The Sonics

Top 30 Most Expensive Items Sold In Discogs Marketplace For February 2019

Who knows what bizarre adventures our Top 30 bring this month? Last time, we were mesmerized by the story behind that Burzum CD that sold for $1,500. Wild, isn’t it? Curiously enough, this month another record by him is the second most expensive item sold in the Discogs Marketplace. Paying $2,247.00 for a 12″ with three songs isn’t exactly our definition of bang for your buck, but to each their own.

We feel like it’s starting to fade away at this point, but the cultural impact Bohemian Rhapsody’ theatrical release was strong. The movie helped millions of new fans to connect with the already-huge British band Queen and put them back in the spotlight. In February, this very special edition of News Of The World sold for $1,592.00. What’s the catch? We’ll let you find out for yourself.

Coming in near the bottom of the list we have one of the most expensive Record Store Day releases ever purchased on Discogs, a signed Paul McCartney release called Sweet Thrash. In 2015, select shops in the US received a single copy and were instructed to not advertise it or include it with other RSD releases, but to instead hide it under the Paul McCartney section. Record Store Day 2019 is just a few weeks away. You can check out the 2019 releases as they are added to the database here. For the curious collectors, we published a list of the most expensive Record Store Day releases sold on Discogs last year.

Paying attention to the rest of the chart, we see a solid mix of artists who will most likely ring the bell – Pink Floyd, Bathory, The Smiths, Darkthrone – with plenty of soul/funk singles. The latest is an unstoppable trend mostly fueled by collectors of the genre and DJs.

But what will really be remembered about this chart is its number one. For the first time ever on Discogs, the debut single by The Sonics has been sold. We know what you’re thinking: That can’t be possible! Well, these are not The Sonics you know.

After a bit of research, and thanks to the community’s amazing contributions to the Discogs Database, we found The Sonics in question. Formed in Bangkok in the mid-’60s, we managed to find a Facebook page compiling some pictures from the band. And if you want to know the price of the single You Don’t Hear Me / Marshall, just scroll down to the bottom of the list.

  1. Pink Floyd - The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn

    Pink Floyd – The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn

    Sold for $1200.00 Label: Odeon
    Format: LP, Album, Red
    Country: Japan
    Released: 1970
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Psychedelic Rock

  2. PM* - Sweet Thrash

    PM* – Sweet Thrash

    Sold for $1200.00 Label: Not On Label (Paul McCartney Self-released)
    Format: 12″, W/Lbl
    Country: UK, Europe & US
    Released: 2015
    Genres: Rock

  3. The Paragons (3) - Abba

    The Paragons (3) – Abba

    Sold for $1250.00 Label: Bobbi Records
    Format: 7″, Single
    Country: US
    Released: 1966
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Garage Rock

  4. Werther - Werther

    Werther – Werther

    Sold for $1250.00 Label: Stylo Records (2)
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: Brazil
    Released: 1970
    Genres: Folk, World, & Country
    Styles: Bossa Nova

  5. Duke Browner - Crying Over You

    Duke Browner – Crying Over You

    Sold for $1282.00 Label: Impact Records (11)
    Format: 7″, Single
    Country: US
    Released: 1966
    Genres: Funk / Soul
    Styles: Soul

  6. Linda Hoyle - Pieces Of Me

    Linda Hoyle – Pieces Of Me

    Sold for $1300.00 Label: Vertigo
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: UK
    Released: 1971
    Genres: Jazz, Rock
    Styles: Blues Rock, Jazz-Rock

  7. Soul Culture (2) - Hippie From Johnson City

    Soul Culture (2) – Hippie From Johnson City

    Sold for $1300.00 Label: Champ Records (4)
    Format: 7″, Single
    Country: US
    Released: 1969
    Genres: Funk / Soul, Blues
    Styles: Soul

  8. David Oistrakh*, Vladimir Yampolsky - Encores

    David Oistrakh*, Vladimir Yampolsky – Encores

    Sold for $1306.00 Label: Columbia
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: UK
    Genres: Classical

  9. The Trips - LOVE CAN'T BE MODERNIZED

    The Trips – LOVE CAN’T BE MODERNIZED

    Sold for $1315.00 Label: SOUNDVILLE
    Format: 7″, Single
    Country: US
    Genres: Funk / Soul

  10. Cleveland Robinson - Boy / Let It Be Me

    Cleveland Robinson – Boy / Let It Be Me

    Sold for $1326.00 Label: Nosnibor Records
    Format: 7″, Promo
    Country: US
    Genres: Funk / Soul
    Styles: Soul

  11. Toby Jug & Washboard Band - Greasy Quiff

    Toby Jug & Washboard Band – Greasy Quiff

    Sold for $1327.00 Label: Not On Label
    Format: LP, Mono
    Country: UK
    Released: 1969
    Genres: Rock, Folk, World, & Country
    Styles: Psychedelic Rock, Folk, Folk Rock

  12. The Chosen Few (6) - The Joke's On Us!

    The Chosen Few (6) – The Joke’s On Us!

    Sold for $1354.00 Label: A Few Production
    Format: 7″, EP
    Country: Australia
    Released: 1978
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Garage Rock, Punk

  13. The Illusions (2) - City Of People / Wait Till The Summer

    The Illusions (2) – City Of People / Wait Till The Summer

    Sold for $1400.00 Label: Michelle Records (3)
    Format: 7″, Single
    Country: US
    Released: 1966
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Garage Rock

  14. The McGee's - Got Ta' Get It / So Tired

    The McGee’s – Got Ta’ Get It / So Tired

    Sold for $1420.00 Label: Prelude Records (3)
    Format: 7″
    Country: US
    Genres: Funk / Soul

  15. I Giganti - Terra In Bocca (Poesia Di Un Delitto)

    I Giganti – Terra In Bocca (Poesia Di Un Delitto)

    Sold for $1477.00 Label: Rifi, Rifi
    Format: LP, Album, Gat
    Country: Italy
    Released: 1971
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Prog Rock

  16. Hector Rivera - I Want A Chance For Romance / Hueso (We-So)

    Hector Rivera – I Want A Chance For Romance / Hueso (We-So)

    Sold for $1500.00 Label: Barry Records (2)
    Format: 7″, Single
    Country: US
    Released: 1967
    Genres: Jazz, Latin, Funk / Soul
    Styles: Latin Jazz, Soul

  17. Bathory - Bathory

    Bathory – Bathory

    Sold for $1573.00 Label: Black Mark Production
    Format: LP, Album, Yel
    Country: Sweden
    Released: 1984
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Black Metal

  18. Don Rendell Ian Carr 5tet* - Dusk Fire

    Don Rendell Ian Carr 5tet* – Dusk Fire

    Sold for $1590.00 Label: Columbia
    Format: LP, Album, Mono
    Country: UK
    Released: 1966
    Genres: Jazz
    Styles: Contemporary Jazz, Modal

  19. Queen - News Of The World

    Queen – News Of The World

    Sold for $1592.00 Label: Virgin EMI Records
    Format: LP, Album, Num, RM, 180
    Country: UK & Europe
    Released: 2017
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Hard Rock, Arena Rock

  20. The Smiths - The Smiths

    The Smiths – The Smiths

    Sold for $1600.00 Label: Rough Trade
    Format: LP, Album, Ora
    Country: Hong Kong
    Released: 1984
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Indie Rock

  21. Timi Yuro - As Long As There Is You

    Timi Yuro – As Long As There Is You

    Sold for $1644.00 Label: Liberty
    Format: 7″
    Country: UK
    Released: 1969
    Genres: Pop

  22. Yvonne Baker - To Prove My Love Is True / You Didn't Say A Word

    Yvonne Baker – To Prove My Love Is True / You Didn’t Say A Word

    Sold for $1688.00 Label: Cameo Parkway
    Format: 7″, Single, Promo
    Country: US
    Released: 1967
    Genres: Funk / Soul
    Styles: Soul

  23. Jock Mitchell - Not A Chance In A Million

    Jock Mitchell – Not A Chance In A Million

    Sold for $1700.00 Label: Impact Records (11)
    Format: 7″, Promo, Sty
    Country: US
    Released: 1967
    Genres: Funk / Soul
    Styles: Soul, Rhythm & Blues

  24. Darkthrone - Transilvanian Hunger

    Darkthrone – Transilvanian Hunger

    Sold for $1704.00 Label: Peaceville
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: UK
    Released: 1994
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Black Metal

  25. Top Drawer - Solid Oak

    Top Drawer – Solid Oak

    Sold for $1797.00 Label: Wish Bon
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: US
    Released: 1969
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Acid Rock, Psychedelic Rock

  26. Mellow Candle - Swaddling Songs

    Mellow Candle – Swaddling Songs

    Sold for $2000.00 Label: Deram
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: UK
    Released: 1972
    Genres: Folk, World, & Country
    Styles: Folk Rock

  27. Harvey Scales & The Seven Seas - Trying To Survive / Bump Your Thang

    Harvey Scales & The Seven Seas – Trying To Survive / Bump Your Thang

    Sold for $2000.00 Label: Magic Touch Records
    Format: 7″, Single
    Country: US
    Released: 1969
    Genres: Funk / Soul

  28. Power Of Attorney* - Changing Man

    Power Of Attorney* – Changing Man

    Sold for $2200.00 Label: Brotherhood Records (8), Brotherhood Records (8)
    Format: 7″, Single
    Country: US
    Released: 1973
    Genres: Funk / Soul

  29. Burzum - Aske

    Burzum – Aske

    Sold for $2272.00 Label: Deathlike Silence Productions
    Format: 12″, MiniAlbum, Ltd
    Country: Norway
    Released: 1993
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Black Metal

  30. Sonics (2) - You Don't Hear Me

    Sonics (2) – You Don’t Hear Me

    Sold for $2400.00 Label: Sonics Music Ltd.
    Format: 7″
    Country: US
    Released: 1965
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Garage Rock

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14 Comments
  • May 8,2019 at 00:41

    phallancz… you do realize that Discogs doesn’t sell anything, right? They provide a service, a network where people can sell things they have to others who want them. They do take a percentage of the sale price, but that is not the same. However, since you are obviously righteously offended and thus completely correct, and Vikernes is such a horrible person who did horrible things, then he, and his music, should be banned. After that Discogs will ban the music of any Rapper convicted of a felony, and then Jerry Lee Lewis, Charles Manson etc. I think, given your bubble, that you would be surprised at how many of the musicians listed in the Discogs database had/have what you would probably consider racist views.
    For my part I was honestly under the impression that Discogs, like most companies and people, were relatively uninformed about metal in general (and BM in particular); regardless of how many times Bathory, Mayhem, Burzum, Darkthrone, or Satyricon end up in the top 30. Still not convinced otherwise, but that’s simply the way it is. :)

  • Apr 25,2019 at 05:24

    Mrtaylorblues..
    The Smiths cassette market has blown up so ridiculous it blows my mind. Morrissey solo as well. I am talking 250 to 400 gbs. Not American money, British pounds. After I ran out of vinyl minus the 4 mistress of a single or 5 testpressings,.I started buying import Saudi Thai, Uragury, etc…Because they always had really covers and For scrap dollars. And would give them away when I traded or someone bought a record from me. Now these kids are buying them up for insane money..

  • Apr 18,2019 at 06:42

    This “most expensive” thing is so poxy. There’s enough gougers on this site as it is, so hyping the big sales like this just contributes to the general air of “all my vinyls must be worth loads” that these vinyl revival blow-ins have. Not to mention clueless bricks and mortar stores using the discogs max price as their new base level for pricing collectables they know nothing about. It’s turning records into a beanie baby-esque speculation investment bubble.

  • Apr 17,2019 at 15:33

    Snoopy8080 I’m totally gonna second that, I’d love to know what cassettes are going for too. A most expensive tapes list would be great to see! Im intrigued…

  • Apr 11,2019 at 20:43

    Funny how songs about orc’s and fantasy roleplaying stuff made by Varg Vikernes are “problematic” and “controversial” but same people dont see any problems with Mayhem’s Euronymous being a hardcore communist and adoring authoritarian communist countries and making songs with violent fantasies like in “Deathcrush”. Leftist double standards?

  • Apr 10,2019 at 09:05

    If you look closely, Burzum lyrics doesn’t mention his beliefs, it is pure poetry.
    So albums are not his political manifest, so no reason to stop selling it here.

    If we go that way, let’s take a look of ALL the people from ALL bands, and see their political stands, see who went to jail etc.

    On the other hand, even Mein Kampf is still selling in most of the bookstores, so…

  • Apr 10,2019 at 05:45

    cool that you admit to the problematic views of Burzum yet knowingly let the items continue to be sold on your site.

  • Apr 8,2019 at 16:59

    And as usual, people crying about black metal…

  • Apr 7,2019 at 19:51

    I wonder how this data is gathered? It’s not the first time I’ve purchased something on Discogs and it’s not on the list.

  • Apr 7,2019 at 19:36

    I honestly believed that discogs staff was unaware that Vikernes was a racist scumbag, but after reading the intro it seems you were aware and you’re actually proud, what a lovely story the one about the cd you guys sold, just lovely, selling murder memorabilia is somehow considered a high point for this company, just lovely not only this cd was given and signed Vikernes but it also had belong to guy he murdered for fun, isn’t this a funny story, we at discogs think so and are very proud, now look we now have another record by this racist murdering lunatic, isn’t it great? murder & racism is fine when it fills our pockets! Repugnant!

  • Apr 6,2019 at 21:07

    As Rasb said, #2 is quite hilarious considering anything approaching his ideology is almost immediately and outright banned. Also consider that the price on #7 is because it has “Norwegian Aryan Black Metal” on the back cover instead of the corrected version… I am not saying I’m solely a fan of this style of music, but it’s worth looking deeper than the surface level if either a major marketplace or small consumer; not all art is designed to make you comfortable and many symbols are added to prevent selling in certain markets…

  • Apr 5,2019 at 00:04

    Hahaha, Burzum, so funny…. still ok to sell while so many less controversial records are blocked. Hypocrites!

  • Apr 4,2019 at 21:14

    Regarding #27, Werther, what a great Brazilian record. $1250 seemed reasonable until I read the item description. Would love to see a photo of this.

    “Cover has been partially eaten by termite. Front cover is half affected although image is continuous and visible. Back cover can say is fair. Gatefold inside is very poor has more than half missing. Record is in great shape plays very loud with minimal interference.”

  • Apr 4,2019 at 19:05

    Would Discogs ever consider expanding this monthly Top 30 into other areas and formats? Most expensive items sold typically are vinyl, but it would be interesting to see a monthly list narrowed down to a specific format – say most expensive cassettes or even compact discs.

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