This week in Vinyl: Them Crooked Vultures

I should probably be embarrassed at how much money I spent on this record. Or the fact that I bought two of them. I should be, but I’m really not.

Here’s how it went down: a couple years ago I started listening to The Foo Fighters. I mean really listening. I got past Everlong and Monkeywrench and worked my way through every album. Time well spent, as it turns out. As much as I enjoyed the music, I really got to enjoy listening to Dave Grohl talk about making music. And man, can that dude can spin a yarn. Anyway, somewhere along the line I learned that he played with Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age on some of their tunes. I didn’t really know much about Queens at the time, but one record opens the door to the next and this was the one that introduced me to their unique style and sound.

In 2009, in what seems to be another in a moment of music making genius, they created this “super(duper)group” with John Paul Jones from none other than your favorite ground breaking band of all time and mine, Led Zeppelin. I know, right? Crazy. The result is pretty much what you’d expect: A mind blowing one off record by three of the most influential rock musicians of our time. As you might expect, this turned out to be one very hard record to get my hands on. After several lost bids and one surprisingly accepted offer, this copy arrived on my doorstep.

I almost didn’t want to open it.

It was a tough call, but I decided not to. I did some reading and it seems that sealed copies of rare records are fairly valuable, which I can certainly attest to considering how much I paid for this one. So, rather than diminish the value of what seems to be an investment, I went back on the hunt and found a pre owned copy in great condition for a little bit less. I ended up having to wait another couple of weeks to finally listen to it, but I can tell you, it was well worth the wait.

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