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Purplemetalflakemusic

Hollywood HR-61445-1 LP, released 1993

The Fluid made the jump to the majors in 1993, probably a year or two too late. Purplemetalflakemusic, the longtime publishing name of the band's songs, was the title of their Hollywood Records debut (and, sadly, swan song). I consider this their best album. I think it was promoted very poorly, despite four promo singles (three CDs, one 7") being released. There were three or four songs on the album that were quite commercially accessible, but they were (mostly) not the ones that were chosen as singles. I digress. Hollywood put out a vinyl version of the album on purple vinyl that is somewhat difficult to come by. A couple of copies have sold for larger amounts over the years, but it has stabilized in the $20-25 range.

To my surprise, 25 years later...a black vinyl version surfaced. It was an Italian version. The catalog number matches the U.S. purple vinyl version. In fact, everything matches the U.S. version, except that "DISTRIBUZIONE DISCHI RICORDI S.p.A." is printed on the back of the sleeve below the other credits. And, of course, it's on black vinyl. The labels have the import stamps seen on the Rocket from the Crypt Yum Kippered 7". I have seen precisely one copy in 26 years. Brutally rare.

Some (all?) of the U.S. CDs came with a limited edition purple metal flake sticker. The Japanese version of the CD had a bonus track ("Cell"), which also appeared in demo form on the Spot the Loon EP and the Pill promo CD.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
HR-61445-1 Purple 20-25 6 Stable
HR-61445-1 Black (Italy) 50-75 10 Volatile
U.S. Purple Vinyl
Italian Black Vinyl

This page was last updated on November 18, 2019.

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Scarcity Score Definition
10 Near impossible: Fewer than 50 copies or publicly sold every few years
8-9 Very rare: 50-199 copies or publicly sold 1-2 times per year
6-7 Rare: 200-499 copies or publicly sold a few times a year
4-5 Medium: 500-999 copies or publicly sold ~10 times a year
1-3 Common: 1000+ copies, readily available, or publicly sold 20+ times a year

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