All You Need is Now

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

To Russia with Love

Russian flag

Heres a new one. A man named Boris Ignatov (Борис Игнатов), who lives all the way in Omsk, Siberia, Russia (originally from another ex-Soviet republic, Kazakhstan), got my e-mail address from the Moody Blues message board. He needed my help in obtaining CDs of a shop full of classic albums. We wanted the real deal, as its too easy, as we all know, to download them, and/or put them on CD-R. Even I would rather get the genuine article, especially the import, but this economy has taught us all to appreciate what we have. Even more so in the former Iron Curtain.
Since Boris last posted a comment, he and I cleared things up, so he knows I take him seriously and I'm not trying to be patronising.
Heres the list he provided (subject to change):

All About Eve:All About Eve
Scarlet And Other Stories
Arabesque:Friday Night
Adam Ant:Strip
Kevin Ayers:Confessions of Dr Dream
Barclay James Harvest:Ring of Changes
Victims of Circumstance
Bee Gees (RIP Maurice and Robin Gibb):
2 Years On (w/"Lonely Days")
Mr Natural (the first produced by Arif Mardin)
To Whom It May Concern
Bauhaus:The Sky's Gone Out
Burning From The Inside
Belle Époque:Bammalama
Beloved:Conscience
Black Uhuru:Showcase
Sensimillia
Red
The Boomtown Rats
In the Long Grass
V (Five) Deep
Gary Brooker (Procol Harum): Lead Me to the Water
Within Our House
Echoes in the Night
David Byron: Take No Prisoners
Baby Faced Killer (late of Uriah Heep)
The Call:In the Woods
Reconciled
Camel:
The Single Factor
A Nod and a Wink
Dust and Dreams
Harbour of Tears
Rajaz
Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel:The Human Menagerie+
Psychomodo+
Celtic Frost:Into the Pandemonium
Udo Dirkschneider (ex-Accept):Animal House
Die Krupps:I
Paradise Now
III-Odyssey of the Mind
Dschinghis Khan (1979)
Eloy:
Ra
Visionary
Childhood Memories
Tides Returns Forever
Fischer-Z:
Word Salad
Flaming Lips:
Oh My Gawd!
In a Priest Driven Ambulance
Geordie:
Hope You Like It++
Gillan:
Mr Universe
Gong:
Time is the Key
Grand Funk Railroad:
All the Girls in the World Beware!
Gamma Ray:
Power Plant
No World Order
Roland Grapow (Helloween):Kaleidoscope
Debbie Harry: Koo Koo
Ken Hensley:Proud Words on the Dusty Shelf
Free Spirit (formerly of Uriah Heep)
Heavens Gate:Heavens Gate
Living in Hysteria
Hell for Sale
Planet E
In the Woods:Heart of the Ages
Omnio
Strange in Stereo
Al Kooper:I Stand Alone
Kraftwerk:Radioactivity
Killing Joke:Fire Dances
Night Time
Brighter Than A Thousand Suns
Revelations
Extremities Dirt & Various...
Killing Joke 1st (1983)
Lacrimosa:Angst
Fassade
Inferno
Sehnsucht
Lichtgestalt
Elodia
John Lennon & Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band:
Live Peace in Toronto+
Mad Max:Rollin' Thunder
Stormchild
Magnum:Chase the Dragon
Sleepwalking
On a Storytellers Night
Rock Art
Wings of Heaven
Goodnight L.A.
Manfred Manns Earth Band:
Manfred Manns Earth Band (1972)
Messin'
Criminal Tango
Watch
Soft Vengeance
Masque
Manowar: Gods of War
Nick Mason: Fictitious Sports
Metal Church:
Dark
Mikey Dread:World War III
Megabyte:Powerplay
The Mission (UK): Gods Own Medicine
Blue
Tower Of Strength
Carved In Sand
Grains Of Sand
Moby Grape:Moby Grape (1967)
Gary Moore (R.I.P.):
G-Force
Corridors of Power?
Gary Numan:
Berserker
Omega:Time Robber
Skyrover
Gammapolis
Planet P Project: Part 1 "1913"
Part 2 "Levittown"
Part 3 "Out in the Rain"
Rhapsody:Rain of a Thousand Flames
Power of the Dragonflame
Rockets:Plasteroid
Galaxy
n 3,14
Atomic
Todd Rundgren:
Utopia:
Oblivion
Solo :
Todd (1974)
Sparks:
Sparks (1st or Halfnelson; produced by Rundgren)
Tweeter in Woofers Clothing
Pulling Rabbits Out Of a Hat
Just Got Back From Heaven
Balls
Lil' Beethoven
Interior Design
Plagiarism
Exotic Creatures Of The Deep
Rod Stewart:
Body Wishes (featuring "Baby Jane" and "Sweet Surrender")
Stranglers:The Raven
No More Heroes
Meninblack
La Folie
Scorpions: In Trance
The Michael Schenker Group:
Built to Destroy
The Sweet:
Off the Record
Waters Edge
A
Toyah (Willcox):
Anthem
The Changeling
Minx (what her husband Robert Fripp calls her in his diary)
Billy Squier:
Signs of Life (featuring "Rock Me Tonite")
Soft Machine:
Fourth
6th
7th
Roger Taylor: Electric Fire*
10cc:Look Hear?
Ten Out of 10
Windows in the Jungle
UB40:
UB44
UFO:
No Place to Run
Viva:
Dealers of the Night
Virgin Steele:
Marriage of Heaven and Hell (Part I & II)
Invictus
The House of Atreus (Act I & II)
Village People:
Cruisin' (featuring "YMCA")
Steve Winwood:
Steve Winwood (1977)
Waysted:
Vices
Roy Wood:
Mustard
Wizzard:
Eddie and the Falcons
XTC:
Go 2

Subject to change.

Remember, Boris only wants real CDs, not pirates, mp3 links or CD-Rs. If you have copies of any of these to spare, in playable condition, do e-mail either me or Boris at reccol@mail.ru (he knows English, so don't worry about that). Mailing addresses by request only (for privacy reasons). If you send to him, please use Express, registered or International Priority Mail so he can track it, even though I always use First Class International Air Mail since I tried the more expensive method at first and still couldn't trace it.  Options vary by country.
Hearing his story, as well as seeing McCartneys Live in Red Square makes me realise how much we take for granted in the West. I've been a bit spoilt compared to my friend halfway across the globe. Help a mate out then? When something is found, it will be removed from the list (subject to change). Thanks for the help.

* I would like this on import as well.
+ I have this in my own collection already.
++Pending.

Monday, December 14, 2009

New albums for 2010



Finally, a new post. Just needed a break, I guess.
Here are some of the projected albums for 2010:

Architects of Time (John Payne et al) - Decoding the Da Vinci Code (Blastwaves)
Asia - Omega (Frontiers)
Asia featuring John Payne - Arcana (working title) (Devgel/Favoured Nations)
Duran Duran - All You Need is Now (Liberty/EMI)
Fleetwood Mac* (Reprise)
INXS* (Petrol/EMI Australia/Fontana US)
Julian Lennon - Everything Changes (Music from Another Room/Liberty/EMI)
Kajagoogoo* (Liberty/EMI)
Paul McCartney - remastered solo catalogue and boxed set* (MPL/One Little Indian)
Ozzy Osbourne* (Epic)
Ph.D. - Is It Safe? remaster (Voiceprint)
Yes* (Rhino)

*Title TBA. All info subject to change.