Sunday, April 24, 2011

A collection from a good friend!

This is a very special post as this collection came from a friend of mine. I have gotten to know a guy who works at the local thrift store and he has seen me in there for a couple of years looking for records. Over time we got to know each other pretty well and I think he is an excellent guy.

Out of the blue the other day I get a call from him telling me that he has something for me that he is keeping at the store. When I call him back he said that he went to his storage unit and pulled out his vinyl from the 60s and 70s and wanted me to have it because he knows how much I will enjoy it!

I am still amazed at how sweet that was and I feel very, very grateful to have these.
All of these will have a special place in my collection.

In total there are about 70 pieces or so and there is some great stuff in there. It is going to take me a couple of months to listen through all of it, but it will get there!

To start there is a collection of 8 Tom Waits records! He was a really big fan of Tom Waits and bought a lot of his earlier stuff.

There is a lot of psych and hard rock in here including Zeppelin, Doors, Cream, Dylan etc.

One that I enjoy in particular is The Chambers Brothers: The Time Has Come.

When I i was a kid my father had this on 8 track tape. He only had a handful and we had one 8 track stereo in the garage so I would listen to this tape over and over. This song used to scare me when I was young! My favorite line is "My soul has been psychadelicized" .. Classic psych here!

I have been listening through this stuff for about a week already and its just so amazing how much good music is in here. It fills in some gaps that I have with classic rock and some stuff that is just great to revisit. The best part is that there are records that I am not familiar with. Since he has such good taste and we are on the same page with most of the stuff in his collection, the stuff that I have not heard is groundbreaking for me!

Tom Waits
*Closing Time
*Blue valentine
*night hawks at the diner
*the heart of saturday night
*hang on st chistopher
*small change
*foreign affairs
*heartattack and vine
Yardbirds - Greatest Hits
Canned Heat - boogie with
Eric Burdon and war - the black man's burdon
Cream - Heavy Cream
Blind Faith - self
The Chambers Brothers - The Time Has Come
Traffic - john barelycorn must die
Leo kottke - self
Jethro tull
*stand up
janis joplin
*cheap thrills
*morrison hotel
led zepplin
*one (orange)
*two (gold award)
*in through the out door (x2 - one with bag)
jeff beck
*blow by blow
*there and back
pink floyd - the wall
jimmy hendricks - are you experienced
bob dylan - blood on the tracks
righteous bros - just once in my life
lovin spoonful - very best of
randy newman - born again
dr. john - gris-gris
treat her right - tied to the tracks
shadowfax - too far to whisper
cowboy junkies - whites off earth now
arlo guthrie - alice's restaurant
midnight express - soundtrack
buffalo springfield - last time around
quicksilver - anthology
dan hicks - and his hot licks
david gilmore - self
edgar winter - roadwork
fleetwood mac - kiln house
richie havens - common ground
robin trower
*victims of the fury
*city dreams

Monday, April 18, 2011

Isis: Panopticon on Black and Orange Splatter

When I started collecting Isis records I was really excited about the represses of Panopticon. I was debating which one to buy from the label and wound up finding a sealed copy at the local store for about $10 cheaper. Since it was sealed and all of the cat#s are the same, I had to take a gamble on which pressing it was and it ended up being black.

So, I held out and finally found a copy locally that I was looking for. This is my favorite of the pressings and is on black and orange splatter. Each side is completely unique and the pattern is just amazing. I think it is very clever use of color on the vinyl.

25 ta Life/Spazz Split, Melt Banana 7" and Agoraphobic Nosebleed

A few new records from the eBay.. I am still on a lazy quest to collect the Rick ta Life vinyl releases. It will take a long time, I am sure.. I tend to forget until one pops up somewhere.

Here is 25 ta Life/Spazz split on clear vinyl. Rick still rocking the dreds in this one and minus the bulletproof vest.... heh.. Rick is definitely one in a million!

What a handsome bastard, huh?

Next is Melt Banana 3 song EP. This is just great presentation. I love this band for its originality and for the fact that no matter how bizarre they are.. they just keep doing their thing!

Last is another record with great presentation.. albeit a bit disguising. Agoraphobic Nosebleed: Agorapocalypse.

This comes on nice green vinyl and comes with a wonderful photo book! Look at the stunning images such as Trauma Queen!

GnR Lies

It's surprising to not see this around more often. Nice, original press with all your favorites like the little diddy about hating immigrants and homosexuals, "One in a Million" or the brilliant lyrical content of "You're Crazy". Maybe not the best example of Guns and Roses virtuosity or songwriting, but still some good songs are on here.

You're crazy, hey, hey
You know you're crazy, oh my!
You're fuckin' crazy, oh child
You know you're crazy, Ay, ay, ay, ay,
You know you're crazy, Hey, hey,
You're fuckin' crazy, Oh child,
You know you're crazy, Ay, ay, ay, ay,
You're fuckin' crazy, Yeah
You know you are!
Bring it down!
You're fuckin' crazy!

At the Gates: Slaughter of the Soul and Cradle of Filth: Dusk...

A quick trip to Singles and I found 2 great records.

Now... I have to say this is the only time I can remember ever purchasing a picture disc on purpose. Usually I avoid them like the plague.

However, I have been looking for At the Gates: Slaughter of the Soul for a really long time and they are always super expensive and never found locally. In Singles they just so happen to have it on pic disc. This is still quite valuable and a great find!

Another classic in its own right is Cradle of Filth: Dusk...and Her Embrace. This is a really nice 180g repress from the late 90s. Dani is still a douche though.

Really Dani...really?

Catch Up Part 2 -- From Krokus to Madball!

So, I was tracking this seller on eBay who had a bunch of vinyl that I was interested in and it was all reasonably priced. The first record he was selling was Krokus: Headhunter. Now, I am not a huge Krokus fan, but since he was selling a ton of Manowar records, I felt it would be a nice addition considering combined shipping etc.. However, turns out there were a ton of bidders on the Manowar as well as everything else he owned..... So, ya.. I got a copy of Headhunter..... only.

.. some Easy Street finds.

I found a used copy of August Burns Red: Constellations for pretty cheap and I am def a fan. This does not really fit in with a lot of the other stuff I enjoy, but something about them really caught my attention. Nice packaging and artwork and it comes with the full CD as well.

Madball is one of those bands that I grew up with any really made/am making it a point to collect.

The newest release Empire is not quite the classic Madball that I was hoping for, but is a must have regardless. Nice vinyl and classic presentation from Good Fight Records.

and......lastly, the second half of the records that I purchased from eBay.

I was able to get 6 records from a seller on eBay that I am really excited about. The last 3 are

Iron Maiden: Live After Death

Somehow I was able to win this for about 1/3 of what I actually bid on it! Sometimes you get lucky. Double LP with full booklet.

Next is a great record, but I made a mistake when bidding :( Now, anyone what knows me knows that I am not a fan of picture discs.. actually, they really annoy me... but.. ya, lets not get started.

So, I bid on Nile: Black Seeds of Vengeance, which I love but apparently missed the fine print... yep.. a lovely picture disc! Its not horrible, but it will get sold or traded for/towards the regular version.

Last and probably my favorite is Sepultura: Schizophrenia. This helps to fill in a couple of really important gaps in the Sepultura collection! With the repress of Roots that was just released, I may finish this up sooner than later.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Catching up! Some new records since January

It's been quite a while since I posted anything. It has been pretty wild around here and I have not really picked up that many records. Here is a list of a handful that I have purchased since the turn of the year.

I picked up a handful of records from one guy on eBay. Its an interesting combination of stuff.

Dimmu Borgir: Spiritual Black Dimensions


Judas Priest: Ram It Down

I purchased a few more from the same seller, but he shipped them in 2 separate lots and I will post them later on this week or next.

Lastly, I was able to find one of my favorite and more sought after Nevermore records, This Godless Endeavor.

Nevermore is one of my favorite bands in this genre and this.. is one of my favorite Nevermore records!

I found this on eBay and it was being sold by the Seattle Goodwill, which is pretty interesting because I check out the Goodwill stores on a regular basis. So, a great price on this, plus free shipping, makes this a great score to go along with my other Nevermore records.