The Scrounger's Report
Oct. 13, 2000
Jumpin' Jehosephat! It's Christmas!!
Ok, I stopped off on the way home from work and bought a CD.
No big deal. Got home only to find not 1, not 2, but 43 CDs
in the mail. YIPE!
11 were from a trade, the remaining 32 sent to me "on approval"
(listen to them, decide which ones I want to buy, send the
rest back... gotta love it).
All sorts of stuff in the mix.
First the disc I bought:
Lizzy Borden - Deal With the Devil. 2000. Metal Blade Records.
Excellent!!! It's as if the intervening 11 years from "Master
of Disguise" never took place at all. This album really is
a natural progression of the last effort. Very well done!!!
Now the 11 from the trade:
Aion - Midian. 1997. Massacre Records (Germany).
"Atmospheric Gothic Metal". Jury's still out, but it bores
me. I love the genre, but it's been done better.
TNT - Transistor. 1999. Spitfire Records.
Completist fodder. If I recall correctly, when I initially
listened to it when it came out, I thought it was a definite
step up from Firefly, but still not on par with their classic
material. We'll see if I recall correctly...
Yngwie Malmsteen - Eclipse. 1990. Polygram Records.
The one Yngwie disc I was missing...
Legs Diamond - Fire Power. 2000. Zoom Club Records (U.K.)
Ehh. Am I the only one who finds most Legs Diamond material
underproduced and spotty?
Marshall Law - Warning From History + 2. 1999. Neat Metal (Japan).
Snagged it for the bonus tracks...
Michael Kiske - Readiness to Sacrifice. 1999. Victor (Japan).
I thought "Instant Clarity" was "ok" but nothing more. See
how this compares...
Scorpions - Taken By Force. 1977. RCA Records (Germany).
Yeah, I know it's been reissued, but I've been wanting this
Doro - Calling the Wild. 2000. Koch Records.
You know, I like classic Doro. I also like Rob Zombie. I'm
not sure I like them blended together. :) I think that when
the dust settles, it will be a keeper, but Jesus, folks,
let's get off that '90s quasi-industrial bandwagon! The
Billy Idol cover (White Wedding) makes for interesting
listening, but I wish the chorus had gone over the top a
Stranger - No Rules. 1989. Thunderbay Records.
Still working on these Florida bar rockers' discography...
and the 2 from the trade that struck me as "moderately tough
Orleans - Live, Volume 1. 1993. MAJOR Record Label/Blue Plate.
Wouldja believe that this is the first disc of theirs that
I've found? Oy vey. This needs to be rectified.
Sweet Comfort Band - S/T. 1977. Maranatha Music.
Ehh??? I've got the CDs they did on the Light label. I didn't
think they had any CDs outside of those. Obviously I was wrong.
CCM "westcoast" AOR.
Ok, now on to the 32 CDs that I need to wade through and determine
which I'll buy. At first glance a lot of it is obscure/OOP hard
rock and heavy metal, most of which I've never heard of, so I'm
sure the [CENSORED] completist in me will force me to keep most
of it. This is not good because it will end up costing me $200
when all is said and done. Thank goodness for installment plans. :)
[Actually, now that I look at it, that's really not bad. Works
out to $6.25 per CD on average if I keep them all.]
These are just in the order I pulled them out of the package.
Any recommendations/anecdotes/scarcity indications/ratings
7 Wishes - Out in the Light. 19??. High Gain records (Germany?)
The Almighty - Blood, Fire, and Live. 1990. Polydor (U.K.)
Lee Aaron - Some Girls Do. 1991. Attic Records/Metronome (Germany)
Airdash - Hospital Hallucinations Take One. 1989. AB/RCA (Germany)
Agony Column - God, Guns, and Guts. 1988. Big Chief Records.
Ian Cussick - Best Cuts. 1991. BMG/Ariola (Germany)
The Coup de Grace - S/T. 1990. Twin Tone Records.
Coroner - Punishment for Decadence. 1988. Futurist.
(I've since picked this one up, so it gets punted back).
Crossroads - Hype. 1992. Electrola (Germany).
Darxon - Shout! 1992. Mausoleum Records (Germany).
Isis - S/T. 1988. Bellaphon Records (Germany).
Kelley Wild - Looks Like Dynamite. 1992. TAOB Music (Germany).
Intruder - Escape From Pain (EP). 1990. Metal Blade.
Little Angels - Too Posh to Mosh, Too Good to Last! 1994. Castle Comm.
Madd Hunter - S/T. 19??. GME Records.
Mason - Inside Your Head. 1995. Secoyah Records (Austria).
Mason - Big Illusion. 1992. Andric Stanelle Records (Austria).
The Alex Parche Project. 19??. T.A.O.B. Records/SPV.
(features Udo Dirkschneider and Fernando Garcia)
Parche - Son of a Healer. 1993. GSE Records (Germany)
(also features Udo and Fernando Garcia, and Ted Bullet)
Parche - Prohibido El Paso. 1994. GSE Records (Germany)
Platinum - Iceman. 1990. Rising Sun Productions (Germany).
Osiris - Futurity and Human Depressions. 1991. Shark Records (Germany).
Flyer - Sell Your Soul. 1992. Dureco Records (Germany).
Ziad - Do You Believe? 1994. Faith Records.
Loveslide - Sick My Duck. 19?? DS Records (Germany).
Mind Odyssey - Keep It All Turning. 1993. Noise Records (Germany).
Red Harvest - Nomindsland. 1992. Black Mark (Germany).
Shadowland - Ring of Roses. 1992. SI Music (Czech)
Apocalypse - S/T. 1988. Under One Flag (U.K.).
Railway - Welcome Tonite + 1. 1993. SPV (Germany).
Railway - Persecution Mania + 1. 1995. Point Music (Germany).
Boy, do I have a LOT of listening to do....:)