The Cost Of Collecting

I apologize for not posting for a week, but man am I under the gun. I have heavy deliverables of a professional persuasion past due, and the trip to Atlanta to see OMD on the 14th of March is hurtling toward me like a runaway train! I have personal stuff I want to accomplish before then but I’ve as yet only made inroads during my lunch hour. And that means the blog takes the hit! I was all set to sleazily reconfigure some ancient, personal correspondence into a blog post when in the course of that I popped over to Discogs.com, as per usual, to grab some cover images.

When what to my wand’ring eyes should appear but a true holy grail from my discogs wantlist in my messages!

WEA | GER. | CD3 | 1988 | YZ329CD

The Associates: Country Boy GER CD3 1988

  1. Country Boy
  2. Just Can’t Say Goodbye 12″ Mix [version one – prod. Peter Henderson]
  3. Take Me To The Girl
  4. Heart Of Glass [dub version]

Eeeyow! This one is something I’ve never seen for sale anywhere!! It has two tracks that only appeared here, and who knows how many singles that WEA pressed of this. Possibly in three figures, by the fact that searching for it for over 20 years had yielded only this sighting. “Just Can’t Say Goodbye” was on this CD single in a Peter Henderson production that is an earlier recording than the Julian Mendelsohn production that appeared three years later on Circa. The dub mix of “Heart Of Glass” was another exclusive to this disc. And how much was the asking price for this rarest of singles from one of my inner core collection artists? The screen grab tells the tale…

Mamacita! That’s a lot of clams!

You read that right. The asking price was $200.00 from New Zealand. Even as I am taking a vacation in a week to see OMD in Atlanta, I had to look more closely. I clicked the “details” link only to find that this disc was long gone in the 12 hours since I received the message in my discogs inbox. Some records you buy first and ask questions later. This, is one such record! Alas, it remains for me to pony up el grande dinero for it at some point in the future.

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4 Responses to The Cost Of Collecting

  1. ronkanefiles says:

    I can’t name the CD Single that I would spend 200 bux on. Honestly!

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    • postpunkmonk says:

      ronkanefiles – Associates “Country Boy” and Billy MacKenzie “Pastime Paradise.” This was the first time I’ve ever seen a “Country Boy” on the market and it sold at the level I was willing to pay – in hours. So that means the ceiling may go a lot higher then $200. “Pastime Paradise” is much more rare than “Country Boy,” since it was a promo for an unreleased single. You do the math.

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  2. Echorich says:

    Country Boy is an admirable choice of music to pay dearly for! Billy MacKenzie is possibly the most underrated and misunderstood of pop stars. He looms as large now as he did the first time I heard Club Country 30 yrs ago, in the pop canon, for me.

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    • postpunkmonk says:

      Echorich – You were indeed fortunate. Alas, I had only read about The Associates during their heyday. For some reason, their records never made it to where I lived. It remained until “Popera” was released and I saw it in the used bins on that fateful day in 1990. I put it in the store’s player and keyed in to hear the track “White Car In Germany.” With a title that evocative, it seemed to be an ideal place to start. I was not disappointed, to put it mildly. They have remained an obsession ever since.

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