Buying Round-Up – May 2013

It’s month 5 of the HMO Challenge and I only had a paltry £40 budget to spend. May was a long month. Consequently, I had to be pretty particular about what I bought. I tried to satisfy my musical moods rather than any collector’s impulses or band loyalty!


Hawkwind – Warrior on the Edge of Time (2CD/DVD) (£15 – Amazon)

The long-awaited, official reissue of the final album Hawkwind recorded with Lemmy. I really wanted this to complete my collection of Hawkwind studio albums from that period. It also has bonus tracks, Steve Wilson mixes etc… but as I’ve only had this for a few days I’ve not fully explored all the extra bits and bobs. The main album is great though.

You can almost see me in this one!
Ooh, you can almost see the HMOverlord in this one

The Stranglers – The Old Testament (UA Studio Recordings 77-82) (5CD) (£12 – Amazon)

I’d been looking for more albums from these guys so this £12 box set plugs all number of gaps rather cheaply and was hard to resist. Covers all the studio albums from their peak era and there’s some rarities thrown in too. I’ve only had this for a week and I’ve been listening to it a lot.

Mayhem - Freezing Moon
Mayhem – Freezing Moon

The Meads of Asphodel/Mayhem – Jihad/Freezing Moon (split) (£7 – Amazon Marketplace)

My very first split! I was interested in The Meads of Asphodel but bought this CD primarily for the rare Mayhem tracks. The 2 Mayhem songs here (Carnage and Freezing Moon) are the only studio tracks recorded by a very early version of the band with Per “Dead” Ohlin on vocals. The version of Freezing Moon, in particular, is essential and sounds like Black Metal personified.

The Meads of Asphodel - Jihad Cover
The Meads of Asphodel – Jihad Cover

The happy bonus here is that The Meads of Asphodel’s Jihad is every bit as excellent, albeit in a different way. A bonkers mix of Venom, Hawkwind, Techno and Middle Eastern music with plenty of dramatic samples of tanks, fighter jets, explosions, Woody Guthrie and various narrative voiceovers (“I didn’t come to bring peace, I came to bring a sword”). It’s possibly my favourite thing I’ve heard all year so far.

And that’s the lot this month. Not only did I manage to only spend £34 (£6 under budge t and the cheapest month of the challenge so far!) but I still have 9 discs of music to enjoy and managed to find a future all-timer in Jihad too. I also went 3 WHOLE WEEKS without buying any music which is the longest I’ve went without buying music for some time!


Amount spent on purchases: £34

Amount budgeted: £40

Amount over/under budget: £6 Under!


Amount spent on purchases: £339

Amount budgeted: £300

Amount over/under budget: £39 Over

32 thoughts on “Buying Round-Up – May 2013”

  1. Three whole weeks?! I’m jealous, I really am.

    I love The Stranglers, particularly Rattus Norvegicus & No More Heroes; plus it’s just such a great name for a band.


    1. I’ve been getting into The Stranglers a lot. I only knew the hits up till now so it’s been fun digging a bit deeper.

      Have you heard that Hawkwind album? I have your Space Ritual post to thank for that! It put them back on my radar.


      1. Thank you, sorry for the extra expense!

        I haven’t found a good enough copy of ‘Warrior’ yet, but I absolutely love ‘Assault & Battery’ & ‘Golden Void’. I fantasise about seeing them in their pomp via time travel – I really should get out more!


      2. That was the track I was most familiar with too (from a compilation I had). It would have been amazing to see them in their pomp. Especially when Stacia was in the lineup… ahem.

        I don’t even think I’ve ever seen this album anywhere on vinyl now you mention it…


      3. There are cheap reissues of ‘Warrior’ but the original had a great fold-out shield-shaped sleeve and that’s what I’m holding out for.

        Not wishing to blow your budget but ‘Doremi..’ and ‘Hall of the mountain grill’ are even better I think. Sorry again.


      4. No need to apologise! I have those 2 already. Picked those up fairly cheap a few years back (on CD).

        Have you heard Robert Calvert’s “Captain Lockheed and the Starfighters”. That’s a fantastic record and Hawkwind are all on there. Lemmy, Brock, Turner and other people too like Arthur Brown and Viv Stanshall. I’d highly recommend that.


  2. I’m with Lebrain on this one, but “black metal personified” works for me! Well done, sir, for coming under budget, even on such a small amount. All I could see when I looked at the Hawkwind cover was the giant nose at the bottom. It took me a moment to see the rest.


  3. Congratulations on coming under budget last month. Well done. You should reward yourself by going over budget this month. Haha. I’ve got my copy of the Hawkwind 3-CD edition on order. Can’t wait to hear it in surround sound, as nobody does 5.1 better than Steven Wilson. Not enough of a Stranglers fan to need that box set, but I just read a review of it in Uncut magazine and they had good things to say about it. Hope you continue to enjoy your purchases, and have a great month of music shopping.


    1. Don’t tempt me! Haha

      The Stranglers box was such a good buy for a toe dipper like myself. Pretty similar to that Be Bop Deluxe one that came out the other year. I love these kind of sets, such a good way of getting into a band cheaply.

      Hope you enjoy the Hawkwind set. I don’t have surround unfortunately so I’d be keen to hear how you rate that.


      1. As if you needed someone to suggest going over budget. Ha! My only Stranglers CD is the Greatest Hits 1977-1990 CD, which is all I need from them at this point…but I agree that those sets are a great value. I have Be-Bop Deluxe, Barclay James Harvest and Kevin Ayers, and they’re all fantastic. I’ll let you know my thoughts on the Hawkwind surround sound when I have a chance to listen to it. As I said, Steven Wilson is brilliant at 5.1 mixes, so I have no doubt that it’ll be spectacular.


  4. The Meads of Asphodel/Mayhem sounds like a good buy to me! I love the Meads of Asphodel and Mayhem too so it’s a no brainer. Not sure how you managed to go 3 weeks without buying any music? With all these music blogs is hard not to overspend! Oh and Helloween with MK, you were right – awesome. I had to get the CD with Heavy Metal Hamster on too, just because…


    1. That’s great, glad you got some classic Helloween. You can’t go wrong with those MK albums.

      I’m not sure how I managed those 3 weeks either… I’m going to try and keep it up though. I’d like to know what it’s actually like to have money!


      1. Have you tried MK’s Unisonic? That’s not too bad either.

        To actually have money? Hmmmm, what would be done with that money? Fat farm for the cats I guess or more trips to Germany – what would you do?


      2. I listened to Unisonic online but I wasn’t all that impressed on a first listen. Worth giving it another go?

        I don’t know what I’d do with the money, actually! I’m sure EvaOverload can think of something and, failing that, I could always just have a fantastic guilt free music-binge!


      3. Didn’t grab me the 1st listen either – but now it’s cool – I can run to it which def helps 🙂

        Oh yeah a real music OD, ha ha.


      4. And so close to you, too! I have family there, really helps and they’re getting to know all the good beer haunts in the area 🙂


      5. I have Menace to Society and I like it a lot – wish I could find their stuff in 2nd hand shops here – mind you I did find a Darkthrone album the other day in a xtian charity shop?


      6. Promo copy of the underground Resistance. Needless to say, I was ecstatic with it. Asked the lady to call me first if she gets more CDs in, especially the of questionable nature ones. Wanted to ask her about it but decided that a don’t ask/don’t tell policy might be better.


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