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The Most Expensive Prog Rock Albums Ever Sold on Discogs

It’s time for another breakdown of the most expensive vinyl, cassettes, and CDs sold in the Discogs Marketplace. If you’re a regular reader of Discogs, then you’re familiar with our monthly roundups of pricey items, which usually feature classic records, limited LPs, and a coveted 7-inch releases.

We’re switching things up a bit and looking more closely at one specific genre: prog rock. Below you’ll find the most expensive prog-rock records ever sold on Discogs.

Prog rock, short for progressive rock, is a subgenre that was birthed in the 1960s and popularized across the United Kingdom and the United States. The style is closely associated with early psychedelic rock but often painted as more artistic, symphonic, orchestral, and complex. If we paint with even broad strokes to describe prog rock to those new to the genre, you can expect ambiance, poetic lyrics, long instrumentals, and plenty of experimentation.

As you scroll down, you’ll immediately notice a few themes. First off, there are no CDs or cassettes among the top 30 — only vinyl. Early-1970s releases from the United Kingdom dominate. In fact, there are only three albums not released in the ’70s (two from 1969 and one from 1982) and 14 from countries other than the UK (mostly Italy, Germany, and the United States).

The ’70s drops make sense because, according to the Database, that decade gave us the second-highest amount of genre releases (beat only by the 2010s). However, the most expensive list contrasts with the most collected and top-selling records in the style, which are predominantly by Pink Floyd, as well as what many prog rock fans would define as essential listening, which includes the likes of King Crimson, Yes, and Gentle Giant.

Why the difference? Well, a lot of the most expensive records are also the most rare. On the list, you’ll find a large swatch of test pressings and limited-edition releases. For example, the album at the No. 1 spot — The Love Cycle by Forever Amber, a short-lived British band with only one album — allegedly only has 99 copies in existence, and the No. 2 record, A Fleeting Glance, was created for charity.

You’ll also notice a few repeats from Genesis, Cherry Five, Mellow Candle, Room, and David Bowie. That’s because multiple copies of the same release sold for high price tags. Let’s take a closer look at that live test pressing from Genesis: There are only 16 known copies in the world and the median price on Discogs ($3,647.06) is steeper than some of the individual sales on this list! The Database calls it the “rarest official Genesis record in existence.”

Are any of the records in your collection? What about these specific releases? What are you spinning them on? If we had even one of these beauties, we would have put them on something as nice as the Technics SL-1000R. When you’ve got quality, you need a quality turntable to match.

Top 30 Most Expensive Prog Rock Albums

  1. Pete Fine - On A Day Of Crystaline Thought

    Pete Fine – On A Day Of Crystaline Thought

    Sold for $2,500.00
    Label: Not On Label
    Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition
    Country: US
    Released: 1974

  2. Gäa - Auf Der Bahn Zum Uranus

    Gäa – Auf Der Bahn Zum Uranus

    Sold for $2,546.51
    Label: Kerston Records
    Format: Vinyl, Album, LP
    Country: Germany
    Released: 1973

  3. Motiffe - Motiffe

    Motiffe – Motiffe

    Sold for $2,551.91
    Label: Deroy
    Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
    Country: UK
    Released: 1972

  4. Chicken Bones - Hardrock In Concert

    Chicken Bones – Hardrock In Concert

    Sold for $2,558.14
    Label: Procom Records
    Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
    Country: Germany
    Released: 1976

  5. David Bowie - The Man Who Sold The World

    David Bowie – The Man Who Sold The World

    Sold for $2,558.14
    Label: Mercury
    Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
    Country: UK
    Released: 1971

  6. Mellow Candle - Swaddling Songs

    Mellow Candle – Swaddling Songs

    Sold for $2,558.14
    Label: Deram
    Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo, Gatefold
    Country: UK
    Released: 1972

  7. Room - Pre-Flight

    Room – Pre-Flight

    Sold for $2,790.70
    Label: Deram
    Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
    Country: UK
    Released: 1970

  8. David Bowie - The Man Who Sold The World

    David Bowie – The Man Who Sold The World

    Sold for $2,790.70
    Label: Mercury
    Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
    Country: UK
    Released: 1971

  9. Serenity - Piece Of Mind

    Serenity – Piece Of Mind

    Sold for $2,800.00
    Label: Down Under
    Format: Vinyl, LP
    Country: New Zealand
    Released: 1972

  10. Pink Floyd - The Dark Side Of The Moon

    Pink Floyd – The Dark Side Of The Moon

    Sold for $2,905.81
    Label: Harvest
    Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold Sleeve
    Country: UK
    Released: 1973

  11. Genesis - From Genesis To Revelation

    Genesis – From Genesis To Revelation

    Sold for $2,906.98
    Label: Decca
    Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Mono
    Country: UK
    Released: 1969

  12. Genesis - Live At Leicester / Manchester

    Genesis – Live At Leicester / Manchester

    Sold for $3,139.53
    Label: Philips
    Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Test Pressing, Stereo
    Country: Netherlands
    Released: 1973

  13. Mellow Candle - Swaddling Songs

    Mellow Candle – Swaddling Songs

    Sold for $3,250.00
    Label: Deram
    Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo, Gatefold
    Country: UK
    Released: 1972

  14. Pink Floyd - The Dark Side Of The Moon

    Pink Floyd – The Dark Side Of The Moon

    Sold for $3,313.95
    Label: Harvest
    Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold Sleeve
    Country: UK
    Released: 1973

  15. Apoteosi - Apoteosi

    Apoteosi – Apoteosi

    Sold for $3,430.23
    Label: Said Record
    Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
    Country: Italy
    Released: 1975

  16. Cherry Five - Cherry Five

    Cherry Five – Cherry Five

    Sold for $3,488.36
    Label: Cinevox
    Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold
    Country: Italy
    Released: 1975

  17. Five Day Rain - Five Day Rain

    Five Day Rain – Five Day Rain

    Sold for $3,488.37
    Label: Not On Label
    Format: Not On Label
    Country: UK
    Released: 1970

  18. Mellow Candle - Swaddling Songs

    Mellow Candle – Swaddling Songs

    Sold for $3,720.93
    Label: Deram
    Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo, Gatefold
    Country: UK
    Released: 1972

  19. Room - Pre-Flight

    Room – Pre-Flight

    Sold for $3,720.93
    Label: Deram
    Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
    Country: UK
    Released: 1970

  20. カウント・バッファロー ウガンダ (アフリカン・ロックの夜明け) / Count Buffalo – Uganda (Dawn of African Rock)

    カウント・バッファロー ウガンダ (アフリカン・ロックの夜明け) / Count Buffalo – Uganda (Dawn of African Rock)

    Sold for $3,795.43
    Label: Toshiba Records
    Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Quadraphonic, Box Set with Obi
    Country: Japan
    Released: 1972

  21. Analogy - Analogy

    Analogy – Analogy

    Sold for $4,069.77
    Label: Dischi Produzioni Ventotto
    Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo
    Country: Italy
    Released: 1972

  22. Genesis - Live At Leicester / Manchester

    Genesis – Live At Leicester / Manchester

    Sold for $4,069.77
    Label: Philips
    Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Test Pressing, Stereo
    Country: Netherlands
    Released: 1973

  23. Cherry Five - Cherry Five

    Cherry Five – Cherry Five

    Sold for $4,069.77
    Label: Cinevox
    Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold
    Country: Italy
    Released: 1975

  24. Pink Floyd - Meddle

    Pink Floyd – Meddle

    Sold for $4,400.00
    Label: EMI
    Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Blue Transparent
    Country: Colombia
    Released: 1982

  25. Steel Mill - Green Eyed God

    Steel Mill – Green Eyed God

    Sold for $4,418.60
    Label: Penny Farthing
    Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
    Country: UK
    Released: 1975

  26. Mellow Candle - Swaddling Songs

    Mellow Candle – Swaddling Songs

    Sold for $4,593.02
    Label: Deram
    Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo, Gatefold
    Country: UK
    Released: 1972

  27. Capitolo 6 - Frutti Per Kagua

    Capitolo 6 – Frutti Per Kagua

    Sold for $4,651.16
    Label: it
    Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo, Gatefold
    Country: Italy
    Released: 1972

  28. Metaphysical Animation - Metaphysical Animation

    Metaphysical Animation – Metaphysical Animation

    Sold for $5,000.00
    Label: Not On Label
    Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo
    Country: US
    Released: 1973

  29. A Fleeting Glance - A Fleeting Glance

    A Fleeting Glance – A Fleeting Glance

    Sold for $5,813.95
    Label: Not On Label
    Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
    Country: UK
    Released: 1970

  30. Forever Amber - The Love Cycle

    Forever Amber – The Love Cycle

    Sold for $6,382.98
    Label: Advance
    Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Mono
    Country: UK
    Released: 1969

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