Shiny BeastsI'm dizzy with excitement. I have just taken delivery of the most expensive CD I have ever owned. Yep, in a moment of madness, I paid £49.99 plus p&p for a single CD album. It's not especially a good album either. Mostly it got tepid reviews, but it brings back memories for me of lolling about in my buddy Carl's bedroom after school and listening to 'albums'.
Those were teh days when you we actually played LPs to death - quite literally wore out the grooves. I wish I still did that. Perhaps I've changed, perhaps music has changed, perhaps adulthood has brought with it the ability to just fork out a tenner for a new CD without the ceremony and ritual that went along with the internal debate on how to best dispose of pocket money.
Anyhow, spending a silly amount on one album has brought back so many of those giddy joys.
What is it? Well, it's a CD copy of Crosby, Stills & Nash's 'Allies'.
For some contractual reasons I can't fathom, it was only briefly released in Germany and Japan in the late 1980s and then deleted. Copies are like hens teeth. Believe it or not, fifty quid was a bargain. I've seen it going for over $200.
My friend David Toube thinks this is rather extreme behaviour. But he is not a fan of CSN - "maybe a bit of "Heart of Gold" and that stuff, he says. I suck in my breath. A copy of Allies was the missing album in my now complete CSN(Y) collection.
David Toube is Morrissey's #1 fan. I bet he'd pay through the nose for this!