Buying Round-Up – October 2013

Here we go again! The end of the HMO Challenge 2013 is now firmly in sight and, I have to say, I really lost my resolve of late. I had a £60 spending limit to aim for in October and I already bought a veritable mountain of music in September so I should have been able to lay off this month. Unfortunately, last month’s spending spree seemed to just awaken the kind of bad habits I’ve been trying to fix with the challenge! Let’s see how badly I did…

Nice cover... wonder what the music's like?
Nice cover… wonder what the music’s like?

Paradise Lost – Tragic Illusion 25 (The Rarities) (£15 Amazon)

I did predict this was a sure-fire purchase but I’m going to be honest here: I haven’t listened to it yet! Turns out I already have a few of the songs on it too which is a bit disappointing.

Do you know I only just twigged why this is called Viva Hysteria? A bit slow.
Do you know I only just twigged why this is called Viva Hysteria? I’m such a Muppet.

Def Leppard – Viva Hysteria! (2CD/DVD Edition) (£15 Fopp Glasgow)

A worthwhile purchase for some of the lesser-heard tracks but I can’t say it’s particularly set my imagination on fire. It’s more worth it for the CDs, the DVD comes across a bit lifeless and a bit X-Factor and the Ded Flatbird sets are much more enjoyable than the Hysteria set.

Possible album of the year?
Possible album of the year?

Twilight of the Gods – Fire on the Mountain (£10 HMV Glasgow)

Purchase of the month! This is the kind of straight-up Heavy Metal that really hits me where I live. Wimps and posers leave the hall etc…

Rod Evans. The Man. The Legend.
Rod Evans. The Man. The Legend.

Deep Purple – Live at Inglewood 1968 (£9 Amazon Marketplace)

Thanks again to LeBrain for inspiring this purchase. An important addition to my live Deep Purple collection although strangely I decided I could do without the recent Perfect Strangers Live set for some reason. I think this scratched the itch.

Unusually nice weather for a Donington.
Unusually nice weather for a Donington.

Thunder – Live at Donington (2CD/DVD Edition) (£13 Amazon)

I’m not a huge fan of this band but I really fancied this. I’ve only watched the DVD so far and it’s a charismatic performance even if some of the fashions are a bit dicey.

Are you all sitty comftybold two-square on your botty?
Are you all sitty comftybold two-square on your botty?

Small Faces – Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake (3CD Deluxe Edition) (£13 Amazon)

My 2nd most listened to purchase of the month. This went down surprisingly well and it’s put me in a mind to get more of these deluxes. The mono versions on disc 1 just sound fantastic.

Morbid Year of the GoatMorbid – Year of the Goat (2CD) (£17 Amazon)

A late purchase of a box set I didn’t even know existed! The existing recordings of Dead’s band prior to him infamously joining Mayhem and killing himself. It looks like a necro treat but it’s not turned up yet so a stock photo will have to do!

*****

And that’s the lot. I overdid it a bit and I have to say it was a bit of uninspiring month for me with a few titles I could probably have lived without. But it was a useful lesson in the benefits of being more discerning so hopefully I can go into November with renewed willpower!

OCTOBER 2013 TOTALS

Amount spent on purchases: £92

Amount budgeted: £60

Amount over/under budget: £32 Over!

HMO CHALLENGE 2013 TOTALS

Amount spent on purchases: £675

Amount budgeted: £555

Amount over/under budget: £120 Over

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106 thoughts on “Buying Round-Up – October 2013”

      1. That’s a great album… Ted Nugent springs to mind. Double Live Gonzo and Live at Hammersmith 79 (which is just flat-out bonkers). Humble Pie live were better than in the studio (the ones I’ve heard anyway). KISS and Judas Priest brought out great “live” albums haha. PETER FRAMPTON!!! And there’s ones where you just don’t get the full story if you haven’t heard their live albums like Deep Purple and the Allmans. I think the art of the live album is kind of gone though. A lot of modern live albums don’t amount to much more than gift ideas.

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    1. A stupid person is often referred to as a Muppet here! I think “ya Muppet” just sounds good in a Scottish accent. The Inglewood CD was really interesting, it’s fascinating to hear them at that formative stage. I’m sure I’ll get the Perfect Strangers one fairly soon but this seemed like enough Purple for one month!

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      1. My Perfect Strangers has shipped, just waiting for it now. Deluxe edition yada yada yada with CD and DVD.

        Also interesting is Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake, didn’t know about this deluxe.

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      2. I’ve still not even seen the Perfect Strangers set in the shops here. Just the individual DVD and CD. I did see the vinyl set and that looked pretty nice!

        It’s a really good deluxe the Small Faces one. They brought out 3 others at the same time. 3 CDs in each.

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      3. It’s on sale on Amazon here so I’ll probably just get it from there at some point. I’m not as psyched about it as I thought I was going to be. It’d be nice to see footage but I feel like I already have that period covered with the Absence of Pink album. I love that one.

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      4. Hmmm… that might be it! 🙂

        And, in general, I just don’t seem to be in much of a Purple mood lately. I did enjoy that Inglewood though but it was such an unusual treat to hear that line-up live I think that made a lot of difference.

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      5. just listening to ‘fire on the mountain’ video – proper old metal! (And there’s something endearing about the way he misses a syllable out of Constantinople to make it fit, haha!)

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      6. Ahh right. I forgot that. I do think you’ll like it Scott, when the most logical version to purchase comes out.

        Def Lep – also on my wishlist. Just…I dunno…I have so much new music, unlistened to. But I’ll get it eventually, you know that I will. Good morning freedom!

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      7. I daresay I’ll get the Purps at some point but it’s just not a priority for me at the moment in my current moods.

        The Def Lep is fun and it’s good to hear them play some of the rarer tracks but Joe’s voice is a bit hit-and-miss.

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      8. Not too much overall but there’s a couple of songs that lose their power a bit, especially the songs that normally had more raspy vocals like Stagefright. I’d need to have more listens to say for sure.

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      9. Talking about live albums…the first thing I ever heard by BOC was ‘On your feet..’ – a brilliant live album. Lizzy’s live and dangerous of course (contentious because of overdubs) and Jethro Tull’s ‘Bursting Out’ which is excellent.

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      10. I wonder if the live album might start to make a comeback…what with bands focussing more on playing live because of poor record sales, perhaps the ‘one-off’ performance albums might take off a bit…

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      11. I hope so! There have been lots of these CD/DVD live sets getting put out… wonder if any of them will be future classics?

        I think there was also a point in the past where limited studio technology meant bands often sounded better live than on record so that was always a factor in their success back then. Now I imagine it might be the other way round for many acts!

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  1. Never heard a note of it but Twilight of The Gods has everything! A metal shield logo, fire, mountains, lake, bat-type things, storm clouds and a forest. In fact I’m pretty sure I know what it sounds like now. Class.

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    1. Yes an no! It actually wasn’t what I was expecting. They’ve done something a little special, they’ve captured the spirit of old-school Metal without really sounding like anyone. It’s also all surprisingly mid-tempo. Couple of dodgy lyrical moments but there you go…

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  2. Oooo this is a healthy bunch of stuffs, way to go HMO! What really caught my eye, from all of this, was the Small Faces re-ish. Holy hell. That must be lovely indeed! And the Twilight Of The Gods write-up has sent me in search of more information and sounds…

    Also, Dude, I think yer budget is screwed. At least, it is if £0 balance after 12 months was even a realistic goal…

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    1. Yeah, I’m keeping it going for the purposes of the challenge but I can’t say the budget is even entering my mind all that much anymore. I’d like to slow down for a couple of months just so I can catch up with all the stuff I’ve bought though.

      Small Faces deluxe was a real surprise. Enjoyed it way more than I thought I would and I haven’t even got to the bonus tracks yet! Definitely go and check out Twilight of the Gods but be warned, they’re a grower!

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      1. Maybe you could take your last couple of annual totals and just make an annual goal. Like, here’s what I spent this month and the next, only this much left until I burst the annual total…

        Or maybe be strict with yourself next year. Have an envelope with that month’s cash for music in it. Say it’s £60. Spend it when you go to the shops. If you spend online, deduct it from the envelope, down to the penny. And when the £60 is gone, it’s gone. You can’t go over, no matter How Tempting. But if you don’t spend the whole amount in any given month, the leftovers can get added into the next month’s allotment. I think a lot of your “maybe” CDs would be left behind in favour of the “must-have” records, and overall you’d always be thrilled with everything you got (not that you aren’t anyway, but you know what I mean. That sort of deliberate choosing within tight confines would really make each one count).

        You’ve hit on something that is my problem too… I’ve gotten so much stuff, lately, and haven’t even played most of it, let alone reviewed it. It’s a great problem to have. However, I have a solution (methinks), and with this broken foot I have an immediate future of a lot of sitting on my ass with my foot elevated, so there’s no reason why I can’t be listening to tunes…

        I found a collection of Small Faces, seems to have most of the stuff on it anyway. Now I’m torn. The album, or a smattering from everything, just to get me started? Hmmm..

        The youtubes played me a TotG song. I liked it a lot!!

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      2. They’re all good suggestions. Doing the challenge this years has given me a nice idea of what I should be spending each month so the envelope plan is quite a good sounding tactic. There are quite a few well-regarded Small Faces comps out there and, in most cases, they seem to have the whole Ogden’s album on them anyway. And you’d get other awesome tracks like Tin Soldier as well.

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      3. Wish I could claim invention of the envelope idea, alas I cannot. Lots of people use it, and there’s a fiancial guru lady (she’s on tv, writes books, etc) here that does it. But I’ll tell you, my Mom cleared their debts using that very system and it worked like a charm. It was all about the discipline of it. Oh, no more money in the envelope? Guess I’m done til next month, then!

        I’m going to look into the Small Faces thing. Part of me would say just buy the album, hear it as it was intended. Another part of me says the comp is cool (definitely would have to have all those tracks anyway) for exactly the reason you mentioned – the best of some of their other songs too, without having to buy the other records.

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  3. Very interested in checking out Twilight of the Gods, never heard of that one, but ‘straight-up heavy metal’ sounds like my cup of tea!. ‘Ogdens’ is just a classic album (and beautifully parodied by XTC in their guys as Dukes of the Stratosphere by the way) -be cool to check out a good re-issue of that. I’d also like to get hold of the Thunder album, I was at Donington in 90, and they delivered a storming set.

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    1. I thought the Thunder set was great fun. They just seemed to really be enjoying the moment. I’m not the biggest fan but seeing that set has put them up in my estimation.

      I think Ogden’s and Twilight of the Gods were my best buys this month definitely. I was familiar with Ogden’s but I’m really surprised by how I enjoyed it this time around.

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    1. Were Thunder the first band on at that Donington. I can see why they went down so well. Great sunny afternoon good-times Rock!

      I’m sure you’d love the Twilight… album. Check out the title track Fire on the Mountain on youtube.

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      1. I saw the Quireboys in Cambridge Ontario at a tiny little club called the Highlands. I was just a kid, actually I was under the drinking age so it must have been an all ages show. Anyway they were great from what I remember! But that was many years ago.

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      2. Thunder was the first band on and the Quireboys came second. Both were very good, hell, even Poison was pretty good that day. I had a listen to that Twilight song and I must say that it does rock.

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      3. I went to five Doningtons in all, 1983, 86,87,88 and 90. What I liked about 1990 was that I got to see Aerosmith play outside Philadelphia so they gave their all on the stage. I guess my favourite would be 1987 as I got to see Dio and Anthrax on the same day. Of course the down side to that one was that Bon Jovi headlined.

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      4. That’s a great bunch of festivals to have been to. I’m very jealous! I have to content myself with finding live recordings… I think I’ve got both the Anthrax and Dio sets on albums so I might have recordings of you singing along, who know?! Not so keen on Bon Jovi huh?

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      5. Scott, normally I resort to Wikipedia for such information, but nobody has created a Wikipedia page for the new Def Lep yet. Are you aware pf bonus tracks on any editions? My ideal format would be a blu-ray/CD combo set, if such a thing exists.

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      6. And I gave the Hysteria set CD a spin the other night after talking to you about it and I enjoyed it much more than the DVD. It’s just doesn’t really have the energy a live album should though (and there is definitely something being done to aid Joe’s voice at points. Clear auto tune in Armageddon It for example)

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      7. Yep. I’ve got not problem with vocalists losing their range or whatever. It’s how they work around it that matters. Like Deep Purple, Gillan just sings the old songs a different way now he doesn’t try to compete with his younger self.

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      8. Exactly. It’s not like Joe’s voice is totally shot either. He should just find a way of singing the songs that suits his voice today. But I don’t mean to focus on the negative aspects. For the most part, he acquits himself pretty well.

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  4. Another thought about your budget project (I’ve been thinking about this lots, as you can tell):

    What if, for 2014, you changed it so that you only bought used items?

    Stay with me, here…

    I know, I know, we’ve had this discussion before. You like the new releases. And you’re concerned about the condition of the items in your collection. Surely your town has one or three reputable shops that would have good shape stuff.

    The reason I mention it is that it’s true that usually, within a month, someone will turn in a new release you’re after because they didn’t want it/like it, whatever. I see new releases selling as used every time I’m in a shop, sometimes even the week after it was released! You’d still easily get new stuff, no problem. And for less!

    Plus, buying second-hand, you could fill up on back catalogue stuff and discover whole new worlds, or bands you thought it would be fun to try but couldn’t see paying full price for them.

    This idea would also go a long way towards keeping you within your budgeted amounts, as quality used items always sell for way less than new (every pound counts!), AND you would probably end up with way more albums, every month, too. That’s a big winner right there. MORE MUSICS!

    Man, a large percentage of my collection is used stuff. It’s all in fine shape (I’m picky about scratches, etc, and always look at the discs at the counter before purchase). Almost everything I buy when Mike and I go to Toronto is second-hand, and they’re all in great shape. Hell, some of them I paid $0.99 each for them, and they’re pristine!

    Just a suggestion. I think it would be interesting to see what would happen if you shifted your focus just that little bit. I think you’d find it easier to stay on budget, and you’d get a broader and larger intake of music (and the new stuff you crave besides). It could be really cool.

    Plus, there’s just something about the pleasures of digging through the sale bins in shops. I always find mutliple things I had no idea I was even wanting (until I found it). It’s a very pleasurable way to spend an hour or six…

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    1. I get what you’re saying but I dig through the second-hand bins in Monorail and Missing every week (and some other shops less regularly). I just never find much of interest and very rarely find anything remotely new either. If I ever saw interesting stuff second-hand I’d be buying it believe me!

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      1. Oh man, I have never had that problem. In my experience, the reverse is true – I find too much that I want!! Of course, I’m all over the map, in my listening, so it’s pretty easy for me to find stuff I would want to hear and own. Shame that you can’t find more that interests you in the bins, I think that’d be a great way to build your collection for cheaper!

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      2. It’s just one of those things. The last big used haul I got was all that stuff from The Cult I got earlier in the year. So it’s good if that happens, that basically got my The Cult collection off to a nice and cheap start. It just doesn’t happen all that often.

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      1. If you’re into hunting down vinyl, here’s a brilliant 12″ 4 track EP of Walsh’s best stuffI got back in the day, it was on a series called “Plus Fours” and was only 99p new!

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  5. Good call on the “Twilight of the Gods” cd, its been on of my faves this year. Had the very good fortune of seeing them live on Saturday at Damnation Festival in Leeds and they were nothing short of brilliant!

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      1. No, they made a point of saying they were only promoting the album, which was a bit of a shame but if they had more time I expect they would have done a cover.

        Tell you what though, Alan’s vocals live were just stunning!

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      2. Yeah, that’s a shame they didn’t have more time. I’ve never seen Alan perform but from what I’ve heard he seems like an amazing frontman. Embarrassingly I don’t have any of his stuff with Primordial but I aim to remedy that cause I’m really impressed with his vocals on this album.

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      3. Ah, yes! You certainly should 🙂 As a starting point, i’d personally recommend “The Gathering Wilderness”. If you get on with that, there is a good chance you’ll enjoy the later albums too.

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      4. Brilliant, thanks for the recommendation, much appreciated! I’ll start with that one… it seems like all their albums come pretty highly regarded and I like the sound of the pagan/folk aspects (being a huge Skyclad fan from way back!)

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    1. Scott! I got you their last copy of Little Did He Know! Will send with other goodness by canoe.

      I don’t know which best of you mean, kevmoore, I found 4 others, so take your pick! I’d say the main tracks ought to be on all of them, though…

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Walsh_discography#Compilation_albums

      Also Scott, you were asking, LDHK does contain James Gang and Barnstorm stuff, but not Eagles tracks.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Walsh%27s_Greatest_Hits_-_Little_Did_He_Know

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      1. Cool, so that means most of the tracks duplicate, but yours has County Fair and Time Out, which aren’t on LDHK. However, LDHK adds (if I see read this right): Tend My Garden, The Bomber, Midnight Man, All Night Long, The Confessor, A Life Of Illusion and Ordinary Average Guy.

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