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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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