The Scrounger's Report
Jun. 09, 1999
Dumpster diving AGAIN?
Well, Monday I went and hit one of my usual "haunts"
for CD scrounging (I think I have a "route" of 3-4
towns and 15-20 stores that I try to make every 2 months
or so.) Between Used-CD stores and pawn shops, I'm
beginning to think one could do this full-time...oh yeah,
there's this whole "money" thing....how annoying. :)
I just hit one particular store, and as usual spent
about an hour of the 4 hours I spent there winnowing
down the stack of stuff I wanted...damned budgets!
Anyhow, here's what I walked away with (all sorts of
musical genres are here...DEAL WITH IT! :).
Yes - 9012 Live The Solos. 1985. ATCO (Japan). $7
I already mentioned this one in an earlier post.
while it didn't contain the track I was specifically
looking for, it's still a worthwhile find for any
Yes fan...imagine my surprise that it still had the
OBI strip intact..especially for that price!
The Escape Club - Wild Wild West. 1988. Atlantic. $3
Well yeah, I like '80s pop....so sue me! :)
Max Q - Max Q. 1989. Atlantic. $3
More pop. I didn't have a chance to listen to this
one first, so I gambled based on the artwork. It's
"ok", nothing splendiferous.
Asia - Alpha. 1983. Geffen. $4
Ever the completist, IMHO, the Wetton-era Asia is
SOOOOOO much better than the later material.
Journey - Greatest Hits Live. 1998. Columbia. $4
Is it just me, or is "Captured" actually better than
Journey - Raised on Radio (Remastered). 1986 (1996).
Essential AOR, IMO....even if it was one of their
less successful endeavors.
Queen - The Works (Reissue). 1984 (1991). Hollywood. $4
I *really* love the 1980s Queen stuff (which isn't
to say I don't like the better-known 1970s-era material),
but there's just something about this album and
"A Kind of Magic" (being a "Highlander" fan might
have something to do with it), that I really "grab
King Diamond - Voodoo. 1998. Metal Blade. $4
Musically I love his stuff, but man, his vocals have
that "a little goes a LOOOOONG way" quality...:)
Kix - Cool Kids. 1983. Atlantic. $4
Ever the completist, I had to snag this. I *still*
think that "Midnight Dynamite" is their best album.
Deliverance - A Decade Of... 1995. Intense. $8
Quintessential CCM thrash metal. Being a collector
of CCM hard rock and heavy metal, this one immediately
jumped out at me...
Meliah Rage - Kill to Survive. 1986. Epic. $6
For some reason I like this one a lot better than
some of the other Meliah Rage I've heard. Maybe I'm
misremembering, but I could have sword Meliah Rage
was MUCH more thrashy than this; this stuff is more
straight-ahead mid-80s heavy metal.
707 - 707/The Second Album. 1980/1981 (1998). Renaissance. $12
Although he doesn't sing on this CD, Keven Chalfant
eventually fronted this band, which is what triggered
my picking this up. Fairly good "paint by numbers" AOR.
Slade - Slayed. 1972 (1991). Polydor (U.K.). $16
I *do* want to eventually complete a CD discography of
this band...IT'S A SHAME THAT VIRTUALLY NONE OF THEIR
ALBUMS WERE RELEASED IN THIS STUPID COUNTRY ON CD!!!
*ahem*, sorry about that...Slade, IMO, is one of *THE*
most underrated rock bands of the last 30 years. While
the U.S. masses were briefly exposed to them via their
MTV hit "Run Runaway" from "Keep Your Hands Off My Power
Supply" in the mid-1980s, they have done SOOOOO much
wonderful material that no one here has ever heard...
Great White - Hooked. 1991. Capitol (Japan). $13
I recently traded away my 2-CD set of Hooked + Live
in New York, so I wanted to replace my copy of Hooked...
with one small catch: I wanted the uncensored cover art.
Imagine my surprise when I found this one...
Andy Scott's Sweet - "A". 1992. SPV (Germany). $10
I wasn't sure if this was the same band as "The Sweet"
which I knew of from "Fox on the Run" fame. Evidently
Andy Scott *is* one of the original members. This album
has a much more "hard rock" flavor than any of The
Sweet's material. I like it! I'm interested in tracking
down other CDs from this incarnation of the band, assuming
they have the same type of sound: "The Answer", "Hannover
Sessions" (originals only).
Anyhow, that's all for now. The budget is shot and so am I.