Thursday, August 31, 2006

The first day?

Okay, I broke down and pre-ordered the new Iron Maiden. I transferred jobs earlier this year to be closer to home, but I am further away from the record store which means less visits. I used to go there after work maybe once every two weeks. Now I get there maybe once every two months. As I did my pre-order, I thought back to the late 80's and early 90's when I used to go the record store the day an album came out. Now I don't do that very much at all. The last album I bought the day it came out was Iron Maiden's Dance of death. So that was almost three years ago. Do you buy albums the day they come out or just when you happen to get to the store? Or do you pre-order more albums now?


Blogger Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

I have the new Maiden, came to me the other day...I posted a brief review if you want to check it out. Sanctuary said they might be able to get me an interview with Nicko. I'll feel complete as a metal journalist if this happens. The CD shows their upcoming tour itinerary...there's only a few in the US and closest is NJ.

9:44 PM  
Blogger Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

Oh, to answer your question here, I would say that I've bought enough albums on the day of their release if I know about them in advance. Before I got into this gig, I'd go to Record and Tape Traders every Tuesday to see what was new. Now I'm on a tighter budget and too many promos to get off of my desk, so I don't do it quite so much anymore, but overall I like the thrill of getting it the same day of release, because sometimes Target has really awesome sales the day of.

9:50 PM  
Anonymous fred charles said...

It depends on the band really. I preordered Maiden to get the shirt. If I didn't do that, I would have made a special trip to get it.

Most of the time, I can wait nowadays. I actually waited a day to buy the new Motorhead CD! I saw it at Wal-Mart yesterday and picked it up.

3:35 AM  
Anonymous fred charles said...

Ray: Do you mean the NJ show at the Camdem Tweeter Center? I have tickets to that one.

3:36 AM  
Blogger David Amulet said...

I've been pre-ordering a lot more for convenience. And it's hard for me to go into a record store without spending $100.

-- david

4:27 AM  
Blogger Metal Mark said...

Ray-I saw that they are not coming very near here. Wal-mart are getting as good as Target at times now. I got Wolfmother the week it came out for $7.99 at Wal-mart.

Fred-I pre-ordered Maiden, but without the shirt because I wasn't too thrilled by it.

David-When I go to the record store I really try to limit myself to only one new cd and no more than two used cd's unless they are really cheap.

I can't think of anything else that's due out soon where I really what right when it comes out.

4:42 AM  
Anonymous Rhodeislandrock said...

It really depends on the band. I pre-ordered the new Riot thru CDUniverse because it was a Japan only release and there are no more shops in RI that carry Japanese imports. I might pre-order the new UFO.

Sometimes the releases dates are longer for certain territories. The latest MSG was released in Japan and Europe months ago but the U.S. version came out on Locomotive a few weeks ago. I didn't pre-order MSG because I was lazy but I would normally.

I'm lucky to have the Newbury Comics independent chain in my area. I have 1 store about 3 miles from my home so I am at the door on Tuesday mornings if there is a good release. Their email club newsletter comes out Monday evening so I can plan the shopping.

A few years ago, there was a cool shop called 2 Guys. When a new release was coming that I wanted, I would tell them a couple of weeks in advance and they would hold one for me at the counter. I dropped a ton of $$$ in that store, they had the best prices and selection, they catered to the Hard Rock/AOR/Metal fan.

6:43 AM  
Blogger T-_Bone said...

I also pre-order it. I couldnt wait though, I downloaded it (it has been out in Europe for a week now).

I usually buy things when I get a chance to get to the shop, but rarely on the day of release.

I think the last album I got the day it came out was Vapor Trails by Rush.

6:56 AM  
Blogger Volkher Hofmann said...

I don't preorder at all. Nothing. Zip. Zilch. Never have and never will. I have so much music to listen to (and to catch up with) that I only buy albums when they've gone down in price substantially. I add them to my wishlist and hit the online store(s) whenever the price has hit rock bottom.

Example? I wanted the CD/DVD edition (30th anniversary collectors edition) of Queen's "A Night at the Opera" when it came out (2005). It cost a fortune. I waited for the reviews to roll in, added it to the wishlist and bought it a year later when had it for the laughable sum of 2 pounds something (talking about value for money).

On top of that, for the time being, I've got a moratorium here - I'm not buying anything. After 30 years of buying and selling huge numbers, I've gone CA. (CA = Collectors' Anonymous).

I'm not kidding when I say that in no time I had a two-week 5-star holiday together which did me good.

Let's see how long it lasts (over two months and running without a single purchase; before that I had reduced my purchases to next to nothing for a longer period of time). Feels good (and saves me tons of space) and I'm finally actuallöy listening (!) to the stuff I bought these past years.

7:01 AM  
Blogger Metal Mark said...

I am trying hard to cut down on my cd spending. If I could seperate myself from ebay then it might work. I have trouble resisting those $9.99 cd's from Metal Mayhem. I understand what Volkher is saying about having so much to catch on. If I could stop buying new stuff and go back and give more spins to stuff that I have only played once or twice then I might find some real gems that I already own. That's what happened with Sweet Cheater and Miss Crazy that I reviewed recently. I listened to both once or twice, dismissed them and moved on because I had so much to listen to. Then I went back months later and discovered they were better than I thought. I may even do this as a project for my blog. Pick out cd's I have not played much and listen to them at least twice and see if they are any better.

7:19 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

I get my CD's the day they come out if I really want them, but the problem now is that when I'm in college I don't have a car there so I have no way of getting out to buy them so when it comes to college I have to pre-order.

8:32 AM  
Blogger Ben Heller said...

Hope you enjoy the new album, you'll have to let us know how it stacks up.

9:17 AM  
Blogger Volkher Hofmann said...


I don't know how many CDs you have, but I have anywhere between four and six thousand (plus some LPs, a terrabyte of digital files (often duplicating stuff I have as CDs) and a whole bunch of burned disks (legal!).

On top of that, I was always (at least in later years) a discerning buyer, so most of what I bought these past ten years is top-notch stuff, bought after having read reviews discussing the reissue content quality and sonic aspects.

So, I have hundreds or thousands of CDs I heard a few times but have never really given the attention to that they actually demand.

That's why quitting was easier than I thought. I'm discovering one gem after another here that had simply been pushed too far back in my collection.

Still, I can't stay away from sites and forums that recommend new stuff of excellent quality because I'm always afraid that the demise of the CD is around the corner (relatively speaking) and that because of that, I might simply miss out on something that might go out of print (some labels actually withdraw reissued CDs after three years (like Verve) or try to put pressure on collectors in other ways (limited runs, etc.).

Catch-22, and all of that.

Still, so far I have beern able to resist ... and it feels good.
More power to me! ;)

1:53 PM  
Blogger Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

Wow, Volkher, you have me beat! I thought my 2600 was impressive...I yield, brother!

Fred, I'm envious. I would travel up there to see Maiden as I never got to see them live in the day and hate myself for favorite metal band, and depsite the tons of shows I've been to, that's a big stain on my "concert resume," lol... I might try to figure out how to get to that gig. Mark and I live about 20 minutes from each other and we have to drive far for a lot of shows, so it's a bummer Maiden is only doing a limited run here....

9:41 PM  

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