February didn’t turn out to be quite the cheap month I’d hoped for but I did manage to rein things in slightly compared to the spending abandon of January. I pretty much bought what I expected this month but with a few unexpected purchases thrown in too.
Behemoth – The Satanist (Deluxe Edition) (£10 Fopp Glasgow)
Behemoth’s highly-anticipated The Satanist was the must-have release of the month and is a serious early contender for album of the year. Kudos must be given to the band for releasing such a beautiful package at such a reasonable price. The physical edition is not dead!
Grand Magus – Triumph and Power (£12 Fopp Glasgow)
The new Grand Magus album is an enjoyable slab of trad Metal à la Manowar/Judas Priest. My initial feeling is that it’s well crafted but ultimately a bit… contained. I’m enjoying it more with every listen so we’ll see where it goes but I can’t help feeling I’d prefer a bit more grit. Blood! BLOOD! FRESH HORSES!
Entombed – Wolverine Blues (£15 Monorail Glasgow)
And so the stockpiling of Entombed vinyl continues apace! And this time I got a lovely green vinyl edition too. Nice! Haven’t listened to it yet.
Def Leppard – Slang (“Deluxe” Edition) (£10 Amazon)
Oh, Def Leppard. With this “deluxe” edition you really are spoiling us. Featuring such plush features as a “plastic case” (one of those old-school fat doublers, no less) and a “booklet” this really is the last word in deluxe packaging. Really. I already had a rant (in weegie) about this over at LeBrain’s site but I won’t ever tire of whingeing about it. Because everyone involved should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves! Good album though.
The Wounded Kings – In the Chapel of the Black Hand (£5 Monorail Glasgow)
I’ve never heard this band before and I was all set to buy their new album Consolamentum this month. But, by pure chance, I found their previous album In the Chapel of the Black Hand in Monorail for just £5 so I bought that instead. It’s top-drawer Doom Metal with bewitching vocals and grindingly heavy riffs. I’ll be adding the new album to the collection very soon.
Gary Moore – Back on the Streets (£10 Fopp Glasgow) and Classic Album Selection (£20 HMV Glasgow)
No idea where this came from! I just suddenly had a notion for some Gary Moore. I bought the recent reissue of Back on the Streets first: a brilliant and surprisingly eclectic album. There’s a bunch of driving jazz fusion featuring Don Airey and Simon Philips and then there’s a batch of songs that feature Phil Lynott and Brian Downey including the classic Parisienne Walkways and a great version of Don’t Believe a Word done in a bluesy Peter Green vein.
After enjoying that so much I decided to get more and found the Classic Album Selection in HMV. It’s one of those budget five-album sets with the cardboard sleeve packaging. A cheap way to buy more of his albums and they are all remastered with bonus tracks too. My only gripe is the minimal packaging and the fact that two of the covers haven’t been printed properly and look very pixelated. Beh. So far I’ve mainly listened to Victims of the Future and Run for Cover (which features Phil Lynott again and also HMO-favourite Glenn Hughes) and they are great additions to the vault.
KISS – Creatures of the Night (Remix) (£8 Discogs)
Good old Discogs! I’ve been looking for a cheap copy of this for quite a while now. It’s one of my all-time favourite albums and this is a remixed version of the album that was released in the mid-80s with the (then-current) Eric Carr/Bruce Kulick unmasked line-up on the cover. This was the first version of the album I owned (on cassette) and I’ve had a notion of getting a CD or vinyl copy for a while but it’s now out-of-print so it’s often a little pricey. £8 for a decent copy suits me fine!
Motörhead – 1916 (£10 Fopp Glasgow)
Motörhead’s classic “ozone hostile” album from 1991 (and one of my “Top 10 albums that got me through the 90s” too!) given a reissue and two excellent bonus tracks by the Hear No Evil label. This label has been reissuing quite a few Deep Purple and Alice Cooper albums lately too so I wanted to try out one of their reissues for size. I’m impressed with this one, it’s got nice packaging, good liner notes and the bonus tracks (Eagle Rock and Dead Man’s Hand) are lethal.
Exactly £100 spent and not a bad haul for the month! I’m definitely getting to that stage where my rate of listening is struggling to keep up with all these new additions so it’s absolutely imperative I slow down and catch up a bit. I know I keep saying that… but this time I mean it!