this list shows that vtm’s catalog is astoundingly excellent. and the argument over moondance and astral weeks? pfffft. veedon fleece and st. dominic’s preview are right up there too.
thrasher???? holy shit!
record store day is gimmicky bullshit. catering to vinyl fetishists is no way to rally an industry. i’ll just buy the very few rsd releases that i’m interested in on ebay like i’ve always done so i don’t have to depend on available stock.
i used to be heavily involved in music retail in the 90′s when you could move hundreds of a single title in a day. but even then, the 0′s and 1′s that the industry (not so much the stores themselves) used to line their own pockets were just waiting for that fine day when mass distribution became possible. you can’t put digital music back in the bag. the record store is going to remain a niche business at best.
live music is better!
bumper stickers should be issued.
“this is what not to do if the bird shits on you..THE RIME..OF THE ANCIENT…MARINER!!!!!!!!”
i’ve always enjoyed “can i play with madness”. i like the vocal harmony in the intro, bruce is really into the lyrics and it’s fun to tell anyone who wants to know the truth that their soul is going to burn in a lake of fire.
just noticed “maiden japan” at 6 for the live albums. that’s number 2 for me. i’ve always had a soft spot for that live version of “remember tomorrow”.
1. the song “fear of the dark” single handedly elevates the entire album. why? because there are very few songs in this world that can get 100,000 people plus singing in unison. that song live is very powerful. “wasting love” is pretty good too for a mellow maiden cut.
2. the first seven albums can be listed in any order (starting at number 1 of course) and i would be happy.
3. as far as the post reunion albums i always though that “brave new world” was the strongest. i love “ghost of the navigator”.
4. the blaze albums are pretty poor. however, i did see them on the x-factor tour in 1996 and it was incredible. blaze showed that he had the goods if not the stamina.
it’s my favorite live album bar none. the version that originally came out on lp with the long “running free” is the only way to go.
three seashells, eh? i’m a sucker for a demolition man reference.