The Scrounger's Report
Nov. 21, 2001
The Hoosier Daddy? Scrounger's Report
Most people go out shopping on the day *after* Thanksgiving. Not me. Phuque
that. I intend to barricade myself in my house and not go anywhere near the
teeming masses of drooling sale-starved frenzied consumers. They call it
"Black Friday" for a reason. :)
I knew when I got up this morning that I wanted to go scrounging somewhere,
but none of my regular towns really seemed that promising; either I'd been
there too recently for there to be any turnover, or my last visit there
SUCKED. So... time for a new geographical perspective.
I drove about an hour-and-a-half east of here to Lafayette, Indiana, home
of Perdue Chickens... err, umm, home of Purdue University. Why is it that
city planners of university towns always seem to have had epileptic
seizures at the time of finalizing the layout of the streets??? This town
is fucked, plain and simple. Over, under, around, through, sideways... I
even think I was driving upside down at one point. Egads! Zillions of
one-way streets with double-backs. Not a friendly town for the uninitiated.
Of the 7 locations I mapped out in advance to hit, 2 had gone out of
business, and 1 I never got to due to time restrictions (and my spending
WAY too much at the 4 locations I did hit). Excellent selections and
inventories by and large. I saw a *LOT* of AOR and hard rock discs that,
had I not already had them, would have been well worth snagging. For
someone just getting started, or trying to get into some of the more
obscure, less mainstream hard rock acts, Lafayette would be worth a trip.
Be forewarned however, while the selections are great, the pricing isn't
(at least from this cheapskate's perspective). Used discs are $8-10, new
CDs $15-18. No $2-5 bargain bins like I'm used to.
I think I'm going to start taking my laptop on these excursions. One place
had a zillion CD singles, but since I didn't have my lists with me, I
didn't want to take the chance of duplicating existing discs.
Ok, on to the acquisitions. Lots of cool stuff, IMHO.
A few CD singles:
Alias - Haunted Heart. 1990. EMI Records. Promo.
2 versions, one supposedly an "AOR Mix". We'll see if it indeed is
mixed any differently, or if they meant to say "edit".
Giant - Stay. 1992. Sony Music. Promo.
2 versions, including an acoustic version of the song. Hmm....
Crimson Glory - Lonely. 1989. Roadrunner (Germany).
Expensive, but way cool. 3-track single. Title cut (remix version), "In
Dark Places", and "Dream Dancer" (taken from Crimson Glory's first
recording session. Guys, the makeup looks silly... really.
Savatage - Chance. 199?. Atlantic Records. Promo.
5-track promo single. Both LP and edit versions of "Chance", LP version
of "Nothin' Goin' On", and 2 live tracks, "Sirens" and "Conversation
Piece", both recorded live in rehearsal, 9/24/94.
On to the full-length discs:
ABBA - Super Trouper + 2 (24-Bit Remaster). 2001. Polar/Polydor.
Picked up 2 of these remastered reissues yesterday. Now here's a third.
5 more to go.
Sidewinders - Auntie Ramos' Pool Hall. 1990. Mammoth Records.
Kinda acoustic melodic rock thing. Need to listen further...
Hard Margret - Throw U Away. 1996. Know Moore Music.
Since I couldn't listen to this in advance I gambled, based on the look
of the band. It's indie hard rock from Harrisburg, PA. Fairly mediocre in
Mortal - Intense Live Series Vol. 5. 1993. Intense Records.
I know nothing about this band other than they're a Christian band, and
I think they're heavy. I just happen to want to get all the discs in this
Witchery - Dead Hot and Ready + 7. 1999. Toy's Factory (Japan).
This was an expensive annoyance purchase. It was still sealed with OBI,
the artwork looked like it could either be power metal or death metal. It's
the latter. The bonus tracks implied power metal since some of them are
power metal covers, damnit! On the plus side, it's actually fairly decent
as death metal goes. Instrumentally it's fairly technical thrash and/or
traditional heavy metal (think UDO's solo stuff maybe). Vocally, the death
vocals are on the clean end of the spectrum (think Children of Bodom). I'm
pissed that I blew the call on this genrewise, but it least it doesn't suck
Bad Boys Blue - S/T. 1993. Zoo Entertainment.
I dig their brand of dance pop, call me silly.
Allen Collins Band - Here, There and Back. 1983. MCA Records.
Another gamble based on artwork. Not bad southernish rock and roll.
Crumbacher - Thunder Beach. 1987. Frontline Records.
CCM pop/lite AOR. This early Frontline stuff is extremely tough to find.
Crossection - Breaking Ground. 1990. Image 7 Records (Canada).
More Christian hard rock. Never heard of these guys before. Anyone?
Distance - Under the One Sky. 1989. Reprise Records.
Pretty darned good AOR. Very melodic!
Scorpions - Hot & Heavy. 1989 (1982). BMG/RCA.
One of the earlier Scorps compilations. I'd only ever seen this as an
import, so to pick it up fairly reasonably was cool.
Queen - Greatest Hits. 1981. EMI (United Kingdom).
I had this on cassette when I was in high school, and to me it will
always be the real Greatest Hits album for Queen. Only available as an
Metallica - Bay Area Thrashers (The Early Days). 1998. Ranch Life Records.
Supposedly the earliest recordings from the band, when Mustaine was
with them. I haven't listened yet, but I'm guessing the sound quality is
Orleans - Ride. 199? Dinosaur Entertainment.
When did this come out? There's no year listed anywhere on the artwork
or CD. I'm guessing this is a comeback album, maybe 1996-99? No clue on
Morgan Cryar - Fuel on the Fire. 1986. Star Song Records.
Apparently this one's fairly tough to find (one just sold on Ebay for
$50+). I guess you could call it "pre-King's X"? Both Ty Tabor and Doug
Pinnick not only do the songwriting throughout, but they do backing vocals
and some of the instrumentals.
Sure Conviction - Get Ready. 1995. Giant/Benson Records.
Whodafuqueisdis? Excellent Christian hard rock, kinda like a modern day
Stryper. The message is a bit heavy-handed at times, but musically this
think kicks. Looking through the liner notes, it appears to have been
recorded at some never-heard-of place called Pakaderm Studios. Hmmm... :) :)
Y&T - Open Fire (Live). 1985. A&M Records
FINALLY! I've been looking for this damned thing forever, but have
never been able to find it. Now, believe it or not, the store I find it in
has TWO of the damned things! AUGH! It wasn't cheap by any stretch of the
imagination, but I'm thrilled to finally have it.
and finally we end up with a pair of laserdiscs:
V/A - Pop Sampler. 1987. Polygram Records.
I didn't realize this until I got home, but it's actually not packaged
as a "Laserdisc" but as a "CD Video" which falls right into line with my
CDV collecting. Bonus. The reason I went apeshit when I found this 8-inch
disc is really only for one of the videos on it. AOR fanatics should
recognize the last group on the track listing, whose CD is one of the
toughest finds out there. I never even knew they had any videos...
1. TNT - Everyone's a Star
2. Fat Boys & the Beach Boys - Wipeout
3. David Lynn Jones - Bonnie Jean (Little Sister)
4. Shades of Lace - My Love Is Deep
5. The Robert Cray Band - Nothin But a Woman
6. Tom Kimmel - That's Freedom
7. Kool & the Gang - Stone Love
8. Refugee - Survival in the Western World !!!!!!!!!!!!
The last one is brand new and still sealed, and I'm really tempted to
preserve it as is for collectibility purposes, but it's the most expensive
laserdisc I've ever purchased, and damnit I want to watch it! :)
Orleans - Live in Japan 1991. 1998. VAP Super Rock Series (Japan).
That's one big-assed OBI strip. :) 107 minutes long, it appears to have
all their good schtuff. :)
1. Dance With Me
5. Time Passes On
6. Good Old Daze
7. Let There Be Music
8. Poison Rain
10. Half Moon
11. Turn Out the Light
12. Love Takes Time
14. Compared to What
18. Still the One
Well, that's all for this time. Rock on...