Can’t believe it’s month 8 of the HMO Challenge 2013 already! Only 4 more to go! I only had £40 to spend in August and plenty to spend it on. So, in order of purchase…
Raging Slab – Assmaster (2CD Reissue) (£8 – Amazon)
Reissue of the Slab’s first LP, the unfortunately titled Assmaster, bolstered with tons of unreleased remixes, demos, EP tracks. Only listened to the main album so far but I’m enjoying it a lot. It’s got the familiar harmonies and slide guitar but quite sleazy sounding too, reminding me of early Aerosmith at points.
Fleetwood Mac – Then Play On (£6 – Amazon)
I got this for a great price on Amazon. Fantastic range of styles on this and the Green/Kirwan guitar duo is bliss. I’ve got all of the Peter Green Mac studio albums now and this is easily the best of the bunch, very loose and open.
Dio – Holy Diver (2CD Deluxe Edition) (£11 – Amazon)
Dio – Last in Line (2CD Deluxe Edition) (£11 – Amazon)
I’ve been meaning to catch up on the Dio Deluxe Editions for an age and I finally bit. I initially just bought Holy Diver and enjoyed the remastered album and the live bonus tracks so much I ended up ordering the Last in Line one too. Two of the better deluxes I’ve bought, great bonus tracks on these.
Robin Trower – Bridge of Sighs (£3 – Fopp Glasgow)
Good old Fopp and their £3 bargains! I’m really pleased with this purchase. Ex-Procol Harum guitarist’s power trio mix of Hendrix funk with Free soul. Nice bunch of BBC sessions as bonus tracks too. Awesome. Did I mention this was just £3?
Watain – The Wild Hunt (Ltd. Edition Deluxe) (£13 – HMV Glasgow)
The only “new” music I purchased this month. I think I chose wisely. I’ve only had a couple of listens so far but I’m impressed so far. It’s like they’ve discovered the art of the album with this one, it holds your interest a lot better than their past efforts. And the packaging is very plush!
The Cult – Electric Peace (£10 – HMV Glasgow)
Didn’t even know this was out! Back in January 2103 I bought my first set of this band’s albums and I’ve enjoyed them a lot. I almost picked up Electric back then but I’m glad I held off. This 2CD set repackages Electric along with Peace, an abandoned attempt at the same songs that has previously only shown up as part of a box set. I’ve no intention of being a Cult completist but the Peace session seems to be highly regarded so I’m pleased to have this. I’m going to listen to Electric for a while before I listen to Peace though.
Anthrax – Worship Music Special Edition (£8 – Love Music Glasgow)
That was going to be me for the month but then I saw this lovely bargain in Glasgow’s Love Music. Another album I’m glad I held off on (being stingy seems to have its advantages…)! This box set contains the Worship Music album, the Anthems EP and a bunch of postcards of their Anthems artwork for just £8! This was bought late in the month so I’ve not even got round to listening to it yet! I thought this version was missing the Refused cover, New Noise, that was on the previous Ltd. Edition of Worship Music but it turns out it’s here too, just not listed on the packaging. Nice!
Well I’ve ran rough-shod over my budget this month, overspending by £30. But this is a great batch of albums so I’m not going to beat myself up over it. Just for a bit of perspective, February was my most budget-busting month at £35 over and April was my most expensive month at £92.
I’ve got £45 to play with in September but, crucially, I’ve also received a bunch of music vouchers for my recent birthday so if I can resist the temptation to blow those all at once it might be an easy month (easier said than done – music vouchers don’t last long in HMO Mission Control.) Unfortunately, there are a couple of key releases out in September and August’s relaxed spending has given me the music-buying bug… big-time.
AUGUST 2013 TOTALS
Amount spent on purchases: £70
Amount budgeted: £40
Amount over/under budget: £30 Over
HMO CHALLENGE 2013 TOTALS
Amount spent on purchases: £519
Amount budgeted: £450
Amount over/under budget: £69 Over