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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

A VERY CLOSE CALL

I almost had to illegally download music. I had to hear some music - had to. Fortunately I found this cool place, it's called a record store. The fact is, they are everywhere! Who knew? I went to this place called Virgin, gosh do they have a lot of music! Most of what I picked up, I already own on vinyl, so I suppose, according to the new laws created by the people who think they can create new laws, I could have just downloaded the songs. Call me old fashioned, but I like packaging.

Here's what I bought:
High Voltage

AC/DC's first U.S. release, a bit different from their first record of the same name (High Voltage) released in Australia only. My new CD copy is digitally remastered from the original 2-track masters. Song I needed to hear: 'Little Lover'.
Price: 8 bucks.


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The Ramones second release, 'Leave Home', expanded and re-mastered. This disc includes a Ramones concert from '77 at the Roxy in L.A. Song I needed to hear: 'Carbona Not Glue'.
Price: 8 bucks.

Loaded

I have never actually owned this VU record, though I am well versed with it's contents. Song I needed to hear: 'Who Loves The Sun'.
Price: 8 bucks.


Aerosmith - Toys In The Attic CD


Aerosmith's 1975 release - their third - is also their undisputed best record despite what Tony will say in the comments section of this - or any - post. Song I needed to hear: The whole damn thing! There is no weak tune.
Price: 8 bucks.


New York Dolls - New York Dolls CD


The first eponymous release by the New York Dolls. It just doesn't get any better. Song I needed to hear: 'Subway Train'.
Price: 8 bucks.


Zevon, Warren - Sentimental Hygiene CD Cover Art

Warren Zevon's 'Sentimental Hygiene', which I blogged recently. Needed to hear the whole thing, but mostly 'Even A Dog Can Shake Hands'.
Price: 14.99

Young, Neil - Living With War CD Cover Art

Blogged it extensively, so I had to buy it. I've only heard a bad mp3 of the title track, so I guess, again, I needed - had to - hear the whole thing. I'll let you know.
Price: 14.99


Ween - 12 Golden Country Greats CD


Ween's '12 Golden Country Greats' is a fantastic record that I have often extolled the virtues of, but have never officially owned. Song I needed to hear: Toss up between 'Piss Up A Rope', and 'Help Me Scrape The Mucus Off My Brain'.
Price: 18.99 (shut up - it's my fuckin' money dammit!)


CD    DESOLATION BOULEVARD   FRONT COVER


Oh Hells Yeah. A fundamental LP in the development of Jackson. This compilation of three years worth of singles (73-75) shows a band well ahead of the curve. Unfortunately by 78 they were fat and boring. Song Jackson needs to hear: 'The Six-Teens'.
Price: 12.99


Starz - Violation CD Cover Art


I'm not sure where this Starz record ranks with Tony, I am sure we'll know shortly. I chose this one over 'Coliseum Rock' because I love the song 'Subway Terror', which is the song I need to hear.
Price: 12.99

Total cost: $124.58
Average cost per CD: $12.45

Comments:
Good finds all around I'd say. We will have to have a record shopping spree together whence I'm next in town and you have $150 to spend again on albums since this is something we both love to do so much.

I will refrain from any comment regarding the Greatest Aerosmith album since this will be the mother of all debates and will require some serious research in order to defend my position at the same time squash any of what remains of your Aerosmith cred.

The Starz record is pretty decent, but more pop then previous releases. The record company was demanding singles, and Richie Ranno wanted to rock. The band divided on those lines which lead to line up changes for Coliseum Rock. Still, an enjoyable seventies rock album in it's own right.
 
"... I'm sick of your mouth, and your two-percent milk" completes one of my alltime favorite rhymes.
 
Have I mentioned that, in addition to not liking the Stones too much, I'm not all that hot on Aerosmith either?
 
Dave,

Is it due to their post drug rehab work, or are you just not familiar with the awesomeness that is the first album, Get Your Wings, Rocks, and Toys In The Attic?
 
Oh, I know "Toys in the Attic," etc. Our friend Billy Moore loaned us the vinyl when I was about 9 or 10.

I'm just not a big fan of their particular style. They were definitely trying to ape The Stones.
 
Sweet. That brings back a slew of WP memories. It takes a big man to admit that Sweet was, at one time, a good band. You have my respect.
 
I'm glad I have fatsacca's respect, but now I gotta know who fatsacca is - the WP reference has me wonderin'....
 
Damn....You need some sweet SOUL music in your life! lol
 
Denmark, stay tuned. I was listening to great radio station on the drive up from DC, heard a lot of great soul, which I am going to have to go out and buy soon....
 
I don't know Dave, Aerosmith shares many influences with the RS's, but I'd encourage you to take another listen to the records I listed above. Right off the bat, Steven Tyler is a much better singer, and Joe Perry is one of a kind unique style wise. They're very NYCish to me. I don't know why, but that's how I always heard Aerosmith even way back in 76'/77'. They are more stright ahead heavy R&R than the RS's ever were.
 
Who are you fatsacca? Are you a contemporary from our WP days? What dangerous information might you have that could potentially bring us down?
 
Who are you fatsacca?

I am also an Army brat and former WP resident (72-76) and spent a year at Carlisle Barracks (78-79), I graduated HS in 1980. My father returned to WP (83-87) and one of my sisters graduated from O’Neill HS in 1984.

Are you a contemporary from our WP days?

From the context of your comments I gather that I am a couple/few years older than you guys. Although I am pretty sure we’ve never met I have no doubt we have some common acquaintances.

What dangerous information might you have that could potentially bring us down?

This is a particularly funny statement when uttered by a fellow postie. If I had information of that nature I would never reveal it to anyone for any reason. Due to my limited knowledge of statute of limitations laws and my fear of incarceration I hesitate to discuss anything more illegal than utilizing the high platform at Delafield Pond in after hours nocturnal swimming forays.
 
Yup - he's one of us, perhaps one who blazed the trail up to Delafeild from Merrit Road.

It seems we likely owe much to fatsacca - thanks!
 
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