Ebay Madness – Living Colour, Laurence Archer, Uncle Slam, Hear ‘N Aid, Taken

Living Colour – Vivid (1988) sealed longbox sells for the crazy amount of $1025!

Seller – beatlesandmore
Starting Price = $16.95
Bids = 4

You have got to be kidding me! Over a grand for an album that you can find in any record store in the U.S. either new or used? If you’re in the market to buy this CD, then $5 used is plenty and no more than $10 brand new. The trend lately is to buy sealed longboxes and keep them sealed so they go up in price, on the same idea of action figures and toys. The problem is that millions of copies of VIVID were sold and there are thousands of used copies all over the place. With so many “mom & pop” record stores closing there doors, old inventory like CDs in longboxes are becoming more common…..the old record store in my hometown has 5 sealed longboxes of Lita Ford’s DANGEROUS CURVES for $15 each, maybe I should invest?

Laurence Archer – LA (1986) sells for another high price – $395!

Seller – hinomoto1
Starting Price = 99 cents
Bids = 44

This Laurence Archer CD is like a default Ebay Madness item, I think I’ve done more Ebay Madness columns with this CD than any other! It’s popular among collectors and very rare and now there is an Italian bootleg out there so buyer beware! I have bought from this seller in the past so I can attest to the quality of the auctions and CDs I’ve received. Hinomoto1 is one of the best sellers on Ebay for Japanese issue CDs.

Uncle Slam – Say Uncle (1988) Japanese import sells for $233.73!

Seller – heatwave704
Starting Price = $99.99
Bids = 14

Old school Thrash from ’88 released in Japan only. I’ve seen this disc go for big bucks before and it’s definitely a rarity. You gotta love that album cover, especially in today’s context! If anyone is interested, check Ebay for a current auction that starts at $200!

Hear ‘N Aid (1985) Japanese CD sells for $202.50!

Seller – ufo-msg
Starting Price = $29.99
Bids = 23

I have this exact disc and I bought it for $20 in ’96! This was issued on CD in Japan in 1994 and it hasn’t been released on CD in the U.S. at all to my knowledge. I had this on cassette when it first came out, I remember how cool I thought it was that the Metal guys were doing a USA For Africa thing. I give the seller credit for getting so much but I noticed that the winning bidder has zero feedback and is new to Ebay…..always a question mark in my eyes but the seller is legit, I’ve bought from ufo-msg in the past.

Taken – Smell the Groove (1992) independently released CD grabs $147.50!

Taken – Smell The Groove (1992) independently released CD ends at $130 with BUY IT NOW!

Seller – djsfresh19
Starting Price (auction) = 99 cents
Bids = 12
Buy It Now Price (2nd listing) = $130

Ebay seller djsfresh19 had two copies of this album to sell: the first at $147.50 ended 7/10/08 and the $130 BUY IT NOW listing ended on 7/14/08. Not a bad haul for 4 days of “work”! The funney thing about these two listings is that the seller misspelled “groove” and used “grove” instead! I’ve listed this CD before, it’s a rare early 90s album that usually goes between $150 – $200. There seems to be a few of them circulating lately because…..

Taken – Smell the Groove (1992) CD ends with BUY IT NOW at $125…..a bargain!

Seller – sawface32
Buy It Now Price = $125

This Philadelphia band’s independently released CD went like hotcakes in the 5 days! This listing ended on 7/11/08, right in between the two up above. Turns out this one was the best price by five bucks!

Ebay Madness – Sabre, Shotgun Sally, Sgt. Roxx, Uprising, Graham Bonnet, KK Wilde, Taken, Fantasia, The Rolling Stones

Saber - Do Or DieSaber – Do Or Die (indie release) ends at $140.38 

Seller – delclemons
Starting Price = 99 cents
Bids = 14

Described as AOR/Melodic Hard Rock, there’s not much else to describe Saber except to compare them to other rarities. No release year was given, only that this was an indie release by the band.

Shotgun Sally - Steamy Session (1993)Shotgun Sally – Steamy Session (1993, indie) ends at $168.05

Seller – delclemons
Starting Price = 99 cents
Bids = 22

Another big sell for delclemons, one of the best sellers/collectors in the scene. I’d love to know how he finds these indie releases, what’s his secret? Described as Roxxi meets Stage Dolls = Melodic Hard Rock from Norway.

Sgt. Roxx - Push and Squeeze (1990/2006 Italian reissue)Sgt. Roxx – Push and Squeeze (1990) ends at $170.27 for a 2006 Italian reissue

Seller – eagleyeeiii
Starting Price = $5.99
Bids = 28

Sgt. Roxx is one of the “holy grail” CDs for Hard Rock collectors but this isn’t an original…..this is an Italian import from 2006. Bootleg? Probably. I’m in various collector’s forums everyday so I would have jumped on an official reissue but I’ve never heard of it. I went to Google and nothing came up. Buyer beware!

Uprising - Let It Ride (1993)Uprising – Let It Ride (1993, indie) ends at $179.50

Seller – delclemons
Starting Price = 99 cents
Bids = 16

Score three in one segment for delclemons! Like I said, the guy knows Hard Rock rarities, so I expect not only a CD that isn’t around much but also a very expensive one at the end of the day. Uprising comes from somewhere in the Midwest U.S. and are compared to Dokken and Valentine.

Graham Bonnet - The Rock Singer’s Anthology (1990, Japanese import)Graham Bonnet – The Rock Singer’s Anthology (1990) Japanese import sells for $258.37

Seller – yuzyp
Starting Price = 99 cents
Bids = 8

I own this CD, just not the Japanese import. The last time I saw this album fetch big money was back in August ’07 when it got $203.51 for the European version. Lucky for me I picked this up for $20 in ’99! It’s long out of print and highlights Bonnet’s days with The Marbles, Rainbow, and his solo career.

KK Wilde - Cocaine Cowboy (1991)KK Wilde – Cocaine Cowboy (1991) sells for $266

Seller – c.lieck
Starting Price = 99 cents
Bids = 7

99 cents seems to be a magic starting price in this edition of Ebay Madness! KK Wilde is another one of those bands that has become highly collectible over the last 10 years. COCAINE COWBOY is actually the band’s 2nd record, there’s a bit of confusion out there because the debut, ROCK N ROLL, also came out in 1991. I haven’t seen this CD for a long time so I knew it would get a high price.

Taken - Smell The Groove (1992)Taken – Smell The Groove (1992, indie) ends at $316

Seller – bgard100
Starting Price = $7.99
Bids = 23

Another indie release that not only fetches big bucks but is widely sought after. The band members and roadies have chimed in over at the Heavy Harmonies Taken page for a little added history to the band and release. The auction describes it as ’80s Hair/Glam Metal from Philadelphia. Interesting note: the winner for this disc also won the KK Wilde disc above.

Fantasia - s/tFantasia – s/t (indie release) sells for $455

Seller – delclemons
Starting Price = 99 cents
Bids = 20

Independent release by members of another indie Hard Rock band called Satin Street. The music is described as David Lee Roth era Van Halen and there are a few MP3 samples in the auction listing to check out. Big money!

And now for the highest grossing CD I could find for this installment…..

The Rolling Stones – 94/95 Voodoo Lounge Tour Souvenir Japanese In Store Promo Sampler CD sells with BUY IT NOW for $3000!

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Seller – luvercd
BUY IT NOW Price – $3000
Bids – 1

I love seeing things like this! Who in their right mind has $3000 to spend on a CD? We’ll never know because the buyer’s ID was kept private by the seller. It’s an “in-store sampler” for the Japanese Voodoo Lounge Tour so I’m thinking this was free for the lucky employee that convinced his employer to part with it after the tour was over. I also figure collector’s got a hold of this for $30-$50 as an import from sellers in Japan pre-Internet and maybe even in Ebay’s infancy. This is one of those discs I would love to run into…..imagine finding it and either selling it or being able to say you own a disc that sold for $3000! Not sure what I would do but my wife would make me sell it. Here is a link for more info on this CD: http://eil.com/shop/moreinfo.asp?catalogid=206730