Robbie Williams – ‘Sexed Up – Forever Texas’ (2003) – Album Review

There is nothing better than going through racks of CDs and finding something you’ve never seen before.  I was at 2nd & Charles in Mathews, NC with my wife (she was looking at books) and I started digging through the used CDs. I started in the “A” section and within 30 seconds I stumbled across this album…Robbie Williams “Sexed Up”.  Yes, in the “A” section as naturally that is where it would be instead of the “R” or “W” section.  Makes total sense.  It had Japanese or some Asian lettering on it so I snatched it up especially knowing that the price was only $3.50.

I did some research once I got home and all I could find out is that the CD is referred to as Robbie Williams – “Sexed Up/Forever Texas” and is an unofficial release.  As a result, Discogs won’t sell it.  I did see a copy on eBay for about $36 and Discogs had a single cd version on sale for over $100.  Either way, my $3.50 is looking like a pretty great deal.

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The packaging is great as the plastic CD case comes in this nice cardboard housing with a flap to open and remove your CD case.  The disc is also labeled as an HDCD whatever the hell that is supposed to mean.  I figured it was going to sound better, but it is CD, it already sounds good as a CD should. Continue reading “Robbie Williams – ‘Sexed Up – Forever Texas’ (2003) – Album Review”

July 2020 Purchases – Vinyl & CD

Another month gone by and a lot more purchases.  I don’t know if you’ve noticed but my CD purchases have skyrocketed over the last few months.  I have been to a bunch of shops that have CDs and have them cheap so I can’t help myself.  However, this first batch of CDs is not from a shop. They are mostly from Amazon as my kids gave me an Amazon gift card for Father’s Day as they weren’t sure what I didn’t have (which is a valid point).  So with these cards I continued my Jeff Scott Soto Collection and picked up 6 more discs (okay, one was from ebay).

I picked up Jeff Scott Soto – “Essential Ballads”; Soul Sirkus – “World Play”, W.E.T. – “W.E.T.” and “Earthrage”, SOTO – “Orgami” which is the last of the SOTO collection, and Talisman – “Talisman”.  This brings me up to over 20+ now in the JSS collection and still about 20+ more to go.

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Next up, my wife wanted to run back to 2nd & Charles as she needed  some books and I of course wanted to tag along as they have a great used CD collection and I always find something interesting and this time was no different.  I picked up a Bootleg Robbie Williams 2 CD compilation from Japan.  It is called Sexed Up and it has been outlawed for sale by Discogs, but I saw one an eBay for about $30+.  I payed about $3.  It is an HDCD, whatever that means.

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But that wasn’t the only thing I bought from there as they had a sale where you buy 2, get one free.  I picked up 8 more discs including 2 more Robbie Williams CDs, 3 Oasis CDs, Ozzy’s Just Say Ozzy E.P., Candlebox’s “Lucy” and Jude Cole’s “I Don’t Know Why I Act This Way”.  Not a bad haul.

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And on the way home, my wife saw Noble Records and asked if I wanted to stop in, and of course I said yes.  She is so awesome!!  I did a little damage there as well. I picked up 2 more CDs – Cheap Trick’s “At Budokon: The Complete Concert” CD set and Thriving Ivory’s “Through Yourself & Back Again”.

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I did get vinyl while I was there as well. I picked up Deep Purple’s ‘Machine Head’ and ZZ Top’s “La Futura” because I saw the documentary on Netflix and needed this album as I didn’t have it as I’m now on a ZZ Top kick.

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The next thing that was purchased was neither vinyl nor CD.  I have started my new obsession, Kiss Tour Books and first up is this one…not going to talk about it as I already have a post coming in August going in full detail…

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And that is it…until next month

June 2020 Purchases – Vinyls & CDs

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.

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Tuesday’s Memes – Robbie Williams

One of my guilty pleasures in life is Robbie Williams. I can’t explain it, but i like his music.  Not when he was with that boy band shit, but his solo work.  There is something about it that I just dig.  I even like his swing music.  Strange, I know.  I can’t help it.  It is what it is.  So, time to do a collection of Mr. Williams and see if anyone else out there feels the same way.

I said Robbie Williams not Robin Williams…

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February 2020 Purchases – Vinyl & CDs

Two months in to the year and already some great purchases.  If you are new to the site, this is my monthly wrap-up of my vinyl and CD purchases since not everything I buy makes it on to the site.  Some of it does or already has or will in the future, but whose to say how long that will be.  So, I thought why not share the love of music and let you see what I have been adding to the collection.

The first set of purchases started with a run of vinyl diving when my daughter wanted to go out and pick up a certain album.  We hit two stores…Repo Records and Lunchbox, both in Charlotte, NC.  First stop was Repo Records and my daughter didn’t find anything she wanted, but I found one.  It is the 1980 debut album of Canadian rock star Bryan Adams. Honestly, I have never seen this one and for $5 bucks, why not add to it my ever growing Adams collection. I have at least 6 or 7 of his so this fits in nicely.

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Then we are off to Lunchbox and my daughter found the album she wanted which was Lorde’s album “Pure Heroine” which is actually a really good album.  And don’t worry, I found a couple as well.  I love the UK band The Alarm.  I have about 4 or 5 in the collection and now I have one more.  It is Electric Folklore Live from 1988 that I was missing.

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And then one more to add to the ever growing Aerosmith collection. I finally found ‘Permanent Vacation’ at what I thought was a good price of $10. I’ll take it.

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And then a week later, my wife and I had an afternoon to ourselves and we spent it going to 2nd & Charles as my wife wanted to look at some books and they have a great selection of new and a ton of used books. They also have a vinyl and CD section as well. They have bootlegs on vinyl which is cool and I might have to go back and get some.  I didn’t buy any vinyl, but picked up some cheap CDs which I always like.  First up was a from a band called Audiovent.  Their only album ‘Dirty Sexy Knights in Paris’ came out in 2002 and I had it at one time on CD and loved it, so I re-bought it.

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And since I have been on a Robbie Williams kick lately, I decided I needed all his albums. I didn’t get all, but I picked up 3.  I grabbed ‘The Ego Has Landed’ and ‘Intensive Care’ both studio albums and then a really cool Live album called “Live Summer 2003” recorded at Knebworth.

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I also picked up the new album from Stone Temple Pilots called ‘Perdida’ and I already have shown you that when I did a review.  It wasn’t pleasant.  But I bought it mostly due to my brother-in-law being the engineer and mixer on the album.  Go Check out the Review.

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If that wasn’t enough, when my kids and I were out to dinner on Saturday, February 15th, we were driving by Noble Records and I had to stop in.  As usual, I found a few more things.  First up is another Stone Temple Pilots album. This one is Shangri-La Dee Da and since I am buying albums that their uncle worked on, this falls in that category as he was working with Brendan O’Brien back then and he was the engineer on this album.

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And then there were two 80’s albums I didn’t have.  First one was Dokken’s “Under Lock And Key”…

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and the next one was one of the covers I am after for Stryper’s “To Hell With the Devil”…now I need to find the alternate more controversial cover…

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And that is all.  Well, there was one more, but it didn’t arrive in time for this month’s post so it will kick off next months.  Here is everything in one bundle and yes, I have a problem…

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See you next month…

Friday New Releases – November 22nd

The week before Thanksgiving and the last big week of new releases.  There will be more releases over the next three weeks, but not as big as this one (in numbers, not necessarily quality).  There are a handful I will give a spin and they will be highlighted in Blue as usual.  Let me know what interests you or what I might have missed.  Now next Friday there are new releases, but it is also Record Store Day Black Friday, so hopefully some I can grab…until then.

  • A1iseK+RBPL._SX522_.jpg  Coldplay – Everyday Life – (Parlophone Records / Warner Music):  I will admit, I hold hopes out that they will release something as good as ‘Parachute’ again.  So, this will get a spin to see what they bring to the table this time.  My hopes aren’t too high.

  • 81--bZEqP7L._SX522_.jpg  Beck – Hyperspace – (Fonograf Records / Capitol):  Okay, it’s Beck…why would he not get a spin?  His quirkiness is always welcome even if not always appreciated.

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Friday New Releases – November 4th

Happy Friday! Take a look at the list of new releases and see what floats your boat.  There are a few I am really excited and interested to hear, but one of those I don’t have much hope that it will be good (Bon Jovi).  The ones I will be attacking first are highlighted in Blue.

  • 61acgdxyfll-_ac_us160_  Bon Jovi – This House Is Not For Sale – (Island Records):  Bon Jovi’s track record over their last 3-4 albums has been piss poor.  A couple songs I have heard so far suck!!!, but some were decent.  Still doesn’t give me much hope that this will be any good. I will still listen off the extreme hope that one day they will find glory again.

  • cover170x170-35  Robbie Williams – The Heavy Entertainment Show – (Robert Williams/Farrell Music):  I am a huge Robbie Williams fan. I have never understood how he didn’t have much success stateside, but that is okay as I like him anyway.  Eagerly anticipating this release.  I am sure it will be great.  Read my post on the Top 20 Robbie Williams songs.  I wonder if any of these songs will force me to update that list???

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My Favorites Mix by Apple Music

Each week Apple Music creates a playlist for me of songs they feel I will like called “My Favorites Mix”.  This week they did a really great job of picking those songs.  There were 25 songs and 1 hour & 32 minutes of magic.  Here are the songs:

  1. “Parasite (feat. John 5)” by Ace Frehley – Origins Vol. 1
  2. “You’re In Trouble” by Ratt – Out of the Cellar
  3. “Tobacco Road” by David Lee Roth – Eat ‘Em and Smile
  4. “My Woman in Black” by Scorpion Child – Acid Roulette
  5. “Outta My Way” by Talisman – Cats and Dogs
  6. “Monster You Made” by Pop Evil – War of Angels
  7. “Under and Over It” by Five Finger Death Punch – American Capitalist
  8. “Fiddler’s” by John 5 – Songs for Sanity
  9. “We Could Run Away” by Needtobreathe – The Heat
  10. “Rudebox” by Robbie Williams – Rudebox E.P.
  11. “Stay the Night” by James Blunt – Some Kind of Trouble
  12. “No Apologies” by Bon Jovi – Greatest Hits – The Ultimate Collection
  13. “Professor Satchafunkilus” by Joe Satriani – Professor Satchafunkilus and the Musterion of Rock
  14. “Lighter Shade of Green” by Alcatrazz – Disturbing the Peace
  15. “Start Me Up” by the Rolling Stones – The Complete Collection 1971-2013
  16. “Something More” by Train – Drops of Jupiter
  17. “Invisible Touch” by Genesis – Invisible Touch
  18. “Run to You” by Bryan Adams – Reckless
  19. “Bring It On Home” by Dread Zeppelin – Un-Led-Ed
  20. “One Thing Leads to Another” by The Fixx – Reach the Beach
  21. “Suicide Blonde” by INXS – The Best of INXS
  22. “Sure Know Something” by Kiss – Dynasty
  23. “Save A Prayer” by Duran Duran – Greatest
  24. “Let’s Dance” by David Bowie – Best of Bowie
  25. “Hollywood” by Collective Soul – Afterwords

When I gave this a listen the first time, this playlist put me in a great mood.  I hope the new playlist coming up on Wednesday is as good as this one.  Go to Apple Music and give it a listen at this link.

 

 

Robbie Williams – The Top 20 Songs

Robbie Williams is one of the most talented singer/songwriters out there and is so extremely underrated in the states.  He had a few minor hits early on in the states, but for some reason, never caught on.  The rest of the world seems to adore this man as he has sold over 75 million records over his career.

Robbie was a member of the British boy band Take That in the early 90’s before branching out on a solo career and releasing his first solo album in 1997.  It is that solo career where I became a fan and have been since.  He is one of the few artist that will release an album and I will buy it without hearing anything on it beforehand.  I don’t think I have been disappointed yet.

I am going to give you my Top 20 favorite songs by Robbie Williams.  This was actually really hard to narrow it down to 20.  I eventually narrowed it down to 24 songs and then I had to re-listen to everything again to get it down to the Top 20. I hope you give him a listen and become a fan, if you are not already.

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