Wednesday, July 16, 2008

TVD's Daily Wax | Iron Maiden "The Number of the Beast"

I've got a dilemma with my record collection I think--it's too diverse. Normally, that's a strength, right? But last night as I was adding a new stack to the shelves--swapping out the generic inner sleeves for pristine new ones then slapping on the poly sleeves--I was thinking I've got a problem. And it's a problem with mixing genres, I think. Last night's stack consisted of some Ozzy records, and some Rush records...The Hollies, Neil Young, Steely Dan, Molly Hatchet (really, not joking), Nazareth...well, you get the picture. It was a 'rock' stack. But I'm a notorious alphabetizer, so I was sliding this stack in between Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Culture Club, Coltrane, Sylvian, Mingus...and I thought, this ain't right. Should I separate my genres?

Back in high school, my friends were as diverse. This Maiden LP reminds me of partying under the boardwalk at the Jersey Shore...a trash can with a fire lit inside to keep us warm in winter. Some cold Jack and a few cigs with the 'wrong' bunch of friends, some still around and a few who have passed on. Come the following Mondays I'd be back in my 'honors' classes thinking, "should I separate my genres?"

Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast (Mp3)
Iron Maiden - Hallowed Be Thy Name (Live) (Mp3)
Iron Maiden - The Prisoner (Mp3)
Iron Maiden - 22 Acacia Avenue (Mp3)
Iron Maiden - Run To The Hills (Mp3)