Any Bob Dylan enthusiast knows the musician’s acclaimed record The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, but not many know there was originally a U.S.-only version with four extra songs on it. The first release was retracted and contains rare variations of Rocks and Gravel, allow me to Die in My Footsteps, Gamblin’ Willie’s Dead Man’s Head, also Talkin’ John Birch Blues alongside the classic tunes all of us know and adore. The inclusion makes this record a whole lot more than a rarity to hang on the wall.
As more listeners adopt the contemporary vinyl renaissance, fans across the globe are increasingly on the hunt for the coolest wax to spin. We’d all love to find that hidden first pressing of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band at the local record store, but the rarest vinyl on Earth isn’t really for listening. The world s records are priced at thousands and thousands not but since they’re representations of audio history.
In celebration of those relics, we put together a list of a few of the priciest and droolworthy vinyl (plus a few shellac) records pressed. Below is a list of cuts, strangest, and the rarest pressed. If you’re new to the area of vinyl, don’t get frustrated by the outlandish price tags — building your collection is far more viable, and we have lots of tools to get you there, such as ideas about how to correctly save and care for your record collection, in addition to how to construct a killer turntable setup of your using the best listing players and phono preamps on the market.
Only nine famous copies of A&M Records’ 25,000-run pressing of God Save the Queen survived the Sex Pistols’ short-lived tenure about the label, the huge majority was destroyed by the tag itself shortly after their invention. The iconic punk group reportedly only lasted six days on the tag ahead of their antics — which allegedly contained bassist Sid Vicious cutting his foot and getting blood all over the label’s corporate offices — obtained them axed. The single was released by Virgin and did on British charts, but was deemed unplayable by the BBC for album cover and its lyrics. Now s rock ‘n’ roll.
The earliest-known pressing the King himself, My Delight was recorded at Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee, well before Elvis became a worldwide sensation. Famed rock and roller Jack White quietly purchased the one-off pressing $300,000 in January 2015, but unlike some collectors, he used his buy for the good of all. White had the record professionally reproduced for Record Store Day that season by his tag, Third Man Records. Now, collectors around the globe can (sort of) own a piece of history.
Only a single copy of famed French electronic musician Jean-Michel Jarre’s Musique Pour Supermarche (Music For Supermarkets in English) was pressed, created as part of a supermarket-themed art exhibit in Paris in 1983. The only vinyl disc was offered for $14,000 annually (approximately $33,500 in now ’s marketplace ). It’s noteworthy in that it was developed to be treated as a work of art, instead of something to be reproduced — the artist intentionally had the master plates destroyed as a way to keep it like a release that is one-of-a-kind, making the title especially ironic.
Long Cleve Reed & Little Harvey Hill, Original pre-order ’Lee Blues 78 rpm in plain sleeve: $50,000
We ll finish off the list with a bang, in the form of the priciest album. Band members and executives connected with The Beatles received particular, serial-numbered variations of this band’therefore acclaimed, self-titled “White” record when it was first introduced. This particular list — number 0000001 — is the rarest of the group though they are all extremely precious. Originally owned and saved by Ringo Starr, the record was marketed by the Beatle at auction for $790,000 in 2015, according to Guinness, a sum that remains the most ever paid for a commercial record.
There are only two known copies of Can I Love You (Indeed I Do), a rare 45-rpm Northern soul monitor by Frank Wilson, among which sold for $37,000 in 2009. Due to its intense niche status in northern England — along with the fact that most artists were signed to American soul outlets such as Motown — several Northern spirit documents are so rare that only a handful of copies of them existed in the first place, which makes them prime targets for serious collectors.
Velvet Underground & Nico, The Velvet Underground & Nico acetate in plain sleeve using alternate tracks: $25,000
Frank Wilson, Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) 45 rpm in plain sleeve: $37,000
Jean-Michel Jarre, Music for Supermarkets: $14,000 to $33,500
The Beatles, The Beatles (White Album) No. 0000001: $790,000
This 78-rpm acetate of both John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s pre-Beatles band The Quarrymen playing with That’ll Be the Day and Regardless of All the Danger is the only one of its type. Valued by Record Collector magazine at around $250,000 in 2012, the original disc from the first days of one of the best songwriting teams ever sits at the collection of McCartney himself. However, McCartney did 50 copies in the 80s to press, every one of which remains worth a (though surprising ) sum of around $10,000 to $13,000. Based on Discogs, McCartney gave them out to friends as a Christmas present — a kingly gift that’s just one more reason we want Sir Paul would reply our evites.
This 1966 acetate pressing contains early versions of songs that could wind up on acclaimed classic The Velvet Underground & Nico, also is the only copy known to exist. This is an uncommon case of discovering that vinyl pot of gold The record was sold on eBay for $25,200. The classic songs were recorded by scientist Norman Dolph, who had been traded an original Andy Warhol painting by the man himself (Warhol was the band’s boss at the time) in lieu of money.
Elvis Presley, My Delight acetate: $300,000
Bob Dylan, The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (withdrawn version): $35,000