on purchases with so much good stuff coming out, you know! It’s bringing me out in a cold sweat.


      1. No. What are the details? I don’t want to buy all my Purples again. There’s nothing wrong with the last batch of reissues. All I would want added is the Quad mix of Machine Head. That’s never been issued on DVD. Stormbringer though included the Quad mix.

        Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2012 16:21:28 +0000 To:


      2. I think it is. Either way, it WILL be mine. With more and more people having the ability to play music in 5.1 surround, I’d like to see more of the old Quad mixes reissued.


      3. I had this discussion with Aaron. It’s a bit of a commitment to go 5.1, you’re probably upgrading basically all your equipment. I did it two years ago. It was a lot of money but it’ll last me for (hopefully) another 15 or 20 years.

        Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2012 07:44:05 +0000 To:


  2. Get the Rollins. Just get it. Now. Do it. Do it do it do it do it!

    The title is because Rollins hates bands that can’t cut it live. You hear the record, think cool! and then see them live and they can’t do it. That’s weak. So, ‘The Only Way To Know For Sure’ if a band can deliver the goods is to see them live. And this record is straight from the stage to the truck to the CD, no overdubs, no nothing. The full show, as it was. And baby, the Rollins Band DELIVERS THE GOODS. Holy hell, what a show.

    Mike: Eliminator was the first album I ever bought with my own money. I was 10.


      1. Be forewarned: Canada Post sucks! Cut the seller some slack if the parcel is late. I had so many problems selling on eBay. Parcels were 8 weeks in transit. I don’t sell on eBay anymore for that reason. Too many problems with Canada Post.

        Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2012 20:15:58 +0000 To:


      2. HOORAY!!! Man, it’s not hype. That Only Way To Know For Sure live record is really just THAT good. It will not leave your player for weeks.

        And yes, Canada Post blows. But shhhh! We don’t want them to hear us. They might get mad and go on strike! Again. And then NOBODY gets ANYTHING! Freaks. As for the time it takes them, well, cut them some slack. The UK’s a helluva long way to paddle a canoe.


  3. I was a big Skynyrd fan back in the day and I’ll have to check out the Ozzy DVD although I liked that live album. Screaming for Vengence, not much more can be said about that classic Priest album.


    1. Screaming for Vengeance is just essential. I’m not sure if I want to buy it for the third time though!

      I’ve not heard the Speak of the Devil live album. That was all Sabbath songs though wasn’t it? The DVD is a normal Diary-era set list.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting, much appreciated!


The Heavy Metal Overlord awaits your response!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.