Regardless of the Kiss concert experience, and swearing to never to return to Toronto, Trev and I were both back there two weeks later. We hit all the record stores one Sunday afternoon, did the whole record store tour, and were back late afternoon. Awesome day.
I came looking for Deep Purple, and Deep Purple I scored! I picked up the 25th Anniversary Edition of Deep Purple In Rock, which is a gorgeous CD. Coming in a delicate CD case with autographs etched into it, it must be handled and stored carefully. Mine is still pristine despite it being one of the greatest rock albums of all time. I simply keep it in a plastic sleeve on my shelf, and never let the case itself leave the house. I can put the CD into another case for transportation, or listen to it in mp3 format.
Yeah, I’m obsessive, but you break that case on me and you die. They don’t make that sucker anymore!
I also snapped up the accompanying single for “Black Night”, which was numbered and came with two bonus Roger Glover remixes that did not make the 25th Anniversary album. I can’t recall picking up anything else, but I’m sure I did. Trev and I, we didn’t do record store shopping small. If we went down there specifically for an $80 Japanese import, we wouldn’t leave without it. And yeah, we did pay $80 for a Japanese import when we wanted it badly enough. Often, it might have been just for one or two songs.
Appropriately, I was wearing my Deep Purple Machine Head T-shirt. I’ll never forget this detail.
The same homeless man that helpfully told us that the solution to our transmission problem was to “pack that sucker full of grease” was back in the same place. As we passed him, he asked for some change, and commented, “Right on, awesome album, man!”
Gotta give the guy credit for his taste in music, if not his skill with transmissions.