Welcome to the June Purchases wrap-up and what a month it was. After not visiting an actual record store in 2 months due to the Covid Stay at Home Orders, I was out in force when the opened back up. And this time it wasn’t just vinyl and CDs, there were a couple other surprises that were music related. And then there were a stack of albums I picked up that I didn’t have to buy which is always cool. Let’s get started.
First up was my trip to Repo Records and Noble Records as they were two of the first to open. I wanted to spend a little at both to show my support and I did just that. First up was Repo. I was worried we would have to wear masks and gloves, but thankfully neither store required but we could if we wanted to do it. Which I didn’t because we left the masks at home on the counter. I didn’t really find anything at Repo’s until I stumbled across a brand new copy of Tesla’s Psychotic Supper. It was new and sealed so no real deal on it, but it was cheaper than what Amazon was offering and since it is on a list of albums I want, I got it.
Then we went down to Noble Records and I really struggled to find anything. My luck wasn’t going well. I did go over to the classic rock section and found a few cheap albums that I did eventually want in my collection but they weren’t on the big list. I wanted to show support, so I picked by 2 Billy Squier albums and a Cutting Crew album as I do love “(I Just) Died in Your Arms”.
The next thing I got was the new Def Leppard release, “London to Vegas”. It is a Blu-Ray and CD box set with the two live shows of ‘Hysteria at the O2’ and ‘Hits Vegas”. I have already done that review so go check it out by clicking on “London to Vegas”.
Now, I have a Wish List on Amazon that I keep as a reminder of some albums I want. When the prices on those albums drops to a pre-determined amount in my head, I will buy it when it hits that price. This time it was Bon Jovi’s ‘Have a Nice Day’ which I think is the last really good Bon Jovi album.
Then on another weekend, I took the girls and we hit 3 places, Manifest Disc, 2nd & Charles and Sleepy Poet Antique Mall in Charlotte. And each place, we made purchases. First up was Manifest Disc. From Manifest, I found 2 Sons of Apollo CDs (to go with my Jeff Scott Soto collection), 2 Robbie Williams CDs and I bought another Babe Ruth vinyl called ‘Stealin’ Home’ after I spoke so fondly of their album ‘First Base’.
Then on to 2nd & Charles. I didn’t have much luck there, but I did find a Rick Springfield CD for the album ‘Songs For The End of The World’ which I’m not sure is on vinyl, so I will take the CD.
The last stop was Sleepy Poet Antique Mall. They have one big Vinyl booth and a ton of other booths with some vinyl as well. But funny enough, I didn’t buy any vinyl. I bought two books. Yes, I can read!!! I decided recently after posting a couple posts on Tour Books, that I wanted to start collecting Concert Tour Books and I was going to do it for Kiss; however, when I cam across this Tour Book at the store, I thought, why not expand that to other bands I like. I bought a Bon Jovi Tour Book for the New Jersey Tour which was the The Brotherhood Tour.
I also stumbled on a book so large and heavy, that my arms ached by the time I got it up to the counter. I found a hard back book of Kiss Kompendium which is a complete collection of all the Kiss Comics in one. It has to be 40 comics and the book is like 3″ thick. It is crazy and it is freaking cool.
I would say this was the last purchase this month, but it isn’t. I found on eBay a copy of Jeff Scott Soto’s Essential Ballads which I have been wanting and there was a Jeff Scott Soto album I left off last month’s list called “Retribution”. Here they are.
I had ordered the new Whitesnake album called ‘The Rock Album’. It is an album of their rock songs that have been remixed/remastered for today’s sound…I think. Anyway, a review will be coming in July and it will end the David Coverdale Series (for now – with the exception of Album Rankings).
And we went out, yet again. This time we hit up Hardy Boy Records and Lunchbox Records. I have pretty much hit up the main record stores all in the month of June as I went almost 3 months without, I went a little overboard. This time I picked up my final Led Zeppelin album with “Song Remains the Same”, a Gen X single to “Dancing With Myself” (which adds to my Billy Idol collection) and one that my Dad thoroughly enjoyed when he was a live so I bought it, Andreas Vollenweider “Down to the Moon”. Those were from Hardy Boys.
From lunchbox I picked up Creed’s Greatest Hits. I figured why not as I am a fan of Scott Stapp’s and I don’t think all the Creed albums are on vinyl so I needed something.
And that was it for the purchases, I promise!! Now on to the collection I picked up from my in-laws lake house. They had 2 boxes of vinyl in storage at the house and told me I could dive through and take what I wanted. So I did. I think it was about 29 albums. Now, don’t laugh or judge, but some of these I took because of some memories when I was a kid. I won’t list out all of them as it is too many, but you get the pictures of all of them.
And that is it. I know, that is enough. I can’t imagine July being as fruitful, but here’s to hoping!! Have a great day and we will see you back here for next months wrap-up.