I'm not sure how I got it stuck in my head, but I found myself desperate to get my hands on the first couple of Exciter albums. The only version that I owned was a CD that combined both albums...and because of the lack of space on the CD, a couple of tracks were omitted.
Once I started looking into the pressing details, it was obvious that I needed Heavy Metal Maniac on the original vinyl from Shrapnel Records. Fuck those imports from Roadrunner, as well as those Megaforce re-issues from a few years ago.
For the second album, Violence & Force, I needed the silver Megaforce labels. In fact, in addition to the Vertigo Swirl labels for Sabbath, I'm giving serious thought to tracking down the entire silver Megaforce label pressings, with the heavy hitters being Kill 'Em All and Ride The Lightning.
Fortunately, I was able to grab both of these Exciter LPs from the same seller on eBay, and picked off both of them as the only bidder. When they arrived in the mail, I was in awe over the amazing condition they were in. No ring wear...nice sharp edges...other than some finger prints, there was not a mark on them. For Metal albums that were 30 years old, I couldn't have asked for better copies.