Buying Round Up – 22nd September 2012

Here’s some stuff that’s been bothering my inner Bank Manager.

The Steelbook is shiny, it excites!

Iron Maiden – En Vivo! DVD Steelbook with Stickers (HMV Glasgow £18)

Another excellent Maiden DVD. This is the HMV exclusive edition. Not especially fussed about Steelbooks or stickers but this was the cheapest version I could find and, you have to admit, it’s purty! You can order online with HMV now and pick your order up at your local store… Good idea! I can’t bear waiting on the post to arrive. The Final Frontier album has proved a real grower and has received many listens lately so I wanted to see and hear that stuff captured live. I really respect Maiden’s commitment to their new material and the intervening retro tours are a great idea too. The new tracks sound great on this, especially Coming Home. “En Vivo” translates to English as “Live” which is a bit disappointing. I thought it was going to mean something cool like… I dunno… “Have at you” or something like that.

I asked for Bacon!

The Darkness – Hot Cakes Ltd. Edition with Bonus Tracks (HMV Glasgow £10)

I’ve mentioned this album a couple of times in my listening notes and it has been getting many, many plays. One of the strongest albums of the year.  It’s a real relief to hear a new album that is as good as this. There are still classics waiting to be written!

The small one that doesn’t come with an amp!

AC/DC – Backtracks 2CD/DVD (FOPP Glasgow £10)

I’m not the hugest fan of AC/DC but £10 for this just seemed like an irresistable bargain. The more committed fan should check out this beast but I’ll content myself with this version. I mainly wanted the Aussie album tracks, like Crabsody In Blue, which never made it onto the UK versions of the albums so this covers that base. To be honest, I can never really get into this band that much these days but we’ll see if this floats my boat. I’ve got a good feeling about this one…

The extra violent, inappropriately attired cover

KISS – Destroyer Resurrected (Amazon £7)

I don’t need a whole bunch of bonus tracks to rate a reissue highly. A good remastering with entertaining liner notes applied to a well-chosen classic album is quite enough for HMO. I can’t help feeling that more could have been done with this though, like with the recent Queen reissues. It just seems a bit stingy. I’ve only given this a couple of listens but KISS are always a bit of an Autumn/Winter proposition for me so I reckon I might start listening to this more as the year progresses.

Amount spent on purchase: £45

Amount spent in total so far: £306

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6 thoughts on “Buying Round Up – 22nd September 2012”

  1. Sweet stuff! Maiden live DVD = essential. I always took Darkness to be some sort of tongue-in-cheek super-tribute band to the 80s hair metal, and that that first time around was a fluke. I didn’t realize, for the longest time, that they were serious. And hey, 2CDs and a DVD of AC/DC for that cheap is always worth it. And Mike does have the amp – it’s on his blog, somewhere. And KISS. Of course.

    So, 306 pounds. Any regrets? Wish you’d spent it differently? (haha I know the answer – OF COURSE NOT).

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    1. Of course not haha! The Maiden is amazing and that AC/DC set was a great deal.
      I can understand you feeling that way about The Darkness. They do tread a fine line, especially live. But I think they have their own style and the humour isn’t parodic or taking the piss. Despite the obvious influences they have their own style rather than just aping older acts.

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  2. Finally, I got the Darkness. I love it! When they broke up I was very much into them. It’s nice that they have come back, and I still feel the exact same. I love this album. It’s like no time has passed and they are back to the sound of the first LP.

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