As part of the HMO Challenge 2013 I was aiming to spend no more than £50 on music in February. In January I had only overspent by £8. February is a much shorter month so it should have been a doddle. It wasn’t. Here’s how I got on.
Blue Öyster Cult – The Columbia Albums Collection (£55 Amazon)
Whe-PAH! Instantly over budget with my first purchase! This had been tempting me for months but its release kept getting put back so my excitement had reached fever pitch. This set contains all fourteen of BÖC’s Columbia albums from their 1972 debut to 1988’s Imaginos, the Some OTHER Enchanted Evening live DVD, a download voucher for 4 live shows recorded for radio, a Rarities CD andRadios Appear: The Best of the Broadcasts (disappointingly a CD compilation of the aforementioned radio show downloads).
In total you’ve got about 20 CDs worth of music here which is fantastic value. I’ve a lot of BÖC on CD and vinyl already but it’s great to have them all on CD and there’s still enough music here that I didn’t have already to make it worthwhile. A superb set from a classic, undervalued band and I don’t regret busting my budget for it öne bit.
Paradise Lost – S/T and At the BBC (£14 from Missing Records and Amazon Marketplace)
I plugged a couple of gaps in my Paradise Lost collection this month. I’m particularly pleased to have picked up At the BBC for just £10 as it’s been out of print for some time. All it needed was a new jewel case and now it’s as good as new! These radio sessions do a great job of capturing the band’s early style and development before things started to go a bit weird! The 2005 self-titled album was PL’s return to Metal form after those weird years.
Gov’t Mule – The Georgia Bootleg Box (£16 Sainsburys)
Many of Gov’t Mule’s live releases have had cover versions and guest appearances galore but this intriguing live box set focuses on the band’s original material from their early power-trio days (before the shock death of bassist Allen Woody). This was probably a bit of an extravagance but I’ve been in a real Mule mood these days and, at £16 for 6 CDs (3 concerts) of material, it was another great value set.
And many thanks to the lovely EvaOverload for enabling buying me the new Richard Thompson album Electric!
I’ve went royally over budget this month but I’m not downhearted. At £85 I’ve still spent less than I did in February 2012. I also bagged a sought-after rarity and with about 30 CDs to listen to I got plenty of value and a metric shit-ton of music to keep me occupied for a while. Hopefully in March this lot can keep me amused and away from shops and the internet and I can claw back some of my dignity. That’s the theory anyway.
FEBRUARY 2013 TOTALS
Amount spent on purchases: £85
Amount budgeted: £50
Amount over/under budget: £35 Over
HMO CHALLENGE 2013 TOTALS
Amount spent on purchases: £143
Amount budgeted: £100
Amount over/under budget: £43 Over