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Hot Charity

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

Elemental ELM27LP, released 1995 (UK)

Hot Charity/Cut Carefully and Play Loud

Swami SWA112 CD, released 2002 (U.S.)

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 5,000-7,500 (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 5,000 and 7,500. I have heard 500 or 1,000 for the number of red vinyl copies (1,000 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.

The value of the red vinyl version rebounded over time, but the black one never did.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
WOS 001 Red 40-60 6 Volatile
WOS 001 Black 15-20 2 Stable
ELM27LP Black 15-20 2 Stable
Test Pressing
WOS 001
WOS 001
Test Pressing Black vinyl, generic white Specialty labels

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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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