W.A.S.P. – Babylon (2009)
I’m not sure if it’s W.A.S.P. releasing albums late in the year with no proper U.S. distribution or me not going the extra mile to pick the album up. This is the second W.A.S.P. release in a row that I have missed when it was released and picked up in the next year. I did the same thing with DOMINATOR (2007) and now I’ve missed the boat on BABYLON! Actually, I did try and order this CD, along with Danger Danger & W.E.T., through my favorite online store but I kept getting the emails saying it was sold out. Needless to say, my favorite online CD retailer isn’t my favorite anymore! This came down to price and pressing. On one hand, I could pay the import price of $25 and get the CD from Europe but the place I order from had it for $15. The same thing happened with DOMINATOR and I finally went to Ebay and scored a Russian pressing for cheap money. The problem is that certain Russian Federation labels are legit and some are not so I try to stay away from those kinds of pressings. I would rather get a proper European, Japanese or U.S. pressing if it becomes available. Sounds picky but sometimes the collecotr in me outweighs the fan…..and I have been a W.A.S.P. fan ever since I saw the ad for the ‘Animal (Fuck Like A Beast)’ single in Circus back in 1983 or 1984. I’ve been a fan of the band since the first record straight through to the last one so buying BABYLON is a no-brainer. Again, more great reviews online and this made a few best of lists for 2009 so I’m anticipating another solid album. This is high on my want list so I will be ordering very soon.