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Top 30 Most Expensive Items Sold In The Discogs Marketplace For August 2018

When Pink Floyd is mentioned around these parts, it’s usually because Dark Side Of The Moon has topped this list or that list. It’s a pretty common occurrence. However, this is not one of those instances. The top seller of August 2018 isn’t that behemoth. It’s an edition of the 1969 double LP Ummagumma. It went for $13,953, and that massive sale price raised eyebrows for multiple reasons.

First of all, only one record sold for more in 2018 — the one-of-a-kind sealed Canadian copy of Prince’s Black Album, which went for an eye-popping $27,500. This month’s number one is also the fourth highest seller of the last two years, behind an unreleased version of God Save The Queen by the Sex Pistols and a promo copy of the first Beatles hit, Love Me Do, which routinely tops this list. Plus, last time a Pink Floyd release made it to the number top spot here, the price was nothing compared to this month. And that was for arguably Pink Floyd’s best record!

So now you’re thinking, “OK, why is a copy of Pink Floyd’s ninth best album worth $14,000? How can it compare to those other ultra-rare releases?” Yes it’s a Japanese promo copy, but that doesn’t necessarily mean a lot. As always, our resident discography specialist Brent Greissle came to the rescue.

One consideration is the color. While something like red wax seems relatively commonplace these days, it wasn’t back then. In fact, colored LPs often weren’t meant for mass consumption. “The label used red vinyl for promos at the time, and the Ummagumma promo happened to get that treatment,” he pointed out. “Early 45s were all colored vinyl, and a few releases in the ’70s were entirely colored vinyl. But for the most part up until semi-recently, the majority of stuff is on black wax.”

There’s also the particular nature of this release. Oftentimes when crate digging, you’ll find one old promo copy after another. So many clipped corners! Not this time. “Given that it’s Floyd, I’d assume not many promo copies were made, given the lack of actual effort needed to promote it,” Brent reasoned. “I’d also assume that radio stations would have played their copies to death, so good, clean copies would be hyper-rare.”

That means even though it doesn’t have a captivating backstory like the Canadian Black Album or an unreleased God Save The Queen single, all the factors start compounding on one another to create a very specific type of rarity.

Now it’s time for you to dig into the rest of the top 30, where there are plenty more stories to be found — like the hand-decorated copy of Guided By Voices’ Propeller or the first single from a pre-Bowie Davie Jones.

  1. John And Philipa Cooper - The Cooperville Times

    John And Philipa Cooper – The Cooperville Times

    Sold for $1250.00 Label: Parlophone
    Format: LP
    Country: South Africa
    Released: 1969
    Genres: Rock, Pop, Folk, World, & Country
    Styles: Folk Rock, Psychedelic Rock

  2. Elvis Presley - The Complete Elvis Presley Masters

    Elvis Presley – The Complete Elvis Presley Masters

    Sold for $1295.00 Label: Legacy, RCA
    Format: 30xCD, Comp
    Country: US
    Released: 2010
    Genres: Rock, Folk, World, & Country
    Styles: Country, Gospel, Rock & Roll, Rockabilly

  3. David Bowie - The World Of David Bowie

    David Bowie – The World Of David Bowie

    Sold for $1298.00 Label: Decca
    Format: LP, Comp, TP
    Country: UK
    Released: 1970
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Folk Rock

  4. Little Joe Hinton - Let's Start A Romance / Your Kind Of Love

    Little Joe Hinton – Let’s Start A Romance / Your Kind Of Love

    Sold for $1300.00 Label: Arvee
    Format: 7″, Single
    Country: US
    Released: 1961
    Genres: Funk / Soul
    Styles: Soul

  5. August Tide - Laurie / Far Away Places

    August Tide – Laurie / Far Away Places

    Sold for $1300.00
    Format: 7″
    Country: US
    Genres: Funk / Soul

  6. Ghost (32) - Elizabeth / Death Knell

    Ghost (32) – Elizabeth / Death Knell

    Sold for $1315.00 Label: Iron Pegasus Records
    Format: 7″, Ltd, Red
    Country: Germany
    Released: 2010
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Blues Rock, Doom Metal, Classic Rock

  7. The Beatles - Meet The Beatles

    The Beatles – Meet The Beatles

    Sold for $1315.00 Label: Capitol Records
    Format: 7″, Jukebox
    Country: US
    Released: 1964
    Genres: Rock, Pop
    Styles: Beat

  8. Pöbel - Es Lebe Hoch Die Perversion

    Pöbel – Es Lebe Hoch Die Perversion

    Sold for $1358.00 Label: Panza-Platte
    Format: 7″
    Country: Austria
    Released: 1981
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Punk

  9. July (3) - July

    July (3) – July

    Sold for $1394.00 Label: Major Minor
    Format: LP, Album, Mono
    Country: UK
    Released: 1968
    Genres: Rock, Pop
    Styles: Psychedelic Rock

  10. Melvins - Endless Residency

    Melvins – Endless Residency

    Sold for $1395.00 Label: Amphetamine Reptile Records
    Format: 5×12″, Red + 3×12″, S/Sided, Red + Box, Ltd, HAZ
    Country: US
    Released: 2011
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Alternative Rock

  11. Ron B (3) And The Step 2 Crew - Stitch By Stitch / Live Entertainer

    Ron B (3) And The Step 2 Crew – Stitch By Stitch / Live Entertainer

    Sold for $1400.00 Label: Asiatic Records
    Format: 12″
    Country: US
    Released: 1990
    Genres: Hip Hop

  12. Michael Garrick Septet - Black Marigolds

    Michael Garrick Septet – Black Marigolds

    Sold for $1433.00 Label: Argo (2)
    Format: LP, Album, Mono
    Country: UK
    Released: 1966
    Genres: Jazz

  13. Masayuki Takayanagi Quintet - Flower Girl

    Masayuki Takayanagi Quintet – Flower Girl

    Sold for $1453.00 Label: Not On Label
    Format: LP, Album, Ltd
    Country: Japan
    Released: 1969
    Genres: Jazz
    Styles: Latin Jazz

  14. Love Company (2) - Somebody Help Me Be Fair / Love Tempo

    Love Company (2) – Somebody Help Me Be Fair / Love Tempo

    Sold for $1500.00 Label: SRO Records
    Format: 7″
    Country: US
    Released: 1980
    Genres: Funk / Soul

  15. Mayhem - Deathcrush

    Mayhem – Deathcrush

    Sold for $1500.00 Label: Posercorpse Music
    Format: 12″, EP, Ltd
    Country: Norway
    Released: 1987
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Black Metal

  16. Eminem - Infinite

    Eminem – Infinite

    Sold for $1588.00 Label: Web Entertainment
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: US
    Released: 1996
    Genres: Hip Hop
    Styles: Hardcore Hip-Hop, Conscious

  17. Don Rendell Ian Carr 5tet - Dusk Fire

    Don Rendell Ian Carr 5tet – Dusk Fire

    Sold for $1802.00 Label: Columbia
    Format: LP, Album, Mono
    Country: UK
    Released: 1966
    Genres: Jazz
    Styles: Contemporary Jazz, Modal

  18. Raymond Harper & The Melody Makers (4) / The Enchanters (3) - Safari

    Raymond Harper & The Melody Makers (4) / The Enchanters (3) – Safari

    Sold for $1818.00 Label: Doctor Bird
    Format: 7″, Single
    Country: Jamaica
    Released: 1966
    Genres: Reggae
    Styles: Ska

  19. Guided By Voices - Propeller

    Guided By Voices – Propeller

    Sold for $2000.00 Label: Rockathon, Old Age / No Age
    Format: LP, Album, Ltd, Num, W/Lbl
    Country: US
    Released: 1992
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Indie Rock, Lo-Fi

  20. Blues Addicts - Blues Addicts

    Blues Addicts – Blues Addicts

    Sold for $2000.00 Label: Spectator Records
    Format: LP
    Country: Denmark
    Released: 1970
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Blues Rock, Garage Rock, Psychedelic Rock

  21. Dangerous Rhythm (2) - No, No, No

    Dangerous Rhythm (2) – No, No, No

    Sold for $2099.00 Label: Orfeon
    Format: 7″, EP, Mono
    Country: Mexico
    Released: 1979
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Punk

  22. Davy Jones - You've Got A Habit Of Leaving

    Davy Jones – You’ve Got A Habit Of Leaving

    Sold for $2325.00 Label: Parlophone
    Format: 7″, Single
    Country: UK
    Released: 1965
    Genres: Rock, Pop
    Styles: Pop Rock

  23. Gary Walker & The Rain - Album No. 1

    Gary Walker & The Rain – Album No. 1

    Sold for $2325.00 Label: Philips
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: Japan
    Released: 1968
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Beat, Garage Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Pop Rock

  24. Lazy Smoke - Corridor Of Faces

    Lazy Smoke – Corridor Of Faces

    Sold for $2500.00 Label: Onyx (5)
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: US
    Released: 1968
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Psychedelic Rock, Beat

  25. The Beatles - Please Please Me

    The Beatles – Please Please Me

    Sold for $2558.00 Label: Parlophone
    Format: LP, Album, Mono, Bla
    Country: UK
    Released: 1963
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Beat, Rock & Roll

  26. The Smiths - Reel Around The Fountain / Jeane

    The Smiths – Reel Around The Fountain / Jeane

    Sold for $2763.00 Label: Rough Trade
    Format: 7″, TP, W/Lbl
    Country: UK
    Released: 1983
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Alternative Rock

  27. Jean Dubuffet - Pleure et Applaudit

    Jean Dubuffet – Pleure et Applaudit

    Sold for $2905.00 Label: Galleria Del Cavallino Venise
    Format: 10″, Ltd, Num
    Country: France
    Released: 1961
    Genres: Non-Music, Classical
    Styles: Spoken Word, Experimental, Free Improvisation, Noise

  28. Opus (9) - The Atrocity / Good Procedures

    Opus (9) – The Atrocity / Good Procedures

    Sold for $3500.00 Label: Catatonic Records (3)
    Format: 7″, Single
    Country: US
    Released: 1979
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Punk

  29. Davie Jones With The King Bees - Liza Jane

    Davie Jones With The King Bees – Liza Jane

    Sold for $3947.00 Label: Vocalion Pop
    Format: 7″, Single
    Country: UK
    Released: 1964
    Genres: Rock, Blues, Pop
    Styles: Beat, Rhythm & Blues

  30. Pink Floyd - Ummagumma

    Pink Floyd – Ummagumma

    Sold for $13953.00 Label: Odeon
    Format: 2xLP, Album, Promo, Red
    Country: Japan
    Released: 1970
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Psychedelic Rock, Experimental, Classic Rock


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