2018 Purchases

Here are the music purchases of 2018 quantified in some detail. Check the 2018 cover grid dropdown to just see a grid of the cover images.

January 2018

  1. Duran Duran: The Singles 81-85 – EMI Records –  7243 5 51728 2 2 – UK – 13xCD5 – Discogs/$35
  2. The Rolling Stones: Exile On Main Street DLX RM – Rolling Stones Records ‎– B0014130-02 – US – 2xCD – Discogs/$7.75
  3. Nina Hagen: Fearless –  Koch Records ‎– KOC-CD-4218 – US – CD – Discogs/$16.75
  4. Flea: Hard Rock (It’s The Beat Of The Street) – Atlantic ‎– DMD 783 – USP – 12″ – 2nd + Charles/$4.00
  5. Hipsway: Hipsway –  Columbia ‎– C 40522 – US – LP – 2nd + Charles/$2.00
  6. Pretty Poison: Nighttime – Virgin ‎– 0-96710 – US – 12″ – 2nd + Charles/$5.00
  7. Visage: Visage – Polydor ‎– PD-1-6304  – USP – LP – 2nd + Charles/$2.00
  8. Ian Hunter – All Of The Good Ones Were Taken –  Columbia ‎– FC 38628 – US – LP – 2nd + Charles/$5.00
  9. Steve Harley + Cockney Rebel: Face To Face –  EMI ‎– SKBB-11661 – US – 2xLP – 2nd + Charles/$4.00
  10. Steve Harley: Hobo With A Grin – Capitol Records ‎– SW-11770 – US – LP – 2nd + Charles/$4.00
  11. Stan Ridgeway: Black Diamond – Birdcage Records ‎– SRDI 11007 – US – CD – 2nd + Charles/$5.97
  12. Goldfrapp: Tales Of Us – Mute ‎– 9573-2 – US – CD – 2nd + Charles/$6.00
  13. Saint Etienne: Sylvis CD#1 – Creation Records ‎– CRESCD 279 – UK – CD5 – 2nd + Charles/$4.00
  14. Wire: The Drill – Mute ‎– 9 61103-2  – US – CD – 2nd + Charles/$4.00
  15. Future Bible Heroes: The Lonely Robot –  Instinct Records ‎– INS613-2 – US – CD5 – Mr. K’s Greenville/$2.00
  16. Mark E. Smith And Ed Blaney: Smith And Blaney – Voiceprint ‎– VP448CD – UK – CD – Mr. K’s Greenville/$2.00
  17. Cluster: Cluster 71 – Water ‎– WATER 160  – US – CD – Mr. K’s Greenville/$7.95
  18. Marianne Faithfull: Blazing Away – Island Records ‎– 842 794-2 – US – CD – Mr. K’s Greenville/$4.95
  19. Lou Reed: Coney Island Baby –  RCA ‎– ND83807 – GER – CD – Mr. K’s Greenville/$5.75
  20. Steppenwolf: 20th Century Masters – MCA Records ‎– MCAD-19954 – US – CD – Mr. K’s Greenville/$4.95
  21. Mott The Hoople: Brain Capers – Atlantic ‎– 8304-2  – US – CD – Mr. K’s Greenville/$15.00
  22. Television: Television –  Capitol Records ‎– CDP 0777 7 98396 2 9 – US – CD – Mr. K’s Greenville/$5.75
  23. OMD: The Punishment Of Luxury: B Sides & Bonus Material – 100% Records ‎– 100CD 75 – UK – CD – Pledge Music/$8.99
  24. OMD: What Have We Done – 100% Records ‎– 100T68 – UK 12″ – Pledge Music/$11.58

Ouch! This is the most I have ever spent on music in January; usually a slow month for one reason or another. The trip to Greenville was the big factor. The 1st Duran singles box was something that I should have bought many years ago when it could be had for <$15 seeing as how I had the second volume and really should have had that one as well. Then I noticed it going for $50-100. Oooops. When it showed up in my Discogs feed for $35, I had the money in Paypal from sales and hit the “buy” button. The same dealer had the Rolling Stones DLX RM of the last of their “Imperial Period” albums as well as a very affordable copy of “Fearless” by Nina Hagen! I finally re-bought the US LP of the debut “Visage” album on a trip to Greenville that I stupidly sold off when I bought the CD in 1988-ish.

In US used CD bins, the “Supernature” album is the Goldfrapp album that proliferates. Happy to see a rare showing of “Tales Of Us.” Also the Stan Ridgeway solo album! Another rare event. I bought the Mark E. Smith album and eerily enough, he was dead within days. I didn’t think even death would kill him. Nice to see a Lou Reed opus that rarely graces the used bins. Likewise with the OOP “Brain Capers” by Mott The Hoople. $15 was a steal for that one. Finally, I got the last of the OMD single material from their “Punishment Of Luxury” album. The last 12″ single and the mandatory CD roundup of all of the B-sides and remixes! Damn! That’s already selling for €25-35 after a few months!

Subtotal: $174.39

February 2018

  1. De Harris: Love Shadow – Arista ‎– RIST 32 – UK – 12″ – Discogs/€3 [$3.73]
  2. De Harris: Love Shadow – Arista ‎– RIS 32 – UK – 7″ – Discogs/€4.58 [$6.34]
  3. The Three O’Clock: Warm Aspirations – I.R.S. Records ‎– IRM 127  – UK – 7″ – Discogs/€2.65 [$3.67]
  4. Various: Stax 101 – UMC ‎– UMC 10114 – UK – 5xCD – Amazon/$6.95
  5. Simple Minds: Walk Between Worlds – BMG ‎– 4050538349689 – UK – CDX – Simple Minds Webstore/£9.37 [$13.01]
  6. Simple Minds: Walk Between Worlds – BMG ‎– 4050538347289  – UK – LP – Simple Minds Webstore/£15.62 [$21.69] <bundle w/#5,7>
  7. Simple Minds: Magic –  BMG ‎– 538349751 – UK – orange vinyl 7″ – Simple Minds Webstore/”free” <bundled w/#5,6>
  8. Laurie Anderson + Kronos Quartet: Landfall – Nonesuch ‎– 564164-2  – US – CD – Harvest Records/$16.99
  9. Roxy Music: Roxy Music DLX RM box – Virgin EMI Records ‎– 4734389 – UK – 3xCD + DVD + book – Amazon/$79.95

I am all about getting medieval on my Fashiøn “Fabrique” BSOG with all of the De Harris material, and his solo single version of “Love Shadow” had taunted me for a few years. No more! I also wrapped up my Three O’Clock collection so I could finally make a CD of their “Live At The Old Waldorf” album from 2013 rounded out with some loose rare cuts that never even made the great odds + sods CD [“The Hidden World Revealed“] that came out in 2013 as well. My wife was listening to soul music at work and extolling the virtues of “In The Rain” by The Dramatics. Knowing which side my bread was buttered on, I immediately sought out the best Stax/Volt compilation available and hit paydirt with “Stax 101;” part of UMG’s “101” series of 101 tracks with a central theme. This 5xCD comp is an embarrassment of riches that any home should have; particularly for the $6.95 [new] asking price! I can’t believe I lived this long without “[Theme From] Shaft” in the Record Cell!

Then the new Simple Minds opus arrived; having ordered the package that netted me all of the music on offer. Good thing too, since this album is the sound of Simple Minds hitting new heights in their 40th year. Clearly their best album since “Sparkle In The Rain,” but I’ve been saying that for nearly 20 years. Finally, I had been grousing about the $160 price tag on the Roxy Music BSOG of their debut album when the next day a reader notified me of a half price flash sale [$79] on Amazon, at just the price point I had been anticipating since first hearing about this seven years ago. I snapped that one up lickety split. For Roxy Music fans, it is a stunning package, and the full price was almost justified for the book alone. Anyone without heavy bread to throw at this, at the very least needs the 2xCD with a bonus CD of amazing BBC recordings for a very affordable $22.

Subtotal: $152.33

March 2018

  1. Berlin Blondes: Marseille – Scratch Records ‎– SCR 005 – UK – 7″ – Discogs/$4.00
  2. Berlin Blondes: Science – EMI ‎– EMI 5031 – UK – 7″ – Discogs/$6.55
  3. Robert Palmer: Clues – Island Records ‎– CID 9595 – GER – CD – Discogs/$3.00
  4. Sirius.B – Dazzling Urbanites – US – CD – Thrift Store/$2.00
  5. Barry White: All-Time Greatest Hits – Mercury ‎– 314 522 459-2 – US – CD – Thrift Store/$2.00
  6. The Pretenders: The Singles – Sire ‎– W2-25664 – US – CD – Thrift Store/$2.00
  7. Stephen Tin Tin Duffy: The Ups + Downs – 10 Records ‎– DIXCD 5 – UK – CD – Thrift Store/$2.00
  8. Neneh Cherry: Homebrew – Virgin ‎– 0777 7 86516 2 8 – US – CD – Thrift Store/$2.00

A quiet month… finally. I sold a handful of items, content to let the filthy lucre [all $16 and change of it] amass in PayPal until critical mass was reached by Discogs items for sale that I could not pass up. That didn’t take long, because I saw a rare Berlin Blondes 7″ I needed in my feed one day and the dealer also had the other Berlin Blondes single I needed to have everything. So… one day soon I will remaster and upgrade my Berlin Blondes REVO edition. I also bought a way cheap copy of the first Robert Palmer album I bought back in 1980; his New Wave Triangulation® album, “Clues.” Hmmmm. Could there be a thirdFaking It Files” post in the near future??? At any rate, it was great to have the album back in house. I want a full Palmer collection. Finally, my wife struck paydirt at a thrift store where she was donating some old clothing. I had just added “Homebrew” to my wantlist a mere 48 hours earlier! I was curious to hear something by The Pretenders that was new to my ears, so the best of was of some interest. And Barry White? The man was a genius.

Subtotal: $21.55

April 2018

  1. OMD: One More Time [Fotonovela Version] – 100% Records – US – DL – iTunes/$0.69
  2. David Sylvian + Holger Czukay: Flux + Mutability – Venture – CDVE 43 – UK – CD – Wuxtry Decatur/$5.00
  3. Cameo: The Definitive Collection – Mercury – B0006112-02 – US – CD – Wuxtry Decatur/$5.00
  4. Darlene Love: The Sound Of Love: The Very Best Of Darlene Love – Phil Spector Records – 88697 61290 2 – US – CD – Wuxtry Decatur/$5.00
  5. Eno/Wobble: Spinner – Gyroscope – GYR 6614-2 – US – CD – Wuxtry Decatur/$5.00
  6. Nick Cave + The Bad Seeds: The Good Son – Elektra – 9 60988-2 – US – CD – Wuxtry Decatur/$5.00
  7. Voice Of The Beehive: Honey Lingers – London Records – 828 253-2 – US – CD – Wuxtry Decatur/gift
  8. Malcolm McLaren: Paris – Island Records – 314-524 107-2 – US – 2xCD – Wuxtry Decatur/gift
  9. Various: Grosse Point Blank OST – London Records – 422-828 867-2 – US – CD – Wuxtry Decatur/$4.00
  10. The Delfonics: La-La Means I Love You: The Definitive Collection – Arista 07822 – 18979-2 – US – CD – Wuxtry Decatur/$5.00
  11. Cocteau Twins: Violane CD#2 – Fontana – CTDD 6 – UK – CD5 – Wuxtry Decatur/$3.00
  12. The Go-Betweens: Spring Hill Fair – Circus Records ‎– FYL011 – US – 2xCD – Wuxtry Decatur/$8.00
  13. Saint Etienne – Good Humour – Sub Pop – SPCD 435 – US – 2xCD – Wuxtry Decatur/$5.00
  14. Goldfrapp: Silver Eye – Mute9669-2 – US – CD – Wuxtry Decatur/$5.00
  15. Blondie: The Curse Of Blondie – Epic – 5119212000 – OZ – CD – Wuxtry Decatur/$3.00
  16. Blondie: The Hunter – Chrysalis‎ – VK 41384 – US- CD – Wuxtry Decatur/$3.00
  17. Various: Pump Up The Volume (Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – MCA Records – MCAD-8039 – US – CD – Wuxtry Decatur/$5.00
  18. Johnny Cash: American IV: The Man Comes Around – American Recordings – 440 063 339-2 – US – CD – Wuxtry Decatur/$3.00
  19. Various: In The Name Of The Father (Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack) – Island Records – 518 841-2 – US – CD – Wuxtry Decatur/$5.00
  20. Shirley Brown: Woman To Woman DLX RM – Stax Records – STX -33177-02 – US – CD – Wuxtry Decatur/$9.99
  21. Lou Reed: Lou Reed – BMG – 74321 727122 – US – CD – Wuxtry Decatur/$11.99
  22. Various: The Royal Tenenbaums (Original Soundtrack) – Hollywood Records – 2061-62347-2 – US – CD – Wuxtry Decatur/$5.00
  23. Various: Pulp Fiction – Music From The Motion Picture (Collector’s Edition) DLX RM – UMG Soundtracks 088 113 002-2- US – 2xCD – Wuxtry Decatur/$5.00
  24. Various: The Darjeeling Limited (Original Soundtrack) – ABKCO – 187719240-2 – US – CD – Wuxtry Decatur/$5.00
  25. Bryan Ferry: Dylanesque – Virgin – 0946 3 8975021 – US – CD – Wuxtry Decatur/$5.00
  26. Various: Jackie Brown (Music From The Miramax Motion Picture) – Maverick – 9362-46841-2 – US – CD – Wuxtry Decatur/$3.00
  27. Various: The Crying Game (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – SBK Records – K2-89024 – US – CD – Wuxtry Decatur/$3.00
  28. Frankie Goes To Hollywood: Rage Hard – Island Records – DMD 987 – USP – 12 – Wuxtry Decatur/$3.00
  29. Malcolm McLaren + The World’s Famous Supreme Team: Buffalo Gals – Special Stereo Scratch Mix – Charisma – MALC 12 – UK – 12 – Wuxtry Decatur/$5.00
  30. Various: Ultimix 13 [disc 3 only] – Ultimix – UM-013 – US – 12 – Wuxtry Decatur/gift
  31. Neneh Cherry: Kisses On The Wind – Virgin – 96532-0 – US – 12 – Wuxtry Decatur/gift
  32. John Foxx And The Maths: Interplay – Metamatic – META28LP – UK – LP – Wuxtry Decatur/$15.00
  33. John Foxx And The Maths: The Shape Of Things – Metamatic – META29LP – UK – LP – Wuxtry Decatur/$10.00
  34. John Foxx+ Jori Hulkkonen: European Splendour – Sugarcane Recordings – SUGARS 024 – UK – LP – Wuxtry Decatur/$10.00
  35. Midge Ure: The Gift DLX RM – Chrysalis – CHRX 1058 – UK – 2xCD – gift
  36. Various: Heat (Music From The Motion Picture) – Warner Bros. Records – 9 46144-2 – US – CD – flea market/$1.00
  37. Various: Soul Classics of the 70s – Rebound Records – 314 520 447-2 – US – CD – flea market/$1.00
  38. Various: Baila Habibi vol. 2 – T.Z. Records – 78800 – US – CD – flea market/$1.00
  39. Boy Harsher: Yr Body Is Nothing – Nude Club – NUDE002- US – CD – march table/$10.00

A craaaaaazy month in the record cell with a surfeit of new music. The trip to Atlanta to see OMD early in the month saw is hitting Wuxtry, Decatur for the first time since Midge Ure in October of 2016. The place was stacked with amazing things. Between my wife and I we threw down $200! And I was not even going to go there at first, but my wife connived me to go. She got as much stuff as I did. Prices were right enough with most CDs $1/3/5 used and a few new items there as well. Pretty heavy want list action. The Sylvian/Czukay has been decades in the buying. I never see “Flux + Mutability!” My wife spent several days last year watching the video for “The Weeping Song” and now we have “The Good Son” on disc. I found the last Cocteau Twins single I needed. The highly sought after 2xCD from Sub Pop for my favorite Saint Etienne album, “Good Humor.” The B-sides are appreciated!

After seeing that wonderful Go-Betweens documentary, I was alerted to the Circus DLX RMs of the first three albums which I’d never seen before. I was so happy to get the Sire ’85 album “Spring Hill Fair” which comes with a second album of unreleased material of no listed provenance. Any new Goldfrapp is appreciated. I saw a pair of Blondie titles not inactivity so I finally re-bought “The Hunter” and took a shot a some “new” Blondie. The former was as poor as I’d remembered from the pre-purge vinyl days, and the new one I found even worse. Oops. I’d actually blocked out memories some of the more egregious material on “The Hunter,” in all honesty. Think “Little Caesar.”

My wife has been on a tear with funk/soul music and I say no problem with that! I really enjoy it but I don’t reach for it first when presented with stacks of distracting, arty New Wave, but I grew up on 70s Top 40 and this music remains at the top of that heap. She is also going through a soundtrack phase, as is evident. I tend to ignore OSTs, because there are probably dozens of them out there with scarce tracks by bands I collect that would take too much effort to round up, so I usually don’t bother! I finally got the Ferry “Dylanesque” album. Say what you will about Ferry’s cover albums, but the one two punch of “Frantic” and this one were some of the least overworked Ferry music in ages before he got all detail oriented again on us with “Olympia.” It’s fun hearing him relax in the studio, if possible.

The US Promo Freddie Bastone remix of “Rage Hard”  has mocked me on my Discogs want list for as long as I’ve had one but it will mock me no more. I was thrilled to find three John Foxx LPs I have wanted [but have not needed] for years in one place at the right price. Actually, I did need the “European Splendour” EP in any form since I still do not have the preferable CD version yet! Another long-standing want was the DLX RM of  Midge Ure’s “The Gift” which was mandatory for the 12″ remix of “Call Of The Wild,” his finest solo hour, but I had drug my heels on obtaining a copy for too long. It took me long enough to get the Ultravox “Definitive Editions” from 2011 much less this one, but a friend managed to snag one for me, so that was appreciated. The CD had a few previously unreleased tracks as well. I can see what Chrysalis or Ure nixed the extended remix of “That Certain Smile” as included here. That one definitely did not gel as a 12″ mix!

Finally, the month was capped by the purchase at the merch table of the Boy Harsher debut album, just reissued on CD from its LP only origins the day prior. I had just been blown away by their thrilling live set and my plans to perhaps buy the new album of the headliner, The Soft Moon, went right out the window and I opted for this as a better use of my shrinking music dollar.

Subtotal: $178.67

May 2018

  1. Simple Minds: Summer [Gary Numan + Ade Fenton Edit] – BMG – DL – iTunes/$1.29
  2. Marti Jones: My Tidy Doily Dream – Dixon Archival Remnants – DAR 010 – US – CD – Harvest Records/$3.00
  3. Adult.: Detroit House Guests – Mute – 9670-2 – US – CD – Harvest Records/$3.00
  4. Graham Parker + The Rumour: Mystery Glue – Cadet Concept – B0023071-02 – US – CD – merch table/$15.00
  5. Graham Parker: Dreamin’ – 100% Records – DL – iTunes/$1.29

more to come