As all good vinyl-lovers should, we asked the experts at Record Collector magazine to name the UK’s most sought-after vinyl. Here’s what they came up with.
19. The Rolling Stones, ‘Promotional Album’ LP, 1969. Just 200 copies of this were pressed, 100 each for the UK and the US, and sent to radio stations. Value: £2000. Source: Record Collector (Note: prices shown are for records in mint condition).
17. Dark, ‘Dark Round The Edges’ LP, 1972, a private pressing by the Northampton prog band. Twelve copies exist with colour gatefold sleeve and booklet. Value: £2000. Source: Record Collector.
14. Ron Hargrave, ‘Latch On/Only A Daydream’. This rockabilly single from 1958 – by the bloke who write ‘High School Confidential’ for Jerry Lee Lewis – isn’t even very good. But only six UK copies are known to exist, so it’s worth £3000. Source: Record Collector.
9. John Lennon/Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band, ‘Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins’ LP, 1968. Some copies were pressed with no track listing and a blurb on the front sleeve. Value: £3000 Source: Record Collector.
5. Queen, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody/I’m In Love With My Car’, 7 Inch Single, 1978. This EMI in-house special edition of the single doubled as an invite to a company event, and so came with goodies including matches, pen, ticket, menu, outer card sleeve, scarf and EMI goblets in card box. Value: £5000.
3. Sex Pistols, ‘God Save The Queen/No Feelings’. This version of the band’s 1977 single was withdrawn from sale, and only about 300 copies are believed to exist. Those still with brown envelope and press release are worth £8000, or £7500 without. Source: Record Collector.
1. The Quarrymen, ‘That’ll Be The Day/In Spite Of All The Danger’. Yep, the same record as Number 2, but this is the 1958 original. It’s the only known copy of the pre-Beatles disc recorded at a local electrical shop by McCartney, Lennon and Harrison with drummer Colin Hanton and pianist John Duff Lowe. It’s worth an estimated £100,000.