Music, My Stories

Music Record Fair

I went to a Music Record Fair at Parramatta Town Hall. I haven’t been to one since 2005. Eight years have lapsed. Prior to that I was a regular visitor.

Why did I stop going? I went to these Fair’s to purchase albums I did not own for a very cheap price. In Australia, the price of a CD was $30 for a new release. Going to these Fair’s, they used to have those same CD’s for $10.

Basically, with the rise of the internet, the iTunes store and the ability to purchase CD’s from Amazon or from other parts of the world, I didn’t see the need to go back to another Fair.

One of the booths had a shitload of metal LP’s. Most of those LP’s had graphics on the vinyl.

The price of what art should cost is subjective.

The prices that the booth salesperson had on these LP’s to me was ridiculous. The whole point of going to a fair is to get a bargain and negotiate on something else that I see as valuable.

When I said to the person, I would pay $30 instead of $60 for a WASP picture LP single, she ignored me. When I asked her again, she told me to go away as she is busy. You gotta love service like this.

Then there was the case of the PUSHER. For anyone that has been to these kind of fairs, you know that there are people there. Sometimes you might need to wait before you get your chance to check out a rack of CD’s or LP’s or DVD’s or BOOKS. Well, the PUSHER didn’t do that. He just waltzes in, spreads himself and takes over.

In the end I spent $85 on music I already own digitally but not physically. I came away with the following purchases;

DVD – Rush – Classic Albums – 2112 –
CD – Biffy Clyro – Only Revolutions (Allowed a friend to borrow this and I never got it back)
CD – Tonic – Sugar (I do not own this album)
CD – Snow Patrol – A Hundred Million Suns (I do not own this on any other format)
CD – Eminem – Recovery (I own this already in mp3 format)
CD – Def Leppard – Pyromania (I own this already on LP and mp3 format)
CD – Marillion – Script For A Jester’s Tear (I own this already on LP and mp3 format)
CD – Concrete Blonde – Bloodletting (I own this already on tape)
CD – Paul Stanley – Live To Win (I own this already in mp3 format)
CD – 3 Doors Down – The Better Life (I already own this on CD, however the CD is scratched)
CD – Godsmack – The Oracle (I already own this in mp3 format)
CD – Snow Patrol – Eyes Open (I had this on CD and my wife lent it to someone that she cant remember who)
CD – Smashing Pumpkins – The Mellon Collie and Infinite Sadness (I already own this on tape)
CD – Trivium – The Crusade (I already own this in mp3 format)
CD – The Rocky Story Soundtrack (I already own the Rocky 4 soundtrack on cassette and The Rocky Themes on LP)
CD – Lynyrd Skynyrd – God and Guns (I do not own this on any format)
CD – Karnivool – Sound Awake (I already own this in mp3 format)
CD – Boston – Boston – 2006 reissue (I already own this on LP)

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Music, My Stories

Storm Thorgerson – Off to the Bright Side of The Afterlife

The album cover was an important part of each album release.  A lot of the times we purchased albums based on how the cover looked.  Iron Maiden immediately comes to mind.  Most of the times people are unaware who the artists are that create these iconic images.  In this case, Storm Thorgerson is a name that people either know or don’t know.

I guarantee if you mention to anyone the name Storm Thorgerson they would look at you like you are speaking a different language.

However if you mentioned Pink Floyd – The Dark Side Of The Moon, then you get a reaction.  You can say that he is best known for creating the prism-spreading color spectrum on the front of Pink Floyd‘s ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ album.  (All images are sourced from Wikipedia, so that I can showcase my favourite album covers by Storm).

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Pink Floyd – A Momentary Lapse Of Reason was the first Pink Floyd album I purchased in the late eighties.  From this album I started to go back and explore the others.

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Storm passed away, on Thursday 18th April after a long illness with cancer and the after effects of a stroke in 2003. He was in his 69 years old.

If you have Dream Theater’s – A Change of Season EP, Falling Into Infinity album or Once In A Livetime album, then the cover art was all designed by Storm.  Dream Theater is one of my favourite bands at the moment.

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Megadeth’s – Rude Awakening DVD cover, was designed by Storm.  This cover is a dead set classic.

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Europe – Secret Society – again very creative, the secret society is faceless people pulling you in all directions.

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Thornley – Come Again – this is one of his best covers, the trap door exit into another world or an alternate reality.

Peter Gabriel – I love the ghostly face in the car with the raindrops. The light and dark shades capture the moment.

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Black Sabbath – Technical Ecstasy – this one was a rare one from Storm, as most of his album covers involved photographs and manipulation of photographs.  This one is more or less a drawing.

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Muse – Absolution – the shadows of the people falling down from the sky, while the person looks up.  Brilliant. Or are the people finding absolution and are being taken up the sky.  Again it makes you think.

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Led Zeppelin – Presence – I always took this photo as showing a side of the wealthy/powerful and the black presence in the middle of the table.  I am sure others have a different take on it.  It has been known the Jimmy Page dabbled in black magic, and could this be the presence that the album cover refers too. It makes you think.

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The Mars Volta – Frances The Mute – we are all faceless people bypassing each other, just to get ahead.

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Biffy Clyro – Only Revolutions – i love the contrast of the Red and the Blue.  Very war like.

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There are a lot of other covers out there, so delve deep and remember the man who is iconic to pop culture.  He worked with the best and he is the best.  Rest in Peace and thanks for the memories.  

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