Welcome back to the third Buying Round-Up for January 2014. I’ve certainly got the year off to a great start with some amazing albums and box sets acquired. And in addition to those, January was also an unusually good month for second-hand finds!
Manowar – Defender (CD Single) (£15 Discogs Marketplace)
Most people will know Defender as a track from Manowar’s Fighting the World album but an earlier version of the track was released as a stand-alone single in 1983. I bought the vinyl single back in March 2013 but wasn’t too impressed with the condition it was in so I’ve been considering buying a better copy ever since. And here it is! I found this perfect copy for a great price on Discogs. I say “great price” but this might be the most expensive song I’ve ever bought! This is the CD version that was reissued by Geffen in 1993 to promote their Secrets of Steel box set but it is the earlier 1983 version of the song. This is a pretty rare and exciting Manowar collectible. I slightly prefer the version that appeared on Fighting the World but this is a mighty Manoclassic in any version and I’m thrilled to have a high-quality audio version of it at last. Hail!
Cradle of Filth – Dusk… and Her Embrace (£4 Missing Glasgow)
I’m not a particularly big Cradle Of Filth fan but this is a great record of theirs and an important album in the history of British Metal. As far as I can tell, this out-of-print edition is the only CD of theirs to feature the track Nocturnal Supremacy ’96 (a re-recording of a track that appeared on their V Empire EP) and ever since finding out about it I have coveted it. It’s not especially hard to find online but it’s always a wee bit pricier than I would like. But I found this copy in great condition in Missing Records for a measly £4 so that really cheered me up. This is an exciting addition to my ever-growing Black Metal collection.
Mötley Crüe – Decade of Decadence ’81-’91 (2LP) (£5 Monorail Glasgow)
This one was a pure impulse buy. I never find much second-hand stuff in Monorail but when I do it’s always an exciting bargain. This double LP set has great packaging, seemed like a good price and it looked like there might be some rare songs on it. I’m not the biggest Crüe fan either so even though I have a good chunk of their individual albums I reckon a filler-free compilation might do me nicely. I’m not in much of a Crüe mood at the moment so I don’t feel any special hurry to hear this but it will be welcome in the HMO vault until the mood strikes. And this purchase is fairly timely as the band have just announced their “Farewell Tour”. Ta ta.
Thin Lizzy – Life:Live (2LP) (£5 Monorail Glasgow)
Another nice vinyl score from the same visit to Monorail. I’ve never owned this one as I always feared a reissue was imminent. I’m quite happy to have the vinyl though and this way I won’t feel so bad buying the “deluxe” version that will inevitably come out at some point. This was recorded on Lizzy’s 1983 farewell tour and features guest appearances from previous guitarists Eric Bell, Gary Moore and Brian Robertson (no Midge Ure though!) Snowy White also appears on three tracks but those are recordings from a previous tour. Life:Live seems to get slagged off quite a bit, living in the shadow of the much-adored Live and Dangerous, but I’ve really enjoyed it. A sub-par Lizzy effort is still going to be better than most bands’ and it’s fun to hear the later numbers from Thunder and Lightning. That said, I’m not sure there are any versions here that you would consider “definitive” with the only possible exception being the fantastic take on Got to Give it Up. It’s a cool-looking, fun record though and seems like a snip at this price. I’ll be listening to this a lot more.
And that’s us for January! Hope you didn’t mind me splicing it up into the three parts. It’d have been a long post otherwise and the three groupings were too tidy to resist. Join me very soon where I’ll be looking at the most HMO-friendly new releases of Feburary. I hope not to be buying very much for the next couple of months but there’s some pretty exciting stuff on the horizon so it might be a bit tricky.
Read the rest of January’s Buying Round-Ups!