June brings with it a vexing problem… 2 Queensrÿches! If I can paraphrase Charles Bronson a little… that’s 2 Queensrÿches too many.
Last month’s victory over the stingy £40 budget has left me feeling pretty confident. I have a slightly more generous £60 to play around with in June so I’m thinking if I keep up last month’s good habits I can really make this month count.
With that in mind I’m reluctant to pry too much into June’s new releases as it will only cause undue temptation. Off the top of my head I know there are a few titles out this month that are of real interest.
Black Sabbath – 13 The much-ballyhooed comeback release for Sabbath with Ozzy at the mic. I should really be excited about this but for some reason I’m not. Is that so wrong?
Megadeth – Super Collider Bizarrely, despite the mixed reviews it’s been getting, I am actually quite excited about this one! Dave Mustaine is a genius and it sounds like, for better or worse, they’re trying to experiment a bit and I’m all for that. It’s getting compared to Risk but I like Risk so that’s not a problem.
ZZ Top – The Complete Studio Albums 1970-1990 A tastily-priced selection of ZZ Top albums. Crucially, this features the original mixes of the early albums. Many of these were remixed in the 1980s and in some cases this is the first time the original mixes have made it on to CD.
KISS – Monster (International Tour Edition) I bought this on vinyl last year but I was quite disappointed with the meat and potatoes nature of that edition so this might be an good upgrade. It has a bonus track that was previously only available on iTunes too. This is probably a bit superfluous but it’s KISS!
And the 2 Queensrÿches? I’ll vote Toddrÿche as the most interesting prospect but what I’ve heard so far has sounded workmanlike at best. I’ll give it a proper listen online before commenting any further but I can’t see me spending money on either of the ‘rÿches this month.
Last month’s lack of spending means there are still a lot of albums still lingering on my wish-list. The new Alice in Chains is demanding my attention and the Cheap Trick Complete Epic Albums box set is much cheaper than I expected which makes it a contender. I’m pretty impressed with The Meads of Asphodel/Mayhem split CD I bought in May too so I may want more from both of them.
Overall though, I think this month’s buying strategy is going to be… a new album (Megadeth and/or Alice In Chains) and one of the box sets (either ZZ Top or Cheap Trick). That would give me plenty of listening and still bring me in a good £10 or £20 under budget. What do you reckon?