Saturday, January 19, 2019

In A 1975 Trance

Time to wrap up my shopping spree for records released in 1975 with one last entry. For most of these, I picked them up last summer, and I've been sitting on them for months...but as I was getting ready to start posting them to the blog, I decided to make a run at one more. I'd recently compiled my Top Wants for 2019, and with In Trance from the Scorpions sitting there on the list, I decided to make a run at it, and make it the first one to cross off for the year.

I've been wanting to pick up a copy of In Trance for a long ass time now. Scorpions were just starting to settle into their 70's sound with this record...no 80's arena rock anthems here, just a killer 70's hard rock trip. Not to take anything away from the later-era Scorpions with classic albums like Lovedrive and Blackout, but their mid-70's output was a different beast.

Now, when I started looking to grab In Trance on vinyl, I had my target set on the original German pressing. Man, that uncensored "boob cover" is fine.

This album is going to be 45 years old next year, so I couldn't have been happier with the condition of this thing. Amazing.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Rock Angels Of 1975

I'm a big fan of the early Angel records, but for some reason, their first album never grabbed me. Both Helluva Band and On Earth As It Is In Heaven are fantastic, but I've often overlooked their self-titled debut...until my recent 1975 obsession. Suddenly everything clicked, and I couldn't get enough of it.

During my 1975 obsession, I may have given this Angel album more attention thatn anything else from that year...with maybe the possible exception of Queen's A Night At The Opera. It's not my top pick for that year, but it probably the one that reach for the most right now. 70's hard rock perfection.

Like some of the other albums from 1975 that I've picked up recently, this Angel record was tough to find without a bunch of ring wear ruining the front cover. I think that I made out okay with this copy, and for only $10, it was too good to pass up.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Opera From 1975

One of the biggest surprises of 1975 was Queen's A Night At The Opera.

I know that my interest in the Queen discography is going to fade and disappear as I move up through their albums. The first two albums are great, but I've been hesitant to go much further than that. I downloaded a copy of A Night At The Opera back in 2015, but over the next few years, I only listened to it three or four times at the most. There is a lot to take in with this album, and I struggled to latch on to what was going on. When I was stuck in my 1975 playlist last year, it all finally clicked. I was in awe of this record, and suddenly I couldn't get enough of it.

While I was filling holes in my 1975 collection, I knew that I needed to get a copy of A Night At The Opera. My friend, Jeff, is a huge Queen fan, and hurting a bit financially right now, so I figured that I'd check with him to see if he wanted to sell one of the many reissues that he owns. Instead of tracking one down online, I figured that maybe I could just buy one from him. Even though he needs the extra cash, he still didn't seem to want to part with any of those reissues in his collection, but instead he just gave me one of his original pressings. Good deal!

Monday, January 14, 2019

Fight For '75

I love Thin Lizzy, and everything from Nightlife through Thunder And Lightning is always in constant rotation in my daily playlists. This band does it for me, and I want to pick up all their stuff on the original UK Vertigo pressing with the UFO labels. Despite being one of my favorite 70's bands, I've made terrible progress in working towards my goal. The records don't command the kind of prices that you'd see for Black Sabbath UK Vertigo pressings, or what I've had to face for original Albert pressings for AC/DC, so it is pretty pathetic that I'd only bought one Thin Lizzy album...and that was over four fucking years ago.

Going through my 1975 playlist, pushed me to finally make another move.

Fighting is my favorite Thin Lizzy album, and one of my favorite records for all of 1975...taking second place under Sabbath's Sabotage album, so it feels great to finally add this one to the collection. Every song on here is a killer.

Other than the library sticker in the corner, this thing is in amazing condition. Such a classic.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

1975 Motor City Madhouse

This past summer, I went through a serious 1975 obsession. When I initially sat down with my playlist for that year, I found myself surprised with just how strong those albums were. I mean, I obviously love all of that 70's hard rocking stuff, but when it came to ranking each year as a whole, I just don't think that I ever gave 1975 much credit...but man, once I sat down with that playlist, I became stuck in it, and it was weeks before I wanted to step outside of it. During this time, I realized that there were a number of great records that were still missing from my collection, so I set out to fill some holes from that year.

Make no mistake, Ted Nugent is a tool of epic proportions, and one of the reasons that I avoided checking out his music for so long. When I finally broke down and gave his debut album a first listen, I couldn't deny just how great it was. Man, I listened to that thing repeatedly, and could not believe how much I loved it. I mean, that opening riff for Stranglehold...come on!

So, ten years after I first fell in love with it, I'm finally picking up the vinyl. I'm not happy about the ring wear on the cover, but damn, it was tough finding a copy that wasn't beat up and a little ragged, so I made the move to finally cross it off the want list.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Wall Of Dolls

As a kid, I had a Golden Earring album...mainly because of the single at the time for the song Twilight Zone. I hadn't really discovered Heavy Metal yet, and as a 12 year old kid, this was a pretty bad ass song...and fed into that need to find music that was a bit heavier than what everyone else around me was listening to. It was cool at the time, but I was quickly leaving it in my rearview mirror, and was soon walking the path of AC/DC, Twisted Sister and Quiet Riot.

Because of that brief introduction in the early 80's, I never paid any attention to Golden Earring after that...so it was a complete surprise when I discovered that the band has an extensive back catalog through the 70's and late 60's. Now, I've grown quite the appetite for that era of hard rock and metal, so as I was killing time a work a while back, I decided to see what Golden Earring had to offer back in their early days. I really had no idea where to begin here, so on a whim, I started with their self titled album, also referred to as Wall Of Dolls, from 1970.

This record is one that leaves me completely fucking baffled as to how I've gone this long without it getting on my radar at some point. This is some solid rock, and I was hooked with the first listen. There are so many layers here, that I listened to this every day for a couple of weeks, and didn't come close to getting bored. Such an amazing guitar tone, and the inclusion of the flute plays right into my Jethro Tull obsession. Perfect!

I was loving this record so much, that I decided to put in the extra work...and since Golden Earring are a Dutch band, I had to get the Netherlands pressing for this record with the laminated sleeve.

Man, that gatefold cover with the band in front of the wall of dolls is cool and creepy at the same time, and the black and white band photo on the inside is killer. Excellent packaging for such a great record.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Final Flight

It was fun picking up a couple of cheap hardcore records recently, and then before I knew it, dollar bin records weren't cutting it, and I had to make a move for something a bit bigger.

I have a couple records for Time Flies in the collection, but it isn't really anything that I've seriously been working on...in fact, it has been over 8 years since I'd received that Misfits rip off cover from Marcus, and that was the last move I'd made. I've often thought about starting a Time Flies collection, but it obviously isn't something that I've put much effort into. Still, I got caught up in buying hardcore records, and suddenly, my Time Flies collection increases by one. Maybe I'll scoop another one by 2027. Stay tuned.

This copy of the Time Flies 7 inch is from their last show, with the special cover. Limited to 200, it isn't terribly rare, but this copy still looks damn cool.