Cherry Five, aka Goblin

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

Last month, we had a chance to meet The Sonics – and no, they weren’t the band you already knew. Fascinating how unearthing old records can also help unearth the history and graphic material related to the bands who created thoem. With this in mind, we couldn’t be more excited to reveal that this month’s chart also introduced to us a band we never saw before in any of our Top 30s.

The act in question is Cherry Five and most likely won’t ring the bell. But if we mention that Cherry Five was the seed to Italian psych-rockers Goblin, that might click. Yes, the legendary band behind some of the most iconic giallo films directed by Dario Argento wasn’t called Goblin from the very beginning.

It didn’t take us long to discover a website compiling information about Italian progressive rock bands called Italian Prog where we found more information about Cherry Five:

Though the LP cover notes only list two musicians’ names, singer Tony Tartarini (previously known as Toni Gionta and former singer with L’Uovo di Colombo) and drummer Carlo Bordini (that also played in a duo Rustichelli & Bordini), the group also included three members of Goblin, keyboard wizard Claudio Simonetti, guitarist Morante and bass player Pignatelli, with the first two of them being credited as composers for all the album tracks.

A genuine rarity, due to the Goblin connection and the small number of copies pressed, Cherry Five album was pressed in 1975, as demonstrated by the date on the label, but released in January 1976. By the way the recording dates on the cover are false, it had been recorded in 1974, not 1975.

Obviously, there’s much more we can talk about in our latest Top 30. Coincidences happen here, and it turns out our number two was also released by a psychedelic rock band called Apple. But this copy was sold for a really high price and just the artwork of An Apple A Day is worth your time.

In the rest of the top 30 most expensive items sold in March, there’s a bit of something for everyone! Always great to see in there beloved artists like Guided By Voices, The Grateful Dead, David Bowie, The Beatles, Pet Shop Boys, The Cramps, Bad Brains, The Who — all properly mixed with more obscure records. We feel like we’re talking too much, so we’ll let the Top 30 do the rest of the talking.

  1. Sonny Clark - Cool Struttin'

    Sonny Clark – Cool Struttin’

    Sold for $1348.00 Label: Blue Note
    Format: LP, Album, Mono
    Country: US
    Released: 1958
    Genres: Jazz
    Styles: Hard Bop

  2. Sabbat - Sabbat

    Sabbat – Sabbat

    Sold for $1348.00 Label: Evil Records
    Format: 7″, Ltd
    Country: Japan
    Released: 1985
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Black Metal

  3. Guided By Voices - Propeller

    Guided By Voices – Propeller

    Sold for $1350.00 Label: Rockathon, Old Age / No Age
    Format: LP, Album, Ltd, Num, W/Lbl
    Country: US
    Released: 1992
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Indie Rock, Lo-Fi

  4. Wooden Horse - II

    Wooden Horse – II

    Sold for $1363.00 Label: York Records
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: UK
    Released: 1973
    Genres: Rock, Folk, World, & Country
    Styles: Folk Rock

  5. Grateful Dead* - Europe '72: The Complete Recordings

    Grateful Dead* – Europe ’72: The Complete Recordings

    Sold for $1400.00 Label: Grateful Dead Records, Rhino Records (2)
    Format: 73xHDCD + Box, Ltd
    Country: US
    Released: 2011
    Genres: Rock, Folk, World, & Country
    Styles: Folk Rock, Rock & Roll, Psychedelic Rock, Country Rock

  6. Mayhem - Deathcrush

    Mayhem – Deathcrush

    Sold for $1404.00 Label: Posercorpse Music
    Format: 12″, EP, Ltd
    Country: Norway
    Released: 1987
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Black Metal

  7. Bobby Boyd Congress - Bobby Boyd Congress

    Bobby Boyd Congress – Bobby Boyd Congress

    Sold for $1460.00 Label: Okapi Records
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: France
    Released: 1971
    Genres: Jazz, Funk / Soul
    Styles: Funk

  8. Tomorrow's People - Open Soul

    Tomorrow’s People – Open Soul

    Sold for $1460.00 Label: Stage Productions
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: US
    Released: 1976
    Genres: Funk / Soul
    Styles: Soul, Funk, Disco

  9. David Bowie - The Man Who Sold The World

    David Bowie – The Man Who Sold The World

    Sold for $1493.00 Label: Mercury
    Format: LP, Album, M/Print
    Country: UK
    Released: 1971
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Classic Rock, Glam

  10. Doug Hammond & David Durrah - Reflections In The Sea Of Nurnen

    Doug Hammond & David Durrah – Reflections In The Sea Of Nurnen

    Sold for $1500.00 Label: Tribe (3)
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: US
    Released: 1975
    Genres: Jazz
    Styles: Soul-Jazz

  11. Eminem - Infinite

    Eminem – Infinite

    Sold for $1500.00 Label: Web Entertainment
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: US
    Released: 1996
    Genres: Hip Hop
    Styles: Hardcore Hip-Hop, Boom Bap

  12. The Beatles - Please Please Me

    The Beatles – Please Please Me

    Sold for $1558.00 Label: Parlophone
    Format: LP, Album, Mono, Gol
    Country: UK
    Released: 1963
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Beat, Rock & Roll

  13. Pet Shop Boys - Electric

    Pet Shop Boys – Electric

    Sold for $1578.00 Label: The Vinyl Factory, x2 (2)
    Format: Box, Album, Ltd + 12″, Ora + 12″, Yel + 12″, Pin +
    Country: UK
    Released: 2013
    Genres: Electronic, Pop
    Styles: Synth-pop, House

  14. Black Spirit (4) - Black Velvet

    Black Spirit (4) – Black Velvet

    Sold for $1599.00 Label: Krios
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: US
    Genres: Funk / Soul

  15. Sangie Davis* And L. Perry* / Devon Irons & Doc Alimantado* - Words / Vampire

    Sangie Davis* And L. Perry* / Devon Irons & Doc Alimantado* – Words / Vampire

    Sold for $1623.00 Label: Black Art
    Format: 12″
    Country: Jamaica
    Released: 1977
    Genres: Reggae
    Styles: Roots Reggae

  16. Anno Domini (2) - On This New Day

    Anno Domini (2) – On This New Day

    Sold for $1634.00 Label: Deram
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: UK
    Released: 1971
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Folk Rock, Prog Rock

  17. Cliff Jordan* - Cliff Craft

    Cliff Jordan* – Cliff Craft

    Sold for $1642.00 Label: Blue Note
    Format: LP, Album, Mono
    Country: US
    Released: 1957
    Genres: Jazz
    Styles: Hard Bop

  18. Paul McCartney And Wings* - Wings 1971-73

    Paul McCartney And Wings* – Wings 1971-73

    Sold for $1644.00 Label: MPL (2), Capitol Records, UMe
    Format: 7xCD, Comp, Dlx, Ltd, Num, RE, RM + 3xDVD-V + Blu-
    Country: N/A
    Released: 2018
    Genres: Rock, Pop
    Styles: Pop Rock, Rock & Roll

  19. David Bowie - Space Oddity

    David Bowie – Space Oddity

    Sold for $1776.00 Label: Philips, Philips
    Format: 7″, Single, Mono, Sol
    Country: UK
    Released: 1969
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Classic Rock

  20. The Show Boys - Run With A Knife

    The Show Boys – Run With A Knife

    Sold for $1948.00 Label: Not On Label (The Show Boys Self-released)
    Format: 7″, W/Lbl
    Country: Jamaica
    Released: 1969
    Genres: Reggae
    Styles: Reggae

  21. Celest Hardie - You're Gone / That's Why I Cried

    Celest Hardie – You’re Gone / That’s Why I Cried

    Sold for $1948.00 Label: Reynolds Records
    Format: 7″
    Country: US
    Released: 1972
    Genres: Funk / Soul
    Styles: Rhythm & Blues

  22. The 7th Avenue Aviators* - You Should ‘O Held On / Boy Next Door

    The 7th Avenue Aviators* – You Should ‘O Held On / Boy Next Door

    Sold for $2000.00 Label: Congress
    Format: 7″, Single, Promo
    Country: US
    Released: 1965
    Genres: Funk / Soul
    Styles: Soul

  23. Bad Brains - Pay To Cum!

    Bad Brains – Pay To Cum!

    Sold for $2000.00 Label: Bad Brain Records
    Format: 7″, Single
    Country: US
    Released: 1980
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Hardcore, Punk

  24. Bee Vee and The Honey Bee - I'm Lost Without Your Love

    Bee Vee and The Honey Bee – I’m Lost Without Your Love

    Sold for $2250.00 Label: Sting (6)
    Format: 7″, Single
    Country: US
    Genres: Funk / Soul
    Styles: Gospel, Soul, Disco

  25. The Cramps - Songs The Lord Taught Us

    The Cramps – Songs The Lord Taught Us

    Sold for $2368.00 Label: Illegal Records (2)
    Format: LP, Album, TP, Dif
    Country: UK
    Released: 1980
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Punk, Psychobilly, Garage Rock

  26. The Who - My Generation

    The Who – My Generation

    Sold for $2471.00 Label: Decca
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: Japan
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Mod, Beat

  27. The Dirty Filthy Mud* - The Forest Of Black

    The Dirty Filthy Mud* – The Forest Of Black

    Sold for $2500.00 Label: Worex
    Format: 7″
    Country: US
    Released: 1968
    Genres: Electronic, Rock
    Styles: Psychedelic Rock

  28. Bob & Fred, Baha Strings - I'll Be On My Way (Part 1)

    Bob & Fred, Baha Strings – I’ll Be On My Way (Part 1)

    Sold for $2500.00 Label: Big Mack
    Format: 7″, Single
    Country: US
    Released: 1966
    Genres: Funk / Soul
    Styles: Soul

  29. Apple (4) - An Apple A Day

    Apple (4) – An Apple A Day

    Sold for $3651.00 Label: Page One
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: UK
    Released: 1969
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Psychedelic Rock, Pop Rock

  30. Cherry Five - Cherry Five

    Cherry Five – Cherry Five

    Sold for $3932.00 Label: Cinevox
    Format: LP, Album, Gat
    Country: Italy
    Released: 1975
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Prog Rock

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19 Comments
  • May 23,2019 at 2:57 pm

    se non è un ossessione di un collezionista milionario, potrebbero essere vendute a questi pezzi. Ma anche i collezionisti milionari non sono stupidi, anzi, hanno mezzi che aiutano a valutare i vinili, e non penso siano così “Particolari” da spendere tale cifre, per un 7″, o un 12″ giovane (Pet shop boys 2013) Se venderei i miei fiori all’occhiello della mia collezione se fanno girare queste cifre a 3 zeri, lo potrei farlo anche io. Altri se girano questi prezzi, alzeranno il loro prezzo normale, e questo è preoccupante. Io non ho mai messo in vendita oggetti per più di 300€, idem con gli acquisti mai speso più di 200-250€ per signori vinili. io bloccherei questo venditore, prima che diventi virale, Ci sono altri gruppi, che servono propio a vendere rarità con cifre non sotto i 100€

  • May 18,2019 at 5:00 pm

    “When it’s very hard to find, it’s expensive, obviously.” somebody wrote. That is wrong. You are confusing rare with desirable. If you were right that would mean that if I made one record with an artist that was terrible and nobody wanted and I only made one copy, it would be “expensive, obviously”. Wrong my friend.

  • May 18,2019 at 11:40 am

    Mayhem is an absolute Kvlt m/

  • May 16,2019 at 9:27 pm

    That’s cool to visit that Facebook site and keep an
    Eye out for those records that sell for a lot. You never know if you’ll come across some in a yard sale or local record shop.

  • May 13,2019 at 6:11 pm

    I see your reddit Plastic-man, i saw your Crosley turntable, i think you have no clue about record collection, you just arrive when the record become a business and you judge people are ill/deluted, it’s just because your don’t understad what’s happen there.You are really representative of the new generation who get into record

  • May 13,2019 at 5:00 pm

    There are groups facebook where rockabilly singles go for four-figures on a regular basis. If records are rare and people want them they will pay huge sums.

  • May 11,2019 at 11:36 pm

    You are free to buy it… or NOT, IN FACT.
    When it’s very hard to find, it’s expensive, obviously.

  • May 10,2019 at 3:00 pm

    yes, absorbiant. a hybrid between absurd & exorbitant with the first T left off. I guess.

  • May 10,2019 at 5:02 am

    “Absorbiant”?!?!

  • May 9,2019 at 1:43 pm

    I can’t even imagine paying these absorbiant prices for a record and I LOVE records.

  • May 9,2019 at 11:39 am

    That Cherry Five album is a masterpiece, dare I say better than any of the Goblin LPs (though Roller comes close). I’ve loved it for 30 years and have never seen a copy available anywhere, Goldmine and eBay included. While no record is worth that much to me, it is easily as good as (and arguably much rarer than) some of the Blue Notes that go for twice as much…

  • May 9,2019 at 3:58 am

    Obviously,these records are “worth” what was paid. I do not think that if these People are/were “mentally ill/deluded”they may not have the disposable income that is needed to make such lofty purchases. There are way too many People like You out there, Whom are in denial.They all have the same saying “These People are Crazy”. Maybe, more likely it is You and Your “friends” that are Crazy!

  • May 9,2019 at 2:24 am

    I wonder what some of these artists think of their records selling for 2k….

  • May 8,2019 at 8:01 pm

    something iw worth as much as someone will pay. Discogs queers the top-price market value somewhat, with many sellers posting prices well above the highest price yet paid. But if someone’s willing to pay it ….

  • May 8,2019 at 3:42 pm

    The Cherry Five original LP is extremely rare. I believe was only released as promo since the original copies does not have the Siae rubber stamp. Expensive due to the completist Goblin collectors

  • May 8,2019 at 1:25 pm

    @Plastic-Man: Money is relative, just a way, to get what you want, if you can afford it. If not, keep looking for something else.

  • May 7,2019 at 9:51 pm

    It’s almost as if the worth of something is whatever someone will pay for it. Time to get outside of your head a little, Plastic-Man.

  • May 7,2019 at 7:45 pm

    How do you know?

  • May 7,2019 at 7:34 pm

    None of these records are worth what was paid… these people are mentally ill/deluded.

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