Buying Round-Up – April 2013

Another “easy” month as I had a whole £80 to spend on music. If you’ve been following my progress you’ll know that I’m already £33 over budget. But in March I was able to come in under budget for the first time so let’s see if I can continue that good work this month.

Maiden England '88 - DVD and CD
Maiden England ’88 – DVD and CD

Iron Maiden – Maiden England ’88 DVD and CD (£29 – Fopp Glasgow)

Any archive release of 80s Maiden is a big deal and I was massively excited about this DVD reissue. But it turned out that the real treat is the live album which has an amazing vibe and sounds fantastic. The set-list is sublime too, mixing lesser heard tracks and classics. If you only own one Maiden live album… it should be Live after Death. But get this one as well.

Just £13 for this? Oh My.
Just £13 for this? Oh My.
Phenomenal
Phenomenal

UFO – On Air: At the BBC 1975 – 1985 (£13 – Amazon)

I had no idea this was coming out until it popped up on my Amazon recommendations. Let’s see… five CDs of radio sessions and a DVD of television performances from one of the best live bands of all time… for £13? Great Odin’s Raven, what a bargain! If you’ve ever heard any live UFO recordings you’ll know why this was a must-buy, especially at this price.

Nae Bonus Tracks!
Nae Bonus Tracks!

Blue Murder – S/T (£12 – Rock Candy)

Classic remastered debut album from John Sykes’ post-Whitesnake outfit. This was a bit of an extravagance as I already have it on vinyl but I was just really in the mood for it. An extra track, Cold Harbor, has been mistakenly listed on the back cover and booklet. This error has been perpetuated on many websites so please be aware there are no bonus tracks on this if you’re thinking of buying it for that reason.

Metalström!
Metalström!

Manilla Road – Open the Gates (£17 – Monorail Glasgow)

I’ve mentioned the joy of Manilla Road’s Crystal Logic in this blog many times now and I’ve been long overdue buying the follow-up. This is a gorgeous vinyl edition from the High Roller label. I can’t say it’s grabbing me as much as Crystal Logic but I’ve only had a couple of listens so far. And any album that has a song on it called Metalström has to rule. It just has to.

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And I would have sailed in well under budget if hadn’t been for pesky Record Store Day which I had totally forgotten about when I was considering April’s purchases. I couldn’t let that occasion pass without treating myself. It only happens once a year, after all! So Record Store Day ended up costing me £21 and took me over budget once more. I’m not going to beat myself up about it. That’s me four months in to the HMO Challenge 2013 and I’m still managing to spend less than I did last year. I’ve still got another eight months to go! I can do this!!

APRIL 2013 TOTALS

Amount spent on purchases: £92

Amount budgeted: £80

Amount over/under budget: £12 Over

HMO CHALLENGE 2013 TOTALS

Amount spent on purchases: £305

Amount budgeted: £260

Amount over/under budget: £45 Over

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40 thoughts on “Buying Round-Up – April 2013”

  1. NICE Metal purchases! I agree with ‘Live After Death’ being the #1 Iron Maiden ‘Live’ album. As I see it, you could be spending your money on worse things… plus you’ll have these CD’s and vinyl for life! \m/\m/

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  2. All of these are solid purchases! What a great price for all that UFO. Well-spotted! The Maiden is a gimme. And blast that pesky RSD for mucking with your totals… Well done sir. Your process here is still fascinating, and you’re getting closer to being back in black. How much do you get for May? Another £80?

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    1. It was a good haul this month. The Maiden and UFO were just slam-dunks. If I’d realised RSD was round the corner I’d probably have left Manilla Road on the shelf but never mind!

      Next month’s budget is much lower than £80 I’m afraid. It’s going to be the lowest yet! At least RSD is out of the way…

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      1. So, standing in the face of difficult decisions ahead, are you prepared? Or are you royally screwed because there’s all kinds of awesome coming out and you want it all?

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      2. Excellent question! I’m feeling pretty confident… the next few months are pretty heavy on the new releases so I’m going to have to start reminding myself that I don’t need to buy everything as soon as it comes out! And Mike’s “personal canon” method might be coming in very handy too.

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      3. I struggle with the personal canon idea. But you guys go ahead and play the home game, if it suits you.

        At least I know the new Rod Stewart will be on your list for June.

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      4. Hahah I’ll put it in there specially for you!

        Why do you struggle with it? You don’t have EVERY Rod Stewart album, do you? I’m not writing an album off by not buying it, it just means it doesn’t interest me right now. There’s no shame in buying an album a few years after it came out.

        Not sure what you mean by “playing the home game”? That we’re not adventurous enough?

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      5. Nobody with as many discs as us is un adventurous! Ex girlfriends used to get on my case for the amount of “Rawk” in my collection. Then I would say “Oh yeah? So all my Johnny Cash, Miles Davis, Little Richard and BB King, what are they?”

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      6. No I don’t have every Rod Stewart album. If I owned every album I wanted, I would need a warehouse of shelves, and a staff to maintain and protect it all. I was just surprised when you and Mike wrote it off without even hearing it, just dismissed it. You don’t have to own everything to be a fan, sure, but new material after this long should be exciting.

        The home game thing is just an expression.

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      7. I didn’t write it off, but who has the time/money? I don’t. I haven’t played all the albums I bought 3 weeks ago yet. I spent 100 bucks on one Deep Purple album this week. May as well spend my time with stuff I really care able rather than marginal stuff. If someone gifted me a copy of Rod I would play it. Otherwise I have too much to enjoy already, without enough time to really enjoy.

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      8. I can see Aaron’s point too. I guess you just have to decide where your interest ends. I don’t really consider myself that big a fan of Rod I suppose. So in that instance I suppose I am dismissing it cause I’ve just decided he’s not on my radar any more. I’d have to hear really good things about it to consider checking it out. Just too much music and too little time!

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      9. Human was awful…at the record store I heard everything he did up to 2005. That’s why I liked When We Were the New Boys…I played it a lot. I believe he also released a greatest “ballad” hits that I liked too, which had “Broken Arrow” on it…that wasn’t released over here originally.

        I think he did an album or EP called Lead Vocalist? That was never released here. My sister managed to collect some of the singles from it though.

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  3. A good haul and you’re not much over budget. You get a pass because of RSD. Hope you have a great month of music purchases this May, budget or not. The Maiden DVD & CD are both excellent. I’m happy to have the latest installment in the HIstory Of… series. Looking forward to more from them.

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    1. I was especially excited to get the latest History Of… too. This was quite a turbulent time for them, the Wasted Years vid is a generous bonus too. Never thought I’d be able to replace my VHS of that!

      I’m not doing too bad budget-wise. It is going to get a bit more restricted from here on though…

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  4. I just listened to Blue Murder a few days ago. Still not bad but the Juno-nominated production hasn’t aged well. I dig Ptolemy, Valley of the Kings (what’s with the Egypt motif?) and Jelly Roll especially. Jelly Roll was very different for 1989 mainstream rock music.

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    1. Juno-nominated because Bob Rock’s a Canuck? It is dated now but it’s still a well produced album. Could do with being a bit beefier ala 1987.

      I always assumed the Egypt stuff was a hangover from the work done with Tony Martin. It seems more like his kind of thing than Sykes.

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  5. Maiden! That’s something I have to get some more of…the earlier stuff though. The Blaze phase isn’t quite my thing. Hmm, maybe if I was a bit more open minded it would grow on me…?

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    1. Well, personally I hated the Blaze albums! You can’t go wrong with any of the Maiden albums up to Seventh Son. If you love Live After Death you should definitely get more Maiden! I think you’d really like the Maiden England ’88 CD too.

      If you haven’t already you should check out Mike’s blog at http://mikeladano.com/ he did really great thorough reviews of all the Maiden stuff.

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      1. I think I went up to 7th son and then again from Brave New World onwards…Blaze, yuck! Someone gave me his album King of Metal – oh really? More like the king table stabilizer!

        Thanks for the link – I’m on my over now.

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      2. Thanks Marco! I’m working on a Directory of all my reviews but for now if you use the search Window, you can search for all my Maiden or Blaze reviews. I went into all the details. Cheers!

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      3. Not heard any of his solo stuff. I always voice his voice suited Rock N’ Roll stuff more than the Metal stuff. The songs on those Maiden albums were terrible too, I never thought it was all his fault. But when you hear Bruce Dickinson do songs like Sign of the Cross they do sound a lot better…

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  6. Oh I forgot to mention, Live After Death is the first metal album I bought and I still have it about 15 years later…love it, love it, love it!

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  7. I bought the Maiden England (double) CD yesterday. The DVD was sold out but should be back in stock soon. I have a ticket to see Maiden in June, with the Maiden England show.

    Speaking of UFO, Sunday night I saw Michael Schenker—in great form, though with Billy-Gibbons–style headwear)—together with Herman Rarebell, Francis Buchholz, Dougie White and a chap I didn’t know on 7-string guitar and occasional keyboards.

    I was told some people in England don’t know that he has a brother.

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    1. I’m so jealous Phillip, you’re going to have such an awesome time at that Maiden show. Hopefully the DVD will be back in stock soon, it’s great.

      That’s a great lineup Schenker has pulled together. I’m glad he’s got his act together, he went through a bad patch there. I saw him practically leave UFO during a gig once… it ended up happening the following night. But I’ve also seen him on top-form and there’s nothing like it.

      I daresay there are some people in England that don’t know about Rudy but let’s not speak of them. Maybe they’ll go away. 😉

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      1. I recently was told that at least one Iron Maiden DVD has no stereo sound, and that the converted 5.1 or whatever happens when one plays it on a player which has just stereo has bad quality. Anyone heard of this?

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