Collection Update | July 17th, 2021

Oh my gaaaaad! I’m buying music again? Well… yeah. Deal with it.

I headed over to Canadian Tire this morning with Sarah to pick out a new faucet for the kitchen. We found exactly what we needed within a few minutes and our exit timed nicely with the opening of our local mission thrift. Hmmm…. it might be a good idea to see what music they have. I mean, I’ll need something to listen to while I install it, right?

All of the CD were $2 moosebucks each, unless you spot a red tag. Then it was 75 cents.

The ’90s metal collection got a nice boost:

Pantera’s The Great Southern Trendkill isn’t my fav of theirs but it was the last I needed to complete the collection. And someone dumped out of their Tool collection. I never been much of a fan in the past but I’ll give the CDs a spin. Sometimes having the album gives you a different perspective. I don’t know why. Anyway, if I don’t enjoy these I’m sure someone in our group will appreciate them.

The Canadian collection got a nice boost as well:

The Burton Cummings album is a live concert from the ’90s. It looks like he performs most of his hits on it. I have already listened to The Northern Pikes Neptune and it is solid. Sarah’s keen eye spotted Skydiggers Northern Shore. It is a Deluxe edition with 3 extra CDs of music.

Crazy! If I read the internet right, this was a special order set that was only available on their website in 2012.

I found a couple of soundtracks:

I still haven’t seen Trainspotting but I know a lot of the music from it. Animal House is a pure classic.


I’ve never seen this John Lennon tribute album before. Should make for an interesting listen. Cheap Trick does Cold Turkey on it. Tom Petty’s Southern Accents and Billy Joel’s River of Dreams are not best album from either artist, but both are fine for a cheap CD addition to the collection.

Rod Stewart CDs are fairly easy to find:

As long as it isn’t one of those albums loaded with old standards, I’ll add it. Vagabond Heart has Broken Arrow and The Motown Song on it so… must buy? Yeah, I think so.

And here is what Sarah got:

I remember buying Adrenalize on cassette when it first came out. I listened to the first two songs on my Walkman, removed the cassette, then gave it to my Sister. I’ve always liked the name Was (Not Was). I don’t really know who they are.

And I found a four back of Jackie Chan DVDs!

Hopefully the quality is good and they don’t look like arse! meh, they’ll still be fun watches even if they do.

Oh yeah, and installing the faucet was a lot easier than trying to figure out what was wrong with the old one yesterday.


January 2021 Music Collection Update

Not too much to report this month. My area of the province went in lock down before Christmas with an end date that seems to keep being moved further down the calendar. Right now it is set for February 9th. We will see if that happens. With cases this high, I don’t feel comfortable going out anyway. So, no visits to the mission thrift but I did get three items from amazon.

First, when I was on LeBrain Train for the “ZZ Top Deep Tracks” episode, I was remind how I had yet to pick up the extended edition of Eliminator.  Something I meant to do last year during my next trip to Sunrise Records in the mall. Pfft.

Amazon had “1 copy left” for 20 moose bucks.  So, I snagged it:

It comes with a DVD of the MTV videos for the album and a three song set they did for British TV in ’83.  You can see it all on YouTube, but now I can watch them when my internet goes out.  Plus, the extended version of the CD has three different versions of Legs and some live tracks.  


Next, I cleared an item from The Grail List!  The authorities over at Keeps Me Alive have been notified! 

I know, you’re thinking a CD from 2003 from a band on a major label can’t be that hard to find, but The Allman Brothers Band’s Hittin’ The Note eluded me for years. It is one of those albums that someone handed me a burnt CD preservation copy of and it took me five years to get to it. By that time, the fanfare for the album was over and it was hard to find unless I was willing to spend more than I was willing to. Finally, someone put it on eBay for 8 moose bucks, shipped.

Even though it is over long with a runtime of 75 minutes, I love it. I think this is the only Allman studio album with both Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks on it, and those guys are endlessly entertaining to listen to.

Finally, back in December I ordered The Police’s Every Move You Make, a European box set that contains their studio recordings:  

Since it arrived in January, I count it as a January pickup.

It contains pretty much all of their studio recordings. Their five original studio albums are newly remastered here, which the fans on the message boards seemed to be really pleased with over the 2003 remasters. Plus, a 6th CD which has all of their B-side tracks from the album singles. Not bad for 35 moose bucks.

What is missing are two tracks from an early single and three songs they did for a soundtrack for a movie called Brimstone and Treacle. Really, the entire soundtrack is worth tracking down because there is some pretty good stuff from Sting on it too. There are some remixes and live tracks missing as well. There is another box set called Message in a Box which is a little more complete, but not fully and it isn’t remastered… wait a minute… who let Mike Ladano into my head?????

December 2020 Music Collection Update

The final month of 2020 was fairly light for me as I can fit all of the pickup in one post!  A big reason is Ontario’s return to a lock-down which had me visiting my mission thrift for $2 CDs only once.  But before we get to those, I also caught up on a few releases from 2020 that I wanted to review before the year was up.  I already wrote about them at length, so follow the links if you want to know more.  All of these were ordered online:

Armored Saint’s Punching The Sky and The Dirty Knobs’s Wreckless Abandon were both Black Friday grabs on amazon that didn’t arrive to the house until December.

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Most of you got Iron Maiden’s Nights of the Dead, Legacy of the Beast Live in Mexico City in November but my special edition didn’t make it to the house until Dec. 12th, which is my Birthday!  Not a bad present, at all!

I ordered Sloan’s B-Sides Win 1992-1997 from their website and Freeway’s True Bearings from Bandcamp.

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And the last online order goes to ZZ Top who reissued Live in Germany 1980 on vinyl.

Now to the fruits of my one trip to the mission thrift.  Spoiler alert:  It is a little weak sauce.


I picked up Chet Atkins & Jerry Reed‘s Sneakin’ Around out of respect for both artists.  I’m a little disappointed how most of the album’s tunes are instrumentals.  They feel a little incomplete to me.  Probably not one I’d spin often.


Big Head Todd And The Monsters is a band that I feel I should enjoy more but they have yet to excite me.  Adding Sister Sweetly to that list.


Billy Joel‘s The Bridge is already in the collection on vinyl, but adding the CD for $2 is to difficult  to resist.


There seems to be an album from The Mamas & The Papas waiting for me for every visit to the mission thrift. Usually it is a greatest hits compilation.  This one is their self titled debut.  Its not bad.  Mostly a sign of things to come.


Bob Seger Bob & The Silver Bullet Band‘s released The Fire Inside in 1991 and I believe most of the fire was gone by then.  This has two Tom Waits covers.  Two!  There are a few good tracks on it though.


Finally, the mission thrift pulled out all of the Christmas music.  I grew up with Bing Crosby‘s Merry Christmas.  I’m not too much of a fan of the churchy stuff on side 1 but side 2 is the bomb.  I really want A Very Special Christmas 2 with the Tom Petty Song on it, but I’ll take the first for $2.  Bruce Cockburn‘s Christmas was a pleasant surprise.  It is a nice mix of old standards with originals.  This will be spun a few times during the Holidays from now on.

Bonus pickup!  A Star Trek jigsaw puzzle to put together while I listen to the tunes!