The Scrounger's Report
Jan. 26, 2000
Esotericus Bargainbinia Absurdum
So I went out bargain-binning today. Sacrilege! Blasphemy! Persecute the heretic! *How* *DARE* You!* You BASTARD! [note to the people on other lists who are right about now going "What the [CENSORED] is this dipspit going on about?": on one of the lists I post to we've got a particular pinhead who believes that one shouldn't delve in bargain bins or trade CDs with other people since those activities don't result in royalties paid to the musicians; rather one should purchase CDs only through retail outlets. Yah. Right. I'll leave the various arguments pro and con as an exercise to the reader.] Anyway... I decided to frequent one of my bi-monthly haunts and came away with a bunch of "interesting" discs; a very esoteric mix of genres, although leaning toward the lighter end of the musical spectrum: 1. Robin Beck - Trouble or Nothin. 1989. Mercury/Polygram. I already have this excellent disc, but I knew Marko needed one, so I snarfed. Yet another Desmond Child creation, featuring the ubiquitous "Hide Your Heart" ala Paul Stanley. Really a must-have disc for any self-respecting hard rock/AOR fan. Good luck finding it. :) 2. Lance Keltner - S/T. 1992. EastWest Records. Some rather interesting "laid back" bluesish hard rock. I haven't given this a complete listen. 3. Dreams So Real - Rough Night in Jericho. 1988. Arista Records. I remember the title cut as being a minor radio hit. Produced by Bill Drescher. 4. A Split Second - Kiss oF Fury. 1990. Caroline Records. How do I describe thi...err...ummm.. "Gothic Eurotechno"? It's quite different...not bad. 5. A-Ha - Memorial Beach. 1993. Warner Brothers. The completist in me said snag this to fill in my collection. 6. Harlow - S/T. 1990. Reprise Records. I stupidly gave this away a couple of months back; I hadn't listened to it in quite a while. Catching one of their videos on the M2 marathon made me want to reacquire it.... 7. Zed Yago - Pilgrimage. 1989. BMG/RCA Records. Some unusual female-fronted melodic metal. Really interesting. 8. Graham Grace - Shining Knight. 1986. Palace Records. Some fairly mild Europop that has that "OuttaPrintLikeAMoFo" look to it. 9. Naro - Press Play. 1994. Interplanet Music (Canada). A Phil Naro project with Harry Hess contributing on keyboards and backing vocals. This one was quite a surprising find. It has some good hooks here and there, but every now and the some extremely "90s" vibes intrude... 10. Billy Branigan - Make A Move. 1987. Polygram Records. It's most definitely pop, but it has a slightly heavier edge (maybe a riff or two) here and there. Pretty good. 11. Brad Gillis - Gilrock Ranch. 1993. Guitar Recordings. This one was a surprise as well. A predominantly instrumental album from Night Ranger's guitarist. A nice find. Overall quite a good day, despite my having to do 17 Hail Mary's and 426 Our Fathers as penance for daring to buy used CDs instead of buying retail...:) Til next time, -Dan
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