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A Rare Pink Floyd 1969 album that was used for radio promotion in Japan was sold in August 2018 for $13,953 US. A band as popular as Pink Floyd didn’t really need to promote, so there were only a small amount of promotional records released to radio stations. The promo records of Ummagumma, Pink Floyd’s fourth album, are rare, and having one in excellent condition is special. The red vinyl of the record is also rare. All of this made the rare Pink Floyd album worthy of a large price tag. Along with the vinyl, there’s a 4-page insert with lyrics in English and promotional information in Japanese.
This rare Pink Floyd red promo record was sold on Discogs, the growing crowdsourced website of vinyl records. Just last month, they launched Discogs Exclusives, a marketplace for rare and limited edition vinyl releases. You’ll be able to purchase promotional albums, test-pressings, albums with rare artwork on their sleeve, out-of-print stock, and other one-of-a-kind records. These are the sort of items that may have been stored in a warehouse decades ago, or were kept in the houses of music executives without many people knowing. Sometimes people pass away and pass on personal items to their descendants who are unaware of what they have. When rare albums like that surface, their value can be really high.
In 2018, the only other album sale on Discogs that was higher than the Ummagumma promo, was Prince’s The Black Album, which sold for $27,500 US. The rare 1987 LP is the most expensive record sold on Discogs to date. The album was one of 500,000 copies that Prince wanted to be destroyed back in the late 80s because he felt that it was too angry of a record and didn’t want it to be released.
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