January 2021 Music Collection Update

Not too much to report this month. My area of the province went in lock down before Christmas with an end date that seems to keep being moved further down the calendar. Right now it is set for February 9th. We will see if that happens. With cases this high, I don’t feel comfortable going out anyway. So, no visits to the mission thrift but I did get three items from amazon.

First, when I was on LeBrain Train for the “ZZ Top Deep Tracks” episode, I was remind how I had yet to pick up the extended edition of Eliminator.  Something I meant to do last year during my next trip to Sunrise Records in the mall. Pfft.

Amazon had “1 copy left” for 20 moose bucks.  So, I snagged it:

It comes with a DVD of the MTV videos for the album and a three song set they did for British TV in ’83.  You can see it all on YouTube, but now I can watch them when my internet goes out.  Plus, the extended version of the CD has three different versions of Legs and some live tracks.  


Next, I cleared an item from The Grail List!  The authorities over at Keeps Me Alive have been notified! 

I know, you’re thinking a CD from 2003 from a band on a major label can’t be that hard to find, but The Allman Brothers Band’s Hittin’ The Note eluded me for years. It is one of those albums that someone handed me a burnt CD preservation copy of and it took me five years to get to it. By that time, the fanfare for the album was over and it was hard to find unless I was willing to spend more than I was willing to. Finally, someone put it on eBay for 8 moose bucks, shipped.

Even though it is over long with a runtime of 75 minutes, I love it. I think this is the only Allman studio album with both Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks on it, and those guys are endlessly entertaining to listen to.

Finally, back in December I ordered The Police’s Every Move You Make, a European box set that contains their studio recordings:  

Since it arrived in January, I count it as a January pickup.

It contains pretty much all of their studio recordings. Their five original studio albums are newly remastered here, which the fans on the message boards seemed to be really pleased with over the 2003 remasters. Plus, a 6th CD which has all of their B-side tracks from the album singles. Not bad for 35 moose bucks.

What is missing are two tracks from an early single and three songs they did for a soundtrack for a movie called Brimstone and Treacle. Really, the entire soundtrack is worth tracking down because there is some pretty good stuff from Sting on it too. There are some remixes and live tracks missing as well. There is another box set called Message in a Box which is a little more complete, but not fully and it isn’t remastered… wait a minute… who let Mike Ladano into my head?????


  1. I have that effect on people.

    When T-Rev started at the store, he asked me “Why do you buy singles?” I explained it’s to get all the songs.

    Within 2 years he had a singles collection to rival mine! He even posted about it.

    My OCD is infectious.

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  2. That Police box set I wanted to get it on vinyl but than over time I have picked up there stuff on vinyl for cheap. All I need is the debut from 78 and my second hand cop collection is done! Some great stuff on those discs. Nice pickup ..
    ZZ thats cool. I got it on vinyl used twice over and flipped one to Tbone as he needed some taco rock in his man cave.

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    1. Taco rock! LOL!

      Yeah, I keep an eye out for The Police at record shows but Ghost in The Machine is the only one I’ve been able to find (over and over again). Record shows ain’t happening anytime soon, so $35 for the set was something I wasn’t going to sneeze at.

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  3. I have message in a box!
    I think your set covers the discography nicely – for me the Police is one of those groups that when they’re good, they’re great. But they’re not the most consistent so I can’t say I’ve listened to the full set in a long time.

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          1. I know. You don’t just release your most successful album ever (Eliminator) and then fail to record live stuff from the following album’s tour. Tours used to start before the album was released I believe, so they might not have had time for Eliminator, but there’s no excuse for Afterburner

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  4. You may think there wasn’t much this month but what’s here is all gold.

    First up, I’ll update the Grail List – congratulations on scoring your Grail item! This news always makes my day!

    That ZZ set is cool, I’d probably grab it if I saw it cheap (used) but I already own that album so many times and I wouldn’t watch the videos often so…

    And this is hilarious: inspired by my love of the ZZ boxed set I bought live on air during the live stream over at Mike’s, I found that Police box for reasonable moose bucks (love that, btw) and ordered it a while back. Mine is already somewhere in transit. Woo!

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    1. Yeah, Lana was giving me crap for spending too much on Blu-rays, so now I’ll use moose buck as a reminder of how everything is more up here!

      I was hesitant with the ZZ set but the show they do on the DVD is one of my favs on YouTube. I’m always worried that they’ll take it down, so now I don’t have to think about it. Plus, it has the version of Legs I had on my cassette from childhood. Worth it to me for 20 moose bucks.


  5. I want that Police one on Vinyl. The Vinyl set has an extra disc with all the extra tracks like the CD does. I am waiting for the right price. I don’t have the extended version of Eliminator so I might have to add that to my list to pick up as well. You definitely had quality over quantity this month. Very nice!!

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    1. This is true. Having a quality over quantity month is not a bad thing! The Police set on vinyl is 150 moosebucks so I’m just going to be happy with this for now. I’ll track down the original vinyls at the record shows if/when they start up again.

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