It's interesting how spending time here at TalkBass causes a great amount of GAS to some people. I seem to have an issue with recordings. People talk about great recordings, great bass players, great grooves, must have CDs and, before I know it, I have a list, that's about a foot long, of recordings I need to get. So this week I took my change jar (accumulation of pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters) down to the bank and cashed them in. I then went on to Amazon.com where I proceeded to purchase CDs that totaled twice as much as what I got back in change. I'm supposed to get these CDs sometime next week, but here's a list of what I purchased: Weather Report: Black Market, 8:30 Now one of the problems with Amazon.com is when you make a purchase, they make suggestions of what else to get. On top of that, they will give you discounts if you purchase these recordings together. I was planning on only purchasing Black Market, a recording I had on cassette years ago, when they suggested I by 8:30 as well. Jaco live with Weather Report.... how could I refuse. Allman Brothers: Live at the Fillmore East I saw a thing on the Biography Channel about Bill Graham and they talked about some of the Allman Bros. gigs at the Fillmore as being some of the best gigs ever witnessed. Someone from here also listed this recording as one of their top 3 favorites. Good enough for me. Donny Hathaway: Live I bought this exclusively because of all the great comments from TalkBass on Willie Weeks and the wonderful grooves on this recording. Stanley Clarke and Friends: Live at the Greek I saw Stanley Clarke around the time this was recorded and it was one of the best concerts I've ever witnessed. Graham Central Station: Self titled I'm a big fan of Larry Graham and Sly and the Family Stone... seemed like a natural. The Brothers Johnson: Looking Out For #1, Right on Time I have a greatest hits CD from the Brothers Johnson and I think Louis Johnson is and incredible bass player. I thought it would be interesting to hear some of their original recordings. I didn't even know they were still available. Charles Mingus: The Black Saint and Sinner Lady I've been on a Mingus kick lately. This is one of the recordings I don't have... along with: Ellington, Mingus and Roach: Money Jungle Three of the greatest names in jazz get together for a trio recording... seemed like another no-brainer. Marcus Miller: Tales This is the only studio recording of his I don't have. I just love his 'updated' old school vibe. Curtis Mayfield: Superfly 25th Anniversary Edition Again, I have a 'greatest hits' recording of Curtis Mayfield but I thought it would be interesting to get one of his albums. Raphael Saadiq: Instant Vintage Saadiq also has a cool updated old school vibe. I really liked Toni, Tone, Toney so I thought it would be worth a shot. Michael Manring: Book of Flame I already have Attention Deficit's- The Idiot King, which is a great recording, but I've never gotten a Michael Manring solo CD. I heard Thonk! was the one to get but, for some reason, it's out of print. Book of Flame also has gotten some sterling reviews, from here and elsewhere, so it seemed like a good time to make the purchase. Besides, if I don't like it, I can always go to his forum, here at TalkBass, and ask him, "what were you thinking?!" ... what an option! And so now I'm broke... but I got free shipping! Any comments?