are these five LPs actually rare and valuable records?

Es­ti­mated reading time is 3 min­utes.

THE AVID RECORD COLLECTOR is a column that I re­cently started con­tributing to the Six­ties Music Se­crets blog. The in­ten­tion of the column was to ad­dress LPs re­leased in the ’60s and sub­se­quently deleted. Then they found their way into cut-out bins of re­tail record stores around the country and then, years later, found their way onto col­lec­tor’s want-lists.

The first two columns of The Avid Record Col­lector pro­vided Six­ties Music Se­crets readers with in­for­ma­tion about what this new column would ad­dress in the fu­ture. The third column looked at one par­tic­ular album that was damn near ubiq­ui­tous in cut-out bins into the early ’70s.

Many ar­ti­cles on the in­ternet read like the au­thor knows next to nothing about their topic.

For the fourth, and most re­cent, in­stall­ment, I changed course mid­stream. In­stead of looking at an album that was a cut-out staple once upon a time, I wrote a piece ti­tled, “Are These Five LPs Among The Rarest And Most Valu­able Records In The World?”

 

These Five LPs: photo of Elvis Presley's acetate single of  "My Happiness" / "That's When Your Heartaches Begin" from 1953.

If you know a thing or two about rare records, then the title of the Yahoo ar­ticle prob­ably did not have you thinking about Elvis Pres­ley’s one-of-a-kind “My Hap­pi­ness” / “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin.” Why? For the very simple reason that it’s not an LP, it’s a single!

Do you collect vinyl records?

I opened my column stating that many of the ar­ti­cles on the in­ternet read like they were cre­ated by writers whose only goal was to fill up space. Many of these ar­ti­cles in­di­cate an au­thor who knows next to nothing about their topic. These ‘con­tent providers’ do a bit of re­search, as­sume some sort of knowl­edge, and then spew their ‘facts’ and as­sump­tions onto the internet.

The hobby of col­lecting records has cer­tainly seen its share of this kind of mis­in­for­ma­tion. This is ev­i­dent in a re­cent ar­ticle that ap­peared on Yahoo! News ti­tled, “Do You Col­lect Vinyl Records? Here Are Five Al­bums That Our Ex­pert Says Are Among The Most Rare And Valuable.”

 

These Five LPs: photo of deluxe box for Wu Tang Clan's ONCE UPON A TIME IN SHAOLIN from 2015.

If you know a thing or two about rare LP al­bums, then the title of the Yahoo ar­ticle prob­ably did not have you thinking about Wu-Tang Clan’s one-of-a-kind ONCE UPON A TIME IN SHAOLIN. Why? For the very simple reason that it’s not an LP, it’s a CD!

Are these five LPs rare and valuable albums?

The en­tire text of the Yahoo ar­ticle con­sists of two-dozen words and a 49-second video that lists five “rare and valu­able” al­bums. This is their list:

The Beatles

The “first pressing ever cre­ated” copy of THE BEATLES.

Elvis Presley

A “rare test pressing” of his first-ever recording.

Wu-Tang Clan

The only copy of ONCE UPON A TIME IN SHAOLIN.

Madonna

The “orig­inal press­ings” of LIKE A PRAYER.

The Dave Matthews Band

Stan­dard copies of BEFORE THESE CROWDED STREETS.

As stated, I felt a need to ad­dress this lu­di­crous se­lec­tion of “rare LPs” and used my Avid Record Col­lector column to an­swer the ques­tion the ar­ticle begs, “Are these five LPs among the rarest and most valu­able records in the world?” 

To read my ar­ticle about their ar­ticle, click here.

 

These Five LPs: photo of Madonna's LIKE A PRAYER album from 1989.

If you know a thing or two about rare LP al­bums, then the title of the Yahoo ar­ticle prob­ably did not have you thinking about Madon­na’s LIKE A PRAYER album Why? For the very simple reason that it’s nei­ther par­tic­u­larly rare nor very valuable!

The Avid Record Collector

There are three other columns in my Avid Record Col­lector column on Six­ties Music Se­crets:

1. To read “An In­tro­duc­tion,” click here.

2. To read “What Is A Cut-Out?” click here.

3. To read “The Rolling Stones’ Be­tween The But­tons,” click here.

 

 

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