The Scrounger's Report
Nov. 22, 2000
Twice in one week??? Aww, come on now!
Well, yeah. I took the day off from work and decided to ignore the
ballot revoti... err, manipula... err, thieve... err, "recounting"
*cough* (almost couldn't spit that one out :), and head up north a
ways to Kankakee, IL. Adding to today's haul were a couple of
packages in the mail. I'm floating in CDs!!!
First, a couple of CD singles:
Chris LeDoux - Bang a Drum. 1998. Capitol Records. Promo.
Why the [CENSORED] would I buy a country CD? Well, because
this song happens to be a duet with Jon Bon Jovi...
Album version + edit.
Child's Play - Wind. 1991. Chrysalis Records. Promo.
Appears to be autographed by someone in the band. *shrug*
Bee Gees - Bodyguard. 1988. Warner Brothers. Promo.
Album version + edit.
Russell Hitchcock - Swear to Your Heart. 1990. Hollywood. Promo.
Lead singer of Air Supply; from the "Arachnophobia" soundtrack.
Desmond Child - Obsession. 1992. Elektra Records. Promo.
Album version + edit. Picture disc.
Desmond Child - You're the Story of My Life. 1991. Elektra. Promo.
.38 Special - Signs of Love. 1991. Charisma Records. Promo.
Great White - Rock Me. 1987. Capitol Records. Promo.
title cut plus "Face the Day" (extended version).
Brian May - Too Much Love Will Kill You. 1992. Parlophone (UK).
title cut, "I'm Scared", title cut (guitar version),
"Driven By You" (new version featuring Cozy Powell on
drums and Neil Murray on bass).
Lou Gramm - True Blue Love. 1989. Atlantic Records. Promo.
album version + edit.
Robert Hart - A Little Love Is Overdue. 1989. Atlantic. Promo.
Just the title cut.
Now the full-length discs:
The Chasers - Something's Gotta Give. 1989. Pyramid Records.
Was a gamble. Minor-label CCM hard rock. Looks (and sounds)
Christopher Cross - Walking in Avalon. 1998. CMC International.
2-CD set for $3? You bet. It will be interesting to hear
how this compares to his classic material.
Great White - The Best of. 2000. EMI-Capitol Records.
I've got at least 2 other greatest hits from Great White.
Why not add another? Part of the "10 Best Series".
Slaughter - Eternal Live. 1998. CMC International.
Artillery - By Inheritance. 1990. Roadrunner Records.
Iron Maiden - Brave New World. 2000. Portrait Records.
Yeah, I know everyone else already has it. The cheapskate in
me wanted to wait until I could find it for less. $6 sounds
Kreator - Into the Light. 1992 (1988). Noise Records.
Just exploring what these death/thrash headbangers are all
Mortification - Blood Word. 1994. Intense Records.
Mortification - Live Planetarium. 1993. Intense Records.
Mortification - S/T. 1991. Intense Records.
Just recently discovered these guys. CCM death metal which
later turned into rather excellently executed melodic
thrash. I now own 8 of their CDs, but evidently I still
have 3 full-length and 2 EPs to go. Egads...
Kansas - Song for America. 1975. CBS/Kirshner Records.
One of the few Kanses studio discs I'm still missing.
Armageddon - The Money Mask. 1989. Talkingtown (R.E.X.).
I'm guessing this one's a toughie. CCM melodic metal.
Pretty decent, actually...
Grinder - Nothing is Sacred. 1991. Noise Records.
Melodic thrash (hey, I like traditional thrash, mmmm'kay?)
Julian Lennon - The Secret Value of Daydreaming. 1986.
Atlantic Records. Some decent ditties on this one.
I still need to ty and find Valotte (tougher find).
Petra - S/T. 1974. Word Records.
Petra - Beat the System. 1984. Star Song Records.
Petra - This Means War! 1987. Star Song Records.
Closing in on completing their discography, and it's
a damned large one. I think I'm up to 21 CDs...
Aria - Hero of the Asphalt. 1994 (1987). Moroz Records.
Kinda hard to tell what's going on here...all the words
and writing are in Russian. Pretty good melodic heavy metal.
Capricorn - S/T. 1993. Shark Records.
More heavy metal. 2 of the members are from Grinder (see
Celtic Frost - Cold Lake. 1988. Noise Records.
Heavy metal band makes an attempt at doing hair metal.
This album is to CF what Metal Magic, Projects in the
Jungle, I Am the Night, and Power Metal are to Pantera.
The band disavows this disc entirely. In fact, the
entire Celtic Frost catalog has been/is being reissued
*except* this disc. Get while the getting is good, cuz
it ain't gettin' released again.
Shakatak - Drivin' Hard. 1981. Polydor Records.
Gamble from the 3/$5 bin. I thought that this band was
an '80s dance pop band. This has more of a jazz thing
going on. Weird.
Slaves of New Brunswick. 1991. Westwood Group.
A very disjointed disc that has a few decent moments.
Obviously a must for any Glen Burtnick completist.
Strykken - Best Before End. 1996. TEPA Records.
Ok, ok. I had the band name "Stryken" in my Ebay
search scripts due to a piece of vinyl I had from
the '80s. This disc showed up in the search so
I figured "What the hell" and snagged it for $5.
Haven't listened to it yet, but it *looks* like
Coracko - New Virus Spreads. 1992. Polydoe (Germany).
Name makes it sound like heavy metal. It's actually
hard rock, and reasonably executed.
Nasty Idols - Cruel Intention. 1991. HSM Records (Sweden).
Traveling Wilburys - Vol. 1. 1988. Wilbury Records.
OOP as a [CENSORED]. Since it was the first and most
notable of their albums, I figured I might as well
Outrage - The Final Day. 1991. Polydor (Japan).
Continuing to work on their discography; melodic
thrash band with an all-Japanese lineup. If anyone
has any of their discs for trade (other than this
one, "Spit", and "Life Until Deaf") please contact
me offlist. I know that at the very least thay have
a greatest hits CD in addition to the ones I have;
I suspect more.
Mr. Big - To Be With You (Live). 1993. LiveLine Records.
Looks like a bootleg, but the sound quality is actually
better than the vast majority of boots I've listened to.
Xentrix - Kin. 1992. RoadRacer Records.
Completes my CD discography of their works (with the
exception of the "Ghostbusters" CD EP; if anyone has
this and wants to part with it, please contact me).
Excellent melodic thrash.
Atlantic - Power. 1994. Bellaphon Records.
EXCELLENT AOR!!! Very similar to Dare in many respects.
Jennifer Rush - Heart Over Mind. 1987. CBS/Epic Records.
Well, her voice is a little idiosyncratic, but overall
this is quite melodic stuff. Some noteworthy cameos
and backers, including Richie Sambora, Dan Huff, Harold
Faltermeyer, Anton Fig. Album includes a duet with
and lastly, a disc that was a complete and utter surprise
to me, although evidently they've got a discography a mile
long (must be a European thing):
Bad Boys Blue - Bad Boys Best. 1989. Coconut Records (Germany).
This disc was in the package I received, and my first
impression upon seeing the cover art was "Boy did I
[CENSORED] up!". One Jamaican in dreadlocks and one
black guy looking like a gangsta wannabe. I put it in
the truck's CD player with much trepidation...
Damn this is good stuff! Very well produced and arranged
'80s melodic pop music. Occasionally just a hint of
reggae, but it's hardly noticable. Lots of keyboards and
vocal harmonies. Anyone have discography info on these
guys? If this is representative of their '80s efforts,
I'm wanting them. How does their later work measure up?
Well, all in all a most fruitful day. Happy Thanksgiving!