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Hot Charity

Perfect Sound WOS 001 (U.S.), released August 1995

Elemental ELM27LP (UK)

I have never seen the bottom drop out of the value of a record the way it did for Hot Charity.  Limited to an overall press run of 5000-7500 (I have heard both numbers), this record was highly sought in the collecting community for many years.  It was not released in CD form for the first few years, and so, in order to get most of these tracks, you had to track down the vinyl.  Well, I should clarify - between the Japanese and Australian CD versions of the Scream, Dracula, Scream! album, all of the tracks on Hot Charity were made available on CD, but the full album was not released on CD until 2002.  In that seven-year gap, Hot Charity's value skyrocketed.  I watched it sell anywhere from $80-$125.  Once the CD came out, the value of the vinyl plummeted.  It was something to behold.  As I mentioned, the total number pressed appears to have been between 5000 and 7500.  I have heard 500 or 1000 for the number of red vinyl copies (1000 is the number I have heard most often).  There was also a UK version released on Elemental - all on black vinyl - I have no idea how many of those there were.

Version Approximate value ($) Price Trending
WOS 001 Red 25-40 Down
WOS 001 Black 10-15 Down
ELM27LP Black 10-15 Down
Test Pressing
WOS 001
WOS 001
Test Pressing Black vinyl, generic white Specialty labels

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