GETTING MORE TALE #747.5: Girls With Guns and Friends With Records
If you’re keeping up on things, you know I’ve been downsizing. When it’s stuff that I care about, I like to make sure it goes to a good home. I gave Iron Tom his signed Iron Maiden poster back. Some of my Lego made its way to a friend at work who has four kids. The rest of my junk just went to Goodwill.
What to do with my rock magazines? Ages ago, when I first got married, I gave my rock mags to an old buddy named Len. I decided to do the same again. Len is a massive Kiss fan, and most of my remaining magazines were Kiss. I had some Kiss comics from the 90s in there too. I knew he’d appreciate them. I also had a stack of CDs to give to him; CDs that I replaced with updated versions, like Shaw-Blades.
Len popped over to pick up the magazines, bearing gifts in return! Records, in fact. Not just any run of the mill records either. Rare ones. Two of these records were on my “Holy Grail” list, once upon a time. Wanna see what he brought?
“I know you’ve been really into Styx,” said Len. He presented me with Tommy Shaw’s first solo album Girls With Guns! Seven months ago, I got my first CD copy. Now I have the LP, too. When it rains it pours! I’m looking forward to spinning it on vinyl, as it was originally intended.
Next: something I’ve never even seen before. An LP copy of 1977’s Quiet Riot I! This is a somewhat puzzling record. It’s definitely not an original Japanese LP, or the cover would be in colour and there wouldn’t be the notation “featuring Randy Rhoads”. On the inner label, you’ll find the 1983 Quiet Riot logo used from Metal Health on. Most likely, this is a bootleg LP. The back cover has the song lyrics laid out the same as my bootleg CD. There’s no CBS/Sony logo anywhere on the package. Therefore, this has to be a bootleg. Does that bother me? No way! This is just as interesting to me. It will be fun to spin this one on vinyl for a change. The first two Quiet Riot albums were the very definition of “Holy Grail” items for me, for many years!
Lastly, something I’ve never seen before: a Judas Priest 12″ maxi-single from 1981! This record is an official release on CBS, from Holland. The song choices are perplexing: older tracks from 1978 and 1979, nothing from British Steel. “Rock Forever” and “Hell Bent for Leather” occupy side one, while the epic “Beyond the Realms of Death” takes up all of side two.
According to Discogs, this record was originally included as a bonus single with early copies of Unleashed in the East, but my copy is not one of those. On the back it says 1981 CBS, so there is no way it was packed with Unleashed when it came out in 1979. This copy is a later version re-released in the Netherlands, but it’s unclear why. Anybody know?
Some cool stuff and head-scratchers here for sure! These will be well loved in my collection. Thanks Len!