Buying Round-Up – November 2013

Welcome to the penultimate month of the HMO Challenge 2013! Impressively, I managed to resist all but one of November’s new releases (yes that means no Saxon)! Unfortunately, I bought a whole bunch of other stuff instead, catching up on some of the titles I had missed from previous months. It’s a big haul this month so, without further ado, let’s take a look!

Hell – Curse and Chapter (CD/DVD Edition) (£12 – HMV Glasgow)

Bought this fairly late in the month but I’ve enjoyed my initial listens a lot. It feels more immediate and less busy than their debut. The packaging is gorgeous but getting the discs and the booklet out of the thing is a total pain in the arse! The live DVD is worth the excellent value too in case you’re wondering.

Humble Pie – Performance: Rockin’ the Fillmore (The Complete Recordings 4CD Set) (£27 Fopp Glasgow)

A bit of an extravagance but I’m glad I bought it (it seems to be going up in price already too). It sounds amazing, has an interesting booklet and great performances. There are many multiple versions of the same songs here so I’m going to take it slowly, a disc at a time.

In Solitude – Sister (£10 – HMV Glasgow)

I’m absolutely blown away by this album and it may well prove to be the album of the year for me. It’s the sound of a band finding their own unique voice, a dark blend of Goth and Metal. Love the image on the cover too. Reminds me of The Exorcist.

Deep Purple – Perfect Strangers Live (2CD/DVD Set) (£14 – Fopp Glasgow)

I gave the DVD a cursory viewing. It looks like great fun. Even Blackmore seems to be enjoying himself here! Unfortunately, I’m just not in a Purple mood right now so this has been squirrelled away for a rainy day. And these things just aren’t the same without Simon Robinson’s liner notes either!

Primordial – To the Nameless Dead (£6 Amazon)

Primordial – The Gathering Wilderness (£10 Amazon Marketplace)

Primordial – All Empires Fall (2CD/DVD Set) (£14 Amazon)

Ok… went a bit mad for Ireland’s Primordial this month. I’d never heard them before but after loving Twilight of the Gods’ debut (with whom they share vocalist) and an encouraging recommendation from Burning Fist, I decided to check them out. I’m not sorry I did because these are incredible. It’s always exciting to add an amazing band to the library.

Anthrax – The Greater of Two Evils (2CD Version) (£7 – Amazon)

I’ve been on a massive Anthrax kick all November and decided to try this collection of re-recordings of Belladonna-era Anthrax with John Bush on vocals. I love both singers but I don’t usually like albums of re-recordings. Yet, despite my scepticism, it’s actually hugely infectious and John Bush is on great form. Wish I’d bought it sooner. It also has a bonus CD with 3 extra tracks.

Accept – Blood of the Nations (Mexican Edition?) (£8 – eBay)

I’ve never got into these guys but I keep hearing good things about their recent albums and gigs so I decided to listen to this. The Ltd. Digipak edition that featured the bonus track (Time Machine) has got a bit pricey in the UK so I bought an import from a US seller. On its arrival I was disappointed to discover it wasn’t the digi-version. Luckily it not only included Time Machine but also a hidden extra track Land of the Free! Wiki reckons this is a Japanese-only track but Discogs leads me to believe that this is the Mexican edition of the album. But, at any rate, it’s a fine album and justifies the praise.


Phew! Another binge of a month takes me well beyond my monthly target of £40. Traditionally, I tend not to spend much in December but I have to admit that the HMO Challenge goal is now spectacularly out of reach! However, I can’t say I regret any of this month’s purchases and if I stop shopping in December, at least I’ll have plenty to listen to!


Amount spent on purchases: £108

Amount budgeted: £40

Amount over/under budget: £68 Over!


Amount spent on purchases: £783

Amount budgeted: £595

Amount over/under budget: £188 Over

46 thoughts on “Buying Round-Up – November 2013”

  1. I have a Mexican Journey album. It too has the Japanese bonus track. Weird. I bought it new at a mainstream mall store.

    I don’t have Purple yet. I ordered direct from them, and I still don’t have it. Stupid Canadian postal canoes.


      1. Dude this is only the second Mexican edition I’ve seen. Yours and mine. I didn’t really know that these got bonus tracks more than just that one Journey album I had! Now that I know this has happened more than once I’m more likely to keep my eyes open.

        Regarding Deep Purple, I really hope you get the gold edition of the new album in the new year.


      2. It’s got me checking eBay for things again because this version didn’t to be listed anywhere else. I’d stopped using eBay but know I’m going to at least check it just in case.

        I’m sure I’ll pick up the Purple at some point but it’s just not a priority at the moment.


  2. Nice haul. You must be smiling ear to ear. I just listened to the first two discs of the Humble Pie box set (which I was fortunate to win in an online contest…woo-hoo!) and your approach of listening to it slowly is a smart one. I got the Deep Purple DVD but haven’t watched it yet. Otherwise our list of recent purchases veers off into different directions, but I’ll bet we’re both pretty happy. Feel proud that you kept relatively close to your budget this year. I’ve been on a buying frenzy for the last month (shh…don’t tell my wife), but I don’t think I’ll be ordering much more during December. I have to start saving for the Zeppelin individual album mega boxes that are supposedly coming next year. Have a great December, Scott.


    1. Thanks Rich. I’m definitely smiling and so should you be, winning the Pie set! That’s a great prize. I heard rumours of an anthology box in the works too. I’d be very keen to own that. I’m glad to hear you’ve been having a buying frenzy! It’s great fun, isn’t it? What sort of stuff (unless telling me gives away your upcoming posts)?

      Those Zep sets should be a highlight next year. Have you heard much about what shape they might take?

      Hope you have a great December too!


      1. My buying frenzy really took off when I bought the John Martyn “Island Years” 17-CD/1-DVD box set. I’ve also bought new/reissued CDs, DVDs &/or Blu-rays by Haken, Francis Dunnery, Beachwood Sparks, Keane, Grizzly Bear, The Beatles, Gary Moore, Rush, Prefab Sprout, Bob James, Dream Theater, David Bowie, Big Big Train, Los Lobos, The Flower Kings, XTC, Yes, Midlake, Chet Baker, Badfinger, Blue Rodeo, Be Bop Deluxe, Linda Thompson, The Reign Of Kindo, Mike Keneally, Roy Harper, Serge Gainsbourg, The Cure, J.J. Cale, Steven Wilson, Fish, Joseph Arthur, Paul McCartney, Gov’t Mule, Kings Of Leon, MGMT, Nine Inch Nails, Fates Warning and several others in the last month-and-a-half. I’ve listened to all of these at least once, but I don’t add anything into my collection until it’s been played at least twice. That’s one of the reasons I’m taking a short break from blogging this month, so I can sit back & enjoy all of this newly purchased music without thinking about it or spending time writing about it.

        Haven’t heard many details about the upcoming Zeppelin sets. Jimmy Page is usually pretty meticulous when working on the Zeppelin catalog, so I have no doubt that these packages will be worth every penny they charge for them.


      2. Wow! That’s an insane amount of listening. Fantastic! The John Martyn set alone could keep you busy for aeons.

        Lots of great stuff there. I’ve got Fish, Gov’t Mule, DT and Fates Warning on my wish-list so I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on those. I totally agree that Page is sure to deliver the goods with these Zep reissues. They’ll definitely be a big event of 2014.

        And I like your two-listens rule… might try that myself.


  3. Loving the look of the Hell cd. I’m pretty tempted by the Accept one myself (esp. after Victim of the Fury’s post). I’m thinking about slapping a ‘no buy until Easter’ policy on myself next year; thinking about it…


      1. I cheat. I’m not allowed to buy anything speculatively but if one of my favourites releases an LP I’m allowed to buy – managed the whole of 2008 (I think) that way. (then spent £gazillions in 2009, catching up!)


      2. If 1537 ends up buying also, I’m going to forward these comments to Accept. I imagine they’ll want to call me up and fly me over for dinner or something after they hear of my work on their behalf ….


  4. Wow! Another great selection there HMO 🙂 so glad you enjoyed Primordial as there is always that doubting moment when you wonder if someone else will feel the same about a band they’ve never listened too! Especially when spending their hard earned cash!

    As for Hell, that’s a great album and will be one of our next reviews.


    1. Thanks! The Primordial stuff is great. I’ve been meaning to try them for years so it’s great to get some pointers. And I’m impressed with the new Hell CD so I’ll look forward to your review. I think I’m preferring it to the debut so far.


  5. Glad to see you picked up the Accept and that it didn’t disappoint. I owe you Candlemass as I picked up Epicus… shortly after your post and have been enjoying it greatly. Also, after the discussions you all have had of late about the Perfect Strangers DVD, I finally broke down and picked up the original studio album myself this month and am wondering how I let it go this long. I’ve been on a bit of a binge also lately so have simply got to force myself to slow down; there’s just too damn much tempting stuff out there (and following these blog posts only makes it worse. I’m off to Spotify right now to explore these Hell and Primordial things I’ve just learned of…..)


    1. Honestly, the amount of great music out there waiting to be discovered is dizzying! Glad I could trade Accept and Candlemass with you. Epicus will give you many years of joy. That’s an HMO guarantee! And Perfect Strangers is a great buy too! Brilliant stuff.

      I hope you’re enjoying the results of your binge and let me know what you think of Hell and Primordial.


  6. Penultimate is one of my favorite words…kudos! I really like the new Accept, I think the other Mike posted about it earlier? Glad you are getting a chance to give them a listen. LMK how the DP is when you get into it.


    1. Yes, Mike did post a great review about it. I have to say, I much prefer it to the older Accept stuff I heard. I’ll keep you posted on the DP but if you’re in the mood I don’t think you would regret picking it up. Looks like a great gig and it’s the 1st time I’ve seen footage of them at that point in their career. Judging from all the smiling faces, they were still in that honeymoon period!


  7. All I can say here is WOW! This is one Hell of a haul. So many great albums again, and some bands I’ve not heard of – you always do this to me!!! But this is why we come to the HMO. Like Lebrain, you bring the knowledge, the introductions, and the rawk. Woooo! \m/ \m/

    You also, um, kinda blew your budget outta the water! With a month to go, I fear you will not come crashing to a close in 2013 anywhere near parity. But, like the lines on the road (as some people seem to feel of them), I understand the budget is more a guideline than an actual rule. It’s just the banker in me. I see numbers and say Hey! I know how to make those match up!

    Seriously, Dude. Nice collection!


    1. Well the budget is rather screwed but I feel like I’ve just learned a lot from paying close attention like this. Next year I hope I’ll have a better idea of what kind of things are essential and what can be left on the shelf. And there will always be bands you’ve not heard of here! I’ve got loads of them!


      1. Yes, this exercise is very instructive. Showing any restraint at all is admirable, I know there are tons of others out there you’d love to bring home to HMO HQ.

        Have you decided on any changes to the budget system for 2014?


      2. You won’t let us in on the fun? Aw man! 🙂 I enjoy that aspect of the blog, the challenge of it. I can understand how it’d get to be too much work, though. Way more interesting to just buy what you’re after and tell us about it!

        Hey, at least you’ll have learned something this year: with a little self-control, you didn’t spend ALL your money on music! [ref. tagline of blog, natch] 🙂


      3. I suppose the goal is still the same. After a year I’m just starting to find that blogging the money side of it is maybe not that big a deal. I’ll still agonise over the new releases and you’ll still be able to tell whether I’m binging or not! We’ll see how it goes…


  8. Ah, some belters in there! i was mightily impressed with Hell when we worked with them on the Metal Magic festival in Denmark. The singer’s use of a headset mic took a bit of getting used to, but their theatrics complement their music superbly. i shall have to check this latest offering out.

    Blood of Nations hasn’t been out of the car since I got it. ‘Teutonic Terror’ is one of the most kick-ass metal anthems I’ve come across – I love it. Wolf’s guitar work is simply delicious throughout, big, fat, melodic, and searing when it needs to be. they have a new lease of life with Tornillo on vocals. ‘Stalingrad’ proved this album was no fluke, and I expect even more from them in the future.

    Humble Pie..what a band they were. I may have to seek this one out. check out ‘black coffe’ on youtube from the OGWT, to witness one of the finest voices British rock ever produced.


    1. Teutonic Terror is a belter of a track! I don’t think it’ll be too long before I get Stalingrad. And there’s the Andy Sneap connection between Accept and Hell too! He produces both and is a guitarist in Hell too. I’ve only saw footage of Hell but I agree it takes a bit of getting used to. I like that they’re doing something that stands out like that. So many samey bands around now!

      I actually saw that Black Coffee clip on the BBC recently! Great stuff… what a huge voice to come out of such a wee guy!


      1. I’ve been a fan of his since the 80s when he was in Sabbat. One of my absolute favourite bands. Great to see him having so much success. I normally don’t the clinical style of production but he seems to judge it well and not overdo it.


      2. Personal purchase update: I’ve just ordered the ‘Coverta’ CD by Adrenaline Mob. I really like the ‘Omerta’ album, and their improbable version of Duran’s ‘Come Undone’ tells me they can take somebody else’s song and drag it kicking and screaming into another dimension, so I’m looking forward to checking this covers set out!


      3. Yes, Portnoy’s on least I think he is. He’s on Omerta at least. He may have left these now to concentrate on the other gazillion projects he’s got goin’ on – he’s like Dave Grohl v.2! You must check them out. Lizzy Hale guests on ‘Come Undone’, it’s epic.


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