Saturday, December 29, 2007
U2 "Special Collection 1980-1987" JAPAN Promo CD RARE!!
Track Listing: 1)Out of Control 2) I Will Follow 3) Gloria 4) October 5) New Year's Day 6) Two Hearts Beat as One 7) 11 O'Clock Tick Tock 8) Sunday Bloody Sunday 9) Pride (In the Name of Love) 10) The Unforgettable Fire 11) With or Without You 12) I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For 13) Where the Streets Have No Name 14) Red Hill Mining Town
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
There is not a single bad track in the bunch, but standouts for me include the title track, "Fade To Black," the hilarious "One of them Days," and peppy "Lost Without You." I also like the closing track "Stranded," which features Phil Colin from Def Leppard on backing vocals.
I can't recommend this one enough...cast your prejudice aside and enjoy the ride. Congrats to Mike Reno and the boys.
Monday, December 17, 2007
I've read that a founding guitarist left the band, but they were working on a new record. I hope his departure does not manifest itself as a sophomore jinx. Time will tell, but I will certainly check out their next effort.
The Summer Obsession on MySpace. Official site.
Check out video for "Death Said" (which got to 96 on the Billboard chart):
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
1. PROVE YOURSELF
2. STUPID CAR
4. THINKING ABOUT YOU
12-14-07: One sells for $325 on ebay (21 bids)
"Here is the rare, circa 1994 DMB promotional CD, called 'Recently'.
INDUSTRY EDITION - NOT SOLD IN STORES! Features 4 tracks, all great Radio Edits, only available on this disc!Limited U.S. edition, issued by Bama Rags Records (BAMA 002)."
12-14-07: One sells for $385 on ebay (23 bids)
12-14-07: Bidding got up to $114.50 on ebay (16 bids), but reserve was not met.
"This item is THE SUPER RARE 1ST PRINTING [Decembern 12, 2000] with the typos and printing errors in the booklet...
The first pressings of Salival contain typographical errors. Later editions do not have these typos.
1) Aloke Dutta and Paul D'Amour's names are misspelled as Aloke Dutto and Paul D'Mour.
2) "Pushit" and "Stinkfist" are listed as two words.
3) "Message to Harry Manback II" is spelled "Messege to Harry Manback II."
4) The playing order of the videos are in reverse order.
5) The track ordering of "Merkaba" and "You Lied" is incorrect.
6) Also...The front of the booklet included with the package has a small glossy square on its front.
Again this is an EXTREMELY rare item that any true collector must have."
12-12-07: One sold for $115.00 on ebay (10 bids)
12-13-07: Another sold for $120.00 on ebay (22 bids)
Yes, that is Data! He is functioning within normal parameters, moonlighting as a lounge singer. Brent Spiner actually has a very pleasant singing voice, which was showcased in various episodes of Star Trek - The Next Generation (so I'm told!). Brent does his best Sinatra on this CD, which was released in 1991 by Bay Cities. The CD is rare and out of print, and is probably craved by Trekkers and others who like this genre. A bonus for the Trekkers: some tracks include other cast members from TNG.
12-11-07: One sells for $56.23 on ebay (15 bids)
12-14-07: One sells for $51.12 on ebay (2 bids)
1-27-08: One sells for $46.00 on ebay (8 bids)
2-4-08: One sells for $53.00 on ebay (7 bids)
Thursday, December 13, 2007
On Amazon.com, it is currently running $150 for a used copy. Check now.
Like all early DMB CDs this one is getting very hard to find!
The condition is near perfect inside and out (1 miniscule mark on disc)"
The tracks are:
1) Jimi Thing (edit version) 4:53
2) All Along The Watchtower 7:04
3) Christmas Song 5:33
4) Jimi Thing (album version) 5:57
12-11-07 - one sold for $96 on ebay (10 bids). That's almost $25 a track!
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Released in 2004 by EMI records in VERY limited qty. UPC code is 0724357676823. Made in EU."
12-5-07: Sold on ebay for $560.33 (19 bids)!
Friday, December 7, 2007
12-5-07: Sells on ebay for $113.49 (2 bids).
12-3-07: One of these CDs sold for $178.49 on ebay (23 bids)
"Catalogue number: WPCP-3646
Tracks: 1 High Fashion 2 Mutiny 3 Screams of Passion 4 Yes 5 River Run Dry 6 Nothing Compares 2 U 7 Susannah's Pajamas 8 Desire"
It is very rare, in fact this one that sold on ebay for $152.00 is a Japanese import.
Listed as: "ALAN SILVESTRI - VARESE CLUB CD - RARE SCORE"
Sold for $177 on ebay (21 bids). If I paid that much for a single CD, I'd probably be terminated.
4-21-08: One sells for $255.00 on ebay (12 bids)
There are two Eddie Money CDs that have been long out of print and fetch a decent price on ebay. "Playing For Keeps" can get you $30 if you're lucky, and "Where's the Party" can usually get you even more.
A copy of this one recently sold for $46.00 on ebay (13 bids).
2-18-08: One sells for $79.45 on ebay (27 bids).
3-3-08: One sells for $50.99 on ebay (15 bids).
Used on Amazon.com now for $59. Check now.
12-20-07: "Playing for Keeps" sells for $29.66 on ebay (23 bids).
1-27-08: "Playing for Keeps" sells for $29.00 on ebay (9bids).
Used on Amazon.com now for $44.96. Check now.
"Playing for Keeps" sells for $51.89 on ebay (15 bids)
"Eddie Money CD "Playing for Keeps" Bryan Adams, Journey
FOR AUCTION IS USED CD IN GOOD CONDITION EDDIE MONEY "PLAYING FOR KEEPS" RECORD LABEL COLUMBIA RECORDS CATALOG NUMBER CK 36514 YEAR OF RELEASE 1980/1988 UPC BARCODE NUMBER 7464-36514-2 MADE IN USA DISTRIBUTED BY CBS PRODUCED BY RON NEVISON CD IS FROM EARLY ORIGINAL U.S.PRESSING ON COLUMBIA NINE SONGS AND 36 MINUTES OF AMERICAN POP/ROCK FROM BROOKLYN NEW YORK"
"An essential masterpiece of AOR from legendary singer Hugo's first major band! Keys all over the place, excellent song writing and guitars, sing-along choruses and of course Hugo's amazing vocals! He's well known for sounding exactly like Steve Perry of Journey to many! Out of print for years now and harder to find every day!"
12-01-07: This one sold for $60.00 on ebay (16 bids)
Monday, December 3, 2007
For more information about Dave, please visit his official website at
Link: click here.
Sunday, December 2, 2007
UPDATE (12-10-07): something fishy here...another one sells for only $36.77 on ebay (3 bids). What's up with that?
UPDATE (12-14-07): One sells for $42.99 on ebay (1 bid).
Note both of the above are from the same seller.
UPDATE (2-1-08): One sells for $153.00 on ebay (12 bids).
This is quite possibly one of the the most insane rare CD purchases I've seen in my history of following this stuff. "This CD was released locally (2003) in the Seattle area only, about a year before her major label debut was released." [Columbia Records signed Carlile in late 2004].
For those who don't know, ask a girl about Brandi...her songs have been frequently played on Grey's Anatomy.
Brandi Carlile Band CD goes for $710 on ebay (49 bids).
UPDATE: (1-3-08) One sells for $365.90 on ebay (32 bids).
The same CD also is available with an alternative cover:
The alternate cover version recently sold for $51.05 on ebay (15 bids) (12-21-07)
Saturday, December 1, 2007
I am not sure what the deal is on this one. Evidently an unreleased CD that is released!
According to the ebay listing: "Super rare unreleased album from 1977. Released in the 90's on the Remasters label" OK.
Whatever the story behind this is, it had 16 bids and went for $137.50 on ebay.
1 - Past The Mission
2 - Winter [Live at Manchester Free Trade Hall 3.1.94]
3 - The Waitress [Live in Boston, The Sanders Theatre 3.31.94]
4 - Icicle [Live in LA, Wadsworth Theatre 3.22.94]
5 - Past The Mission [Live in Chicago, Vic Theatre 3.24.94]
6 - PSA
7 - PSA
One of these recently went for $122.50 on ebay. That comes to about $17 a track.
This EP CD released in 1994 (Dark Realm Records) will fetch a healthy price on ebay. A recent auction sold this Sadistic Intent CD for $102.50. According to one Amazon.com review, the release is one of the "darkest releases in death metal."
UPDATE (12/16/07): Another sells for only $22.59 on ebay (8 bids) by the same seller.
UPDATE (1/20/08): Another sells for $81.00 on ebay (15 bids).
UPDATE (1/28/08): Another sells for $61.00 on ebay (12 bids).
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Saturday, November 24, 2007
"Rapture" and "Falls Apart" were released as singles, and were decent choices. I prefer "Unkind" - a nice heavy riff mixed with a likable chorus with harmonies to boot. Another cool track is the acoustic-driven change of pace, "Danse Russe". Other than that, there is not much here for fans of AOR and melodic rock. Hurt is interesting to listen to, but not a band that will probably see repeated spins in my player.
Hurt on MySpace. Official site.
iPOD-worthy: 7, 8
Check out the video for "Rapture":
Friday, November 23, 2007
The lyrical content is presumed to center around Scooter Ward's (vocals) sister, who was fighting cancer at the time. Songs like the title track, "When Angels Fly Away" and "God's Song" would seem to be consistent with this rumor. It is a sad and moving record when listened to with this perspective in mind. The first single, "Happens All the Time" is one of the more melodic tracks despite its heavy themes and should have been much bigger at radio.
Cold seems to be surrounded by bad breaks. It is a shame, as this record showed a lot of promise for the developing band. But this one appears to be their last record, as they announced one year ago that they had disbanded. You can track what Scooter is up to these days at the MySpace link...watch for his new project, "When November Falls." I wonder if this speaks to the fact that Cold disbanded in November?
Cold at MySpace. Official site.
iPOD-worthy: 2, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11
Check out the video for "Happens All the Time":
Sunday, November 18, 2007
But the 90s in general were not kind to AOR bands, and "Mr. Moonlight" suffered for it. But the record is just a victim of circumstance...on its own, "Mr. Moonlight" is a solid Foreigner record. The production is great and Gramm's chops were, as always, fantastic. The songwriting is not as strong as the biggest Foreigner records, but tracks like "Rain," "White Lie," and "All I Need To Know" are slices of AOR heaven. The beautiful, moody ballad "I Keep Hoping" should have been a hit. It is a crime the band had to go out on a whimper.
iPOD-worthy: 2, 4, 7, 9
Foreigner on MySpace. Official site.
Link to the music video for the single, "Until the End of Time"
By and large, the CD is uneven, with genres from rap, rock, and even reggae clashing. However, there are a couple of stand out tracks that appeal to those of us who champion something called melody. "If You Could See Me Now" and "This Time" are highlights. I also enjoyed "Let You Down," which sounds like something Tears for Fears would do if they grew testicles.
Incidentally, "Testify" is the last record the band made for Atlantic. They put out a Greatest Hits record with Rhino and now have signed to Columbia. It will be interesting to see how the changes in labels shapes the band in the upcoming year.
P.O.D. on MySpace. Official site.
iPOD-worthy: 3, 4, 7, 9
Check out the single from this CD, "Goodbye for Now", which almost cracked the Billboard Top 40 (stalled at #47):
As on this year's release, the Scorpions sound older and wiser (I mean that in a good way!). The production on "Humanity" is superior to what I hear on "Unbreakable," but the Scorps sound strong and not dated. The record just got better and better as it progressed, and I found myself enjoying the latter half more than the beginning...the record is consistent and flows effortlessly. Ballads are scarce, and the rockers are anthems. The talents of these rock veterans are really shining in this new millennium, and I truly hope they are not finished making music yet. To me, they sound better than ever. For the fans of catchy melodies, just out the instantly likable tracks "Someday is Now" (7) and "My City, My Town" (8), "Can You Feel It" (10)
iPOD-worthy: 2, 3, 7, 8, 10-13
Check out "Deep and Dark":
Friday, November 16, 2007
I can only dig this type of music for a few tracks, then it gets stale. The ingredients are good...acoustic guitar driven rock with just the right dose of psychedelia...but the recipe just results in a bland, half-baked mess. The low monotone of this rather limited lead singer doesn't help create any excitement. Fans of The Church or The Stone Roses should dig their sound, but they would probably agree with me that the songs just aren't there on "Audience with the Mind."
iPOD-worthy: 1, 6
Monday, November 12, 2007
PS: One of my favorite tracks I've heard so far in this series is Matthew Sweet's acoustic take on his hit "Girlfriend."
UPDATE (12-9-07): Volume II sells for $57.00 on ebay (14 bids)
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Saturday, November 3, 2007
"Cold in California" is a worthy follow-up to the 2004 record, full of more of the same melodic rocks that make you want to sing along. I found this release to be just as consistently enjoyable as "June's Picture Show," maybe even more catchy. They really seemed to treat almost every song as if it were going to be a single. As a result, nearly every track is going on my iPOD.
Ingram Hill on MySpace.
Here's an acoustic version of the first single, "Why Don't You":
Friday, November 2, 2007
This is a very rare CD featuring 9 live tracks by Tool performing at Orpheum Theater (MN) in 2006. It was put out as "promotional" on GBB Records. An import copy from Germany recently sold on ebay for $157.70.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
It is astonishing how much they have managed to sound like Jeff Lynne without Jeff Lynne. "Alpacas Orgling" (2006) is virtual pop perfection from beginning to end. Just skip over the useless "Overture" and stop after track 8. Well, there is a cover of E.L.O.'s big hit "Don't Bring Me Down," but it is one of those "bonus" tracks way at the end of the record...which is a pet peeve of mine. There is no need to do this...just make it a track already so we don't have to cue to the damn thing.
All the shimmering pop brilliance of E.L.O. is captured in this effort: lush harmonies, orchestral backing, and downright catchy melodies. Thankfully, the disco-infused E.L.O. is not present...just the straight up pop rock form. If you were not a fan of E.L.O., you probably won't dig this record too much. If you were a fan, you'll be rejoicing.
L.E.O. at MySpace
"The Goo Goo Dolls Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 -- The Singles" comes out Nov. 13, featuring 14 chart entries since "Name" gave the band its first Hot 100 berth in 1995. The album includes chart-toppers such as "Iris" and "Slide" as well as "Before It's Too Late (Sam and Mikaela's Theme)" from the "Transformers" film soundtrack. A "Vol. 2" is slated for February with B-sides, rarities, remixes and some new tracks."
Better news...the boys might be going back to the more aggressive sound, which I've been waiting for since 2000:
"I want the next record to have a little more of an edge on it," Rzeznik explains. "I don't want the rough edges taken off so much. The band's gonna play live on it more, not so many overdubs. When we were on tour we recorded every single show and we would listen back, and the difference between the band on record and the band live was ... I want it to sound more like we do live. It's a lot more energy. It's a more aggressive sound."
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
The first CD, "Burns Like A Star" (1984) is currently selling for over $70 used on Amazon. Average ebay price is $53.
The second CD, "Let Them Talk" (1986) is currently selling for nearly $200 used on Amazon. Average ebay price is $21.
UPDATE (11-5-07) - "Burns Like A Star" sells for $61 on ebay.
Music video for "Break Down The Walls":
Music video for "Life Is Lonely":
Friday, October 19, 2007
Saturday, October 13, 2007
UPDATE (10-31-07): Another sells for $80 on ebay using "But it Now" option.