I return to you folk with more tales of my foolish expenditures. Why continue to spin the hamster wheel each week if not to earn enough scratch to waste on the most inconvenient way to consume music? I'm gonna share a few of my recent cops from online record purchasing (as I live in the heart of a southern swamp that is literally 195 miles from the nearest record emporium).
With all that out of the way, I present these to you, the curious reader. Don't forget to shower me in social media upvotes and hearts. Additionally, please respond in the comments if you know of some hot new music I should be wasting money on. Daddy is sick and needs his medicine.
Marilyn Manson – Mechanical Animals
2018 2xLP issue on black wax - BOOTLEG
I’ve been looking to pick up a copy of this record for years, but original copies from the 90s are in short supply. It got a UK reissue of a few hundred copies about a decade ago that are all over $300 on the used market. With no sign of any additional issues coming, I caved and grabbed a bootleg. Whoever made it did a pretty nice job as both the jacket art and audio quality exceed that of the old CD. I think this is by far the best Manson LP, even if it is a Bowie ripoff (I love those, too).
Fine Young Cannibals – The Raw & The Cooked
2020 issue on white wax via London Records
One of my favorite records, mixing classic R&B style with late-80s synths and production. This record produced two monster hits in Good Thing and She Drives Me Crazy, but the whole thing is a banger. I have a clean original copy of this that sounds incredible, but I had to have the anniversary issue for the sake of my collection.
Joy Division – Transmission
2020 12” issue on black wax via Factory/Rhino Records
Many of Joy Division’s singles have gotten the fancy 12” single reissue treatment in the last year. I picked up several of them, including Transmission. Everything here is pretty straightforward — just a couple of tracks in high quality with good jacket art. Highly recommended to Joy Division/New Order stans if you can find it cheap.
Donny Hathaway – Live
2012 issue on black wax via ATCO/Music on Vinyl
This is one of the best live albums ever committed to tape. Featuring Hathaway and his band at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, this set is 45 minutes of the best kind of early-70s soul. I am a sucker for some smooth keys and old Donny is handy with the electric piano. The bassline that drives The Ghetto is also one of the finest ever recorded.
The Cars – Candy-O
2017 2xLP issue on black wax via Elektra/Rhino Records
Everyone loves The Cars first record that was stacked from top to bottom with all-time hits. For the follow-up, the band delivered Candy-O. It’s best known for the hit Let’s Go and the wonderful pinup jacket art. The title track is one of my favorites, so I had to have this recent deluxe edition that comes with a second LP of alternate cuts and a Side D etching. Newly remastered by Ric Ocasek himself and handled by Rhino, this one sounds as good as it looks.
Anyway, thanks for stopping by for my livejournal and I hope to see you next time when I share more dumb shit that I shouldn't have bought!