Classic Rock Bottom


So what are you listening to right now?  Any genre is cool.


For me:


Scott's Hidden Treasure

Depeche Mode - Wrong (courtesy of Niels)

Kim Mitchell - Akimbo Alogo (courtesy of Jon)

Next week's Album of the Week (hint: think orchestra)

Shinedown - The Sound of Madness

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I've got both Bad English albums and all three Badlands albums too.

My playlist this week!

Armored Saint - Punching The Sky

Armored Saint - Symbol of Salvation Live

The Police - Regatta de Blanc

The Police - Ghost In The Machine

The Police - Synchronicity

Lords Of Black - Alchemy Of Souls Part II

AC/DC - Back In Black

Metal Church - The Dark

Jim Peterik - Above The Storm

Dangerous Toys - Hellacious Acres

Dee Snider - Leave A Scar

Robin McAuley - Standing On The Edge

U2 - War

Lots of common folks chalk every mixed-bag of releases under the same file: Various Artists.
Those with a somewhat evolved sense of diversity might add another department to include Soundtracks, as well. I used to be one of them. However, as I was sorting through my "later" pile, this simplicity started to exhibit its flaws. So, I took the liberty to extend the category. As a result, here are the GROUP IDENTIFIERZ:

NOVELTY (Releasez): (It's a collection alright, but not necessarily of songs. In fact, they hardly ever are. It's jingles, sound effects, spoken words, poetry, stand-up comedy, leftfield, woofer tests, art/game ROMs, and everything else defying clear definitions).
When are they of interest to me: Hardly ever.
Circulation: Low, Low, Low.
Second-hand availability: Yes, if you know where to look.
Re-releases: No, but there is always a 2.0 version.
Collectability factor: I don't know. Ask someone who does.

SOUNDTRACK (Classicz): (Previously released songs used/repurposed for movies, TV shows, video games, sporting events, and such).
When are they of interest to me: I can't think of a reason why would they be?
Circulation: Enough to make a splash.
Second-hand availability: Don't have to look hard to find one. I just don't know, why should I?
Re-releases: Not enough to make a splash.
Collectability factor: What!?

SOUNDTRACK (Originalz): (Songs written and performed by artists exclusively for movies, TV shows, video games, sporting events, and such).
When are they of interest to me: When the songs are memorable, action-packed, from the 80s or they sound like they could be from the 80s).
Circulation: Depending on how big the movie, TV show, video game, or sporting event was.
Second-hand availability: It's conditional to the movie, TV show, video game, or sporting event's cult status.
Re-releases: The initial pressing is sufficient to supply a few generations of followers.
Collectability factor: Usually a steal, unless they are from the 80s, in which case they fetch astronomical prices.

SOUNDTRACK (Scorez): (Instrumentals for movies, TV shows, video games, sporting events, and such, accredited to composers, artists, or orchestra).
When are they of interest to me: When the music is played on guitar, synth with no-to very little orchestra.
Circulation: Low. Aimed at a niche market.
Second-hand availability: Grab them while they last.
Re-releases: Are closely tied to the popularity of the franchise, and occasional celebratory reproduction.
Collectability factor: The number of fans might be a few in this category, but they do like to have 'em all.

Note: Hybrid versions of Soundtrackz/Scorez/Classicz do exist where two or more of these categories are combined together in one release.

VARIOUS (Coverz): (A stack of mix-matched bigwigs/unknown artists performing tributes or different spins on some of the most celebrated songs, genres, or holiday tunes, including but not limited to: X-Mas).
When are they of interest to me: When the songs are dressed outside of their original style. Carbone copies escape all logic.
Circulation: Medium - Rare. Depending on who/what is the subject of these fixations.
Second-hand availability: Plenty.
Re-releases: Once in a while some poor "label" schmuck sees more in them, than the rest of us.
Collectability factor: I'm yet to meet someone raving about them, but it might be a sleeping giant... Not!

VARIOUS (Hitz): (Digest way of compiling chart songs in one place by genre, theme, or other means).
When are they of interest to me: One-hit-wonders. Artists with not enough "hits" to fill a Best Of album. And/or when tunes are missing from such releases.
Circulation: They have a devoted market. These CDs sell like hotcakes. To meet the demand, they are pressed in high numbers.
Second-hand availability: You can still find them used, and abused by previous owners who saw no lasting values in them.
Re-releases: While rarely repressed with the exact same tracklist, these individual songs do appear on numerous similar compilations.
Collectability factor: The trick is to find compilations that collect the most songs you want, without fillers, in the art of getting the biggest bang for your buck.

VARIOUS (Obscurez): (Assemblage of less popular to outright obscure songs, previously released but failed to chart, forgotten, and/or are hard to track down).
When are they of interest to me: The music style will play a big part of their appeal, but generally, the more obscure they are, the better.
Circulation: Not a whole lot.
Second-hand availability: Yes, but only for a short time.
Re-releases: No. As far as I know.
Collectability factor: There are collectors who appreciate them.

VARIOUS (Originalz): (A florilegium of exclusive tunes by the household or, unsung names alike, written for a one-of-a-kind project. Besides occasionally appearing on their own EPs, these songs can't be found anywhere else. It's the reason I like them... the most).
When are they of interest to me: Always.
Circulation: Extremely limited.
Second-hand availability: What part of "extremely limited" you don't understand?
Re-releases: Ha! Dream on. To get the rights from ALL involved parties again would be a Sisyphean task... to say the least.
Collectability factor: It's tricky because some people are not aware of the treasure they possess. Hence, there's a 50/50 chance they'll be listed for pennies or sums reminiscent of high-profile ransoms.

P.S. Any of these groups can come in SERIES, marked with such suffix. Keep in mind, Vol. 1/Pt. 1 in the title, without a proper follow-up, is NOT a SERIES... yet.
P.S. P.S. The CDs are listed first, in alphabetical order by their Title ― followed by the artist name (if applicable) ― then group identifier (plus other suffixes').
P.S. P.S. P.S. Don't you feel smarter already?


1. 10 Hits Stars - 3 ― VARIOUS (Hitz Series) ℗1993
2. 13th Millennia ― SOUNDTRACK (Originalz ft./ Eric Johnson) ℗1996
3. A Call To Irons (A Tribute To Iron Maiden) ― VARIOUS (Coverz) ℗1998
4. Aerobubble Eat The Chew ― NOVELTY (CD Bubble Gum In Psychedelic Colors!) ℗?
5. A Future To This Life - Robocop The Series ― SOUNDTRACK (Originalz/Classicz) ℗1995
6. Akira - Geinoh Yamashirogumi ― SOUNDTRACK (Scorez) ℗1987/©1993
7. A Nightmare On Elm Street • I & II - Charles Bernstein / Christ... ― SOUNDTRACK               (Scorez) ℗1984/1986/©?
8. A Nightmare On Elm Street 5: The Dream Child ― SOUNDTRACK (Originalz/Classicz)                ℗1989
9. Angelica ― VARIOUS (Coverz) ℗1997
10. Armageddon: Heavy Metal Saga ― VARIOUS (Originalz/Obscurez) ℗2002
11. A Tribute To Accept Vol. I ― VARIOUS (Coverz) ℗1999
12. A Tribute To Judas Priest - Legends Of Metal ― VARIOUS (Coverz) ℗1997
13. Back To The Beach ― SOUNDTRACK (Originalz) ℗1987
14. Best Of L.A. ― VARIOUS (Hitz) ℗1994
15. Between Earth And The End Of Time - Rodney Matthews ― NOVELTY
           (CD-ROM, Score by Rick Wakeman)
16. Beyond Inspiration - A Tribute To Uli Jon Roth ― VARIOUS (Coverz) ℗2003
17. Biker Mice From Mars ― SOUNDTRACK (Originalz ft./ Jeff Scott Soto) ℗1993
18. Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey ― SOUNDTRACK (Originalz) ℗1991
19. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure ― SOUNDTRACK (Hitz/Originalz) ℗1989
20. Black Night - Deep Purple Tribute According To New York ― VARIOUS (Coverz)

Eddie Money—Where's The Party
Robert Plant—Pictures At Eleven
Outlaws—Diablo Canyon
Don Henley—The End Of The Innocence
Ozzy Osbourne--Ozzmosis
Loverboy—Big Ones
Alice Cooper—Muscle Of Love
Uriah Heep—Raging Silence
Chicago—Now: Chicago XXXVI
Al Di Meola—Anthology
REO Speedwagon—The Hits
Nazareth—The Anthology
Steely Dan—Gaucho
Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble—The Sky Is Crying
David Lee Roth—A Little Ain't Enough
Aerosmith—Nine Lives
Iron Maiden—Edward The Great


I've got the Tesla, Robert Plant, Don Henley, Ozzy Osbourne, REO Speedwagon, David Lee Roth and Iron Maiden albums.

645. Beggars & Thieves - Look What You Create

646. Pat Benatar - In The Heat Of The Night

647. Pat Benatar - Crimes Of Passion

648. Pat Benatar - Precious Time

649. Pat Benatar - Tropico

650. Pat Benatar - Gravity’s Rainbow 

651. George Benson - Bad Benson 

652. George Benson - Breezin’

653. Chuck Berry - St. Louis To Liverpool

654. Chuck Berry - Chuck

655. John Berry - Saddle The Wind

656. John Berry - John Berry

657. John Berry - Standing On The Edge

658. Better Than Ezra - Friction, Baby

659. Better Then Ezra - How Does Your Garden Grow?

660. Big Brother & The Holding Company - Cheap Thrills

661. Big Country - The Crossing

662. Big Country - The Buffalo Skinners

663. Big Wreck - In Loving Memory Of…

664. Big Wreck - The Pleasure And The Greed

665. Big Wreck - Albatross 

665. Big Wreck - Ghosts

667. Big Wreck - Grace Street

My storm shortened playlist this week!

Gretchen Wilson - Here For The Party

Gretchen Wilson - All Jacked Up

REO Speedwagon - The Hits

Tom Petty - Full Moon Fever

U2 - The Best of 1980-1990

Metal Church - Hanging In The Balance

Eddie Money—Nothing To Lose
Robert Plant—Now And Zen
Tesla—Into The Now
Outlaws—It's About Pride
Elton John—Sleeping With The Past
Ozzy Osbourne—Black Rain
Yes—Big Generator
Eloy—Silent Cries And Mighty Echoes
The Rolling Stones—Dirty Work
Edguy—Rocket Ride
Alice Cooper—Flush The Fashion
Uriah Heep—Conquest
Chicago—Chicago II
The Motels—No Vacancy: The Best Of The Motels
Thin Lizzy—Greatest Hits
Steve Vai—The Infinite Steve Vai: An Anthology
Steely Dan—Aja
Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble—Texas Flood
David Lee Roth—Your Filthy Little Mouth
Aerosmith—Get A Grip
Accept—Objection Overruled
Sammy Hagar—Standing Hampton
Black Sabbath—Vol. 4
The Puppini Sisters—Hollywood
Dream Theater—A View From The Top Of the World
Omega Lithium—Dreams In Formaline
ABBA—Gold: Greatest Hits
Rush—Time Stand Still: The Collection


I have that Eddie Money album and wrote a Cassette Chronicles article about it.

I also have the albums from Robert Plant, Tesla (that one was my favorite of the year when it came out), Ozzy, Aerosmith, Accept and Black Sabbath.


“ Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without. ”
                                                                                                                      ― Confucius

21. Black Scorpion - David Russell / Kevin Kiner ― SOUNDTRACK (Scorez) ℗2001
22. Brainscan ― SOUNDTRACK (Hitz/Scorez) ℗1994
23. Breaking Glass - Hazel O'Connor ― SOUNDTRACK (Originalz) ℗1980/©1999
24. British Blues Heroes (Jeff Beck And Friends...) ― VARIOUS (Obscurez Series) ℗1990
25. Buffy The Vampire Slayer ― SOUNDTRACK (Hitz/Originalz) ℗1992
26. Butchering The Beatles - A Headbashing Tribute ― VARIOUS (Coverz) ℗2006
27. Byzantine Blue - Radomir Mihailović-Točak ― SOUNDTRACK (Scorez) ℗1993
28. Cage - Michael Wetherwax ― SOUNDTRACK (Scorez/Originalz) ℗1989
29. Calendar Girl ― SOUNDTRACK (Hitz/Scorez/Originalz) ℗1993
30. Carnivore ― SOUNDTRACK (Hitz/Originalz/Scorez) ℗2001
31. Chamber Metal - Neo-Classical Metal Guitar ― VARIOUS (Originalz) ℗2001
32. Children Of Sanchez - Chuck Mangione ― SOUNDTRACK (Originalz/Scorez)
33. Con Air - Mark Mancina And Trevor Rabin ― SOUNDTRACK (Scorez) ℗1997
34. Crossfire - A Tribute To Stevie Ray ― VARIOUS (Coverz) ℗1997
35. Dancemania Super Classics 2 ― VARIOUS (Hitz Series) ℗1999
36. Demonstráció ― VARIOUS (Originalz) ℗1994
37. Desperado ― SOUNDTRACK (Originalz) ℗1992
38. Double Dragon ― SOUNDTRACK (Hitz/Originalz/Scorez) ℗1994
39. Dragon Attack (A Tribute To Queen) ― VARIOUS (Coverz) ℗1996/©1999
40. Dream, After Dream - Journey ― SOUNDTRACK (Originalz/Scorez) ℗1980/©1993

I don't have any of these albums but regarding that Buffy soundtrack, I'd love to find myself a copy of the soundtrack for the show's musical episode 'Once More With Feeling'.

My daughter is a fan of the series. I caught a glimpse of the episode you mentioned, while she was watching her DVD but nothing seemed special about the music.

Is it?

I mean, is there something of a noteworthy about it, perhaps I don't know?


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