Archive for June 30, 2007

Excruciate - Passage Of Life (1993) for $300.01
Excruciate – Passage Of Life (1993) ends at $300.01!
I know absolutely nothing about Sweden’s Excruciate but I do know that $300 for a CD is a lot of money. The auction states the CD is OOP (out of print) and is a first pressing on Thrash Records but it’s still a lot of money. I’ve looked around and this can be bought between $20 and $50 on various websites, including Ebay. (As of this entry, there is a current auction going for the same exact CD. It will be interesting to watch.)

Iron Maiden - 7th Son… (in longbox) for $300 Buy It Now.
Iron Maiden – Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son (in longbox) ends at $300 BUY IT NOW!
I understand the attraction of a sealed, rare, OOP CD that has eluded you for a long time, I even get the allure of a rarity in a longbox. The problem I have is that this CD is fairly common in used bins, I’ve seen the EMI 1st CD press, the Raw Power reissue, and the current pressing. In the U.S. alone, Maiden’s catalog has had FOUR different pressings on CD, the Castle Records 2 CD limited editions are the most collectible. This is definite madness for a CD and extra cardboard!

Iron Maiden - Soundhouse Tapes Ltd. Ed. for $250 BIN
Iron Maiden – The Soundhouse Tapes (ltd. ed.) bought for $250 with BUY IT NOW!
A regular favorite here at Heavy Metal Addiction. Iron Maiden’s limited edition CD release of their debut E.P., THE SOUNDHOUSE TAPES, was a freebie when you bought six of the latest remasters, filled out the form, sent the proof of purchase, blah…..blah…..blah. It was a gimmick to get fans to buy another set of Maiden remasters. This one sold for $660 and $820 about a year ago, is this a bargain now?

Sgt. Roxx - Push and Squeeze
Sgt. Roxx – Push & Squeeze (1990) sells for $241.28!
I featured this CD back in May at $415.01 and it’s gone down $174 in only 90 days, a real bargain! This is one of those collector’s dreams, it’s been raved about for years but is it worth $200+? I’ve never heard it so it’s beyond my knowledge. I do know this: In almost nine years on Ebay, I’ve seen only two copies sell at auction. In the last two months, that total has been equalled, another album to watch.

Kidd Wikkid - s/t (1992)
Kidd Wikkid – s/t (1992) gets $232.48!
Another rarity that was featured before and has gone down in the collector’s market significantly. Not only is this CD rare and fetching over $200+ but it’s also sold by the same seller as the Sgt. Roxx CD above. A nice way to make some quick cash, I hope they made a copy of each.

Lessdress - Love Industry (1993)
Lessdress – Love Industry (1993) grabs $224.50!
Lessdress is from Poland and plays an ’80s style brand of Hard Rock. This is another rarity that commands large dollars with many collectors. From what I’ve read, their first album, DUMBLONDES (1989), is not available on CD. I’ve never heard the music on either release but the band gets some good reviews at Heavy Harmonies.

Tesla - Reel To Reel Vol. 2 (2007)
Tesla – Real To Reel Vol.2 (2007) gets $175 with BUY IT NOW!
This one is definite madness! You get the CD free when you buy a ticket to see Tesla on the current tour. Buy one ticket, get one CD. Buy two, get two CDs…..etc., etc. Obviously, multiple people go to a show, not everyone cares about the disc. If I were going to the show with my wife, you bet right that I would have the second copy on Ebay that night. At these prices, how can a seller go wrong? As for the buyers…..go see the band on tour, pay less money and get the CD too. Or you could check out the auctions that have BOTH volumes together for less.