If You Are A Record Collector, You Might Be Sitting On Some Incredibly Valuable Vinyl

Published on 01/26/2021
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Long before the days of iTunes and Spotify, before CDs and even cassettes, humanity’s earliest method for capturing and replaying music was with records. People would purchase or rent large, black discs called vinyl records, which they would mount onto large devices called record players. We might be preaching to the choir here, but so many people have little appreciation for the classic methods of playing the world’s favorite albums. That being said, there are many who put an incredible value into vinyl records, and if you happen to own the following ones, you could earn yourself a tidy sum of cash!

Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin (1969)

1969 was a phenomenal time for Led Zeppelin. They were beginning to experiment with other genres, particularly the blues, releasing a compilation of covers of the greats in the moody genre. Today, you would not be disagreed with if you used the word ‘iconic’ when speaking about this record. While some people felt that it was a rather vain work, with Rolling Stone magazine tearing it to shreds, this record struck gold instantly. Ironically, Rolling Stone amended their prior criticism when they put in 29th place on their greatest albums ever made list. Starting price: $1000.

Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin

Miles Davis, Kind of Blue (1959)

Miles Davis was one of the leading pioneers in jazz, having turned the genre into what we know it as today. Kind of Blue happened to be his 1959 pièce de résistance, due to his incredible presence as a trumpeter, but also thanks to the inclusion of Paul Chambers, Cannonball Adderley, Bill Evans, Wynton Kelly, Jimmy Cobb, and even John Coltrane. Jazz fans will generally have a small lecture prepared for anyone who asks if they like this record. That, or $1000!

Miles Davis Kind Of Blue

Miles Davis Kind Of Blue

The Who, The Who Sell Out (1967)

The Who Sell Out is a particularly rare record which is among the most difficult to locate in all mainstream music appreciation. For some reason, The Who decided that only 1,000 copies of this warranted manufacture. Given its scarcity, you can bet that this vinyl will fetch a handsome price with collectors eager to get their hands on rare treats like this one. Thankfully, The Who Sell Out will stand out from your collection, given the trippy butterfly that came with this record. If you decide to list it on eBay, you can ask for around $1,100!

The Who The Who Sell Out

The Who The Who Sell Out

Nirvana, Bleach (1989)

Most Nirvana fans will agree that Nevermind holds most of the grunge band’s most successful tracks, but Bleach happens to be the record that is their most lucrative in terms of resale value. As with The Who’s previously mentioned record, Nevermind was produced with a 1,000 copy limit attached, and each one sold for $2,500. The first batch of these records was printed in white, as the album name suggests. The 3rd round of these records came in a white 12” and a blue 7”, of which there were only 500 copies. Each one now fetches around $1,100.

Nirvana Bleach

Nirvana Bleach

XTC – Science Friction (1977)

You might remember XTC being one of the forerunners of the new wave subgenre which emerged from obscurity to become a staple of British music during the 1970s. It was initially pressed as a 12”, before being shrunken into a 7” version. The tinier version is the real meal ticket, however, easily fetching about $2000. As you can imagine from the exorbitant price, this record is extremely rare, with just 50 copies ever having been made.

XTC Science Friction

XTC Science Friction

David Bowie – The Prettiest Start (1973)

The man that needs no introduction, and the album with the cover that is only too recognizable. David Bowie wrote plenty of monster hits, but The Prettiest Star is widely regarded as his best track. The song was, of course, written for someone that Bowie was incredibly fond of, namely his ex-wife Angela Barnett. In an adorably romantic gesture, Bowie called Barnett and performed the song for her. While Mark Bolan provided the guitar work for this album, the two would soon become bitter rivals. One could part ways with this record for $2,000.

David Bowie The Prettiest Start

David Bowie The Prettiest Start

ABBA – Hova’s Vittne (1981)

ABBA dominated the world of pop and disco music in the late 20th century. One of their lesser-known tracks, Hova’s Vittne, which means Hova’s Witness in English was pressed into the A-side of this record, with Tivedshambo featuring on the flipside. Hova’s Vittne was produced as a gift to Stig Anderson for his 50th birthday, the man who managed the leading band. Given that this record was a novel gift rather than a commercial production, there are very few of them in existence, which means that $3,500 is a fair price for a copy.

ABBA Hovas Vittne

ABBA Hovas Vittne

The Quarrymen – That’ll Be the Day (1981)

Those music boffins cultured enough to know The Quarrymen’s relationship with The Beatles will know why this record is so special. Their 1958 song That’ll Be the Day, borrowed from Buddy Holly, is one of their biggest hits. The Beatles enjoyed the song so much that they decided to bring it back into circulation, with Paul McCartney reforging it just 50 times on vinyl. It’s no surprise then that this record could easily fetch $3,500.

The Quarrymen Thatll Be The Day

The Quarrymen Thatll Be The Day

Cherry Five – Cherry Five (1975)

You might not have realized it if you are a fan of old-school horror films, but the band Cherry Five’s music was used in many classic creature-features like Dawn of the Dead, Deep Red, and Suspiria. This was certainly a highly profitable working relationship with the masters of Hollywood horror, but their most valued work must be their initial one. Of course, this record is very difficult to locate, and Cherry Five’s self-titled album could easily sell for $3,500.

Cherry Five

Cherry Five

David Bowie, Diamond Dogs (1974)

We now return to Ziggy Stardust himself with one of the more disturbing album covers in history. Bowie loved to spice things up with his surreal persona, and in 1974 he gave the thumbs-up to whoever painted the Diamond Dogs cover. Hilariously, the Diamond Dogs’ themselves had their genitalia printed on the back of the sleeve, and record label executives were horrified to learn that it had made it out into the public. These dogs’ diamonds will set you back $3,550.

David Bowie Abbey Road

David Bowie Abbey Road

The Beatles – Abbey Road (1969)

Like many invaluable works of art and music, Abbey Road was not warmly received when it first hit the ears of critics, only being recognized as a kingly record many years later. The record that we are talking about here, however, is exceptionally unique, if it is indeed an exported UK version. If your copy has a Parlophone Records label, has PPCS 7088 as its catalog number, and has a gold sticker on the rear of the sleeve, then you, my friend, are in huge luck. Your legitimated copy will earn you around $4000.

The Beatles Abbey Road

The Beatles Abbey Road

Elvis Presley, That’s All Right (1954)

That’s All Right was completed by The King of Rock ‘n Roll during a lull in his band and producer’s efforts. The musical legend began improvising his own version of Arthur Crudup’s That’s All Right Mama, which Sam Phillips was very impressed by. The record producer began recording Elvis’s efforts and added Blue Moon of Kentucky to the B-side. Some rock ‘n roll historians say that this was the birth of the genre. If your piece of recorded history happens to be in pristine condition, then it is worth around $4,000.

Elvis Presley Thats All Right

Elvis Presley Thats All Right

The Thirteenth Floor Elevators – Reverberation (Doubt) (1966)

The 60s produced a ton of fantastic bands, with The Thirteenth Floor Elevators being among the most inspiring. Further, this band was one of the pioneers of the psychedelic rock movement (unsurprising, given their strange name). Sadly, the ‘Elevators would disband after a relatively short cooperation. Rather than dealing with a big ego, the lead guitarist suffered from paranoid schizophrenia. This kind of juicy trivia makes their record, Reverberation (Doubt), a pricey deal of $4,000.

The Thirteenth Floor Elevators

The Thirteenth Floor Elevators

The Beatles, Please Please Me (1963)

The Beatles’ place at the top of modern music’s Hall of Fame was borne of a combination of their industriousness and supreme talent, meaning that they consistently released phenomenal records. Please Please Me was produced after a day-long slog that resulted in 7 fantastic songs being completed in just under 10 hours! You can ask for $4,200 if you possess a mono copy of this record. The stereo version will go for much higher, however.

The Beatles Please Please Me

The Beatles Please Please Me

Depeche Mode, Music for the Masses

Interestingly, this Depeche Mode record’s cover is its most lucrative feature, showing a picture of crimson speakerphones set against a romantic dawn sky. The orange frame of this graphic is the final sign of success. This particular version of the record was accidentally distributed for a short time by the band’s label, quickly ceasing its release. This small error could earn you big bucks, $4,600 in fact! Amazing how two different versions of the same thing can be valued so differently.

Depeche Mode Music For The Masses

Depeche Mode Music For The Masses

Misfits, Legacy of Brutality (1985)

Here we have a record that is harder to find than most, given that only 16 copies of Legacy of Brutality were released. When Misfits’ ex-vocalist, Glen Danzig, caught wind of this record’s production that had been released without his permission, he quickly called his lawyer and instigated a lawsuit that would last months. If you happen to possess one of the several hidden gems in existence, you could easily pass it on for a cool $5000.

Misfits Legacy Of Brutality

Misfits Legacy Of Brutality

Elvis Presley – Speedway (1968)

If you are an Elvis fan, then you have probably watched some of his films, which were a real hit-and-miss cinematic affair. While Speedway might have been critically panned, its music was, of course, incredible. Elvis was considered a surprisingly talented actor, but even his best efforts could not save this film from becoming a disappointment. Speculation states that just 300 prints of this record were released, meaning that each one is worth a stupendous amount of money – $5,000 per vinyl!

Elvis Presley Speedway

Elvis Presley Speedway

Brute Force – King of Fuh (1969)

Given this band’s name, and with a single like ‘King of Fu,’ you can bet that they enjoyed adding a lot of cussing and filth to their lyrics, to the point that their main proponents were disturbed beyond support. They then decided that lightening the mood of a song like King of Fuh was the commercially appropriate decision, one which would only see the light of day in 2010! This delayed wonder can be acquired for $5,000.

Brute Force King Of Fuh

Brute Force King Of Fuh

Elton John – I’ve Been Loving You (1968)

Bernie Taupin is recognized as the man behind many of Elton’s hit songs, including I’ve Been Loving You, at least for a while. He was one of Elton’s biggest advocates and, long after the pop star’s debut single had made its mark, the two revealed that Elton had actually written the song himself. The Portugal release of this record with Elton’s flagship hit on is particularly rare. If you happen to encounter a collector who knows what they are doing, they would happily give you $5,000 for your copy.

Elton John Ive Been Loving You

Elton John Ive Been Loving You

Bruce Springsteen – Sprit in the Night (1973)

This Springsteen single is exceptionally difficult to find. While Spirit in the Night’s promotional version’s run went for hundreds of dollars apiece, today a copy is valued at around $5,000. So, if you remember seeing the sleeve below, you had best start hunting for it in your collection! Springsteen would not enjoy true fame until his third album Born to Ride was released, but the crowds still go crazy when Bruce sings this one at concerts.

Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen

21st Century Symphony Orchestra – Waltzes by Johann Strauss, Jr.

We now take a break from the rockers to appreciate the classically minded virtuosos, but their violins and clarinets did not make this 21st Century Symphony Orchestra release special, sadly. It was the formerly obscure artist, called Andy Warhol, who was hired to make the cover art for this Johann Strauss, Jr. recording that makes this insanely rare record a big deal. Just 7 copies of this vinyl have survived, with The Andy Warhol Museum possessing one, and another having sold in 2012 for $5,500.

21st Century Symphony Orchestra

21st Century Symphony Orchestra

Max Steiner – The Caine Mutiny

This record was produced with a ton of author Herman Wouk’s novel by the same name being verbatim read out into microphones. When said writer discovered just how much they had lifted from his book, he became inconsolably angry, and furiously informed the studio that they would not be allowed to continue using his writing if they introduced this record into circulation. Columbia’s staff then went about razing their content, but a few sneaky members secured a few copies, one of which sold for $6,700 in 2007.

Max Steiner

Max Steiner

The Sex Pistols – God Save the Queen (1977)

The already shaky relationship between The Sex Pistols and their former label, A&M, quickly deteriorated into absolute anarchy when the punk rockers decided that they hated one another. In true Sex Pistols fashion, the boys went about making the A&M executives’ lives a living hell. The label, in response, declared that the band’s most famous album, God Save the Queen, should be obliterated. Thankfully, a few copies survived somehow, and today go for over $8,600!

The Sex Pistols

The Sex Pistols

U2 – Pride (In The Name Of Love) (1984)

It is said that U2’s single, In The Name Of love, enjoyed just 50 record copies. Rolling Stone went so far as to list it as the ‘388th greatest song ever made.’ Amazingly, Bono does not accept such recognition, stating that he was unhappy with the final product. This is quite a powerful song thematically, referencing the assassination of Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement. Even if Bono is sour about this track, collectors aren’t, being happy to pay $9,000 for a copy!

U2 Pride

U2 Pride

Olivia Newton-John and Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), Xanadu (1980)

Xanadu (as its name suggests) happens to be the among the most abysmally received films ever released. As for its album, which Olivia Newton-John recorded alongside Electric Light Orchestra, it also suffered devastation when Olivia decided that she disliked her appearance on the cover. As you can imagine, production was stopped, and less than 30 copies slipped under the star’s radar. Ironically, a single one of these record covers that survived the purge with Olivia on it is now worth $9,100!

Olivia Newton John And Electric Light Orchestra

Olivia Newton John And Electric Light Orchestra

Hank Mobley – Blue Notes 1568 (1957)

Despite being lesser known than his more charismatic counterparts like John Coltrane and Miles Davis, Hank Mobley is a legend among jazz aficionados. Speaking of legends, one states that the record company handling the Blue Note record’s printing ran short of labels! Whether you have the version with the address “47 West 63rd New York 23” or “47 West 63rd NYC” does not really matter, however, seeing as you can net a handsome $11,162 for either!

Hank Mobley

Hank Mobley

Robert Johnson – Me and the Devil Blues (1938)

Here we have the quintessential blues record by the godfather of the movement, Robert Johnson. They say that you need to sell your soul to the devil if you want to play the blues, and Me and the Devil Blues is a song all about that. Well, some people believe that Johnson was not being poetic when he sang about this diabolical transaction. Let’s hope that whoever buys one of these pricey copies does not start suffering from paranormal activity!

Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson

The White Stripes – Lafayette Blues (1998)

We now return to a time closer to the 21st century when Dave Buick was busying himself in 1998 painting the 15 special versions of The White Stripes’ Lafayette Blues single. Buick was also the Italy Records founder. This was a promotional effort done to support The White Stripes’ new album being released, along with a concert. Those lucky enough to buy one of these records did so for just $6, and can now ask for $12,700 for one!

The White Stripes

The White Stripes

Stonewall – Stonewall

Are you a psychedelic rock fan? If so, then you might have heard of Stonewall. This was a truly independent band that never sold out, to the extent that its members refused to even hear record label executives out! As a result, getting ahold of their music physically is something of a quest. Only one of their albums was ever released, a move which this band did not agree to. Those in possession of this psychedelic rock record could swap it for $14,000.

Stonewall

Stonewall

Royksopp – Melody A.M.

We finally have one of the few albums on this list that enjoyed a smooth production and was met with incredible sales upon release. Everyone involved in its production got along, and Norwegian electro partners Royksopp successfully released Melody A.M. in 2001 to over one million sales. What makes this particular record so lauded, however, is the fact that 100 copies were hand-painted by none other than Banksy. Each of these works of art go for $14,204.

Royksopp

Royksopp

The Beatles – Yesterday and Today (1966)

Strangely, The Beatles originally wanted to go for an album cover that showed them in a rather grizzly butchery scene. They would be dressed like butchers, seated around holding little girls’ dolls with meat laying on their bodies. Of course, this image was not happily received by many people. This meant that Capitol Records then paid $250,000 while attempting to retrieve nearly one-million records from retail. Certainly, there were plenty that escaped this witch hunt, and if you happen to have a copy, you could sell it for $15,000.

The Beatles Yesterday And Today

The Beatles Yesterday And Today

The Rolling Stones – Street Fighting Man (1968)

Like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones had a penchant for scandalous covers, with Street Fighting Man’s also enjoying the censoring game. The initial cover showed a hurt protestor being loomed over by policemen. Just days before being published, the Democratic National Convention was besieged by rioters in 1968, prompting executives to think better than adding fuel to the media flames. The records were promptly scrapped, with about 18 surviving the purge. 2011 saw one of these survivors going for $17,000 at an auction.

The Rolling Stones Street Fighting Man

The Rolling Stones Street Fighting Man

The Five Sharps – Stormy Weather (1952)

We now present you with the rarest record on our list, so far, with The Five Sharps’ 1952 release of 1952. At the time of its release, Stormy Weather was so poorly received by the public that The Five Sharps’ members were forced to begin buying them back! Ironically, this hilariously tragic release would become so infamous that it would become an extremely valued novelty in modern times. The band members seemed to have purchased all but three copies, each of which will sell for $20,000 today.

The Five Sharps Stormy Weather

The Five Sharps Stormy Weather

The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967)

Punk rockers eat your hearts out! The Velvet Underground is one of the godfathers of the wild genre, and although they would be considered mild by today’s raunchy standards, they caused quite the scene in the 60s. Bureaucrats did their best to erase this record off the face of the Earth, but the band still enjoyed 30,000 sales. When a Canadian collector spotted a copy in a flea market stall, he bought it off the oblivious peddler for less than a dollar. He then sold The Velvet Underground & Nico for $25,200!

The Velvet Underground

The Velvet Underground

Frank Wilson – Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)

This record contains ‘Sweeter As the Days Go By’ and ‘Do I Love You,’ two of Frank Wilson’s biggest hits. But he and Berry Gordy, the godfather of Motown, decided that it would be best to keep Frank low-key. Berry then went about razing all the Do I Love You releases, with all but a couple slipping through his fingers. One Motown haven safely stored a copy, with the other going in a 2009 auction for around $34,000.

Frank Wilson Do I Love You

Frank Wilson Do I Love You

Bob Dylan – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (1963)

This Bob Dylan record had some reconsiderations applied to it before being released, with a few of its tracks being replaced. Somehow, a few of the records were released before they could be edited, making them supremely desirable for record collectors. If you find a version that says -1A, and lists the following tracks, then you are seriously in the money: “Gamblin’ Willie’s Dead Man’s Hand,” “Talkin’ John Birch Blues,” “Rocks and Gravel,” and “Let Me Die In My Footsteps.” Selling price: $35,000.

Bob Dylan The Freewheelin Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan The Freewheelin Bob Dylan

Tommy Johnson – Alcohol and Jake Blues (1930)

Tommy Johnson’s Alcohol and Jake Blues, released all the way back in 1930, is another exceptionally obscure record from another time. One of the very few copies that somehow survived for nearly a century was accidentally scooped up by someone in North Carolina The last thing that they expected was a flood of excited reactions on eBay, seeing as this was one of the two remaining versions. The digital auction then ended with a man named John Tefteller’s $37,000 bid.

Tommy Johnson

Tommy Johnson

Prince – The Black Album

Prince was quite a spiritual individual, and every one of his albums was recorded with an intentionally positive energy. But when the late superstar decided that ‘The Funk Bible’ had an evil spirit, its sale immediately ended on his command. Even back then, people were pirating music, however, and so this record’s contents were safely preserved. In 1994, Prince decided that the album was safe enough for human consumption, and a CD version came out. The sealed version of this record sells for around $42,300, while an opened one will fetch about $27,500 from their respective previous sales.

Prince

Prince

Aphex Twin AKA Caustic Window – Caustic Window

Caustic Window is the alternative name that electro producer Aphex Twin used to create this self-titled release. The eccentric genius decided that production should end after only five versions were released. Fans of the producer were overjoyed to see the elusive album appear in 2017 on Discogs, with opening bids beginning at $13,500. Minecraft’s creator, Markus Persson, landed the winning bid, spending $46,300! We wonder if any of its tracks feature in his block-building masterpiece’s soundtrack…

Aphex Twin AKA Caustic Window

Aphex Twin AKA Caustic Window

The Beatles – The Beatles (The White Album) (1968)

It really is no surprise that there are so many lucratively rare Beatles records, with this next one being their 9th, with one copy featuring a unique serial number: A0000001. John Lennon was rumored to possess the original, but it later turned out that Ringo Starr was the lucky owner. It was then held for 35 years within a bank vault, eventually being auctioned for a jaw-dropping $790,000 with every cent going to a charity.

The Beatles The Beatles

The Beatles The Beatles

Steel City Connection – Dansation/Steel City Disco (1978)

You could easily ask for close to $900 for a copy of Steel City Disco today. Given that it only sold for a few dollars during its 1978 release, this is quite a handsome profit. This album was Steel City Connection’s most profitable release, given that most of the songs would go on to become monster hits. Its popularity then makes the rarer presence of this record amazingly profitable. There is no controversy here, simply good old-fashioned goodness.

Steel City Connection

Steel City Connection

Thrillers/Delta Cats, Last Dance/Unworthy Baby (1968)

This next entry to the list is a pairing of two bands’ records, Last Dancy by Thrillers and Unworthy Baby by Delta Cars, released in 1968. The two bands were started in England, but they soon garnered a global fandom, which makes this an internationally desirable release. Fans around the world will happily pay more than $1,000 to get their hands on a copy of Thrillers/Delta Cats, Last Dance/Unworthy Baby. If you are a fan yourself, you might not mind paying this much!

Thriller Delta Cats

Thriller Delta Cats

Terea – Terea (1977)

The eponymous release by Terea might not have sold for much during its 1977, being regarded as being worth as much as your average record of the time, but today it is quite a contested treat. The second album from Terea would be their last, and their swansong is highly sought-after by the hardcore fanbase. They would happily pay $1,700 for a copy. Terea are still quite popular today and so this record is considered hot property.

Terea

Terea

Nirvana, Love Buzz/Big Cheese (1988)

Nirvana is one of the most popular rock bands in the world. And while most of their music is widely available, there are a few records that are exceptionally hard to find, 1988’s Love Buzz/Big Cheese being one of them. While the band’s mainstream fans are better aware of their more popular releases, this is one that only the more dedicated fans are aware of, with only a few possessing one of this record’s copies. The superfans that possess one of the rare copies paid more than $3,000.

Nirvana

Nirvana

World’s Experience Orchestra, The Beginning Of A New Birth (1975)

Back in the day, musicians often used to record long tracks for their records, with World’s Experience Orchestra’s 1975 release, The Beginning Of A New Birth, being no exception. The album possesses two soul-jazz delights, one which is 14 minutes in length, and the second 22 minutes. This is widely considered to be the greatest work by the band, and so it easily fetches over $3,500 in modern times. This is a fair bargain for such an iconic group.

Worlds Experience Orchestra

Worlds Experience Orchestra

Tudor Lodge – Tudor Lodge (1971)

If you love English folk music, then Tudor Lodge are an essential addition to your collection if you have not heard of them before. Their eponymous 1971 release is difficult to find in today’s market, and if you want to complete your Tudor Lodge discography, then you had best put about $3,540 aside! Of course, only those incredibly committed to the folk band would be prepared to pay that much for music, so think carefully!

Tudor Lodge

Tudor Lodge

The Smiths – Hand In Glove/Handsome Devil (1984)

The Smiths are one of England’s most legendary pop groups, but their true genre is called ‘jangle.’ Hand In Glove/Handsome Devil was technically produced in 1983 at Stockport’s Strawberry Studios. It then stayed in limbo for almost a year before its 1984 release. The Smiths are a phenomenal cult band, and given how rare this release is, its fanatics (or invested collectors) will happily fork out $3,500 and above to take it off your hands.

The Smiths

The Smiths

Pink Floyd – The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn (1967)

While almost everyone alive today that has ever enjoyed music will know the name Pink Floyd, it is a real tragedy that the younger generations do not appreciate this iconic band as much as they should. The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn was released in 1967 after the band’s speedy recording which lasted only three months. The producers at EMI’s London studio then quickly mastered and produced the tracks in no time at all.

Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd

Nicholas Greenwood – Cold Cuts (1972)

Nicholas Greenwood departed from his original band the Crazy World of Arthur Brown in 1969 to begin his solo career. His personal work would prove to be far more successful than that produced with his former bandmates, with Cold Cuts being his most successful work. This experimental work was tagged as “unpredictable.” Cold Cuts rocked the music industry with ten perfect songs that are all critically acclaimed. Being such a fantastic album, its vinyl copy is subsequently highly respected, going for more than $3,500 today.

Nicholas Greenwood

Nicholas Greenwood

Charlie Parker – Bird Blows The Blues (1949)

Bird Blows The Blues comprises of a Track A with six songs and a Track B with seven, and every single one of them is a complete delight. This is a boppy jazz album that is a perfect way to break into the genre if you are unfamiliar with the moody style of music but have always wanted to expand your tastes. Buying this particular Charlie Parker vinyl would be quite an expensive entry, however, costing around $3,540.

Charlie Parker

Charlie Parker

U2 – Three (1979)

We return to U2 with an August 1978 album that was recorded at their famous Dublin workplace, Windmill Lane Studios. Its release in the following month made that year’s September a real treat for the band’s fans around the world, with less than fifteen minutes of pure gold. While many people were outraged to find that U2 was automatically a part of their iTunes library when Apple provided it free with each purchase of the app, such indignant individuals would be very happy to receive this $3,500 vinyl.

U2

U2

Sun Ra – Supersonic Jazzy (1956)

Sun Ra is something of an experimental wonder, and the man was years ahead of his time with releases like Supersonic Jazz, which he completed at Chicago’s RCA Studios in 1956. This baker’s dozen of sumptuous, moody, and experimental tracks were funded by Sun Ra’s personal label, Saturn Records, one that he managed alongside Alton Abraham. Sun Ra only had three albums around during the 50s, including this July 12, 1956 release. You can enjoy your place in the sun today with this record for $4,425

Sun Ra

Sun Ra

Madonna – Erotica (1992)

Madonna has been through many different musical movements in her career, and seeing as she is still performing to this day while being a historical figure, she holds a unique place on this list and in the world at large. Erotica is another rarely enjoyed experience, one which will cost about $4,425 today. While it is rare for mainstream pop albums to fetch this much money, Madonna is something of a rare talent that transcends popular culture.

Madonna

Madonna

Michael Garrick Trio – Moonscape (1964)

Airborne half-a-dozen tracks for the Michael Garrick Trio in 1964 that would become Moonscape, an album that would define the trio and become their most standout achievement. Given how central Moonscape is to the trio, you can expect its vinyl copies to be hotly contested by superfans. Claiming the right to the title of an ultimate supporter of the Michael Garrick Trio will cost around $5,310. This is the price of such loyalty, or a serious investment.

Michael Garrick Trio

Michael Garrick Trio

Genesis – The Silent Sun/That’s Me! (1980)

You did not think that we would leave out Genesis, did you? This is an 11-track record with a Track A that contains five and a Track B that possesses six. Together, these songs compile what critics and fans alike consider to be Genesis’ greatest hits. They are a combination of the different genres that the band loved to experiment with, such as progressive, psychedelic, and art-rock. Show your appreciation for Phil Collins and the boys’ hard work with a $5,300 tribute.

Genesis

Genesis

John Lennon & Yoko Ono – Double Fantasy

Out of all the records on this list, this one might be the most special, largely due to a significant contribution from John Lennon. Double Fantasy was one of the few albums that Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, managed to put together before the former Beatles member was tragically murdered, and he signed one copy only hours prior to the horrifying event. In 1999, the copy in question was acquired by a lucky bidder who paid $150,000 for it.

John Lennon Yoko Ono

John Lennon Yoko Ono

The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

If you thought that one Beatles member’s signature was worth a fortune, then you can be sure that adding the rest of their names to a record’s cover will inflate its value astronomically. The people who put this relic up for auction in 2013 would have been happy if they earned $30,000. Imagine their surprise when bids ended on a sensational $290,000! Even without the signatures, this special version of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is still worth a fair amount.

The Beatles

The Beatles

Elvis Presley – My Happiness

Jack White may have a record on this list that is worth a lot, but he also appreciates vintage vinyl too, especially if they are worth a ton of money. The King began his lengthy musical journey with My Happiness, and seeing as it was his first record, you can bet that it is worth more money than most people could hope to earn in their lives. White acquired this record for $300,000 in a December 2015 auction.

Elvis Presley My Happiness

Elvis Presley My Happiness

Wu-Tang Clan – Once Upon a Time in Shaolin

We finally reached the most valuable record in the entire world, which you might not believe belongs to a hip-hop outfit, the legendary Wu-Tang Clan. This metal record could be purchased by anyone, provided that it would not be resold for an entire century! This novel requirement made it a hotly contested cultural artifact, to the point that its bids rose to two-million dollars! In a bizarre twist of fate, the FBI confiscated the record when its owner was jailed for severe securities fraud.

Wu Tang Clan

Wu Tang Clan

Long Cleve Reed & Little Harvey Hill, Original Stack O’Lee Blues 78 Rpm In Plain Sleeve

The famous record collector, Joe Bussard, decided that this Long Cleve Reed & Little Harvey Hill record was worth paying $70,000 for. When there only happens to be one copy of a famous record, you can bet that its value will be massive. This record’s worth is also boosted due to it being produced in the 78 rpm format, having been among the first to be captured using electronic recording technology. Its final price came to $50,000

Long Cleve Reed Little Harvey Hill

Long Cleve Reed Little Harvey Hill

Jean-Michel Jarre – Music for Supermarkets

In 1983, Parisian artists collaborated to create an exhibition that had supermarkets as a theme. Jean-Michel Jarre, the experimental electronic composer, was invited to join the project, where he produced a single record called ‘Music for Supermarkets.’ This was his work of art, one which was bought at the time of the exhibition for $14,000, which becomes $33,500 with inflation today. The master plates were trashed by Jarre, so there is no doubt that this is the sole copy.

Jean Michel Jarre

Jean Michel Jarre

Ferris Wheel – Supernatural Girl

While you might not know what ‘stoner-folk’ is, or who Ferris Wheel are, but obviously they are a big deal if their one record is worth $15,000. If its sleeve is the original one, has the ‘blakeyburch’ copyright seal of approval, and is jet-black in color, then you could stand to earn $15,000 yourself! Then there is the fact that this record sleeve’s pocket opens at the top of the sleeve, rather than the right side.

Ferris Wheel

Ferris Wheel

Darrell Banks – Open The Door To Your Heart/Our Love (Is In The Pocket)

Darrel Banks lived a short but successful life, dying tragically young at the age of 32. He had one major hit in his limited time as a producer, Open the Door to Your Heart, which was pressed onto a record along with Our Love (Is in The Pocket). An auction began in 2014 which had this unique record up for bidding, and by unique, we mean that it was the only one known to exist. It was eventually seized for $26,550.

Darrell Banks

Darrell Banks

Dark – Dark Round The Edges

Here we have a record that was produced at a higher rate than most of the ones discussed on this list, with 64 copies having been released into circulation. Dark decided that they would hand the majority of the copies out to their respective loved ones. Let’s hope that they all hung onto them, as today these lucky recipients could stand to earn around $17,700 for their copies. Sometimes, it really does pay to have musicians as friends!

Dark

Dark

Junior McCants – Try Me For Your New Love / She Wrote It I Read It

Junior McCants, like many of the artists on this list, was tragically taken from this world far too soon at the age of 24. His life’s works immediately became highly prized and protected when cancer claimed him in 1967, weeks before Try Me For Your New Love / She Wrote It I Read It was released. Its circulation quickly ended when the label decided to withhold it. Record experts report that those in possession of the few copies that remained in public hands will sell for anywhere between $7,500 and $15,000.

Junior McCants

Junior McCants

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