Archive for April 8, 2008

Black Death – s/t vinyl LP (1984, Auburn Records), with bonus EP, sells for $172.50

Seller – valveater
Starting Price = $9.99
Bids = 39 

Here is the item description from the auction:
Black Death’s classic LP plus the bonus EP including “Here Comes the Wrecking Crew” and “Retribution” on Auburn records 1984.  Black Death was a Cleveland-based Metal band produced by the legendary Bill Peters and is notable for being the first all African-American heavy metal band.  The LP cuts are:

Night of the Living Death
The Hunger
When Tear Run Red
Fear No Evil
The Scream of the Iron Messiah
Streetwalker
Black Death

Personnel: Siki Spacek, Darrell Harris, Greg Hicks, Phil Bullard

The jacket has light wear.  The vinyl is excellent with a few light surface marks.  The LP does not have a sleeve. This album is a historical milestone in metal, but was produced in very limited quantities mostly for the local market and is thus very rare.  Get it now while you can!

This was an auction that I was watching very closely. I have started to make a list of rare Metal albums that were only released on vinyl and Black Death have been high on the list. Auburn Records is supposed to have a CD reissue of this album, the EP, and bonus material but it has been delayed for almost two years. Supposedly it’s the next Auburn release but I’m not sure of the timetable.

I’ve seen this record go for $75+ twice without the EP twice in the last year but I didn’t have the extra money to throw around. This time I had $100 marked for online purchases and I was going to pool it for the album. Unfortunately, some bidders on this auction kept bidding the price up. These people had very low feedback (between 0 – 2) so I figure they were really new to Ebay or shill bidders. Either way, the winner is a collector but he had to pay through the nose.

More info on Black Death can be found at Auburn Records, BNR Metal Pages, Encyclopedia Metallum, and The Corroseum. You can listen to the record in RealAudio at Vibrations Of Doom.