Disclaimer (1537!): meat and music content ahead!
It has been an incredibly busy week here at Chez LeBrain. They tell me it’s Saturday. I’ve lost all track of time. The first week of my holidays are gone! I have a feeling that the next week will be filled with lots of music….
After our annual family Christmas Eve dinner/gathering, we re-convened for Christmas Day. My Grandma’s 90th Christmas was also her first since breaking her leg in the summertime. She did awesome! Another amazing Christmas, all finished. Hard to believe.
On to the good stuff!
First up: the fun stuff. Some Kiss dolls. Is it Ace and Peter? Or is it Tommy and Eric? Who knows! A Kiss keychain to boot. Got some Transformers too. Should I open up the rare Treadshot figure? Or no? I can’t decide! Jen also bought me a Transformers pen with a light in it that acts like a Bat signal…but it’s a Bee signal!
Some assorted goodies…
That Fart game looks interesting.
Finally got the game Risk: Legacy. Interesting twist on this one. It must always be played by the same group of players. Changes you make to the game are permanent. What you do in game 1 may come back to haunt you in game 6. Cards and the board itself are modified permanently as you go. Most elements of the game are completely secret until you reach the point where you can break seals on additional instructions. Cool eh?
Lastly, the music! Here we go.
The first five Zep remasters! Holy Zep overload! These are all doubles. Queen Live at the Rainbow ’74 — also a double. Dio live in ’93, another double. Several CD/DVD sets: Bon Jovi New Jersey deluxe (yes!!) with 2 CDs and a DVD. Journey’s Escape Tour CD + DVD set. (Listening that one right now, actually.) Whitesnake Live in ’94 is another CD + DVD set. Then some new music: Foo Fighters and AC/DC’s Rock Or Bust! I really like the packaging on the AC/DC disc. Can’t wait to hear it.
Last but certainly not least: ZZ Top’s The Complete Studio Albums 1970-1990. 10 CDs, baby! As if all that Zeppelin wasn’t enough, now this! Thank you, Mrs. LeBrain’s Mom, for this one! I only had one of these albums before, which is Eliminator. Some of these discs are available separately with bonus tracks, but that’s OK: this box set is the only place you can get several of these Top albums in their original mix. Remember in the 80’s when they remixed and re-released the Top back catalogue? Those 80’s mixes have persisted on CD for a long time. This box set represents the first time you could listen to albums like Rio Grande Mud in their original form on CD. I like that very much.