Not to everyone’s taste, but my absolute favorite record is a copy of Lemon Jelly - Lemonjelly.ky 2000 UK original.
They’d released all the tracks as a couple of EP’s previously, and it was 2000 when people were really starting to wrap up vinyl sales, so they only produced 1000 of them worldwide. There was actually a sticker on the front saying “If you own the EP’s this isn’t for you”. Of course, only DJ’s really knew them by their EP’s but the album was a runaway success and the vinyl became a total collectors piece. They’ve never repressed it.
I didn’t properly start collecting vinyl until 2017 (I’d bought a few EP’s and singles up until then, had maybe 100) when I was bought my record deck for my birthday. One of the first records I looked for was .ky on discogs. I looked and looked, but they were all VG or worse copies owned by DJ’s and I wasn’t willng to sacrifice sound quality.
And then, out of nowhere, like a shining light from above, there was one solitary US seller who flashed on my screen… Mint vinyl, mint cover? I messaged him to verify, he sent photos. A STILL SEALED COPY complete with hype stickers, the only damage being some of the shrink wrap had torn away.
So after a moral dilema between me and my wallet, I parted ways with fantasy children’s college fund, and blamo, there it was in my hands.
First thing I did? Ripped off the wrapper and played it, and that was the best feeling in the world!!
It’s a trifold sleeve 2LP
Including the folded insert