Last year flew by and now here we are in 2023 and already at our first month purchases wrap-up. It was a good start to the year if I do say so myself. I started a new collection, found some stuff for other collections I have, treated myself to an album I’ve been wanting for years and even found a Jeff Scott Soto CD that I didn’t even know existed. I would say that all makes for a solid month.
The month kicked off in full glory when 2nd & Charles kicked off the year with a buy 5 get 5 free sale on their CDs and so I pounced on it. Sadly, my memory sucks and one is one I already had, see if you can guess which one because it was in my November purchases as well.
If that wasn’t enough, later in the month I went by Repo Records here in Charlotte and found a handful of picture sleeve 45’s. I love the picture sleeves and so I bought about 9 this time around. Some great stuff to add to the collection…
Welcome to the November 2022 Purchases update. You will notice that my cover picture is a little different this month. Normally, I have all my purchases stacked on top of the turntable, but there was a problem this time around. My cat, Chandler, decided it was nap time and wouldn’t move. Actually, Chandler naps up there a lot when I am working from home so no big surprise. So, I didn’t want to disturb him as he needs his beauty sleep so I took a picture of him instead. Believe it or not, he is still a kitten as he is only 9 months old. Once full grown he will be 20-25 lbs and won’t be able to fit on the turntable so I am letting him enjoy it while he can.
Okay, enough of that. Let us get to the real reason we are here…the music. And what did I get this month. I will say it was a better month than last one as I went a little nuts on the vinyl this time around and very little on the CDs. First up, I have been holding off on buying Def Leppard stuff on vinyl because I want to see what is in the Collection, Volume 4, but I’m tired of waiting and I realize it is generally not any one specific live album that has already been released, so I bought these three things so I finally had them on vinyl.
Now, I did hit one real record store this month, but didn’t score a bunch. The only thing I picked up from Mad Jack’s are a couple of Asia albums that I didn’t have in my collection for some strange reason. And they were clean!
Happy Friday and let me tell you I’m happy. My Kiss Creatures of the Night Box Set should be here this afternoon and I can’t wait as that is my big purchase for myself as I need everything Kiss!! But have my eye on that Queen The Miracle Box Set as well and might get that one too! We will see. Let me know what you are wanting this week or what we might have missed. Thanks as always for stopping by and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!
The two I want….
Kiss – Creatures of the Night (40th Anniversary Edition) – (UMe / UMG)
Queen – The Miracle (Deluxe Edition or Collector’s Edition) – (Hollywood Records)
And all the rest…
Nickelback – Get Rollin’ – (Nickelback II Productions / BMG Rights Mgmt)
Disturbed – Divisive – (Reprise Records)
Michael Jackson – Thriller 40 – (Sony Music)
Dolly Parton – Diamonds & Rhinestones: The Greatest Hits Collection – (Sony Music)
Another month gone by which is good news because it means more Vinyl, CDs, books and even a DVD have been added the collection. And we are kicking this month off a very pleasant surprise from a good friend of 2 Loud 2 Old Music. Mr. Books himself, Aaron, from KeepsMeAlive.com has sent yet another care package. The man believes in giving! This time around we got 2 books and 2 CDs all the way from the Great White North. Be careful what you say in the comments on his site as you are bound to wind up with it. Aaron knows my love for Idol and I have made comments before about the other 3 items…and now I have them. Thanks Aaron…and yes, he left a little note as usual!!
Now to start the month out, during labor day weekend, 2nd & Charles had their buy 5 get 5 free sale and so I hit up the CDs section and stuck to the 5 and 5 rule. Here is the 5 I bought…
And the five I got for free…or vice versa, however you want to look at it…
Welcome to a HUGE Friday!!! There releases are massive and numerous. What more could you ask for. This is the first time in a very long time where I have 3 releases that are on order for the same day. I am going to love the mail man this week. The albums I am interested in are highlighted in Blue and the first 3 are the ones on order. Let me know what you looking forward to hearing and which ones I might have missed. Enjoy and have a great musical weekend! I know I will!!!
Greta Van Fleet – Anthem of the Peaceful Man – (Republic Records): These young lads are constantly getting compared to Led Zeppelin and you know what? Who cares. Zeppelin isn’t putting out any new music so I am going to enjoy this. At least the young generation is still making Rock & Roll. This is their first Full Length studio album and I get wait to unwrap the vinyl.
Whitesnake – Unzipped – (Rhino Records): 5 CDs and 1 DVD of Whitesnake Unplugged. 20 years worth of music including Starkers in Tokyo and Starkers in Warsaw, Paris, Germany and so much music. I can’t wait for this one either. It is going to be non-stop music.
Welcome to the second edition of ‘The Original Vs. The Cover”. This month we are highlighting the Simon & Garfunkel classic, “The Sound of Silence” and the best cover version I have ever heard of this song by the Metal band Disturbed. Yes, I said a Metal band. So the Folk version vs. the Metal version.
The song was originally recorded back in 1964 and was titled “The Sounds of Silence”. The song was a folk traditional version and it basically flopped. The song was overdubbed in 1965 without Simon & Garfunkel’s knowledge and some electric instruments were added to give it more a folk rock sound which was big at the time. The song became a hit and Simon & Garfunkel became famous.
The song everyone knows is actually the second version, the folk rock song. Later the song was retitled for some strange reason to “The Sound of Silence” and the ‘s’ was dropped from “Sounds”. Rather odd to me, but what do I know.
The song has one of the best opening lines of any song…”Hello darkness, my old friend / I’ve come to talk with you again”. The way they sing that opening line is kind of eerie and seems to hold so much meaning. And has always made me think about loneliness as that was the overall feeling I got from that verse.
I have been sitting on this album for months now and I am finally getting around to do a review. I will admit that I love listening to Scott Stapp sing. I am a fan so this album really excited me. After Scott Stapp’s last effort, his solo album ‘Proof of Life’, I had really high expectations for this new direction. ‘Proof of Life’ as my favorite album of 2013.
Now Scott was back with a band and not a new solo effort. I was hoping for me solo work or even Creed, but not so…a new band. Well, who is this band Art of Anarchy? Art of Anarchy is a rock band and this is actually their second album not their first. Their first was with Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots fame; however, he died after the release of that album. I will also admit, I had never heard of this band even with Scott Weiland as the lead singer.
The band pushed on and brought in Scott Stapp as the lead singer. I immediately thought these guys were nuts. You are going from a person with addiction & mental health issues and ended up dying from that to another person that has suffered from addiction issues as well as mental health issues that are well documented. I thought that they were either very brave or very stupid. It turns out they were very brave (so far).
Wow!! Some huge releases today! I can’t wait to get into some of these. I hope there is something for you as well. Sixx:A.M., Metallica, Bruno and Miranda are doing it for me today. Here is to some great listening pleasure. My favorites are highlighted in Blue.
Sixx:A.M. – Prayers for the Blessed Vol. 2 – (Eleven Seven Music): Volume 1 was released earlier this year and was OUTSTANDING!!! I have extreme high hopes for this one as well and since they have never diappointed, I expect to be blown away…AGAIN!! Could they end up with 2 albums in my Top 10 albums of the year…wait and see.
Metallica – Hardwired…To Self-Destruct – (Blackened Recordings): Metallica is back heavier and louder than ever. I was a little disappointed in their last release so I am hoping they return with some of their old magic. If the song, “Hardwired” is any indication, we might just see some more greatness.
Everyone gets Road Rage at some time in their driving life. It is unavoidable. Sitting in Atlanta traffic or even Charlotte traffic now can raise your blood pressure. And how many times have you just wanted to ram your car right into the asshole that just cut you off or rode your bumper. I have too many times to count. When I get that feeling, I have a playlist that I have to put on that will let me just vent my frustration and anger. Maybe you can try it out.