Sunday, April 27, 2008

Gems from the bargain bin

We've all seen it. You're in a department store, walking by the electronics area, and it's right there in the main aisle. The Bargain Bin. Full of CD's/DVD's that just won't sell anywhere else, the bargain bin can be a treasure trove for the patient.
Admittedly, most of what one finds in these bargain bins belongs there. Most of it. Every now and then, however, patient searching will reveal a true gem.
I discovered this about ten years ago, when I worked for one of these department stores (the name doesn't matter, they went out of business in 1999). Working for a department store didn't offer much in the way of pay, so I would routinely paw through the bargain bin, hoping for a decent CD that wouldn't put a sizable dent in my paycheck. That's how I found this:
As I recall, it only cost me about $5, and it was well worth it. This CD starts out wit a brief narrative from the titular vampire, which introduces the darkly romantic theme of this CD. The music is keyboard driven, mostly piano pieces, and it is excellent. There is not a song on this CD that I don't like. A couple of them are reminiscent of Castlevania - Symphony of the Night.
This CD has been in my regular rotation since I bought it. over 10 years for about $5.00 - not a bad deal.

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