Weekend Dig #2: Most Wanted Rare Rock Releases by Style

The format here is simple: below is a big list of rare and highly sought after Releases. Chances are you won’t be able to afford many of them, but take a moment to click around on any of the pages and you’re likely to discover some other great Releases by the same artist, singer, bassist, drummer, label, or mastering studio.

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See below for the logic behind the list.

To me a huge part of listening to music is finding new sounds. This is why I love the Discogs Database Community, the 420,000 dedicated volunteer contributors who’ve spent countless hours transcribing information off every Release they can get their hands on, building an intricate web of the discographies of all labels, all artists, all cross-referenced. There is no better resource for discovering new music than the Database they’ve built.

In theme with Discogs’ 2018 SPIN campaign, which is all about increasing diversity in the Database, I thought it would be fun to show off just how easy it is to find fresh, new music when people have taken the time to meticulously transcribe all the information on all Releases and link up all the information in a digital database. It’s hard and often unthankful work, but this kind of stuff is the backbone of Discogs.

Discogs started with Electronic music, so it’s no surprise this is one of the best represented slices of musical history in the Database. But in the mid 2010s, a few years after Discogs opened the release submission process to anyone with an account, Rock took the lead as the most populous genre represented in the Database. Perhaps because it tends to get more represses, there are fewer ‘super rare’ releases like the ones below than in the Electronic genre. This is a list of rare and in demand Releases organised by 37 of the ‘Styles’ categorised with the ‘Rock’ genre. Chances are you won’t be able to afford many of them… but if you click around a little bit you’ll discover some amazing pockets of music you might not otherwise have discovered. Try clicking on the styles you don’t normally listen to, everything in this list is great.

Next week I’ll be doing the same for music recorded on Cassette. Later in the month we’ll dive into some of the rarest and most sought after Latin American music on Discogs.

This list was compiled with the following logic:

  • Genre = Rock
  • Haves = 20 to 100
  • Wants / Haves => 1000%
  • Unique Releases only, no represses
  • One Release per Style, the one that has the highest ratio of Wants / Haves
    NOTE: a few Releases appear more than once since they represent multiple styles. I left them in as duplicates, because they’re quite special.
  • Organised alphabetically by Style, from ‘Acid Rock’ to ‘Yé Yé’
  • Popera Cosmic - Les Esclaves

    Acid Rock

    Popera Cosmic – Les Esclaves

    Submitted by: bulbo
    Format LP
    Label: CBS
    Country: France
    Released: 1969
    Haves: 34
    Wants: 429
    Wants / Haves : 12.6
    Rating: 4.4
    “I am willing to pay € 500 for a MINT original vinyl!”

  • Javier Bergia - Tagomago

    Acoustic

    Javier Bergia – Tagomago

    Submitted by: glue79
    Format LP, Album
    Label: Grabaciones Accidentales, GASA
    Country: Spain
    Released: 1989
    Haves: 32
    Wants: 387
    Wants / Haves : 12.1
    Rating: 4.6
    “Dedicado a la memoria de mi tío Mario”

  • Godspeed You Black Emperor! - All Lights Fucked On The Hairy Amp Drooling

    Alternative Rock

    Godspeed You Black Emperor! – All Lights Fucked On The Hairy Amp Drooling

    Submitted by: andrewgowans
    Format Cass, Ltd
    Label: Not On Label (Godspeed You Black Emperor! Self-released)
    Country: Canada
    Released: 1994
    Haves: 37
    Wants: 1572
    Wants / Haves : 42.5
    Rating: 3.5
    “One of you lucky owners out there should feel called to grab his tape, buy some studio-time and release a white label vinyl version (avoiding saying bootleg) of this great mystery! Make yourself immortal… and don’t forget to send me the first one )))”

  • Sjunne Ferger - Mindgames

    Art Rock

    Sjunne Ferger – Mindgames

    Submitted by: mgmp
    Format LP, Album
    Label: Fat Records & Tapes
    Country: Sweden
    Released: 1984
    Haves: 39
    Wants: 443
    Wants / Haves : 11.4
    Rating: 4.7
    “Who started playing this, the price sky rocketed the last year or so?”

  • Godspeed You Black Emperor! - All Lights Fucked On The Hairy Amp Drooling

    Avantgarde

    Godspeed You Black Emperor! – All Lights Fucked On The Hairy Amp Drooling

    Submitted by: andrewgowans
    Format Cass, Ltd
    Label: Not On Label (Godspeed You Black Emperor! Self-released)
    Country: Canada
    Released: 1994
    Haves: 37
    Wants: 1572
    Wants / Haves : 42.5
    Rating: 3.5
    “One of you lucky owners out there should feel called to grab his tape, buy some studio-time and release a white label vinyl version (avoiding saying bootleg) of this great mystery! Make yourself immortal… and don’t forget to send me the first one )))”

  • Alessandro Alessandroni / Giovanni Tommaso - Open Air Parade

    Beat

    Alessandro Alessandroni / Giovanni Tommaso – Open Air Parade

    Submitted by: mo7loko
    Format LP
    Label: SR Records (6)
    Country: Italy
    Released: 1972
    Haves: 30
    Wants: 589
    Wants / Haves : 19.6
    Rating: 4.4
    “This release has been printed in 200 copies only. The disk has never been for sale but it was always intended for professional use. No re-print or cd copy has never been authorized and, for this reason, this object turns to be incredibly fascinating.”

  • Sabbat - Sabbat

    Black Metal

    Sabbat – Sabbat

    Submitted by: emperor.zola
    Format 7, Ltd
    Label: Evil Records
    Country: Japan
    Released: 1985
    Haves: 21
    Wants: 235
    Wants / Haves : 11.2
    Rating: 4.5
    “Limited to 300 copies.”

  • Dusty Springfield / Led Zeppelin - Promotional LP For Record Department-In-Store-Play

    Blues Rock

    Dusty Springfield / Led Zeppelin – Promotional LP For Record Department-In-Store-Play

    Submitted by: kcstxrecords
    Format LP, Promo, Smplr
    Label: Atlantic
    Country: US
    Released: 1969
    Haves: 35
    Wants: 382
    Wants / Haves : 10.9
    Rating: 4.9
    “distributed to the record stores exactly when Zeps first Lp came out or shortly before so customers inside the store could hear it playing over the store’s record player speakers. They thought if people heard the record before buying it they would definately buy there own copy of the Lp. It probably worked “

  • Soichi Terada - Oldies

    Classic Rock

    Soichi Terada – Oldies

    Submitted by: esteban_morientes
    Format 12
    Label: Far East Recording
    Country: Japan
    Released: 1996
    Haves: 26
    Wants: 317
    Wants / Haves : 12.2
    Rating: 4.8
    “B2 samples Led Zeppelins Stairway To Heaven.”

  • Coldreams - Morning Rain / Eyes

    Coldwave

    Coldreams – Morning Rain / Eyes

    Submitted by: Mirrornet
    Format 7, Single
    Label: Rock Hardi, Rock Hardi
    Country: France
    Released: 1986
    Haves: 48
    Wants: 532
    Wants / Haves : 11.1
    Rating: 4.7
    “At least a few copies came with a rare insert.”

  • The Black Dahlia Murder - What A Horrible Night To Have A Curse

    Death Metal

    The Black Dahlia Murder – What A Horrible Night To Have A Curse

    Submitted by: artstaaar
    Format CD, EP, Ltd
    Label: Not On Label (The Black Dahlia Murder Self-Released)
    Country: US
    Released: 2001
    Haves: 22
    Wants: 321
    Wants / Haves : 14.6
    Rating: 4.1
    “The bass playing on this album was the best they’ve ever had IMO.”

  • Orchid (3) - We Hate You

    Emo

    Orchid (3) – We Hate You

    Submitted by: mogey1138
    Format Cass
    Label: Clean Plate Records
    Country: US
    Released: 1997
    Haves: 23
    Wants: 282
    Wants / Haves : 12.3
    Rating: 4.1
    “Note much known about this one on Discogs…”

  • Özdemir Erdoğan - Ölü Gözüyle İzlenimler Ve Birkaç Ayrılık Şarkısı

    Folk Rock

    Özdemir Erdoğan – Ölü Gözüyle İzlenimler Ve Birkaç Ayrılık Şarkısı

    Submitted by: Ricapone
    Format LP
    Label: Hap Plak
    Country: Turkey
    Released: 1978
    Haves: 26
    Wants: 363
    Wants / Haves : 14
    Rating: 4.8
    “The most obvious difference between a backward man and a civilized man is evident; one kills for life, another for exploitation.”

  • Mr. Bungle - Goddammit I Love America!!!$ɫ!!

    Funk Metal

    Mr. Bungle – Goddammit I Love America!!!$ɫ!!

    Submitted by: 70Music
    Format Cass
    Label: Not On Label (Mr. Bungle Self-released)
    Country: US
    Released: 1988
    Haves: 29
    Wants: 332
    Wants / Haves : 11.4
    Rating: 4.2
    “I’d pay so fkn much for this”

  • The Glass Sun - Silence Of The Morning

    Garage Rock

    The Glass Sun – Silence Of The Morning

    Submitted by: AnyonesDaughter
    Format 7, Single
    Label: Sound Patterns
    Country: US
    Released: 1971
    Haves: 23
    Wants: 372
    Wants / Haves : 16.2
    Rating: 4.7
    “1 For Sale from €799.09”

  • Orchid (3) - We Hate You

    Grindcore

    Orchid (3) – We Hate You

    Submitted by: mogey1138
    Format Cass
    Label: Clean Plate Records
    Country: US
    Released: 1997
    Haves: 23
    Wants: 282
    Wants / Haves : 12.3
    Rating: 4.1
    “Note much known about this one on Discogs…”

  • Nirvana - Molly's Lips

    Grunge

    Nirvana – Molly’s Lips

    Submitted by: swirl
    Format 12, Promo
    Label: Geffen Records
    Country: Brazil
    Released: 1992
    Haves: 24
    Wants: 258
    Wants / Haves : 10.8
    Rating: 5
    “It’s kind of weird that they released a not even two minute song on a 12 single. Same song on both side too.”

  • Pentagram - Hurricane

    Hard Rock

    Pentagram – Hurricane

    Submitted by: rexjwb
    Format 7, Single
    Label: Boffo Socko
    Country: US
    Released: 1973
    Haves: 21
    Wants: 416
    Wants / Haves : 19.8
    Rating: 5
    “My x-wife was a GEMINI, that’s whay that designation is on the label.”

  • Pentagram - Hurricane

    Heavy Metal

    Pentagram – Hurricane

    Submitted by: rexjwb
    Format 7, Single
    Label: Boffo Socko
    Country: US
    Released: 1973
    Haves: 21
    Wants: 416
    Wants / Haves : 19.8
    Rating: 5
    “My x-wife was a GEMINI, that’s whay that designation is on the label.”

  • Fleet Foxes - Demo EP

    Indie Rock

    Fleet Foxes – Demo EP

    Submitted by: welsh_monkey
    Format CDr, EP
    Label: Not On Label (Fleet Foxes Self-released)
    Country: US
    Released: 2006
    Haves: 21
    Wants: 257
    Wants / Haves : 12.2
    Rating: 4.7
    “Sold by the band at local shows in Seattle, only 50 copies made.”

  • The Rainbow-Orchestra - Wonderland Of Sound

    Kraut Rock

    The Rainbow-Orchestra – Wonderland Of Sound

    Submitted by: SheikYeahbouti
    Format LP, Album
    Label: Colorit, Music For Pleasure, EMI Electrola
    Country: Germany
    Released: 1974
    Haves: 35
    Wants: 441
    Wants / Haves : 12.6
    Rating: 4.6
    “One of my favourite LPs out of Germany from library music composers.”

  • Joe Tossini And Friends - Lady Of Mine

    Lo-Fi

    Joe Tossini And Friends – Lady Of Mine

    Submitted by: slogan
    Format LP
    Label: IEA Records
    Country: US
    Released: 1989
    Haves: 30
    Wants: 553
    Wants / Haves : 18.4
    Rating: 4.9
    “Special thanks to…God, for giving me what I have!”

  • Daniela Casa - America Giovane N. 2

    Lounge

    Daniela Casa – America Giovane N. 2

    Submitted by: sermad
    Format LP
    Label: Leo Records (4)
    Country: Italy
    Released: 0
    Haves: 20
    Wants: 540
    Wants / Haves : 27
    Rating: 4.6
    “Jazz, Rock, Funk / Soul, Stage & Screen, Psychedelic, Experimental, Theme, Jazz-Rock, Jazz-Funk, Lounge”

  • The Lemon Dips - Who's Gonna Buy?

    Mod

    The Lemon Dips – Who’s Gonna Buy?

    Submitted by: Axis303
    Format LP
    Label: Music De Wolfe
    Country: UK
    Released: 1969
    Haves: 37
    Wants: 410
    Wants / Haves : 11.1
    Rating: 4.5
    “Lots of nice fuzz guitar and slightly stoned flower-power feeling…The perfect pop record: played by pros with attitude. short but impressive. more of a 1966 sound that betrays its release date.”

  • Karen Marks - Cold Café

    New Wave

    Karen Marks – Cold Café

    Submitted by: gippy
    Format 7
    Label: Astor
    Country: Australia
    Released: 1981
    Haves: 25
    Wants: 596
    Wants / Haves : 23.8
    Rating: 4.7
    “this record really needs a reissue, perhaps with a good picture sleeve this time. please someone make this happen”

  • Emilia (4) - Satan In Love / Annabella

    Pop Rock

    Emilia (4) – Satan In Love / Annabella

    Submitted by: DiscoUrseFIN
    Format 7, Single
    Label: Kerberos
    Country: Finland
    Released: 1981
    Haves: 28
    Wants: 427
    Wants / Haves : 15.3
    Rating: 4.5
    “Satan In Love is a cover version of La Bellini: Satan In Love (1978)”

  • Brenda And The Beach Balls - Volume One

    Post Punk

    Brenda And The Beach Balls – Volume One

    Submitted by: van-van-van
    Format 12, MiniAlbum, Ltd
    Label: Probe Plus
    Country: UK
    Released: 1986
    Haves: 48
    Wants: 552
    Wants / Haves : 11.5
    Rating: 4.6
    “Someone Please Officially And Properly Reissue This Wonderful Album On Vinyl!”

  • Implosion - Implosion

    Post Rock

    Implosion – Implosion

    Submitted by: God91
    Format LP, Album
    Label: Amtal Records
    Country: Italy
    Released: 1988
    Haves: 35
    Wants: 528
    Wants / Haves : 15.1
    Rating: 4.6
    “repress needed.”

  • Babe Ruth - The Mexican

    Prog Rock

    Babe Ruth – The Mexican

    Submitted by: DigginStreetZ
    Format 7
    Label: Odeon
    Country: Brazil
    Released: 1973
    Haves: 35
    Wants: 692
    Wants / Haves : 19.8
    Rating: 4.9
    “Ultimate B-Boy tune…. this really cannot be topped! Love this so much, indescribable feelings!'”

  • The Pawnshop - The Telegraph Is Calling

    Psychadelic Rock

    The Pawnshop – The Telegraph Is Calling

    Submitted by: koolinthepool
    Format 7
    Label: Roman Record Company
    Country: Italy
    Released: 1971
    Haves: 37
    Wants: 645
    Wants / Haves : 17.4
    Rating: 4.7
    “Absolutely fantastic psych prog single , Alessandroni and friends in disguise. Essential but extremely rare.”

  • Septic Death / Rocket From The Crypt - Two Seven Halves

    Punk

    Septic Death / Rocket From The Crypt – Two Seven Halves

    Submitted by: Wegi
    Format 7, Red/Yelow, Ltd
    Label: Pushead Fan Club, Pushead Fan Club
    Country: US
    Released: 1992
    Haves: 22
    Wants: 342
    Wants / Haves : 15.5
    Rating: 2
    “Issued in a foldover glow-in-the dark sleeve…Signed and numbered out of 100 copies by Pushead but according to Pushead, there were actually only 85 of these released.”

  • Septic Death / Rocket From The Crypt - Two Seven Halves

    Rock & Roll

    Septic Death / Rocket From The Crypt – Two Seven Halves

    Submitted by: Wegi
    Format 7, Red/Yelow, Ltd
    Label: Pushead Fan Club, Pushead Fan Club
    Country: US
    Released: 1992
    Haves: 22
    Wants: 342
    Wants / Haves : 15.5
    Rating: 2
    “Issued in a foldover glow-in-the dark sleeve…Signed and numbered out of 100 copies by Pushead but according to Pushead, there were actually only 85 of these released.”

  • Papertiger And The Cat Cammerorchestra - Tee-Age

    Ska

    Papertiger And The Cat Cammerorchestra – Tee-Age

    Submitted by: gate76
    Format LP, Album
    Label: Arrow Records
    Country: Germany
    Released: 1983
    Haves: 23
    Wants: 340
    Wants / Haves : 14.8
    Rating: 4.7
    “Starring John Buttermann as the Papertiger and The Cat Cammerorchestra”

  • Labrys - Turn Around

    Soft Rock

    Labrys – Turn Around

    Submitted by: Diognes_The_Fox
    Format LP, Album
    Label: Labrys Records
    Country: US
    Released: 1985
    Haves: 30
    Wants: 432
    Wants / Haves : 14.4
    Rating: 4.5
    “Electronic, Hip Hop, Rock, Reggae, Pop, Soft Rock, Electro, Synth-pop, & Boogie.”

  • Cento - Photochrome

    Space Rock

    Cento – Photochrome

    Submitted by: FROCIANDRO
    Format 7
    Label: Idea (4), Idea (4)
    Country: Italy
    Released: 0
    Haves: 24
    Wants: 483
    Wants / Haves : 20.1
    Rating: 4.5
    “The 2nd part is great, with the strange voice effect. Absolutely not worth its going price though, especially since Beppe Loda edit is available for peanuts.”

  • Mr. Bungle - Goddammit I Love America!!!$ɫ!!

    Thrash

    Mr. Bungle – Goddammit I Love America!!!$ɫ!!

    Submitted by: 70Music
    Format Cass
    Label: Not On Label (Mr. Bungle Self-released)
    Country: US
    Released: 1988
    Haves: 29
    Wants: 332
    Wants / Haves : 11.4
    Rating: 4.2
    “I’d pay so fkn much for this”

  • Clothilde - Saperlipopette

    Yé Yé

    Clothilde – Saperlipopette

    Submitted by: DarrylRevok
    Format 7, EP
    Label: Disques Vogue
    Country: France
    Released: 1967
    Haves: 26
    Wants: 276
    Wants / Haves : 10.6
    Rating: 4.7
    “Clothilde recorded only two 45 rpm records, both in 1967.”

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