Buying Round-Up – 3rd October 2012

Some more stuff I done bought.

Is there a particular reason the Dynasty cover portrait is so badly framed?

KISS – Hotter Than Hell, Rock and Roll Over and Dynasty Vinyl (Missing Glasgow £10 for the lot)

I’m always on the lookout for KISS LPs and there was a load suddenly appeared in Missing Records that I cherry picked from. None of the frills or extras that some original issues might have had but they were in great condition, were only £4 a pop and the chap gave me the three for £10 which was a cool deal. Still on the lookout for KISS, Dressed to Kill, Love Gun and Alive II but it’s only a matter of time before I get my grubby mitts on them!

“G N’ R Meets Hovis” cover

Guns N’ Roses – Chinese Democracy Vinyl (Amazon Marketplace £6)

I absolutely adore this album and I’d been on the lookout for a cheap vinyl copy as I had a right clear notion this would work great as a double LP. Due to its lukewarm reception it didn’t take a genius to work out that the price for this was eventually going to drop so I played the waiting game and finally pressed “add to basket” when it hit £6!

The Stranglers – No More Heroes (Fopp Glasgow £3)

I enjoyed The Stranglers’ La Folie so when I saw this going for £3 at my local Fopp I couldn’t say no. Haven’t listened to it yet, mind you, but it’s not going anywhere either. I feel sorry for people that don’t live near a Fopp…

OK… so I round the prices up…

Black Flag – The First Four Years Vinyl (Monorail Glasgow £13)

Been wanting to check out Black Flag due to my renewed interest in all things Rollins-related. Fact-fans will note, however, that Rollins doesn’t actually appear on this one but I wanted to start at the very beginning. This is pretty much what I expected: fast, aggressive, catchy and fun! Bought this repro-vinyl at Monorail in Glasgow for a respectable £13 which is not a shabby price at all for an import album. Great shop!

Rollins Band – The Only Way to Know For Sure (Amazon Marketplace £10)

Rollins Overload! Emphatically recommended by the keeper of the Thumb and a shoe-in for my Live After Live After Death series. I’ll review in more depth later but I’m pretty blown away by this. Intense heavy rock with a really loose bluesy delivery. The whole band is tireless and on fire. Took a couple of weeks to arrive despite the sterling efforts of the Canadian Postal-Canoes crossing the Atlantic but this is proof that good things come to those who wait!

Amount spent on purchase: £42

Amount spent in total so far: £348


14 thoughts on “Buying Round-Up – 3rd October 2012”

    1. That’s not the only KISS cover that’s messed up. Remember Mike, from your reviews? There was that one with the white cover where the dude on the left had his face cut off? That one (I can’t remember what it was). Maybe KISS just gets drunk when they’re doing their cover art. Like “Yeah man! Close enough! Ship it! Pass me a beer…”


      1. They talk about this in one of their books — how each member was like, “Well, I like my nose from this photo, but my lips from this photo…” and they ended doing a composite. Wish I could remember which book that was in!


      2. Really!? I’m going to have to go and have another look at this…

        I do actually like the cover, it just makes Ace and Peter look a bit like second-class citizens compared to Gene and Paul. (Which is maybe fair enough in Peter’s case because he’s hardly on the album!)


      3. Absolutely agreed…and doesn’t that pattern follow on most or all albums after? Like, Asylum: Bruce and Eric are on the bottom. I bet the same pattern holds for Sonic Boom although I don’t have my copy handy. Eric and Bruce are further back than Paul and Gene on Smashes & Thrashes, as well. And of course Vinnie’s missing arm on Lick It Up!


  1. That’s a bloody sweet score on the KISS LPs! Well done, sir. I’m happy that you’re happy with Chinese Democracy. Give me ten years, I’ll try it again. I don’t live near a Fopp. I don’t even know what that is. But if they’ll sell you cheap Stranglers, you win!

    The First Four Years is a MUST. I’m glad you’re digging it. Just be forewarned: at high enough volume, that album can be considered a hazard to the structural integrity of your house.

    I’m glad you’re digging TOWTKFS. It would suck if I talked it up so much and then you went to all that trouble with the canoe brigade and it didn’t grab you. Of course, I’m not sure how it could fail to impress – that record is an absolute monster! We saw the tour prior to that one, same line-up, and it was absolute energy and agression and RAWK! Let that one sink into your brain. I promise, you will not stop listening to it.


    1. You’d go crazy in Fopp! There’s one in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Wall to wall classic CDs for £3. Books, DVDs and vinyl too. Kind of like a warehouse outlet for that stuff. It’s a great store.

      I’ve been listening to TOWTKFS every day since it turned up. It’s amazing! I rent my place so I better keep Black Flag nice and quiet…


  2. I don’t think it’s badly framed. I imagine that the framing is very deliberate. It would be interesting to see the original image and you would see how much focus and impact it loses by including the missing parts of the heads – its only white chin and black hair after all. Look again and see that each expressions capture the individual character of the band members so well and can hold your attention (Ace always looked blank!). I have always thought it was an excellent album cover.


    1. Hmmm… interesting point. I do like the cover, you’re right that it holds your attention. It looks great on an LP too… I originally had it on cassette remember? Still think the chin cropping is a bit severe though.


      1. Yeah.ok. No one likes a severe chin cropping but the heads would have to be smaller to avoid this. I get what everyone is saying and surprised and disappointed that its genuinely a composite image. I still like it! And I had a listen to it today!


      2. I’m a bit amazed that this is a compilation of Peter Criss’s best photo face moments and the best he could come up with was that!? Heh heh.

        I do like the cover though. And the album’s a classic.


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