So we were at the mall today. I hate the mall. I know, I know, I’m only setting a scene but I really do despise shopping malls as a blight on our society. Anyway. We were there to get a gift for our son to take to a little friend from his class at school’s birthday party. I do like toy stores. They don’t have to be in suck-ass malls, though. Sigh.
The point! I had a point… oh yes, the mall has a music store. And I had occasion to stand in front of the New Releases rack, as is my wont. And there they were. The Zeppelins. The very pretty I, II and III. With companion audio. $15 each. Now, I know I posted here earlier that I was waffling about buying these. I own all the CDs (unremastered). I own the two box sets from the early 1990s, so I have remastered versions already (even if the track ordering disorients me every time). I don’t really need them, I don’t think…
Except for those damned extra discs. Especially with the debut album, that live in Paris 1969. That would be sweet. There was a song on III called something dumb like Bathroom Sound, or the like. I dunno, man.
Anyway, I’m rambling. The point is I had them all in my hand for the second time, and it would have been so freaking easy to walk them over to the counter, pull out the VISA and have them for my collection, just like that… and…
This time I was actually tempted to do so! Why? Because I am a collector geek and I know I would enjoy them and they would be that sort of thing I’d always wonder if I should have bought them (if I didn’t) and then next year they’ll release more and I’ll be too far behind to catch up, financially, and then I’ll start to regret my dumb ass decision to not buy them when I could have and then it’ll become another whole THING… and it really needn’t.
Did I buy them today?
WHY? AFTER ALL THAT?!?!
I was under orders.
You see, Father’s Day is coming. And also my birthday in July. So… I might maybe be getting them anyway? I have no way of knowing. But if I was told not to buy them, it might bode well…
PS: I was also sorely tempted by the new Neil Young album (the one recorded to sound old, all the cover tunes including Lightfoot and Nelson, that Jack White helped with)… A Letter Home is its name.
PPS: And when it comes out, I really wanna buy the new Jack White album, Lazaretto. I loved Blunderbuss. This one is a must, though I’m intrigued by the vinyl, it’s the first release of its kind in the world – the LP plays at 33 ⅓, but under the label on both sides are extra tracks: one side is 78, one side is 45, so it is the first LP in the world to have all vinyl formats on one platter. Jack White is so fucking cool. CHECK IT OUT
NB: I was under orders not to buy either of these CDs either. Impatience, you are not my friend.
So did I buy anything? Yes, I did. I got my mother a Sgt. Pepper pepper mill, probably one of the coolest marketing things I’ve seen in ages. I mean it’s a no-brainer, a natural. And besides, my Mom’s a Beatles fan, and will definitely get the joke. And it was on clearance, 75% off, so I really would’ve been dumb to leave it.