2014 Purchases

Here are the music purchases of 2014 quantified in some detail. Check the 2014 cover grid dropdown to just see a grid of the cover images.

January 2014
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  1. The Decayes: Aquarium – Imgrat – 0006 – US – CD – gift
  2. John Foxx + Louis Gordon: The Subterranean Omnidelic Exotour – Metamatic – META 0004CD – UK – CD – Discogs.com/$24.65
  3. Simple Minds: Blood Diamonds [John Foxx + The Maths remix] – Virgin – US – DL – iTunes/$1.29
  4. Adult.: Tonight, We Fall [John Foxx + The Maths remix] – Ghostly International – US – DL – $.99

It was almost all about John Foxx, this January. And I’m fine with that. But the first music across the Record Cell threshold in 2014 was an album by my friend’s band, The Decayes. I was delighted by the album and it was not what I was expecting to hear, given the experimental noise rock rep that the early Decayes albums have. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but this was a very melodious and beautiful album of instrumental songs that touched on West Coast Jazz and surf at times!

I saw the John Foxx and Louis Gordon numbered, limited edition live album in my Discogs feed one night and was incredulous at the asking price of £15!! This was released in 1998 in an edition of 500 and thought I was on top of the release it just didn’t happen for me. I never though I’d have a copy of this, but now, amazingly, I do! So there’s nothing to stop me getting a complete Foxx collection, in theory. The month was rounded out by a pair of remixes by John Foxx + The Maths of some other bands in the Record Cell. The Simple Minds remix is beautiful, but I have not yet heard the original version of the song, but how can I argue with Foxx mixing [and singing backup] with Simple Minds? Two great tastes that taste great together! I don;t have the new Adult. album yet, but it seems to be a melodic breakthrough from the formerly harrowing band. Shocking!

Subtotal: $26.93

February 2014
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  1. Visage: Never Enough – Blitz Club – BZCR014 – UK – CD5 – Visage Webstore/$8.30
  2. John Foxx + Louis Gordon: The Pleasures of Electricity DLX RM – Edsel Records – EDSD2071 – UK – 2xCD – Amazon.com/$17.98
  3. John Foxx: In The Glow – Madrid 1983 – Metamatic – META46DVD – UK – DVD – Foxx Webstore/$11.08

A typical slim February with just three titles from the Ultravox Family Tree®. The Foxx titles were ordered once I discovered that the official store was low or out of stock, but the real prize here was the amazing Visage CD single for “Never Enough;” the best remix I’d heard in donkey’s years.

Subtotal: $37.36

March 2014
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  1. Iggy Pop: Party DLX RM – Buddha Records – 74465 99661 2 – US – CD – Mr. K’s/$7.95
  2. DEVO: Oh No, It’s DEVO DLX RM – Infinite Zero – 9 43024-2 – US – CD – Mr. K’s/$7.95
  3. The Raspberries: Capitol Collector’s Series – Capitol Records – CDP 7 92126 2 – US – CD – Mr. K’s/$4.95

Another slow trickle for a March. What is it about the beginning of the year? It’s not like we have big Xmas bills to pay off or anything. Money’s just tight, I guess. It was nice to finally get a favorite Iggy Pop album on CD since I can’t play my LP in the car going to work. The DEVO DLX RM was OOP and bought on principle. It was nice to have it instead of the thrifty [but kind of annoying] Virgin UK twofers that were my previous go-to for this album. The Raspberries were not New Wave but they practically defined Power Pop in the 70s! Righteous!
Subtotal: $20.85

April 2014
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  1. OMD: Metroland [DL EP] – BMG – US – DL – iTunes/gift
  2. Claudia Brücken: One Summer Dream [DL EP] – There [There] – US – DL – iTunes/gift
  3. Roxy Music: Pink Remixes [DL EP] – Virgin – US – DL – iTunes/gift
  4. Roxy Music: Purple Remixes [DL EP] – Virgin – US – DL – iTunes/gift
  5. Andy Bell [w/Claudia Brücken]: Love Oneself – Sanctuary – US – DL – iTunes/gift
  6. Claudia Brücken: [I Always Kill] The Things I Love – Rockstar Games – US – DL – iTunes/gift
  7. Claudia Brücken: Guilty – Rockstar Games – US – DL – iTunes/gift
  8. Claudia Brücken: Torched Song – Rockstar Games – US – DL – iTunes/gift
  9. Blank + Jones [w/Claudia Brücken]: Unknown Treasure [radio cut] – Soundcolours – US – DL – iTunes/gift
  10. Blank + Jones [w/Claudia Brücken]: Unknown Treasure – Soundcolours – US – DL – iTunes/gift
  11. Blank + Jones [w/Claudia Brücken]: Unknown Treasure [Mr. Sam Remix] – Soundcolours – US – DL – iTunes/gift
  12. Blank + Jones [w/Claudia Brücken]: Unknown Treasure [You Shall Be Free Remix] – Soundcolours – US – DL – iTunes/gift
  13. Blank + Jones [w/Claudia Brücken]: Don’t Stop – Soundcolours – US – DL – iTunes/gift
  14. Blank + Jones [w/Claudia Brücken]: Don’t Stop [Tease Me, Please Me Mix] – Soundcolours – US – DL – iTunes/gift
  15. OMD: Dresden [Zebra + Snake Remix] – BMG – US – DL – iTunes/gift
  16. Bryan Ferry: The Lambton Worm – Mawson + Wareham – US – DL – iTunes/gift
  17. Bryan Ferry: Olympia Remixes – Virgin – US – DL – iTunes/gift
  18. Roxy Music: Remixes by Cinnamon Chasers [DL EP] – Virgin – US – DL – iTunes/gift
  19. Donna Summer: I Feel Love [12″ Version] – Island/Def Jam – US – DL – iTunes/gift
  20. YACHT: Shangri-La – DFA – DFA2264 – US – CD – merch table/$15

Wow! Now that’s more like it! It’s amazing what winning an iTunes gift card for $50 will do, but for filling out a vendor survey from a provider I use at work my response got pulled from the month’s submissions and I was awarded an iTunes gift card. This proved the perfect way to get a lot of loose tracks and download-only material that I would normally be loathe to use money better spent for records and CDs! I managed to get a ton of Claudia Brücken loose tracks. I would not have enjoyed having all of those Blank + Jones albums, methinks, but surgical strikes on the Brücken tracks worked just fine, as did the three cuts she sang on the “L.A. Noire” videogame soundtrack [shudder]. I’d rather not have such a thing in my home, truth be told!

The post-modern Roxy Music remixes have long taunted me and although they’re wrong on the face of it, like any po-mo remixes, at least these don’t suck! The curator in me is happy to finally have these. OMD’s “Dresden” download had one more track than the CD single, now “in house” and the “Metroland” remixes were DL only, the rotters! Intense bang for [no] buck occurred when I finally got the Bryan Ferry “Olympia Remixes” package; a brobdingnangian assortment of 31 remixes of every track [some multiple times] from his last solo album. All but two of these are worthy, which is a hell of a great ratio for remixes, if you ask me. If you ever wanted to have the experience of listening to “Olympia” last nearly four hours, you could do a lot worse than what was served here! Even if I had paid cash for these, it would have been a bargain. It was also great to finally hear the Geordie folk song “The Lambton Worm” as sung by Ferry on a local history compilation that had long evaded my grasp in physical form. Savyy readers may know the song from the version of it [‘The D’ampton Worm’] used in Ken Russell’s “The Lair Of The White Worm” film of the late 80s that my friends and I made our own little cult film while it was in the theaters.

And finally, the last two entries came down to Moogfest fallout. After the moving experience of hearing “I Feel Love” at Giorgio Moroder’s panel discussion, I had to finally get the original 12″ mix as a DL since I’m not likely to want any other Donna Summer music. Seeing YACHT was a riveting experience, so I had to buy their last album at the merch table afterward!

Subtotal: $15.00

May 2014

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  1. YACHT: See Mystery Lights [Instrumentals] – DFA – US – DL – Free Music Archive/$4.81
  2. Eno•Hyde: Someday World [dlx] – Warp/Opal Records – WARPCD249X – UK – 2xCD – Bleep.com/$19.99
  3. Dieter Meier: Out Of Chaos – Staatsakt ‎– AKT749LP – GER – autographed LP/CD – recordstore.co.uk/$26.89
  4. Dieter Meier: Down Down – Staatsakt – US – DL – iTunes/$0.99
  5. Prefab Sprout: Let’s Change The World With Music – Tompkins Square – TSQ2493 – US – CD – Time Traveler/$14.99
  6. The Motors: Tenement Steps – Captain Oi! – AHOY CD 278 – UK – CD – Time Traveler/$19.99
  7. Soft Cell: Cruelty Without Beauty [dlx] – spinART Records ‎– SPART 116 – US – 2xCD – Time Traveler/$5.99
  8. Kid Creole + The Coconuts: Private Waters In The Great Divide – Columbia ‎– CK 45201 – US – CD – Time Traveler/$4.99
  9. David Bowie: The Next Day Extra – Columbia – 88883787812 – EURO – 2xCD+DVD – Lunchbox Records/$23.99
  10. Scritti Politti: Songs To Remember – Virgin – CDV 2499 – UK – CD – Lunchbox Records/$2.00
  11. The 6ths: Hyacinths + Thistles – Merge Records – MRG 185 – US – CD – Lunchbox records/$4.00
  12. Saint Etienne: Tales From Turnpike House – Savoy Jazz – SVY 17580 – US – CD – Lunchbox Records/$2.00
  13. Future Bible Heroes: Eternal Youth – Instinct Records – INS608-2 – US – CD – Lunchbox Records/$3.00
  14. The Ocean Blue: Cerulean – Sire Records – 9 26550-2 – US – CD – Lunchbox Records/$2.00
  15. Stephin Merritt: Pieces Of April OST – Nonesuch – 7559-79860-2 – US – CD – Lunchbox Records/$3.00
  16. Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange Music From The OST – Warner Brothers Records – 2573-2 – US – CD – Lunchbox Records/$4.00

Eureka! This was a relatively heavy month of music purchases sparked by the fact that we trekked to Charlotte to see Eddie Izzard in performance after years of waiting for the tour to come within spitting distance. Lunchbox Records was filled with nice things that we went for. The first trip to Akron in a decade also had a mandatory visit to Time Traveler. The legendary Motors DLX RM was a must have since it is OOP and the Prefab Sprout album made me weep uncontrollably… even before listening, just by reading the lyrics to “Music Is A Princess!” So this was a feast after months of rationing. I’m always up for Kid Creole action. August Darnell is one talented and entertaining guy.

The big news were two of the very best albums released this year which immediately shot to the head of the class. The Eno•Hyde album was an instant classic to my ears and Eno’s best since “Wrong Way Up” for me. The Dieter Meier solo album was too long in coming and a real winning effort that I had been waiting years for after losing interest in Yello due to reduced Dieter in the mix.

I finally got the “new” David Bowie album after boycotting the early version which I knew would be superseded by a DLX ED. It sounded similar to the productions of “Heathen” and “Reality” that Tony Visconti also produced over a decade earlier, but the caliber of the songs on this package was clearly best of breed. In ten years Bowie had time to write only great material! Even the bonus disc was better than almost everything else he had done in the last 30 years [“Buddha Of Suburbia” excepting]!

I finally got the debut Scritti Politti album after decades. What’s wrong with me? Am I just cheap? The “Clockwork Orange” OST was another one too long in coming. It was good to catch up with Stephin Merritt nooks and crannies. Gary Numan’s track on the 6ths was incredible! He needs to do a whole album in this vein… but it’ll never happen!

Subtotal: $142.63

June 2014

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  1. Simple Minds: Celebrate [Live At The SSE Hydro Glasgow] – Simple Minds Ltd. – SMDVD001 – UK – 2xDVD+2xCD – Simple Minds Webshop/$83.96
  2. Johnny Cash: Personal Jesus – American Recordings – US – DL – iTunes/$1.29
  3. Billie Ray Martin: After All – Disco Activisto – DAREC1402 – US – DL – Bandcamp/$6.83

The Simple Minds DLX 2xCD/DVD signed, limited edition 3D book package was a must-buy for me since it documented the group about three weeks after I saw them in 2013 when they were red hot. It’s worth it just for the performance of “This Fear Of Gods,” which was one of the five songs excised from the running order for the non-limited, mass-market copy. What were they thinking? I had to buy the Johnny Cash download to write the Depeche Mode vs Johnny Cash Steel Cage Match post and thus complete my Johnny Cash Triptych®. The Billie Ray Martin DL was a fantastic early Bowie cover and yet another wonderful BRM addition to the Record Cell, albeit a virtual one. No physical on this release. As usual, I paid twice the artist’s asking price on Bandcamp.

Subtotal: $92.08

Half Year Subtotals: 49 releases | $334.85 | average cost – $6.83/title

July 2014

no purchases

August 2014

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  1. Television: The Blow Up – ROIR – RUSCD8249 – US – 2xCD – Harvest Records/$1.00
  2. Moderat: Moderat – BPitch Control – BPC 200 C – Germany – CD – Harvest Records/$1.00
  3. Oingo Boingo: Only A Lad – A+M Records – CD 3250 – US – CD – Harvest Records/$1.00
  4. URGH! A Music War – A+M Records – SP-6019 – US – 2xLP – Harvest records/$1.00
  5. Cocteau Twins: Violaine #1 – Fontana Records – CTCD 6 – UK – CD5 – Harvest Records/$2.40
  6. Róisín Murphy: Ruby Blue – Echo Records – ECHCD63 – UK – CD – Harvest Records/$1.00

2014’s Harvest Records Anniversary Sale was pretty slim pickings after a feast of unbelievable proportions the year previous. I normally wouldn’t buy any ROIR releases, but having seen Television live in 2013 and being blown away by the guitar work, I had to bite on that one. Moderat were a great addition to Moogfest 2014 and the Record Cell. I can’t believe I finally got the debut album by Oingo Boingo, but I was smart to wait. It’s got nothing on their sophomore album, which I have had for decades. Likewise for the “Urgh!” album. I’ve only wanted that since it was released in 1980! A late in the game Cocteau Twins single means that I think I only need “Violaine #2.” Finally, I remember liking Roisin Murphy’s Pulp cover on the “Bad Cover Version” CD-5 I have, so I opted for the “Ruby Blue” album. It took me concentrated efforts to warm up to it due to the singing right up front on track one being exactly not my cup of vocal tea. I didn’t immediately recycle it for some reason. I loved the cover paintings, and I’d be drawn back to the album only to be repelled by the first track. I eventually got past that tremulous vocal to begin appreciating a sophisticated dance album of considerable worth.

Subtotal: $7.40

September 2014

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  1. John Foxx + Steve D’Agostino: Evidence of Time Travel – Metamatic Records – META53LP – UK – LP – Gift
  2. John Foxx + Steve D’Agostino: Evidence of Time Travel – Metamatic Records – META53CD – UK – CD – Gift
  3. Shriekback: Jam Science  + Live @ Hatfield DLX RM – Shriekback – UK – 2xCD – Shriekback/$22.52

A quiet month with only a John Foxx birthday present from my wife [most appreciated] and the looooong awaited actual CD of Shriekback’s “Jam Science” courtesy of the band themselves.

Subtotal: $22.52

October 2014

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  1. Johnny Marr: Playland – Sire Records – NVCD002 – US – CD – Gift
  2. Pet Shop Boys: Fundamental Rhina – R2 79525 – US – CD – Goodwill/$1.50
  3. Roxy Music: Love Is The Drug [Todd Terje Disco Dub] – Virgin – US – DL – iTunes/$1.29
  4. Stan Ridgeway: Anatomy – New West – NW6010 – US – CD – Amoeba SF/ $4.99
  5. Client: Price Of Love – Toast Hawaii – cdth001 – EURO – CD5 – Amoeba SF/$1.99
  6. Robert Palmer: Drive – Compendia – 0-15095-4886-2 – US – CD – Amoeba SF/$1.99
  7. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Discord – Sony Classical – SK 60121 – US – CD – Amoeba SF/$1.99
  8. The Undertones: Positive Touch – Rykodisc – RCD 10295 – US – CD – – Amoeba SF/$4.99
  9. Tom Tom Club: Genius Of Live – Nacional Records – BEC 5772748 – FR – 2xCD – Amoeba SF/$9.99
  10. Heaven 17: Live From Metropolis Studios – Edsel – EDMTDV003 – UK – CD + DVD + BOOK – Amoeba SF/$22.98
  11. The Nails: Mood Swing DLX RM – City Beat Records – CBCD-5520 – US – CD – Amoeba SF/$14.99
  12. Nine Horses: Snow Borne Sorrow – Samadhisound – ss006 – UK – CD – Amoeba SF/$9.99
  13. Joe “King” Carrasco + El Molino – Tornado Records – ttx114 – US – CD – Amoeba SF/$8.99
  14. Rain Tree Crow: Rain Tree Crow – Virgin Records -CDV 2659 – UK – CD – Amoeba SF/$4.99
  15. Sylvian/Sakamoto: Heartbeat – Virgin Records – VUSCD 57 – UK – CD5 – Amoeba SF/$1.99
  16. Talk Talk: The Party’s Over RM – EMI – 7243 8 56796 2 9 – DUTCH – CD – Amoeba SF/$9.99
  17. Robert Palmer: Honey – EMI – 7243 8 30301 2 5 – US – CD – Amoeba SF/$1.99
  18. The Boomtown Rats: Mondo Bongo DLX RM – Mercury – 982 677-6 – UK – CD – Amoeba SF/$4.99
  19. The Nails: Hotel For Women DLX RM – City Beat Records – CBCD6000 – US – CD – Amoeba SF/$4.99
  20. Edwyn Collins: Losing Sleep – Heavenly – HVNLP81CD – UK – CD – Amoeba SF/$10.99
  21. Eurythmics: I Saved The World Today #1 – BMG – 74321 695632 – UK – CD5 – Amoeba SF/$1.00
  22. Pee Shy: Who Let All The Monkeys Out? – Mercury – 314 532 122-2 – US – CD/gift
  23. The Lilac Time: Lilac 6 – Cooking Vinyl – cook cd 220 – UK – CD – Amoeba SF/$4.99
  24. The Primitives: Buzz Buzz Buzz – The Complete Lazy Recordings – Castle Music – CAS 35253 – UK 2xCD – Amoeba SF/$19.99
  25. Bow Wow Wow: See Jungle! See Jungle! Go Join Your Gang, Yeah! City All Over Go Ape Crazy! DLX RM – Great Expectations – PIPCD 013 – UK – CD – Amoeba SF/$14.99
  26. Bill Nelson: Getting The Holy Ghost Across (On A Blue Wing) DLX RM – Sonoluxe – CD 006 – UK – CD – Amoeba SF/$19.99
  27. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Dischord – KA’+B – KAB 0000-2 – US – CD – Amoeba SF/$4.99
  28. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Love Is The Devil OST – KAB – Asph 0897 – US – CD – Amoeba SF/$1.99
  29. Ryuichi Sakamoto: You Do Me – Virgin – VJCP-14904 – JPN – CD5 – Amoeba SF/$1.00
  30. The Undertones: The Undertones – Rykodisc – RCD 10293 – US – CD – Amoeba SF/$7.99
  31. The Art Of Noise: Who’s Afraid Of The Art Of Noise? – ZTT/Universal – US – CD – Amoeba SF/$2.99
  32. Hoodoo Gurus: Stoneage Romeos – A+M – CD 5012 – US – CD – Amoeba SF/$2.99
  33. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Heartbeat – Virgin – VJCP 30093 – JON – CD – Amoeba SF/$2.99
  34. Robert Palmer: Ridin’ High – EMI – 0777 7 98923 2 7 – US – CD – Amoeba SF/$1.99
  35. Shriekback: My Spine Is The Bass Line – Y Records – Y 1227 – UK – 12″ – Amoeba SF/$7.99
  36. Zuzu’s Petals: When No One’s Looking – Twin Tone Records – TTR 89229-2 – US – CD – Amoeba Berkeley/$1.99
  37. The Zambonis: More Songs About Hockey…and buildings and food… – Tarquin Records – TQ-023 – US – CD – Amoeba Berkeley/$1.99
  38. Lloyd Cole: Bad Vibes – Rykodisc – RCD 10306 – US – CD – Amoeba Berkeley/$1.99
  39. Robert Palmer: “Addictions” Volume 1 – EMI – A2 91318 – US – CD – Amoeba Berkeley/$1.99
  40. The Church: Starfish – Arista Records – ARCD-8521 – US – CD – Amoeba Berkeley/$1.99
  41. Lloyd Cole: Love Story – Rykodisc – RCD 10372 – US – CD – Amoeba Berkeley/$1.99
  42. The Suburbs: Viva! Suburbs! – Twin Tone Records – TTR 89228-2 – US – CD – Amoeba Berkeley/$4.99
  43. Ian Hunter: Ian Hunter – Columbia – CK 33480 – US – CD – Amoeba Berkeley/$4.99
  44. Marianne Faithfull: Dangerous Acquaintances – Island – IMCD 205 – EURO – CD – Amoeba Berkeley/$5.99
  45. The Suburbs: Credit In Heaven – Universal – US – 2xCD – Amoeba Berkeley/$6.99
  46. Sugar: Copper Blue – Rykodisc – RCD 10239 – US – CD – Amoeba Berkeley/$1.00
  47. Shriekback: Cormorant DLX RM – Malicious Damage – MD605 – UK – CD – Amoeba Berkeley/$9.99
  48. Laurie Anderson: Live At Town Hall New York City September 19-20 2001 – Nonesuch – 79681-2 – US – 2xCD – Amoeba Berkeley/$12.99
  49. Wrangler: LA Spark – MemeTune Studios – MEME14CD01 – UK – CD – Amoeba Hollywood/$15.98
  50. Talk Talk: Asides Besides – EMI – 7243 8 54807 2 0 – UK – 2xCD – Amoeba Hollywood/$7.99
  51. Client: City – Toast Hawaii – TH007CD – UK – CD – Amoeba Hollywood/$4.99
  52. Simple Minds: Black + White 050505 – Sanctuary – SANCD390 – UK – CD – Amoeba Hollywood/$4.99
  53. Japan: Oil On Canvas – bootleg – CDVD 2513 – HONG KONG – VCD – Amoeba/$2.99
  54. John Foxx + Louis Gordon: Shifting City DLX RM – Edsel – EDSD2070 – UK – 2xCD – Amoeba Hollywood/$6.99
  55. Propaganda: Wishful Thinking DLX RM – ZTT/Salvo – SALVOCD055 – UK – CD – Amoeba Hollywood/$9.99
  56. Heaven 17: Contenders – Virgin – VSD 881-12 – UK – 2×12 – Amoeba Hollywood/$7.99
  57. Scritti Politti/Shabba Ranks: She’s A Woman – Virgin – VST-1333 – UK – 12″ – Amoeba Hollywood/$2.99
  58. Scritti Politti: The Word Girl – Virgin – VS747-13 – UK – 12″ – Amoeba Hollywood/$2.99
  59. Annabel Lamb: Once Bitten – A+M – amsx 8310 – UK – 12″ – Amoeba Hollywood/$3.99
  60. Frankie Goes To Hollywood: Two Tribes [carnage] – ZTT – XZTAS3 – UK – 12″ – Amoeba Hollywood/$1.99
  61. Simple Minds: Promised You A Remix/Broken Glass Park – Virgin – SMRDS2 – UK – 12″ – Amoeba Hollywood/$14.99
  62. Rip Rig + Panic: God DLX RM – Cherry Red – CDMRED 572 – Amoeba Hollywood/$15.98
  63. The Buggles: Adventures In Modern Recording DLX RM – ZTT/Salvo – SALVOCD036 – UK – CD – Amoeba Hollywood/$11.99
  64. Josef K: The Only Fun In Town/Sorry For Laughing – LTM – LTMCD2305 – UK – CD – Amoeba Hollywood/$11.99
  65. 801: Live – E’G – EGCD 26 – US – CD – Amoeba Hollywood/$12.99
  66. Harold Budd: Budd Box – All Saints Records – WASTBOX1 – US – 7xCD – Amoeba Hollywood/gift
  67. Carmel: Set Me Free – London – POOL-20126 – JPN – CD/gift
  68. Leisure Process: Anxiety – Epic – TA 3504 – UK – 12″ /gift
  69. Stump: Quirk Out – Stuff Records – Stuff/U2 – UK – EP – Ronkane.com/$5.00
  70. Ippppu-Do: Normal – Epic/Sony – 25.3H-16 – JPN – LP/gift
  71. Masami Tsuchiya: Rice Music – Epic – EPC 85935 – UK – LP/gift
  72. The Vels: House Of Miracles – Mercury – 826 804 – US – LP/gift
  73. Vaughan Tolouse: Cruisin’ The Serpentine – Respond Records – SBSX2 – UK – 12″/gift
  74. Alan Rankine: The World Begins To Look Her Age – Attitude Records – ATT18 – FRENCH – LP/gift
  75. Das Psych-O Rangers: The Essential Art Of Communication – ZTT – 12 ZTAS 24 – UK – 12″/gift
  76. Fashion: Something In Your Picture – Arista – ARIPD 472 – UK – 7″ picdisc/gift
  77. Jona Lewie: Heart Skips Beat – Stiff – RIP-2013 – CANADA – LP/gift
  78. Intaferon: Get Out Of London – Chrysalis – CHS12 2715 – UK – 12″/gift

Subtotal: $427.09

November 2014

simple minds - bigmusicDLXUKCDAwarren zevon - learningtoflinchUSCDAcan - soonoverbabalumaGERCDAthe bongos - drumsalongthehudsonUSCDAthe suburbs - suburbsUSLPAjane weidlin - furUSCDA

  1. Simple Minds: Big Music DLX – Caroline – SMBM04 – UK – 2xCD+DVD box – Simple Minds webstore/$26.31
  2. Warren Zevon: Learning To Flinch – Giant Records –  9 24493-2 – US – CD – Southern Comfort Music/$7.98
  3. Can: Soon Over Babaluma – Spoon Records – Spoon CD 010 – GER – CD – Southern Comfort Music/$7.98
  4. The Bongos: Drums Along The Hudson – Razor + Tie – RE 1999 – US – CD – Southern Comfort Music/$6.98
  5. The Suburbs: Suburbs – A+M Records – SP 6-5123 – US – LP – Southern Comfort Music/$4.00
  6. Jane Weidlin: Fur – EMI-Manhattan Records – CDP 7 48683 2 – US – CD – Southern Comfort Music/$5.98

Subtotal: $59.23

December 2014

revillos - modnightUK12Arobert fripp - god savethequeenUSLPAthe cars - dlxrmUS2xCDAklark kent - USGREEN10Aryuichi sakamoto - illustratedmusicalenccylopediaUKCDAottmar liebert + luna negra - borrascaUSCDAjohn foxx - endlesslyUK2x7Abook of love - boyUS12Aeurogliders - thisislandUSLPAvarious - firsteditionUSLPAkissing the pink - nakedUSLPAred noise - revoltintostyleUS12Athe suburbs - dreamhogUSEPAjohn cale+bob neuwirth - lastdayonearth USCDAalphaville - so80spresentsalphavillesigned2xGERCDAjohn foxx - b-movie ballardianvideoneuronicaUKCDAd'agostino:foxx:jansen - asecretlifeUKCDAjohn foxx + theo travis - tornsunsetUKCDAjohn foxx - DNSUKCD+DVDAbillieraymartin - kindofmaybeDLhot chocolate - every1'sawinnerDLjohn foxx - metadelicUK2xCD+DVDA

  1. The Revillos: Midnight – EMI – 12RVL2 – UK – 12″ – Downtown Market/$4.00
  2. Robert Fripp: God Save The Queen/Under Heavy Manners – Polydor – PD-1-6266 – US – LP – Re-Store/$10.00
  3. The Cars DLX RM – Rhino Records – R2 75700 – US – 2xCD – Re-Store/$4.00
  4. Klark Kent: Musical Madness From the Kinetic Kid – I.R.S. Records – SP 70600 – US – green vinyl 10″ – re-Store/$10.00
  5. Ryuichi Sakamoto – Illustrated Musical Encyclopedia – 10 records – DIX CD 34 – UK – CD – Re-Store/$3.00
  6. Ottmar Leibert + Luna Negra – Borrasca – Higher Octave Music – HOMCD 7036 – US – CD – Re-Store/$3.00
  7. John Foxx – Endlessly II – Virgin Records – VSD 543 – UK – 2×7″ – Re-Store/$6.00
  8. Book Of Love – Boy – Sire Records – 0-20299 – US – 12″ – Re-Store/$1.00
  9. Eurogliders – This Island – Columbia Records – BFC 39588 – US – LP – Re-Store/$1.00
  10. Various – First Edition – Editions E’G – EGED 15 – US – LP – Re-Store/$10.00
  11. Kissing The Pink – Naked – Atlantic –  80080-1 – US – LP – Re-Store/$8.00
  12. Bill Nelson’s Red Noise – Revolt Into Style – Harvest Records – 12 HAR 5183 – UK – 12″ – Re-Store/$7.00
  13. The Suburbs – Dream Hog – Mercury Records – 422-8111 – US – EP – Re-Store/$3.00
  14. John Cale/Bob Neuwirth – Last Day On Earth – MCA Records – MCAD-11037 – US – CD – Re-Store/$3.00
  15. Alphaville – So80s Presents Alphaville – Soundcolours – SC0344 – GER – 2xCD autographed – Gift
  16. John Foxx – B-Movie [Ballardian Video Neuronica] – Metamatic – META50CD – UK – CD – Foxx Web Store/$6.50
  17. D’Agostino/Foxx/Jansen – A Secret Life – Metamatic – META22CD – UK – CD – Foxx Web Store/$4.55
  18. John Foxx + Theo Travis – Torn Sunset – Edsel Records – EDSS 1050 – UK – CD – Foxx Web Store/$4.55
  19. John Foxx – D.N.A. – Metamatic – META25CDDVD – UK – CD+DVD – Foxx Web Store/$4.55
  20. Billie Ray Martin – Kind Of Maybe – FLAC DL – Bandcamp/$2.44
  21. Hot Chocolate – Every 1’s A Winner – EMI – DL – Amazon/gift
  22. John Foxx – Metadelic – Edsel Records – EDSG8024 – UK – 2xCD+DVD – Amazon/$8.88
  23. Still Obscure – 10 Tunes DLX RM – Still Obscure Records – 10TCD – US – CD – Gift

Subtotal: $102.03

Half Year Subtotals: 116 releases | $618.27 | average cost – $5.32/title


Year-End Subtotals: 165 releases | $953.12 | average cost – $5.77/title

9 Responses to 2014 Purchases

  1. Tim says:

    I don’t see prices like that at used cd stores around here!
    I am curious as to your opinion on all of those Roxy Music/Ferry mixes that you bought. I have very carefully dipped my toes in that water and am suspicious of a lot of mixes post 1996. The few that I have bought were the reason that I haven’t bought more.

    Thoughts on that new Prefab Sprout? The one before it really turned me off and this one I just find myself unable to lose myself in like I used to with PS product.

    Ocean Blue – Cerulean for $2. What a deal on an underrated album. In my opinion their best album and I listen to this album more than a lot of music contemporary to it. Just a real gem. I hope it wasn’t a purchase of “one of my friends/commentators likes this so I should buy it” and it has sat unlistened to.

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    • postpunkmonk says:

      Tim – The $1 releases are from Harvest Record’s anniversary sale, where they open the basement to all comers at $1/per. CD or LP. If you want your mind blown, look at August 2013! Last year was insane! I loved the Prefab Sprout album, “Let’s Change The World With Music ” It was certainly on par with what I expect from them, even though it was only shelved demos. Bear in mind the last album I heard was “Andromeda Heights.” I was reading the booklet before hearing it and when I read the lyrics to “Music Is A Princess” I just lost it and ended up sobbing for a good 15 minutes as I contemplated what was being expressed. McAloon nailed it perfectly. I have not heard any other PS albums that followed it, but Echorich loved “Crimson/Red.”

      I just noticed that I did not comment on “Cerulean.” I came to The Ocean Blue [as did everyone back then, I guess] on one of those great Sire “Just Say…” compilations in the late 80s where they introduced the band there. I was immediately taken with their introverted melodicism and bought their debut as soon as I saw it. And it ended there for long years. I always intended to buy “Cerulean” but it just never happened. I got “Beneath The Rhythm And Sound” about a dozen years or so ago [and liked it fine] and I finally acted on “Cerulean” last year.

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      • Tim says:

        Paddy’s album “I Trawl the Megahertz” is amazing. I am thrilled that I had the money and the OCD at the time it came out to buy it.

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    • postpunkmonk says:

      Tim – Re: Roxy remixes. Ask, and ye shall receive.

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  2. tim says:

    Love me that Sakamoto “Discord.” Best thing that he’s done in two decades IMNSHO.

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  3. tim says:

    I think he was listening to a bit of Gorecki around the time he did that one. it is sincerely the last Sakamoto disc that I have enjoyed. Used to buy pretty much automatically and stopped altogether a couple of years after that one.

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    • postpunkmonk says:

      tim – We buy everything we see [and there’s a lot…] since my wife discovered him in the Record Cell and really liked his stuff. I’m fine with everything I’ve heard, but “Neo Geo” is still my go-to album, after 30 years.

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  4. tim says:

    For me it is Neo Geo, the Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence soundtrack, Beauty, Sweet Revenge and Discord. I used to score my fix at my locally owned record store and there was a regular there who was obsessed with him. Like thank god there’s an ocean between Mr. Sakamoto and this gal stalker material fan.

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