Wednesday, August 24, 2011 to Overcharge for Vinyl They Couldn't Give Away

I am a Zappa completist. And, for the most part, I am very satisfied with many of his releases, even the posthumous ones. Sometimes, though, the Zappa Family Trust reaches too far. This time around it isn't a questionable studio sessions or second-rate live snippet, it's a bunch of old promo LPs from their Barking Pumpkin label, featured as "in original shrink wrap." So, promos nobody wanted. And, for five of these seven titles, albums nine out of ten record buyers don't even want on CD.  And check out the prices:

  • Them or Us $250
  • Broadway the Hard Way $150
  • London Symphony Orchestra, Vol. 1 $150
  • Joe's Garage, Acts 1, 2 & 3 $400
  • Shut Up & Play Yer Guitar $350
  • Tinseltown Rebellion $150
  • Francesco Zappa $75
And to top it all off, the disclaimer states that "All titles gold stamped except "Broadway the Hardway" which is hole punched." Run, run to to grab them while you can. It's been a few decades, after all, and they're bound to run out soon.

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