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    Posted: January 31 2018 at 07:39
I gave up on Yes after purchasing Talk, as I was quite underwhelmed by that album.  I remember walking into a Besr Buy a few years later, overcome by a sudden whim to catch up with my favorite group.  I had a choice betweem something called Keys to Ascension II and another disc named Open Your Eyes.

I made a BAD CHOICE!!!!

What bad choices have you made?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 31 2018 at 07:52
Tbh, most auto purchases of solo Roger Waters and David Gilmour. I felt obligated, in a way, to buy them.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 31 2018 at 08:10
Originally posted by ghost_of_morphy ghost_of_morphy wrote:

What bad choices have you made?

A lot back in the 80s when the only way to sample new music was to either hear it on the radio or hope you had a friend that bought the album first. I had a rule for myself that stated I had to like a minimum of two songs off of an album before I would consider buying it. Even with that rule, I still got burned on occasion. 

The exceptions to this rule were bands that were my favorites in the 80s. Rush, Triumph, Queensryche, and Iron Maiden were autobuys. Later, Sting and Kings X became other autobuy favorites, while I moved away from IM and Queensryche, and of course Triumph sadly went the way of the dodo. 


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 31 2018 at 08:27
Originally posted by ghost_of_morphy ghost_of_morphy wrote:

I gave up on Yes after purchasing Talk, as I was quite underwhelmed by that album.  I remember walking into a Besr Buy a few years later, overcome by a sudden whim to catch up with my favorite group.  I had a choice betweem something called Keys to Ascension II and another disc named Open Your Eyes.

I made a BAD CHOICE!!!!
 
I'm guessing you picked Open Your Eyes then. I've not really heard it much but it tends to be voted their worst, or at least it was until the last one came out.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 31 2018 at 09:57
Selling "Let There Be Rock" LP back in the eighties (when I converted to CDs I stupidely got snobish in the process - I'm partially cured, now Embarrassed)


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 31 2018 at 10:08
Purchasing horrible sound quality bootlegs at insane prices during my youth.

Sold most of them at fairly good prices at the right time, though.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 31 2018 at 10:12
Buying Black Widow Records' releases on vinyl. I felt bad for spending considerably more money for incomplete versions of the albums, that weren't even mastered for vinyl Thumbs Down
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 31 2018 at 10:14
Originally posted by Barbu Barbu wrote:

Purchasing horrible sound quality bootlegs at insane prices during my youth.

Sold most of them at fairly good prices at the right time, though.
This why I can never be a true socialist. I love this about the capitalism! You always have a shot a breaking even!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 31 2018 at 10:16
When I got into Jamiroquai in the late 90's, internet was not yet a big thing (not for me, anywaY), the same goes for Faith no More, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Incubus and a lot of other 'funky' alternative music.

I bought hundreds of cd-singles and bootlegs, because, well yes, I am a collector. And popular music always has a lot of cd-singles, in different issues with different bonus-tracks etc. etc.
Now I'm stuck with hundreds of Jamiroquai-cd singles, worth maybe thousands of euros, but in this day and age worth absolutely nothing.

I spent so much money in the nineties and the first decade of 2000 on cds. They are worth absolutely nothing.

And you know what I did? I sold over a 1000 lps back in the day and got a mere 200 guilders for them. I should've kept them. I had the biggest record-collection of anyone I know.


Well, those were my bad choices.
My good choice? Bandcamp and spotify! :D
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 31 2018 at 10:25
Good point about "autobuys" that keeps coming up. Rush was the biggest one for me. Everything after Signals was just wasted cash. There was also a time that Dream Theater was an autobuy. Really only find 2 albums listenable.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 31 2018 at 10:52
I have periodically purged my vinyl record collection and regretted it shortly after almost every time.  Don't do that anymore.  When moving recently, I also purged many of my CDs by importing them to my computer.  Twice now that same computer has burped, so to speak, and threw many titles into obscure places where they could no longer be played.  At this point, storage boxes are a preferable alternative.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 31 2018 at 11:00
Spending far too much money on an original vinyl pressing of Pawn Hearts only to find that it sounded like Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music had been recorded over the album. No refunds the store said. Bad choice...especially considering I already had the cd
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 31 2018 at 11:17
Originally posted by SteveG SteveG wrote:

Originally posted by Barbu Barbu wrote:

Purchasing horrible sound quality bootlegs at insane prices during my youth.

Sold most of them at fairly good prices at the right time, though.
This why I can never be a true socialist. I love this about the capitalism! You always have a shot a breaking even!

Far from breaking even, cependant, buy at $40 and sold at $15.

Couln't get rid of/still have most of my old Floyd boots...those were good purchases.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 31 2018 at 11:29
Almost every record fares I just haven´t got enough money to buy everything I want and I think I will buy some album in the next one. Of course the seller doesn´t have that anymore in the next fares after half year. Mostly I have found those albums later from discogs.

One time in Finnish department store that sold vinyls cheap in the eighties I decided to buy "Ne Luumäet"album instead of first Radiopuhelimet album just because my brother was going to buy that Radiopuhelimet-album. There were many of those, but I thought because we both live home that time it would be useless to bought same as he. Didn´t think then I will not going to live rest of my life with him. I really like Ramones, but Ramo rock with finnish language didn´t attract me long so I have sold that Luumäet-album long time ago. Still love Radiopuhelimet and that album is now really expensive.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 31 2018 at 11:39
Originally posted by Barbu Barbu wrote:

Originally posted by SteveG SteveG wrote:

Originally posted by Barbu Barbu wrote:

Purchasing horrible sound quality bootlegs at insane prices during my youth.

Sold most of them at fairly good prices at the right time, though.
This why I can never be a true socialist. I love this about the capitalism! You always have a shot a breaking even!

Far from breaking even, cependant, buy at $40 and sold at $15.


Yikes, guess I'll have to get my copy of Marx's Das Kapital out of hock.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 31 2018 at 12:38
1) "A".  After buying every Tull album the day it hit the store from Warchild on, "A" was the first time I really felt let down.  Not just by the music, but the personnel changes as well...I could not imagine a Tull without Barrie on drums or John Evan on keys.  It became the 1st Tull tour I didn't attend in 4 years.

2) "90125".  Same story as Tull, I bought every Yes album from Relayer on (including the Anderson, Howe, Squire and Moraz solo albums...I had the good sense to steer clear of Ramshackled :-) the day they hit the store and loved them all.  90125 seemed to be such a 180 degree change of concept and direction...hated the album cover art, hated Squire's new tone and restrained approach and most of all, hated Trevor Rabin's style, sound and vocals.

3) "Discipline".  Not that it's a bad album, but to me it just wasn't a King Crimson album.  I hated Adrian Belew's vocals, it's like he was trying way too hard to seem weird...like a poor man's David Byrne.  Fripp & Bruford's playing were so restrained as to be nearly unrecognizable, though they do cut loose in a couple places.  And Tony Levin in place of John Wetton was a major disappointment.  I love Tony's stick playing but have never cared for him as a bassist.  Also never got into the whole guitar-gamelan thing with disciplined interlocking parts.  I've always thought they should have followed their original plan and named both the album and the band Discipline.   

4) "Masque".  Ah yes, my love/hate relationship with Kansas :-)  It's really more hate than love...anyway...when I was 1st getting into prog in '75, I had a 'prog mentor' who turned me on to a lot of great bands.  He was a huge Kansas fan and was constantly raving about the Song for America and Masque albums.  One day I saw Masque at the record store and checked it out.  Prog cover art?  Check.  Long songs?  Check.  Proggy looking musician pictures on the back cover?  Check.  Purchase.  So I get home and drop the needle on "It Takes a Woman's Love to Make a Man"...WTF is this?  Are there maybe 2 bands called Kansas?  Must be true cause this one isn't the prog Kansas I thought it was :-)  Then I sit through "Two Cents Worth" and didn't need to hear any more.  Took it back and got my money back.  Years later I discovered the cool prog songs on the album and learned to just skip over the Don-Kirschner-says-this-will-get-us-on-the-radio rubbish that always tainted Kansas albums :-)


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 31 2018 at 13:09
Slapping down my hoarded coins for the double vinyl of ELP's Works Volume 1 as a mere slip of a lad. A major investment at the time, and what an overblown snooze fest it turned out to be. The only good thing to come out of it was that it turned me on to Prokofiev (yeah, Carl's side was the only half decent one of the four).
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Yeah, must have been quite a shock at the time but 'A' is a pretty strong Tull record...hope you've come to enjoy it somehow.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 31 2018 at 13:46
The first King Crimson album I bought was "islands" which almost put me off them for good. Other than that one I can't think of many off the top of my head.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 31 2018 at 16:18
Originally posted by Guldbamsen Guldbamsen wrote:

Spending far too much money on an original vinyl pressing of Pawn Hearts only to find that it sounded like Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music had been recorded over the album. No refunds the store said. Bad choice...especially considering I already had the cd  
 
That's exactly what happened to me!! My 1st pressing Pawn Hearts skipped on Man-Erg in one section, and because I spent so much money on Discogs, I was upset. The guy said "THAT'S VERY GOOD CONDITION", something in very good condition should NOT skip then!! 

At least I can look at Paul Whitehead's work and appreciate it as a wonderful painting..
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