I was tagged by @thatretroperson to post an album (or in this case a box set) that people would say "You paid how much? That's absurd!" Well here it is.
Name of album: Strapping Young Lad - Complete Works by @blooodmusic
Variant or Release: White Vinyl variation
How much did it cost: £300
When did you get it: 2013
Why is it so important to you: I've been a fan of Strapping Young Lad since 1997 after having my brains blown out by the album City. The rest of the albums are just as mind blowing (if you like motel cyber metal) but also I'm a huge fan of Devin Townsend who is the mastermind behind this. I just couldn't turn down the opportunity to own this magnificent box set that I have treasured ever since. It is a jewel in my collection.
Everything contained within:
Heavy As A Really Heavy Thing
The New Black
Demos & Rarities
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The Smiths - Bigmouth Strikes Again (maxi single 12”, The Netherlands edition)
Side A: Bigmouth Strikes Again
Side B: Money Changes Everything, Unloveable ~
This one’s my dad’s. The first song he heard of The Smiths was Big Mouth Strikes Again. That’s where his love for this band began. My dad’s music taste in the 80s was mostly British. When my dad met my mom, she was also really into The Smiths. My dad was surprised she knew the band, because they weren’t that big yet in The Netherlands. Now, 40 years later their daughter fell in love with the same band :)
New month, new challenge!! Here comes the #legendaryvinylchallenge created by @celerah and @dougfunnie666 , inspired by the How I Met Your Mother tv series! ✌️👍 Day 1 ~ Suit Up: post a sharp dressed artist.
It had to be the majestic Harry Nilsson in his classy vampire outfit on the cover of "Son of Schmilsson" 🎶
So what went wrong here? Because, let's not mince words, this album is a major letdown after a streak of nearly flawless ones. Well, let's see. The band wanted to move away from the prog direction they had been heading over the last few albums (for some reason) so they tried to recreate some of the aggressive fire their first few records had. To work within this style, Dickinson shied away from his famous operatic, soaring vocals towards a grimier, snarling Yelp (that frankly doesn't suit him). And then, to top it all off, Adrian Smith hated the new direction and quit the band. So, yeah, a brushfire of bad choices combined with some lackluster songs and you get this record. Not that it doesn't have redeeming qualities. "Tailgunner" and "Holy Smoke" are goodish songs and the guitar solos are still as firey as usual. It's just that, coming as it did at the end of a run of albums that were as good as they were, this fell flat. The 90s will continue to be cruel to Maiden as we progress here; we're not at the bottom yet.