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The Purchase Dilemma

Remember the time when you would go through the LP racks (afterwards it would be CD’s) and pull out the LPs you want.

At the end of your searching, which could last over an hour or two, maybe even more, I would have at least eight LPs in my hand but enough money to buy two.

And then I would go through the “how can i decide which albums to purchase with my limited funds” algorithm in my head.

  • Is the cover interesting?
  • Is the band name acceptable?
  • Are the song titles generic or different?
  • Who is the producer?

And if it was a new artist I’ve never really heard of, I would ask myself the following;

  • How does the band look?
  • Are the songs written by the band or with outside writers?
  • Which label are they on?

And just like that I would have wilted down those eight LPs to four. But I still have a dilemma. I only have enough money for two.

So I would have a look at my friends score. And it’s pretty similar to mine and I can see they are also suffering the same dilemma.

So it’s time to plant the “purchase seed”.

How about they buy two albums and I buy the other two albums and then we will copy those albums that either of us didn’t have on a cassette. Sometimes we wouldn’t even copy an album one of us owned and the other didn’t because after hearing it, it didn’t really resonate or it was just plain shit.

And on the train trip home we would stare at the back covers and the lyric sheets, absorbing the album before we’ve even heard it.

Man, those days are gone. Long gone.

And why would they even come back, as the majority of music fans love how we can access everything at our fingertips.

But they don’t have the purchase dilemma.


14 thoughts on “The Purchase Dilemma

  1. Totally can relate…

    Flashback to the Summer of 1981. A Purchase Dilemma for two 14 year olds!

    My Buddy Muc and I had enough for one album each. That day at the Record shop there sitting on the racks was two albums that blew us away just by the cover…
    One was Def Leppard-On Through The Night
    The second one was..
    Iron Maiden-Killers

    The decision had to be made…it took all of 5 seconds…haha
    Muc bought Lepp
    I purchased Maiden….

    You are right.. those days are long gone. Thats why its good to have still some memory left!

      • Wow Great Question..
        Between OTTN and Killers I would call it a draw back in time as we were both blown away by these two young bands that weren’t much older than us…So we latched onto both of them.
        Both those back covers had a lasting image on me with the live shot being used for each album…
        Speaking of which my buddy out in Vancouver got Tickets for Maiden next September!
        The Last time I went out to Vancouver was to see Sabbath in 2016 and Ozzy cancelled ..haha
        Let’s try this again!

      • Yep I think OTTN is a pretty cool album. And maybe because they had the Pyrohysteria success this album is ignored.
        Killers for me is a weak album when compared to other Maiden albums of the era, but that’s what normally happens when the band is running on fumes and really in need of some new members.
        Maiden in Vancouver. Nice, enjoy.

      • Thanks…
        You really can’t go wrong with the first four Lepps and for years they ignored that debut as when I seen em in 92 zippo was played from the debut and only Bringing on the Heartbreak and Switch 625 was played. Let themselves ignored it …
        I like Killers but with the addition of Bruce nothing comes close to Maiden!

      • It was his lead breaks as well. It made Maiden compete with the shredders of the 80s because Smith was way more technical than Murray who would just put the delay on and play pentatonic lines.

  2. Henrik says:

    My criteria:
    • Is the cover interesting?
    • How good are the preceding 1-2 albums?
    • Have they changed their style recently?
    • Are the song titles generic or different?

    And if it was a new artist I’ve never really heard of, I would ask myself the following;
    • Is the band name acceptable?
    • How does the band look?
    • Are they associated to better-known musicians or bands, perhaps endorsed by somebody?

    Horrible failures, which ticked all the boxes but…

    Vinnie Vincent Invasion – S/T
    It sounds much better these days but in the 1980s it was a huge disappointment. My initial thoughts: dude sings like a lady and Vinnie wanking his axe.

    Alice Cooper – DaDa
    Still dada. Nonsense without any subject.

    • I like

      Agree on Dada and VV does sound ok today but VV is just too over the top.

      For me some of the ASIA albums looked cool and band members with high pedigree and failed.
      Molly Hatchet covers indicated a different sound to the southern rock I got but they were still cool.

      • Henrik says:

        True, Molly Hatchet album covers are somewhat Manowarianish (apart from No Guts…No Glory) but the band rocked. Cannot recall which one I bought. Might have been The Deed Is Done.

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