If You Had All the Money in the World, What’s the ONE Record You Would Buy?

Easy. For me, it would be a copy of the Sex Pistols’ “God Save the Queen” on A&M, the single that pressed up and then ordered destroyed in the five days the band was signed to the label in early 1978.

Sex Pistols - God Save the Queen AandM

 

In the universe of collectible rare records, it’s relatively cheap, too.  Copies trade for as low as $8,000 and as high as $25,000.

Another consideration might be the one-of-a-kind acetate featuring Elvis Presley’s very first recording, which sold at auction this year for $300,000.

Elvis Presley - My Happiness

 

The Vinyl Factory polled its readers on the same question.  The answers are fascinating: a weird Duran Duran pressing from Japan; a test pressing of a jazz record with cover art by Jean Michael Basquiat; that one-of-a-kind Wu Tang album that made the news last year.

The best pick is this: one of the two gold records sent out on the Voyager probes.

The_Sounds_of_Earth_Record_Cover_-_GPN-2000-001978

 

Good luck getting your hands on one of those. I just checked and Voyager 1 is 19,488,156,155 kilometres in that direction while Voyager 2 is 16,008,436,892 kilometres over there.

What about you? If money were no object, what one record would you buy? The Velvet Underground single with the sleeve hand-painted by Andy Warhol? The Beatles infamous “butcher cover?” That acetate Paul and George recorded as the Quarrymen in 1958?

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