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Elsewhere recommends interesting or Essential Elsewhere albums -- or useful collections by important artists -- which come at a low price. Build a real world collection of discs beyond what you have invisibly in your iPod, laptop or memory stick.

THE BARGAIN BUY: Bob Dylan: Original Album Classics

THE BARGAIN BUY: Bob Dylan: Original Album Classics

Every few years or so, some writer or magazine kicks off the idea that Bob Dylan's horrible Eighties need reconsidering. So the search is on for lost gems but, just like gold nuggets in a mountain, they are hard to chivvy out. This five CD set covers his mid and late Eighties -- skipping quite a few albums in the middle. And while we can simply say the Dylan and the Dead album found... more >>

The Groom's Still Waiting at the Altar

THE BARGAIN BUY: The Rolling Stones; Crossfire Hurricane DVD

THE BARGAIN BUY: The Rolling Stones; Crossfire Hurricane DVD

About now many people might have been speculating on how brilliant -- or otherwise -- the Stones will be on their current tour . . . but as we know events conspired against it and the shows have been postponed. Too late however for advertisers to change their tie-in marketing, and so that's the good news for Stones consumers. JB HiFi has a swag of Stones cheapies of CDs of the original... more >>

Not Fade Away

THE BARGAIN BUY: Neil Young; On the Beach

THE BARGAIN BUY: Neil Young; On the Beach

It always gives Elsewhere special pleasure when one of our Essential Elsewhere albums turns up going cheap, and possibly never more so than in the case of this Neil Young album from '74. The album remained unavailable on CD until a decade ago but longtime Young fans circulated burns from the vinyl for many years. It is a deep and dark album, fairly cynical you might say and contains some... more >>

Vampire Blues

THE BARGAIN BUY: Stiff Little Fingers: Original Album Series

THE BARGAIN BUY: Stiff Little Fingers: Original Album Series

A few years ago while we were in Belfast one of the local identities, a well-known taxi driver Billy Scott who was taking us around, stopped to point to a door down an alleyway where he said the Undertones first recorded. But he moved on too fast for me to snap a picture (got Van Morrison's doorway at his childhood home though) but it wasn't much of a door anyway. At the time of the... more >>

Johnny Was

THE BARGAIN BUY: Frankie Miller: Original Album Series

THE BARGAIN BUY: Frankie Miller: Original Album Series

Curious how some artists can command a ferociously loyal audience but remain unknown to most. I know of Brits who hold Frankie Miller in the pantheon of great soul, rhythm and blues and rock singers, but also know of many more -- especially outside of the UK -- who've never heard a note he's sung. Miller, originally from Glasgow, will sing no more after a huge brain haemorrhage in '94... more >>

I'm Falling in Love Again

THE BARGAIN BUY: The Meters; Original Album Series

THE BARGAIN BUY: The Meters; Original Album Series

When the Funky Meters -- the trickle-down of this band -- played the Powerstation in Auckland about three years ago, the New Orleans grooves just didn't stop. But, as I said in this review, that was actually the problem. Their set just went on and on, was rather shapeless, and those who had greeted them so enthusiastically ended up just standing around nodding their heads after about the... more >>

Honky Tonk Woman

THE BARGAIN BUY: Various Artists; Psychedelia

THE BARGAIN BUY: Various Artists; Psychedelia

For many people the golden era of psychedelic music was before the drugs kicked in. There was that period from late '65 through to maybe mid '68 where many bands retained a pop economy and allowed only the virtuosi guitarists to spin out those long solos. Bands like the Small Faces and the Move broached the psychedelic era with caution in Britain while the Blues Magoos, Jefferson Airplane... more >>

Dandelion Seeds

THE BARGAIN BUY: Mi-Sex; Original Album Classics

THE BARGAIN BUY: Mi-Sex; Original Album Classics

Given just how much synth-pop is around these days, maybe it's timely to note this cheap reissue of three albums by a New Zealand band that bridged post-punk New Wave and synth-pop, and garnered attention for their songs Graffiti Crimes, But You Don't Care and Computer Games (off their Graffiti Crimes debut), and People and Space Race (on their second album Space Race). As some of those... more >>

Ghosts

THE BARGAIN BUY: Various Artists; 101 R&B HIts

THE BARGAIN BUY: Various Artists; 101 R&B HIts

Anyone old enough -- or educated enough -- to know when r'n'b was shorthand for "rhythm and blues" of the Big Joe Turner kind (pre rock'n'roll black music) was no doubt baffled when the abbreviation was appropriated and adapted for . . . Well, whatever it has become. In the hands of many male artists, if their video clips are to be believed, r&b now stands for... more >>

My Baby

THE BARGAIN BUY: Robin Trower; Original Album Series

THE BARGAIN BUY: Robin Trower; Original Album Series

Funny how quickly some people can get written out of rock history. British guitarist Robin Trower once commanded considerable column inches in rock magazines and encyclopedias of the Seventies and Eighties, but by the Nineties he wasn't even appearing in most. Yet, especially in the Seventies, people would seriously discuss him as having inherited Hendrix's mantle, and albums like Twice... more >>

Rock Me Baby

THE BARGAIN BUY: Various Artists; 101 Rock Hits

THE BARGAIN BUY: Various Artists; 101 Rock Hits

Okay, it's got the unforgivable Cranberries on it -- those awful shits, see here, with that ridiculous Zombie, of course -- and quite a few other songs you probably hoped you'd never hear again. However . . .  This five-CD set -- which predictably opens with Queen's We Will Rock You and moves through familar Who (Baba O'Riley), Cheap Trick (Surrender), Patti Smith (Because the... more >>

Joker and the Thief

THE BARGAIN BUY: The Original Album Series; Tommy James and the Shondells

THE BARGAIN BUY: The Original Album Series; Tommy James and the Shondells

One of the best, most revealing and somewhat scary books about the inside story of the American pop music business in the money-no-go-round Sixties came from Tommy James, the man who scored hit after hit with songs as catchy as Hanky Panky (1966, written by Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich), I Think We're Alone Now (later covered by Tiffany), Mony Mony and the lightlydelic classics Crimson and... more >>

Changes (from Cellophane Symphony)

THE BARGAIN BUY: Taylor Swift; Red

THE BARGAIN BUY: Taylor Swift; Red

Fresh from having seen Taylor Swift at Auckland's Vector Arena last night (the final of her three night sold-out series there) this Bargain Buy recommendation comes with admiration for her writing smarts as much her professional and unashamedly enjoyable show. Her Red show was spectacularly good in terms of staging, her contact with the audience (the acoustic set for people right up the back... more >>

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THE BARGAIN BUY: Jack Bugg; Jake Bugg

THE BARGAIN BUY: Jack Bugg; Jake Bugg

When Jake Bugg played at the Powerstation earlier this year there was, for some, a sense of disappointment that he didn't exactly fire up. After all, here was another of Britain's young pretenders (he was 18). For me though, I thought he was smart to come off so contained and not strutting the walk. He only had this one album (favourably reviewed here) and an EP behind him so it was a... more >>

Broken

THE BARGAIN BUY: The Sony "Original Album Classics" series: Stadium shakers

THE BARGAIN BUY: The Sony "Original Album Classics" series: Stadium shakers

This will be brief because not everyone in Elsewhere's world likes the sound of a roaring jet engine in their ears but . . . There is certainly a place for stadium-sized metal-edged rock which is why we here turn the spotlight on two of the five-CD collections in the Sony album series: Judas Priest and the mighty Ted Nugent. The Judas Priest set has in it Sin After Sin, British Steel... more >>

The Grinder (live)

THE BARGAIN BUY: Eric Clapton; Unplugged Deluxe + DVD (Warners)

THE BARGAIN BUY: Eric Clapton; Unplugged Deluxe + DVD (Warners)

In late 1989, Eric Clapton released one of the most satisfying albums of his solo career to that point. Under the self-effacing title Journeyman, he delivered an album of blues-rock with a pop twist which made good on the promise of some rather more patchy previous albums. Regrettably the single Pretending wasn't one of the finer moments, but it did manage to draw attention to the album... more >>

Running on Faith (take one)

THE BARGAIN BUY: Lou Reed, The Solo Years

THE BARGAIN BUY: Lou Reed, The Solo Years

How strange to live in a world without Lou Reed. Not that we chatted often -- indeed never -- but it was always good to know that Lou was out there somewhere being irritable about something. In the days to come we will doubtless hear how, behind it all, he was a warm, caring, sensitive and gentle soul. And he doubtless was. But Elsewhere's sole encounter with him seemed typical of his... more >>

Perfect Day (demo)

THE BARGAIN BUY: Television; Marquee Moon

THE BARGAIN BUY: Television; Marquee Moon

Because they only recorded this debut and the rather indifferent Adventure the following year before breaking up, you might expect this New York four-piece to not really have made a mark in the manner of their long-running peers the Ramones, Talking Heads and Blondie. But this debut album was so exceptional -- and so different from the prevailing mood of the late Seventies -- that it has... more >>

Television

THE BARGAIN BUY: The Who; Quadrophenia, Deluxe Edition

THE BARGAIN BUY: The Who; Quadrophenia, Deluxe Edition

Some argue -- its creator Pete Townshend among them -- for the superiority of the Who's Quadrophenia over its predecessor Tommy. Certainly it has a more coherent and grounded narrative, but  -- and here's an unfasionable thing to consider -- Tommy had the hits. Because it is such a quintessentially British story, it didn't travel quite as well as Tommy either. And perhaps its... more >>

Love Reign O'er Me (demo)

THE BARGAIN BUY: Linda Ronstadt: Original Album Series (Warners)

THE BARGAIN BUY: Linda Ronstadt: Original Album Series (Warners)

With the recent sad announcement that Linda Ronstadt will sing no more because of the debilitating effects of Parkinson Disease, it is timely to turn the clock back to when she was a superstar (among stiff competition) out of Los Angeles in the Seventies and cracking multi-platinum selling albums. This five-CD collection starts after her cornerstone breakthrough album Heart Like  Wheel... more >>

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