Here are the music purchases of 2022 quantified in some detail. Check the 2022 cover grid dropdown to just see a grid of the cover images.
- They Might Be Giants: Book DLX ED – Idlewild Recordings – IDLE157 – US hardcover book + CD – gift
- Flowers: Can’t Help Myself – Regular Records – X 12501 – OZ – 10″ – gift
- Icehouse: Uniform – Chrysalis – CHS 42 PDJ – USP – 12″ – gift
- Icehouse: We Can Get Together – Chrysalis – UK – 10″ – gift
- Various: Shop Mecano 10th Anniversary – Shop Mecano – CD-003/4 – JPN – 2xCD – gift
- The Plastics: Origato Plastico DLX RM – Victor – VIZL-950 – JPN – CD + DVD – gift
- Poeme Electronique: The Echo Fades – Anna Logue Records – ANNA 025-CD.2010 – GER – CD – gift
- Visage: Beat Boy Cassette Remix DLX RM: Rubellan Remasters – RUBY30CD – US – CD – Rubellan Webstore/$14.99
A active January with lots of items coming as gifts from friends [and readers]. Close, personal friend, chasintictoria sent the DLX namesake edition of TMBG’s “Book” my way! Yow! The first TMBG I’d heard since Apollo 18…thirty years ago! I’d like to say that there was a reason why I stopped buying TMBG’s skewed pop, but apart from the year I moved and bought a $4500 computer [in cash] put all of my music buying on hold for most of 1993 and many acts just died on the vine for me. TMBG joined Depeche Mode and Pet Shop Boys in that respect.
Close, personal friend Mr. Ware was thinning out his Icehouse rarities and let me cherry pick for the long-in-planning “Ice Box” of rarities when I was visiting him last November. I didn’t want to be greedy and thought I didn’t need the “Can’t help Myself” OZ 10″ mix. But I was wrong. And then he threw in a few more since I might as well have the UK 10″ of “We Can Get Together” at that point. Not to mention the USP 12″ of “Uniform.”
Commenter Schwenko is not actually a close, personal friend, but he has been cleaning out dupes in his collection and was passing them my way because he’s such a mensch. Se sent some JPN DLX RM tithing my way with the unheard debut CD/DVD from The Plastics! And a compilation CD from a Japanese TechnoPop store on the occasion of its 10th anniversary, as well as a German CD collecting an albums worth of British ca. 1981 Techno Pop from Poeme Electronique; a band I was not previously savvy to. Look for reviews of these fine discs coming up soon as I can work them in. The Poeme Electronique was a fascinating new toy to play with!
And finally, I did spend some of my own money for a change when Rubellan Remasters released their fourth Visage DLX RM and as they all are, it’s packed with bonus tracks to quicken the pulse of any Visage fans, not to mention the cassette only variation of the band’s third album! Review coming on the day of general release as it’s in pre-order status now.
- Les Filles De Illighadad: At Pioneer Works – Sahel Sounds – SS-063 – US – CD – Bandcamp/gift
- Vicious Pink: West View – Minimal Wave – MW078 – US – 2xLP – Vicious Pink Bandcamp/$32.00
A quiet February with only two titles coming into the Record Cell. I bought my wife the new Les Filles De Illigahad album for Valentine’s Day. And I bought the new Vicious Pink “West View” collection of [mostly] unreleased material for myself that Minimal Wave released. This was LP only in two pressings of 500 each in black and pink vinyl. The price was bearable and the shipment was domestic, which made this possible. I was disappointed that there was no CD but I gritted my teeth and went with black vinyl, even though in theory every record by Vicious Pink should be on pink vinyl. But I hear such negative things about today’s colored vinyl, so I hedged my bets.
Bandcamp also provide all physical purchased in CD quality downloads, which was, again…in theory, a wonderful thing. On the day of release I downloaded my copy in 44.1/16 and was dismayed, but not surprised, to find brickwalled files. Since the 2009 Cherry Pop Vicious Pink CD was also brickwalled, this played out like my worst anticipation. This was why I ultimately ordered the LP instead of the cheaper DL. I had hoped that if the DL was junk, then I could digitize my LP copy. Hopefully, the pressing would not be made at CZ media. The CZ pressings I had bought in recent years were M records that sounded VG.
But of course, the pressing was made by CZ! I can’t win for losing! I have yet to have the enormous time to spin this and to digitize it in two weeks. In advance of receiving this, I had begun digitizing my entire Vicious Pink collection for a BSOG. Wish me luck.
- The Blow Monkeys: Choice? – RCA Records – PD 42886 – UK – CD5 – gift
- Fiction Factory: Throw The Warped Wheel Out – Cherry Pop – CRPOP 130 – UK – CD – gift
- The Metamorph: Mechanismo – The Metamorph – UK CD-3 – gift
- Altered Images: Bite – Epic – EPC 40 25413 – UK – CASS – gift
- Mari Wilson: Storyline – Beehive Records – CDBEEH1 – UK – CD5 – gift
- Billy MacKenzie – Satellite Life – Cherry Red – CDTRED856 – UK – 3xCD – Promo
- Paul Haig: The Warp Of Pure Fun DLX RM – Les Disques Du Crépuscule – TWI 669 CD – UK – 4xCXD – Darla.com/$30.00
- The Invaders: The Best Thing I Ever Did [New Future] – Polydor – 2059 157 – UK – 7″ – gift
- The Invaders: Magic Mirror – Polydor – 2059 263 – UK – 7″ – gift
- The Invaders: Girl’s In Action – Polydor – 2059 111 – UK – 7″ – gift
- Nathalie: My Love Won’t Let You Down – Vogue – VB. 706 – NE – 7″ – gift
- Visage: Der Amboss – Polydor – POSPV 523 – UK Promo – 12″ – gift
- Invaders: Backstreet Romeo – Polydor – POSP 180 – UK – 7″ – eBay/£6.00/$7.86
Wow. So many things came in this month at no cost. I’m stunned. Commenters sent me a Blow Monkeys CD-5 I only recently realized that I needed as well as the Fiction Factory DLX RM of “Throw The Warped Wheel Out” that I was all too aware of. It was the month for Alan Rankine productions, obviously, as his vibrant period of producing Paul Haig was covered in an amazing BSOG of “The Warp of Pure Fun.” What’s this with warps and Alan Rankine? I hope he’s not warped! I wrote about this last year and finally snapped and ordered it. More to come, of course!
Gavin sent me an astounding tithing, including various music related things [not necessarily music itself], but the real stunner was the artist proof copy of his “Mechanismo” CD-3 EP which was, yes, far more visually impressive than the DL I had purchased from Bandcamp! ‘Tis true. So my physical collection of Gavin’s music expands! We already had his fantastic 10″ from last year.
Meanwhile another commenter helped me get 3/4 looooooooooong desired Invaders singles. Inspiring me to pounce on a copy of the scarce 4th and final single, “Backstreet Romeo,” which was an evilBay purchase this time. Not too many of those in the last 15 years! Now I can finally make the long awaited [by me, at least] Compleat Invaders REVO CD. And not stopping there this commenter added the Nathalie single as written and produced by fave Peter Godwin [it was on the want list] as well as the highly desired “Der Amboss” WLP12″ by Visage. A record I thought I’d never own!
- Prince/Bria Velente: Lotusflow3r/MPLSound/Elixer – NPG Records – US – 3xCD – Discogs/$4.99
- Prince/Danhi Harrison/Tom Petty/Steve Winwood: While My Guitar Gently Weeps [live] – Time Life – US – DL – iTunes/$1.29
- Adult.: Gimme Trouble – Thrill Jockey – THRILL 159 – US – CD – Harvest Records/$2.99
- Ultravox!: Live At The Rainbow 1977 – Island Records – 387 908-0 – US – LP – Harvest Records/$28.99
The Glam Rock Nun is going through a Prince phase right now with her reading several books and she discovered the “Lotusflow3r” album and needed a copy in the Record Cell to hear, so we aim to please at home and a copy of the 3xCD target edition was duly sourced. And then, the next thing we knew was that we needed to buy a DL of the Prince Performance where he walked off with a cover of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” that made us glad for DLs.
Then the appearance [finally!] of the Ultravox! “Live At the Rainbow 1977” album, which was previously DL/streaming only landed on a RSD album release that saw me venturing to my local emporium a few days later to avoid the ugly crowds. The 30 minute disc spun at 45 RPM and was the 2nd clean sounding GX pressing in a row for me. Sadly, both titles [see also: Vicious Pink] were only available on DL/LP with no silver discs in sight. Remind me what year this is again? While I was at the depressing local store, which now had almost no CD stock any more [but it had beer cozies where CDs once were…beer cozies!!!], I managed to find an Adult. CD I didn’t have yet for a pittance.
- Various: Night Of The Proms 2001 – BMG Classics – 74321 89762 2 – BEL – CD – Discogs/$0.52
- Steven Jones + Logan Sky: Summer Herz – Etrangers Musique – UK – DL – Bandcamp/£3.00/$3.68
- Jan Linton: Melatonin – HK – DL – Bandcamp/$4.00
- Jan Linton: Byzantine Remixes – UK – DL – Bandcamp/£6.00/$7.35
- The Vels: Private World – Mercury – 880 138-1 DJ – USP – 12″ – Discogs/$2.99
- The Vels: Look My Way – Mercury – 880 407-1 DJ – USP – 12″ – Discogs/$1.99
- xPropaganda: The Heart Is Strange – ZTT – ZTT novis1BLU – UK – Blu-Ray 5.1 – Superdeluxeedition.com/£22.00/$27.70
- Illustrated Man: Illustrated Man – Capitol Records – MLP-15020 – US – EP – gift
The one CD I bought was <$5 including shipping from Belgium! I finally had the Martin Fry Proms performance for the long neglected ABC BSOG. I also caught up with Art Rocker Jan Linton, who had some catalog remixes as well as a new single out. Steve Jones + Logan Sky [who use Linton’s guitars of late] had a new single out themselves; all at Bandcamp. And a reader offered up his Illustrated Man EP that was just not quite doing it for him. I recall seeing the New Wave supergroup [ex-JAPAN, Gang of 4, Numan band] back in the day but inconclusive reviews stayed my hand. 38 years later, with John Punter producing, it’s a must have.
I already had copies of the two Vels 12″ singles above, but they were pretty badly trashed. I hope thousands of people danced to those cuts in clubs! When I was moving on making the DLX Rm of the first Vels album, I knew I had to source better copies. So I finally did. Now I can get back to that abandoned project [hah!]. And I finally bought my first Blu-Ray in 5.1 sound version of the neu xPropaganda album because numbers were severely limited and by the time may have had a Blu-Ray player, the disc would be three figures! Heck, I was lucky to get one in the day-long window of availability! This helped my outlay for music this month to scrape dangerously close to $50!
- Illustrated Man: Illustrated Man – Guerra Sound Record – GSR 81035 – RUS – CD – gift
- Siam: Farewell Siam – VM records – VMA 001 – UK – LP – gift
- ABC: Look Good Tonight – Electronic Sound – ES790 – UK – gold 7″ – Electronic Sound/£11.99/$14.60
- Oingo Boingo: Only A Lad DLX RM – Rubellan Remasters – RUBY25CD – US – CD – Rubellan Remasters/$14.99
- Oingo Boingo: Dead Man’s Party DLX RM – Rubellan Remasters – RUBY28CD – US – CD – Rubellan Remasters/$14.99
Just two days after receiving the Illustrated Man EP [and I had already digitized the A-side; some sort of record for me…], I was on the receiving end of another gift from a reader. It transpired that schwenko saw that I had bought the xPropaganda Blu-ray 5.1 disc even though I didn’t have a Blu-ray player. As usual, he had an extra laying around that he had not gotten around to jettisoning; would I want it? Well, Sure! It arrived in the mail yesterday and schwenko had warned me that there would be a bonus CD thrown into the box I may have an interest in. The CD in question? A pirate CD [manufactured] of the EP along with a few bonus tracks! Yes lord, I get it! I will review Illustrated Man…TODAY!
And then I got another gift yesterday from down under when fave singer Jacqui Brookes sent me her spare copy of the rare Siam posthumous live album. She had contacted me earlier asking for an MP3 of one of her B-sides and I sent her the full 2xCD-R I had made of the excellent “Sob Stories” album she had recorded with Jimme O’Neill of Fingerprintz. She offered that she had a second copy of the Siam LP and would send it to me once she had sorted it out. And yesterday it arrived! Now there’s only one Siam 7″ I need to make a CD with everything not already on the first two CD-Rs I made.
…more to come