Oh the Holidays! The end of the year. Christmas time. The time John is not supposed to buy any albums since it is the holidays and it is my birthday time period so no record purchases as people need to have something to give me as a gift. Well, that didn’t quite work this year.
I did set aside a list of albums people could buy for me for Christmas and/or my Birthday and I made sure that anything I picked up was not from that list. December turned out to be a treasure trove of purchases, gifts and free stuff. I definitely hit the jackpot with a crap load of albums to listen to and some day write about.
It all started mid-November when the Coke reward program was giving away $5 Amazon gift cards for every 10 bottle caps redeemed. Well, I had been collecting them at work as I do drink one Coke product everyday and on really stressful, busy days, maybe two. The $5 Amazon Gift cards were actually $10 because they allowed you to redeem it twice. After setting up a several more accounts with different email addresses, I was able to redeem $40 worth of caps (I would have done more, but I ran out of caps). What did I get with the $40 from Amazon? Music of course. I picked up the following:
Matt Nathanson – Show Me Your Fangs
Greta Van Fleet – From the Fires (on CD not Vinyl)
A week later, Coke was offering $5 Target gift cards for 5 redeemed caps, but they only limited it to one. I had enough caps to do $15 with all my accounts. What did I get with this order?
Royal Blood – How Did We Get So Dark?
I was good for the remainder of the time prior to Christmas and was awarded nicely at Christmas time. Christmas came and I received 5 albums as gifts. They are as follows:
Matt Nathanson – The Last of the Great Pretenders
Needtobreathe – Live From the Woods at Fontanel (I now have all of their albums on Vinyl…yeah me!!)
Queen – A Kind of Magic
The Bon Jovi were the last 2 albums they did that I liked so I had to have those to complete my vinyl collection of their albums I considered good. They are the following two albums…
Bon Jovi – Crush
Bon Jovi – Bounce
And then the week after Christmas came and I was off from work and all hell broke loose again. My oldest daughter had some money from Christmas and she wanted to get a couple albums. Off we went to Lunchbox records. She wasn’t able to find one of the ones she wanted, but she did find The Killers album Hot Fuzz. I was taking my sweet time going through the stacks and so she went exploring around the store. Now, my daughter is a huge Ed Sheeran fan and lo and behold, the store had at least 4 different albums of Ed she did not know were available on LP. She was freaking out. She ended up with buying two of his E.P.s he released prior to Plus and due to her wiseness with her money, she put back the Killers album. She was thrilled and couldn’t wait to get home. I could have been nice and bought the others for her, but she wouldn’t learn how to manage her money or understand that instant gratification should not rule her decisions. Of course, I don’t practice what I preach.
Ed Sheeran – Songs I Wrote with Amy
Ed Sheeran – Loose Change
Now, I didn’t leave empty handed either as I said I have a problem with instant gratification. If I see it and I want it, I have to have it. I found a few while I was going through the stacks.
Shinedown – A Threat to Survival (This was used for only $10, sealed and still had the CD that came with the vinyl release)
Davie Lee Roth – Eat ‘Em and Smile (it was cheap at $6)
Ozzy Osbourne – Speak of the Devil
We paid for our purchases and off we went. However, I wanted to make one more pit stop at another store called Jam Pac records. I had seen a picture they posted on Facebook and in the background was a Skid Row album I wanted. When we finally arrived at the store, the Skid Row album was gone. Since we were there, I looked around. I ended up finding a great copy of the Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers that actually had a Zipper. The album was in great shape, so I snagged it. I had been wanting that one, but never bit the bullet. Now I have. I also saw a brand new copy of a Christian band from the 90’s called DC Talk. The album was Jesus Freak and is my favorite DC Talk album. The price was steep, but I had never seen one before and I really wanted it. Well, Merry Christmas to myself, I bought it.
Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers
dc Talk – Jesus Freak
Lastly, I had a little gift card from Best Buy burning a whole in my pocket so I went by there the next day. I looked around and found they had a very small Vinyl section. What did I do? I stopped and went through it. The only thing that interested me and was within the price of the gift card so I didn’t actually spend anymore cash was a copy of Metallica’s Black Album. Since I didn’t have that on vinyl, I thought what the hell. I got it.
Metallica – The Black Album
That is all for my purchases in December. January is shaping up nicely as well. Coke did another $5 Amazon reward, but this time no caps needed. So with that money, I finally found a copy of Billy Idol’s Charmed Life on vinyl, ordered it and I should get it sometime this month, if not by the time this post. Also, the Re-Spin Record shop I go to had a couple pictures of stuff the owner found when he was in Michigan for Christmas. I sent him a message and said I wanted those and he said he would contact me when he gets back. It is Guns N Roses Appetite for Destruction and Poison’s Open Up and Say Ahh. I had never seen those out in a store (that weren’t new) so I wanted those two. Ok, that actually isn’t true. When I was in Atlanta at Criminal Records over Thanksgiving, I found the Poison one for $50 as it was an original, sealed copy. I can’t spend that much. I hope I end up getting those.
I have to say, I think I did really good as I only spent money on 5 of these. 5 were gifts and 4 were bought with Coke reward points or gift cards. 2 my daughter bought for herself. I think I did okay. But I do have a problem!!