The Scrounger's Report
May 06, 2000
Who said nothing ever came out of Eastern Europe but communism?
Just got a package of discs in from Eastern Europe.
Many gambles, but no real risk, as the kind gentleman
offered them to me as "discs on approval"; that is,
pay for the ones I like, and send the others back.
Can't beat that with a stick! I'm keeping 10 of the
12 he sent me. After shipping costs, it averages out
to roughly $12 per disc, which might seem a tad high
for used CDs, but there are some gems here, not to
mention 2 in particular that are extremely TOUGH to find.
The 2 I'm tossing back:
Naked Sun - Wonderdrug. 199?. Omni Records (Canada).
Harder-edged rock, but a bit too '90s for my tastes.
Also I didn't care for the vocals.
The Slaves - S/T. 1990. Happy Hermit Records/I.R.S.
Glam/punk hybrid, with an underlying bass of traditional
'80s hard rock. Nothing on it really caught my fancy.
Swedish Erotica - Blindman's Justice. 1995. Empire (Sweden).
Would fall under the category of melodic metal rather
than AOR. Has a tendency to lean a bit to the '90s
alternasound every now and then, but there are some
pretty good melody lines in this one.
Ian Parry - Symphony of Dreams. 1993. Non-Stop Prod. (Austria)
I like this MUCH better than his current material!
Traditional AOR/hard rock; none of the prog stuff
he's doing now.
BB Steal - On the Edge. 1991. Phonogram (Australia).
Finally, I get to replace that damned CDR!
Def Leppard clones. Good stuff!
Jeff Paris - Lucky This Time. 1993. Now and Then (United Kingdom)
I just spun the first track to decide if I wanted
to keep it. No traces of a '90s sound on this one!
Bitches Brue - We Might Not Be American But Still We **CK
1989. FM Revolver Records (Germany).
Female-fronted (Fiona Clarke??) glam stuff. Kinda
mediocre, but I have yet to see any release on this
label that wasn't hard as hell to find.
Stone Fury - Burning Like a Star. 1984. Retroactive (Germany)
Stone Fury - Let Them Talk. 1986. Retroactive (Germany)
Lenny Wolf pre-Kingdom Come, also features Bruce Gowdy
Siloam - Sweet Destiny. 1991. Image 7 Records (Canada).
Pretty decent hard rock. Long-haired poseurs in
long overcoats and cowboy hats.
and these last 2 I'm glad to finally find on CD:
Rick Springfield - Beautiful Feelings. 1984 (1978).
Mercury Records (Germany).
This one consistently costs $50+, so I'm glad
to find one without having to get into a bidding war.
Victory - S/T. 1985. Epic Records.
I have been checking Ebay for this disc weekly for
almost 2 years, and have never seen one offered.
Nor have I seen this for sale online or off, at
any price. I think my Victory collection is now
finally complete! *whew*
Time to go turn up the volume!!!