At the most recent record show here in Charlotte, I found a couple bootleg CDs that I snagged up for a real cheap $5 each. Gotta love that. The first one I grabbed was from the band Extreme. The bootleg was called ‘Hollywood Rock 1992’ which was recorded from the rock festival Hollywood Rock down in Rio de Janeiro Brazil on January 26, 1992. The CD says it was a Freddie Mercury Tribute, but the band only played one Queen cover so not much of a tribute.
What I love about Bootlegs are the errors. Yes, they have errors. The reason why is the people that make bootlegs don’t give a crap about editing and making things perfect and accurate. They only care about getting out product. The first major error is where it was made. The album was made in Italy…however, the back cover says it was made in Itary. I have been looking at a globe for about 10 hours now and I can’t find Itary anywhere on it. Then it is the song titles…”Pornograffitti” is spelled as “Pornographiti” and what should be a Nuno acoustic guitar solo actually says that he sold his acoustic guitar.
What makes it even better is that they spelled everything correctly on the actual CD, but they used the wrong words at times. One error on the CD is on “Suzi” they called it “Suzi (Wants Her All Day Want?)” and it should be (Wants Her All Day What?). Then for “Decadence Dance” there is a drum solo and they list it as Pat but Pat plays bass. Paul is on drums.
Needtobreathe is one of my all time favorite bands and one of the few bands I have to everything they do and in that search I came across this beauty. It is the E.P. called La Diferencia. It was only available on the DRIVE ALL NIGHT TOUR 2013. If you went to a show on that tour and you placed a pre-order for their upcoming album ‘Rivers of the Wasteland, you received a pre-order card AND got the BRAND NEW EP called La Diferencia on CD. I actually missed that tour so I didn’t have this and I do now. The EP contains four previously unreleased live tracks and the title is quite misleading because it would make you think their were some Hispanic language songs on here but there are not…which is fine as I don’t speak Spanish anyway. The cover art I am sure was done by band member Bo Rinehart as he has been the artistic brain behind most of their visual side of the band.
The opening track, “Difference Maker” might be the best song the band has ever written. There is such a sadness and longing in the song and lyrically, it is splendid. For me, it raises question as to why are we here in this world and what is our place in that world. Is God the answer? I think that is for each of us to decide as I find faith and religion to be a personal choice. This song helped me take a longer look at myself and I believed has helped a lot. The song is not quite a demo. They call it a “work tape” so at this point it was a work in process but damn, it is so good.
For 2021, I did something a little different here at 2 Loud 2 Old Music. I tracked every single album I listened to kind of like Spotify, but more manual and not as technical. Every time I listened to an album or E.P., I wrote it down. And I will say that this will be the last and only time I ever do this as it was a pain in the ass. I will say, this was not a normal year. I worked from home all year which gave me access to all my music, vinyl, cds and streaming. I didn’t include individual songs or shuffling which I like to do. These were straight album listens from beginning to end in the order the album was meant to be heard.
A couple more points to note. When I do a review of an album, I try to listen to it 5 to 6 times before reviewing so there are a lot of repeat listens to an album. And what did I track? I tracked the following:
Year of Release
Day of the Week
With all that data, I am able to give you lots of useless information that I thought would be fun. So let’s get started. How many albums did 2 Loud 2 Old Listen to in 2021? Easy…1,374!! If I was working in the office, the number probably would’ve been no where even close to that number. Now let’s get in to the juicy details. Out of the 1,374 albums, there were 609 unique albums I heard during the year.
What were the Top 20 Bands I listened to during the year and how many albums?
Note, I worked on a number of Review Series during the year and made some Album Rankings and as a result, those are going to be high on my list. I don’t think there are really any surprises on this list, especially the Top 5 as they were all Review Series. There were 290 different artist and bands I listened to throughout the year.
Count of Artist
Stone Temple Pilots
Jeff Scott Soto
What were the Top Albums I listened to during the year?
Can you believe there is only one more month in the year? It has flown by so fast. And here we are again with another month end wrap-up of the purchases we have made here at 2 Loud 2 Old Music. It was a pretty decent month and another month where CDs outweighed the vinyl. There should’ve been a couple more vinyl in here, but with all the delays in vinyl pressing I have 3 that have been bought that will now not show up until 2022!! Thanks Adele!!!
First up this month are a couple that came in at the end of October after I had done my post. First is the John 5 & The Creatures release ‘Sinner’ and this one is signed. It is an awesome album and it will be interesting to see where this lands on our year-end countdown.
The other item that I received was another stellar box set from Whitesnake. This time around it is the 25th Anniversary of the album ‘Restless Heart’. It is full of demos, remixes and the always cool Evolutions disc that walks you through the evolution of the songs. Sadly, there was no live show added but that is being picky.
Welcome to the next installment of Purchases as we run through the monthly purchases here at 2 Loud 2Old Music. And this was a good month…a really good one. This would be a quality month over quantity although the quantity was still there. The month started out with a visit to one of my favorite stores Noble Records. It was Dillion’s 2nd Anniversary as a Brick & Mortar store and he was putting out some holy grail items for sure. I’m not one of crowds at the moment so I knew it was going to be packed so I waiting until later in the day before I showed up. There was nothing I was really looking for so going early didn’t matter. I was there to show some support.
The first thing I found were some great 7″ Singles. 2 from Quiet Riot and one from David Bowie. I nice score for me and I will take it…
And there was still more. Now, I didn’t really find a whole lot. But I found something I had never seen before so I grabbed it. It was an alternate cover for the Scorpions debut, “Lonesome Crow”. And it is a cool cover. It turns out, this was a reissue of the album from 1982 or 1983 and it had came in a translucent brownish, yellowish, orangish color…wait…maybe it is gold. Who knows, but I know I loved the cover and sold!!!
The Winner was Alex Bolbat from the fine city of Moscow of the Russian Federation. Congratulations to Alex as the CD has been shipped (might take awhile to get there). Thanks to everyone that participated and maybe I will do it again sometime.
Welcome to the First Ever Giveaway on 2Loud2OldMusic.com. Let’s kick off November with a Bang!! And it is an easy one…very simple. Here are the Rules:
Like AND Share the post
Follow the site (an extra entry)
If you do the same on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, you will get extra entries as well for each social network.
The contest will last exactly 1 week and will end on November 7th. Winner to be drawn hopefully by the next weekend and be notified.
We are giving away 1 CD for Greta Van Fleet – ”Anthem of the Peaceful Army” unopened still in shrink wrap.
I think that is pretty simple. No answering any questions, only a few clicks of your mouse and/or your keyboard.
Now get going and good luck!!
Legal Disclaimer: The winner will be randomly selected by me or one of my daughters and in no way is this a professionally run operation and never claims to be as such. Odds of winning are 1:1000000000000000 as that is how many people I hope to actually participate so you really have no hope in hell of winning. (actual odds might be 1:1 as no one reads my shit anyway). Winner will allow me to use their name and likeness in any promotional material (which will be a post announcing the winner). I will not share actual address with anyone. I just need your address to mail that dang thing…okay, I will share your address with the post office so they can actually deliver the CD. You must be at least 1 year old to play and be a legal citizen of the country you live or an illegal immigrant in the country you are residing in at the moment as it doesn’t really matter to me. If you are in the caravan heading to the US right now I am sorry but you are not eligible until you have a permanent address in whatever country you wind up in. I just need to know there is somewhere to mail the package. We will not discriminate based on race, age or sexual orientation because it is really none of our business what you are and shouldn’t matter anyway. We are not responsible for your upset feelings if you lose so don’t whine to me asshole. We are also not responsible for any paper cuts the winner gets for opening the package…that is all on you bud so wear some fucking gloves to be safe. Greta Van Fleet is in no way affiliated with this promotion as they don’t know who the hell I am or even care. They did not supply these CDs (well sort of they did as I bought concert tickets for their show and each ticket came with a CD and I don’t need 5 CDs) Okay, is that enough to cover my ass if something goes horribly wrong with this? Now if you read the legal disclaimer, say you did in the comments below and you will get another 10 entries in the drawing.