I was sitting here, trying to think of some new content to write. Then it hit me: T-Rev Appreciation Day!
RECORD STORE TALES PART 120: T-Rev Appreciation Day!
T-Rev, a past contributor here at LeBrain’s Blog, is a man whom I owe a lot. Not only is he one of the best buds I’ve ever had (sniff) but he’s also responsible for getting me so damn many of my treasures. Directly responsible. Like, I’m not talking about stuff like, “Mike, you really need to buy some Oasis, Max Webster, and Steve Earle. Oh, and while you’re at it, the second Four Horsemen album is awesome!”
He did, in fact, turn me onto all four of those things. But I’m talking more about the kind of situation where a combination of his eagle eyes, musical knowledge, and friendship scored me some discs!
QUEENSRYCHE – Road To Promised Land aka ARRIVED!
This 1995 promo CD is a neat little greatest hits, going chronologically from the first EP to the Promised Land album! The only exclusive track is a radio edit of “Damaged” but Trevor saw this one and gave me a call. He knew I loved Queensryche, especially since I was going to see them with Tom that summer.
DIAMOND HEAD – Lightning To The Nations (original mix!)
T-Rev and I were both Metallica fans, and were both aware that they had covered numerous Diamond Head songs. This, like the Queensryche disc, came into Trevor’s store. While I wouldn’t fault him for snagging this one for himself, he deemed it slightly out of the scope of his core collection. I’m glad he did, because this disc rocks! And this is the original “Lars Ulrich approved” mix of the album, ripped straight from the LP. Most CD editions were remixed, and the master tapes are now lost. So this is a real treat and hopefully I’ll get around to reviewing it. 15 tracks, from the album itself plus B-sides and so on.
I raise a glass to Trevor, surely one of the finest Record Store Dudes to ever grace a cash register! My memories, and my collection, would be poorer without you.