The other day I was grousing about the trend towards high priced, deluxe packages by my favorite artists. By and large these are poised near the $100 price point. That got me thinking about the most expensive things I have bought over the years. There have been $50 12″ singles like the Claudia Brücken “Absolut[e] [bastille mix]” UK 12″ promo that didn’t come cheap.
Claudia Brücken: Absolut[e] UK 12″ Promo
- Absolut[e] [shooting star mix]
- Absolut[e] [bastille mix]
I bought that from Espirit in the UK. They are an occasional last resort for the rare stuff that GEMM searches won’t turn up. They are pricey, but in my experience, the vinyl is always flawlessly pristine. You get what you pay for.
Then there was the German only 7″ of “The Frozen Ones” from the 2nd Ultravox album, “Ha! Ha! Ha!”
Ultravox: The Frozen Ones Ger. 7″
- The Frozen Ones
- The Man Who Dies Every Day [ver. 2]
I found out about this unique single in the mid-90s and made the effort to finally snag a copy. This was more than just a German-only single with a unique PS. The B-side was an alternate version of my favorite song from the “Ha! Ha! Ha!” album from whence the A-side came. In other words, price was no object. I recall that it set me back about $65; mail ordered, of course.
In 2010, both of these rare tracks that I paid over $100 for are now on remastered CDs by the artists involved. However, the cost was worth having the super rare cuts for many, many years. And the Brücken CD also has a copy remastered from vinyl since the master tape did not turn up. I’ve yet to A/B my remaster with headphones but I’m confident there’s not a vast quality difference apparent. Are there records I’ve paid more for than these? Sure.
Going back to Espirit, in the late 80s I ran across an ad of theirs touting a Japanese CD of Spandau Ballet’s “12” Singles Collection.” What made it intoxicatingly desirable to me was the fact that it was two discs, not the single disc available in the UK and Europe. So I had to call the UK at 5 a.m. and order that puppy on my credit card at the time! It set me back $80 and when it arrived, it had two more tracks than the more common, single disc. It also contained the 12″ mixes of “Paint Me Down” and “She Loved Like Diamond.” Thus, it replicated the running order of the 2xLP version.
Spandau Ballet: The 12″ Singles 2xCD Japanese Version
- Gold [12″ mix]
- Lifeline [12″ UK mix]
- Round + Round [LP version]
- Only When You Leave [12″ mix]
- Instinction [trevor horn remix]
- Highly restrung
- True [LP version]
- Communication [club mix]
- I’ll Fly For You [LP version]
- To Cut A Long Story Short [12″ mix]
- Chant No. 1 [I Don’t Need This Pressure On] [12″ mix]
- She Loved Like Diamond [12″ mix]
- Paint Me Down [12″ mix]
- The Freeze [club mix]
- Musclebound [12″ version]
Alas, my tale with this release has a sad end. A friend was DJ’ing at a favorite club and asked me to bring goodies. I took the disc to the club but it never returned with me. I never saw another copy of this for sale anywhere.
Next week: The Post-Punk Monk pays even more for music!
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