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- Oro by ABBA (ABBA songs... in Spanish!)

- A Los Bukis compilation

- A Luis Angel compilation

- A Diego Verdaguer and Jose Maria Napoleon combo compilation

- An album by Ritchie

- An album by Desireless (just lookin' to get "Voyage Voyage" :cool:)

- Music For A Bachelor's Den, Volume 8 (this was on my list for years and the price finally came down from 50 to 17 bucks :rockon:)

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Stand Up - Jethro Tull

Nice - not in my top 5 Tull albums, but I love Fat Man. :grin:

I haven't bought any albums recently because I acquired lots of albums as mp3s for free recently. This includes just about every album from The White Stripes, Radiohead, Muse, QotSA and The Strokes. I still haven't listened to most of them yet. :grin:

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Have picked up some charity shop bargains this week.

On Tuesday, for the measly sum of a pound apiece:

The Cult - "Love" (the one with "SheSells Sanctuary" and "Rain")

Bow Wow Wow - "Best Of..." . To be honest,it's not really the best of BWW, because several essential tracks are missing including their debut single "C30,C60, C90 Go!" and follow-up cassingle "W.O.R.K. (N.O., No, No, My Daddy Don't)", but a few of the tracks thereupon are worth having in a modern format. I thought my daughter might like'em.

Then yesterday, for £1.50 each:

Adrian Sherwood - "NTAH" (NTAH = "Never Trust A Hippy")

For the uninitiated Adrian Sherwood is one of the foremost exponents of dub-style production, having worked with all sorts of artists from across the musical spectrum. His particular forte is the application of dub production techniques to interesting musical fusions, melding, for example: reggae / funk / hip-hop / tribal-African / industrial, sometimes within the same track. His On-U Sounds label (with Sherwood on the mixing desk) were pioneering "trip-hop" a full decade before the term was even coined, also precursing the kind of trippy sounds that would characterise acid-house towards the end of the 80s. This, his first "solo" album, is one hell of an exciting find, for me. It features an impressive array of musical talents, such as: Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare, Keith Le Blanc, Skip McDonald, S.E. Rogie, to name but a few.

This purchase has brought me great joy. :content:

Manic Street Preachers - "Generation Terrorists" Not a fantastic album, but worth having at that price. Somebody had obviously ditched their entire Manics CD collection, but I already have the ones I want. I toyed with getting "Gold Against The Soul" too, but I already have it on cassette, and I don't listen to it that often.

For the purposes of currency conversion: £1 = 4 cigarettes. (Therefore £1.50 = 6 cigarettes)

As you can see, these were all real bargains.

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Couldn't tell you this earlier, because vast parts of Leeds were deprived of the Internet (and telephone and cable TV) for two whole days (Friday and Saturday), after some idiots from the Gas Board severed a fibre optic cable.

But anyway, lack of internet aside, I hit three bells in a row on Friday, as far as the bargain-hunting goes.

First , whilst delivering a donation to a local charity shop, I chanced upon John Foxx's "Metamatic" album on vinyl for a mere 25 pence. 25p, ladies and gentlemen. That's less than the cost of a single cigarette.

Later on on Friday morning, on my way back from returning a faulty Leeds United alarm clock we had given our eldest for his birthday, I called in at the Poverty Aid UK shop, where I picked up 3 CDs for £2 apiece.

The Bellrays - "Meet The Bellrays" . For those interested in garage rock, this one is an absolute gem. Raw garage, recorded live in the studio, no frills, but blessed by guitars that really rip and- the jewel in the crown- the awesome soulful voice of Lisa Kekaula, who, frankly, makes Janis Joplin sound like Geri Halliwell.

Man Or Astroman? - "EEVIAC Operational Index and Reference Guide, Including Other Modern Computational Devices" Fantastic stuff. For the uninitiated:

Man or Astro-man? was a surf rock group that formed in Auburn, Alabama in the early 1990s and came to prominence over the following decade.

Primarily instrumental, Man or Astro-Man? blended the surf rock style of the early 1960s with the new wave and punk rock sounds of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Man or Astro-Man? was known for their anachronistic dedication to science fiction themes, audio samples, obscure electronic devices (such as theremins and tesla coils), and high-energy live performances. Their earlier albums like Is It ... Man or Astroman? and Destroy All Astromen! were known for their traditional surf rock instrumentation and sci-fi sound byte song introductions, but their later albums like EEVIAC... and A Spectrum of Infinite Scale were known for their use of synthesizers, printers (like the Apple ImageWriter II) and their more abstract, experimental sound. Their recordings were often peppered with sound bytes from forgotten science fiction films and TV shows.

I recently borrowed a Man Or Astroman album from a mate, having only ever heard them a long time ago on the John Peel Radio Show. I've enjoyed the borrowed album, so to unearth this beauty seems positively serendipitous.

"Who Will Buy (These Wonderful Evils)?" A double CD collection, nay, a sizzling smorgasbord of Swedish garage and psych-rock. I'd only heard of two out of the nearly 40 artist featured hereupon (International Noise Conspiracy and Soundtrack of Our Lives), but if there's one thing the Swedes do well, apart from pornography and tennis, then it's psych & garage, so I felt compelled to take a punt on it. And, I'm well chuffed that I did, too. Released in 2003, Disc 1 features recent Swedish bands and artists, whilst Disc 2 compiles artists from mid/late 60s peak of psychedelic rock & pop. Some sing in English, some in Swedish; it all adds to the charm and intrigue of this exciting acquisition.

Then yesterday, also for £2, I picked up The Prodigy - "Fat Of The Land" album, which I previously had on cassette, and haven't listened to for ages. Almost forgotten how good it is.

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