These stores all kept their discs behind the counter, so each case got a white Avery-or-comparable-style label on the tray, dot-matrix printed with title, pricing, and location information. AND FOR SOME REASON, I STUCK SOME OF THESE TO PAPER AND SAVED THEM.
Unfortunately, slowly they rot--many of them are yellowing, fading, and curling at the edges (with the exposed adhesive side serving as a lint magnet). Looking over the titles I bought is nostalgic, but it's time to toss them, which is what happened to their associated old timey dot-matrix printed store receipts long ago. However, I have scanned them for posterity, and present them now with anecdotes. Let us return to the glorious days of '90s compact disc retail:
Bought these together, same store as above. The Abomination debut was in the bins from the very first time I went to the store, but it took a while before I finally bought it (since the store tended to mark down metal, I think I was waiting to see if they'd lower the price). So fast forward to a few months later, when Rrröööaaarrr shows up. Keep in mind I had never seen the album before, SO THE KILLER LOOK OF THE AWAYTANK TOTALLY MESMERIZES ME. OF COURSE I HAVE TO BUY IT. Well, the act of buying the Voivod CD just so happened to fill up my frequent buyer card, so since I was due a free CD, I finally snagged the Abomination disc.
In fact, this was only $2.99 or $3.99, but I don't have the second label that amended the price. This was the Metal Blade press--I was happy with the purchase at the time, not realizing that they cut "Bells of Acheron"--my favorite song from Ancient Dreams--for the U.S. version.
Didn't get these at the same time. Initially I only knew of the band from their appearance as the opening act on the 3-Way Thrash video. Remember guitarist John Bury's killer thrashafro? Human Wreckage can be counted as one of the better UK thrash albums; the follow-up is not terrible but quite generic.
Also picked up Belial - Wisdom of Darkness (with the nicer landscape cover), Sadistic Intent -Resurrection, and Usurper - Diabolosis in the same trip. Ironic how only the label for the worst CD of the bunch remains.
This was the old uncensored cover pressing with most of Reek... as bonustracks. The guy at the counter jokingly asked if I had looked at the cover, saying it would give him nightmares.
I'm glad I found this, but I've always thought everything Destroyer 666 paled in comparison to the debut. Most of their EP tracks are better than the album stuff, and Phoenix Rising fares a little better with the new version of "Eternal Glory of War," but I'll take Violence is the Prince... over the rest any day.
I believe this had just been released so it was kind of surprising to find it used. Luck of the Corpse and The 13 Frightened Souls are some of my favorite death metal of all time--I still liked them here with the thrashier sound, but I'm indifferent about later stuff aside from the cover tunes.
Got these at the same time, and coincidentally, they're both fine '95 black metal debuts. I won't say anymore as I need to conserve Maniac Butcher content for the inevitable post about bands who superimpose themselves onto horsies in pictures.
This was in excellent condition, quite surprising for a Slayer CD. I think the store manager may have even made a remark about that to me when ringing me up, but it's been so long I don't remember.
Didn't quite buy these at the same time--consecutive trips, I believe. Close enough. Both of these were the European Geffen presses with the helpful stickered reminders that they were DIGITALLY REMASTERED and indeed NO FUCKIN' BOOTLEGS. I think Into Glory Ride was marked down from the price on the label but I honestly can't remember.
Yes, you are reading that correctly.
And the rest:
As a bonus, some additional labels from other stores that I happened to save:
This was for Indestructible Noise Command's The Visitor. Getting it for $2.99 was a steal already, but they let me have it free since the booklet had a tear in it.