I had a fairly meagre £45 spending goal this month. Happily, I got a very generous £75 worth of music vouchers for my birthday so I shouldn’t have had any problems coming under budget. Unfortunately, a couple of sexy box-sets proved to be my undoing.
There’s a ton of music to go through this month so I’ll try and keep things brief.
Carcass – Surgical Steel (£0 – Amazon)
My most anticipated release of the year and it didn’t disappoint. So far, this is the album of the year by a long shot. This is how comebacks should be done.
Satyricon – Satyricon (£0 – HMV)
Another highly anticipated new album but, unlike Carcass, a wee bit underwhelming. I like the atmosphere of it and there are some fantastic tracks so I’m thinking it might be a grower.
Dio – Sacred Heart (2CD Deluxe Edition) (£0 – Amazon)
After buying and loving the Holy Diver and Last in Line deluxes last month this was a given. I’m impressed with this album. I think it holds up against his first two solo albums.
Sweet – Sweet Fanny Adams (£0 – Amazon Marketplace)
Been enjoying Desolation Boulevard a lot and wanted this too. Many tracks from Sweet Fanny Adams also appear on the well-regarded US version of Desolation Boulevard so I wanted to hear this. A couple of tracks are sticking out as winners so far but more listens are required.
Accept – Restless and Wild (£0 – Amazon Marketplace)
I’ve been meaning to dip my toes into this bands career. I decided to check this one out first… not sure it’s particularly grabbing me but there’s so much music competing for my attention lately I’m not going to write it off just yet.
Tokyo Blade- Tokyo Blade (2CD Edition) (£0 – Amazon)
Reissue of a lesser-known NWOBHM obscurity. An impulse purchase but a hugely successful one because this went down a storm. It’s got great song-writing, killer guitars and a mix of moods somewhere between VH and Maiden.
Elvis Presley – Elvis Presley (2CD Legacy Edition) (£0 – HMV)
2 Elvis albums for the price of none! I bought these after Elvis chats with 1537, LeBrain and Rich. Not hitting the spot as well as Little Richard, Chuck Berry and Gene Vincent but this is a recent purchase and hasn’t had many listens yet. Great liner notes too!
Be-Bop Deluxe – At the BBC: 1974 – 1978 (3CD/DVD) (£4 – Amazon with £10 of vouchers put towards total price)
This just arrived today so I can’t say anything about it other than… I’m excited!
Well, that was the vouchers all gone. I could have stopped there but…
The Allman Brothers Band – Brothers and Sisters (4CD Super Deluxe Edition) (£35 – Fopp Glasgow)
This band and album are both HMO favourites since the 90s. This box set reissue slipped by me when it was released. When I saw it I couldn’t say no. Well, I could have… but I didn’t. Turned out to be cheaper than online too so that’s a bonus!
Anathema – Universal (2CD/2DVD/BR Fan Edition) (£25 – Burning Shed)
I made sure to pre-order this at the start of the month. Saving it for a special occasion so I can watch it with EvaOverload so I can’t tell you anything about it other than it smells nice. Well, it did when I opened it anyway. Mmmm box fresh.
Thin Lizzy – Thunder and Lightning and Renegade (Deluxe Editions) (£0 – HMV Ayr and Amazon)
And that was me! But just as we hit the end of the month EvaOverload went and won a short story competition*! She very kindly bought me even more music with some of her winnings (only fair since I’m her muse!) The two Thin Lizzy deluxes that were released in September were late, but welcome, additions to my haul with no adverse effects on my strained budget.
So an absolutely massive haul this month. With all those vouchers I should really have kept under budget but once I start I can’t stop! I got a load of music with very little expense to myself so I’m not complaining. Carcass, Tokyo Blade and Dio made the biggest impression on me but there’s loads here I haven’t really grappled with properly so I should be able to stay out the shops for a good while. I know I say this every month but this time I mean it!
*You can check out Carnival, her winning entry, here!
SEPTEMBER 2013 TOTALS
Amount spent on purchases: £64
Amount budgeted: £45
Amount over/under budget: £19 Over
HMO CHALLENGE 2013 TOTALS
Amount spent on purchases: £583
Amount budgeted: £495
Amount over/under budget: £88 Over