Christmas goodies.

I hope everyone had a brilliant Christmas and got all they wanted. I certainly got spoilt rotten this year with plenty of new musical goodies. So without further adieu.. 
CDs:
  • Erasure – The Innocents (CD+DVD Hardback Book edition)
  • The Jackson 5 boxset containing first four studio albums
  • Factory Records Boxset
  • Pet Shop Boys – Christmas EP
  • Depeche Mode – Sounds of the Universe (Boxset)
  • Queen – Greatest Hits (3CD)
DVD’S/Bluray’s:
  • Erasure – Hits!
  • Talking Heads – Stop Making Sense
  • Michael Jackson – Life of an Icon
  • Kylie Minogue – Ahprodite Tour 

Books:

  •  Shaun Ryder – You’re Twisting my Melon Man (Autobiography)
  • Queen – 40 Years of Queen
  • The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson
  • Michael Jackson – Stories You Were Never Meant to Read.
I’ll post about some of them individually in the coming days, I think the first one will be on the Depeche Mode boxset, enjoy the rest of the holidays everyone!
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A funny video and a (sort of) album testing update

So one band I’ve been giving a serious listening too lately is Depeche Mode and I am starting to really adore these guys. It took some time for them to grow on me (due to reasons I’ll explain in a future post). Absolutely loving Songs of Faith of Devotion, Violator and Some Great Reward in particular. So I’ve been investigating their live shows which I am really enjoying, I think their lead singer Dave Gahan  seems like a brilliant frontman and I think thats evident in this brilliant little live blooper. Its from the Touring The Angel tour, during Everything Counts. Rather embarassingly I had to get my friend Ena to explain to me the blunder (I’m a total Depeche Mode novice forgive me!), it turns out the blunder is that Dave starts singing the sing a few seconds too early, he keeps going for a bit then realises. His reaction is incredibly funny, I love how he turns it into a joke with the audience rather than getting all uptight as sometimes bands seem to do when they screw up. Great little video from a band fast climbing my favourite artist lists!

Collecting: Michael Jackson Opus

By far my most expensive music memorbillia that I’ve got, I got this in May of this year. The Opus is a massive (and I do mean massive, the picture doesn’t do it justice but I honestly can’t lift it) book that is more of a tribute to the work of Michael Jackson, it was released in December 2009, six months after his untimely death. The the purple and pink thing at the bottom of the picture is actually my leg, so it is pretty huge. I loved the book from first sight, but initially had it down as one of those things I would love to have but would never get, my mother did tell me though that one day I’d have it. There was talk of me getting it as a possible present for finishing my GCSE’s but due to                                                        money issues at the time that didn’t happen. However, we had a stroke of good fortune at the start of 2011 and came out of those troubles, and my parents decided to give me and my brother a massive present to make up for the previous year or so which had been pretty terrible. So in May, I ordered my Opus online from the official MJ site, lets just say, it wasn’t cheap. It was delivered by special delivery two days after it had been ordered, and needless to say when the gate went that day I nearly screamed with excitement! It is gorgeous, its very glossy, so the pictures (and there is loads of them) look fantasic, and the fan art section at the back is particuarly adorable. It wasn’t cheap but it was worth every penny!