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An obsessive-compulsive music collector who spent 12 years on the front lines managing a record store.  These are the Record Store Tales

Poking the bear since 2010.

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    1. Hi Mike! I left another longer comment earlier, but it seems to be not appearing here upon submission. Here is a shorter version: It has been two years and I find that your blog has gone from strength to strength, garnering a lot of followers. Well done!

      May you and your record store prosper in the new year! Happy 2015!

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        1. You are very welcome! Your dedication to your blog and to the music and artists represented is highly admirable.

          By the way, did you find the longer comment, Mike? It must have been mistaken as a spam.

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  1. OK, I am SO enjoying your blog! You take me back to a time where I lived for physical music product, and the great brick-and-mortar stores that made the stuff available to me. Still a huge music fan, never bought anything of value from iTunes, yet have nothing but a single big-box retailer near me (with a drastically reduced CD section). I live in the suburbs of Detroit, hence the trip to my favorite independent music retailer has become a complete pilgrimage, that warrants the better part of a day off, and a hefty chunk of $$$ (mileage and music). Still worth it, though.
    Lately, your are starting to make my wallet ache as your Black Sabbath Deluxe Edition Reviews filter into my e-mail inbox. You are the one and only person who got me to buy/listen to/and eventually enjoy the Black Sabbath “Born Again” album, thanks to your Deluxe Edition review that I cyber-stumbled onto back in the middle of 2012.
    I have both the Black Box and The Rules of Hell box set in my collection, but “Born Again” is the only Deluxe Edition I own.
    Maybe I suffer from some Ozzy Pop Culture Phenomenon burnout, but lately I have been feeling the Dio-and-other-Replacement-Singer-Era Black Sabbath in a big way. Certainly, your many Deluxe Edition reviews have been piquing my interest in these, as well. Originally, when all the Deluxe Editions were rolling out I stayed away from them, I kinda felt I was witnessing some greed by the record label. Now, I feel maybe (every single one of..) these are worthy investments. I value your opinion: Do you think these Deluxe Editions are worthy investments? Thanks for your work and your opinion!

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    1. Wow, thanks for the AWESOME comment. Hope you liked Born Again as much as I do! I confess I keep a copy in the car at all times, it’s my stand-by.

      Do I think the deluxes are worth the investment? For the most part I do, if you can find them at a good price. Unfortunately I paid over $40 for some, like Thin Lizzy’s Black Rose, only to find them cheaper later.

      I have a couple more Sabbath deluxes to come in the next few days, so stay tuned and enjoy! And thanks for the comment! After I’m done the Sabbaths, I’ll have to cover the three Dio’s.

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  2. I also wondered if you review music books, dvd’s, videos, compilation albums etc. I have Triumph Live at the Us Festival DVD, Nirvana With The Lights On, and Pearl Jam 20. All unopened, waiting for the right time. Perhaps now is the time to open them up and if you don’t have them and want to review them, let me know and I can get them to you to review. I also have a copy of Who Killed Kurt Cobain if you are into reviewing books. Let me know.

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  3. Hey. I was thinking of setting up a Podcast, and was wondering if you’d like to be a contribute. Basically, I want to link together several of the music-related blogs that I like (You, Me, Heavy Metal Overload, Rambleast, Nick’s Album Reviews etc).

    Instead of having to commit to long hours of writing or editing or anything, basically, I’d just interview you as if you were a rock star over skype for five minutes a piece.

    Just simple subjects like “What’s your favourite band (least favourite) and why?” “What’s the best and worst concert you’ve ever been to and why?” “What was your first rock album” – all that stuff.

    Basically, plug your blog, talk about music for five minutes and I’ll stick it together with similar things from different people.


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  4. Nicely done sir. For the record? It was you who commented on my review, not the other way around (As you’ve told people). I don’t have a background in IT or the internet, but I can give you financial advice… Quit collecting cds (the music kind) and go vinyl. Frankly? I don’t know why you got all butthurt and pulled all your posts and disappeared. I really enjoyed our back and forth because I was a fan in the mid to late 70s, I’m VERY competitive and I NEVER back down. If I were you? I would’ve owned that picture and laughed it off. I wanted to be a rock photographer and a buddy who worked at the auditorium would let me in the side door before the general public. The front row pictures I have of 77, 78 and 79 tours are to die for, let alone my front row pictures from Van Halen, Queen, Foreigner, Styx, Benatar, etc. Still want to talk? I may be in Detroit in the near future for business/family. There are some excellent record stores in Detroit and Windsor (don’t ever take the BUS under the river on hockey night!). I’ll most likely be at the RenCen.

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    1. Hey,
      I appreciate this comment. I prefer the outlet of WordPress to Amazon, since there is no creative control on Amazon. WordPress is a much freer environment, where Amazon will censor things for seemingly no good reason. (“Stick it to radio” was one phrase they removed for example.) Have a great time in the Rock City — tons of amazing stores there as you’ve said. As for CD? That’s my preferred format. I know they’re technically worthless but I just love ’em. Rock journalist Mitch Lafon is another guy who swears by CD.


    2. Actually WordPress DID censor me once. I wanted to call my photo galleries “Shite Photies” (Scottish slang) but WordPress kept refusing. I had to name it “Sh*te Photies”. But that is the only time I can think of being censored here. Better than Amazon still!


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