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Purchase log picks, fourth quarter 2021

[Styx - Kilroy Was Here]

ABBA, Voyage

At the onset of the 1980s, ABBA quietly disappeared. They broke up, but from what I remember, they never publicized it. No big announcement. No farewell tour. Just the inevitability of tastes moving on without them. It took a decade before audiences realized how much they missed the quartet, by which time, they shut door on a possible reunion. Until it actually happened, and the world lost its collective shit, myself included.

Electric Light Orchestra, Time

Following the movie musical excess of Xanadu, Electric Light Orchestra downsized the orchestral part of their sound to include more synthesizers. As such, Time dabbles a toe into new wave but does not fully dive in. I can’t confess to being the target market of ELO’s pre-Xanadu work, but this tentative detour appeals to me.

Styx, Kilroy Was Here

Similar to ELO, Styx also went into a more keyboard-oriented sound with Kilroy Was Here, and like Time, it doesn’t completely abandon the band’s core sound. So it’s a bit of a stretch to call it a new wave detour, even if the synthesizer effects give it that early 80s sheen. But as established by Time, I’m a sucker for that kind of thing.

Falco, Falco 3

The American vinyl pressing of Falco 3 replaced the two big hits of the album — “Rock Me Amadeus” and “Vienna Calling” — with unimpressive remixes. As a cost-conscious teen of the late ’80s, I could not abide by this bait-and-switch and sold my copy to a used music shop months after the purchase. I would not think of the album 39 years till a tinge of nostalgia and a reasonably-priced used copy brought the title back into my collection. The remainder of the album wasn’t bad, but I still wanted those single edits. Thankfully, an anniversary CD reissue of the album included the mixes of my youth.

Helmet, Live and Rare

I am by no means an officiando on the works of Helmet, but I have a sense I would have preferred the Big Day Out set over the CBGB’s set back in my youth of the early ’90s. Today? I much prefer the CBGB set.

Tokyo Jihen, Sougou

This two-disc retrospective of Tokyo Jihen isn’t limited just to singles, otherwise it could have easily fit onto once disc. Once the material enters the post-Sports era, I have to admit I lost interest. So the first disc is probably going to get more spins than the second if you have the same reaction.

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Purchase log, 2021-11-23

[Hatakeyama Miyuki - Diving into your mind]

I catalog my music purchases on Collectorz and Discogs, but they don’t give me a sense of change over time. So I’m noting them here weekly as well.

Catalog

CD
  • Autechre, “Cichilsuite”
  • Autechre, “Envane”
  • Brian Eno with Daniel Lanois and Roger Eno, Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks
  • Falco, Falco 3
  • Gabriel Prokofiev, Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra (DJ Yoda, Heritage Orchestra)
  • Juice Newton, Greatest Hits
  • The Notorious B.I.G., Ready to Die
Vinyl
  • Dane Rudhyar, Advent / Crisis and Overcoming (Kronos Quartet)
  • Lipps Inc., Pucker Up
  • The S.O.S. Band, S.O.S.

Reissues

Vinyl
  • AJICO, AJICO SHOW
  • AJICO, Fukamidori
  • AJICO, Setsuzoku
  • Hatakeyama Miyuki, Diving into your mind
  • Tomosaka Rie, “Cappuccino / Escalation”

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Purchase log, 2019-07-09

[Everything But the Girl - Amplified Heart]

I catalog my music purchases on Collectorz and Discogs, but they don’t give me a sense of change over time. So I’m noting them here weekly as well.

Catalog

CD
  • Benjamin Britten, Peter Grimes
  • Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine, 101 Damnations
  • Dawn Upshaw, Angels Hide Their Faces
  • Duffy, Rockferry
  • Easterhouse, Waiting for the Redbird
  • Emma Kirkby / Anthony Rooley, Olympia’s Lament
  • Frank Zappa, Strictly Commercial: The Best of Frank Zappa
  • Hans Abrahamsen, Schnee
  • Jay-Z, The Blueprint
  • Ludwig Van Beethoven, Beethoven Sonatas: Opp. 53, 54, 57 (Richard Goode)
  • Ludwig Van Beethoven, String Quartet No. 13, Op. 130 / Grosse Fuge, Op. 133 (Fitzwilliam Quartet)
  • Natalie Merchant, The House Carpenter’s Daughter
  • Olivier Messiaen, Par lui-même
  • Various Artists, Living in Oblivion: The ’80s Greatest Hits, Vol. 1
Vinyl
  • Falco, Falco 3
  • Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Liverpool
  • Harry Partch, The Bewitched
  • Taylor Swift, 1989
  • The Beatles, Abbey Road
  • Was (Not Was), What Up Dog?
  • World Saxophone Quartet, Plays Duke Ellington

Reissues

Vinyl
  • Everything But the Girl, Amplified Heart

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