04 Feb

Deciding Which Records to Buy

Has anyone else had the problem where you get a gift card, then when you try to decide how to spend it, you can’t?

I got one for Christmas, and finally I decided to buy some vinyl records, and then I hit a wall. Which records? Well, I went to a local store and bought some, but I still had money left. Then I decided I wanted some metal. Not metal like you find in the stores, stuff like Manowar, Blind Guardian, Iron Savior or Stratovarius. Not your everyday metal. Unfortunately, finding some of these groups on vinyl is a little tough, it is possible, but tough. Especially when you have only a small amount to use. I couldn’t buy anything spectacular.

Then it hit me, I want Blind Guardian – Nightfall in Middle Earth. One of my favorite albums, it rocks so stinkin’ hard, and plus it kind of follows J.R.R. Tolkien’s Silmarillion. That’s always cool.

Of course, it looks like they don’t make it.

So what next? Manowar – Warriors of the World. If you want to spend $80 or more, fine, but for less, then you can’t find much but singles on vinyl. But Manowar is no longer with Nuclear Blast Records, I didn’t know that. They are now with Magic Circle Music, and so I went to their site, and found what I was looking for. Of course, then they presented a choice between Warriors of the World, and the new album Gods of War. Because shipping was $7 bucks, I decided on Warriors of the World.

That just happened five minutes ago. However, it’s taken me since Christmas to get that far.

This, though, is an example of how hard it can be to find what you want online. Yes, the internet provides just this side of an infinite number of products. You can find almost everything in the world online. But the big problem: Is it what you want?

Using records as an example, there are so many websites dedicated to bringing you records. Sites like Musicstack. These websites are basically made up of thousands of stores across the world selling their inventory. This creates an almost endless variety. But therein lies the problem. Because the inventory is so large, the descriptions are very small or nonexistent. I found many copies of Manowar – Warriors of the World, and I almost bought one, but when I decided to research it, I found out that many of the LP’s named Warriors of the World are only singles. They contain only 3 songs. That is not what I want, but that’s what was being sold: without a description.

Be careful. Research. Make sure that the website you are on is reputable. I still believe that the best service is your local record store, but in my case, you don’t always have the greatest selection there. Yes My local store has a lot, but a lot of stuff also that I don’t want. No one carries the stuff I want.

Basically this whole post is just to say, if you hear that Nightfall in Middle Earth by Blind Guardian is ever released on vinyl, let me know.

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3 Responses to “Deciding Which Records to Buy”

  1. Michael Says:

    I mainly collect Heavy Metal. Let me tell you that suff is expensive for certain pieces..


    Louder Than Hell-Manowar
    9-Mercyful Fate (Picture or Gatefold)
    Dead Again-Mercyful Fate
    Any Cannibal Corpse

    Anyhow..I spend a lot of cash on/for Metal on Vinyl..

  2. Ben Says:

    Michael, what you have listed is a little different than what I listen to, I can’t find most of the metal that I listen to, except for on the internet. I listen to stuff like,

    Symphony X

    Melodic and symphonic metal. I know a lot of people think that this metal isn’t true metal, but I like it.

    It is very easy to end up spending a lot on any records, never mind hard to find metal.

  3. Chris Says:

    This is kind of an old post, so maybe you won’t see this, but I just wanted to say that there is a vinyl version of Nightfall in Middle-Earth. It was a limited release so it’s not super common, but I was able to snag one from eBay a while back.

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