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Rocket from the Crypt

Scream, Dracula, Scream!

Headhunter HED-054, released 1995

Elemental ELMDMM34, released 2008

Elemental ELMDMM34, released 2016

This album is important. It means something. Rocket's real major label debut (though the vinyl was released on Headhunter). This was the record that really extended the reach of Rocket from the Crypt and made the band the global force that it became. The brief spell of Rocket-mania that spread across the UK was sparked by the singles from the album. "On a Rope" ended up being the most successful of those.

The pressing situation was easy. Or...well...I thought it was. All original copies that have made public appearances have been on black vinyl, but rumor has it that there were 10 (TEN!) pressed on black & white swirled vinyl. I have never seen one, nor do I know of anyone who has seen one. I'm not fully convinced that these were for real, despite the in-the-know source of the rumor.

Also, it turns out there were two different original Headhunter pressings. Not sure how this came about, but there are two distinct sets of trail-off wax matrix codes:

  • HED-054 A-1 F/W GSV / HED-054 B-1 F/W GSV
  • ST-IN-950419 A DMM SP 1-1 / ST-IN-950420 A DMM SP 1-1
I had no idea until 2018 sometime. I had the latter one for many years without knowing there were two variants. Presumably, the difference is the direct metal master method was used in pressing the latter ones (hence, the DMM). The prices for the two fall roughly into the same range.

In 2008, Elemental re-released this album as a direct metal master on 200g vinyl. Then, they put a huge price tag on it. It was limited to 500 numbered copies, and seems more affordable now than it was when it came out, but it has become much harder to find.

Elemental repeated this exercise in 2016, on 180g vinyl (not numbered). This one is currently as expensive as the numbered 2008 version, which makes little sence to me, but what can you do...I report what the market tells me.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
HED-054 Black (HED-054 Matrix) 35-45 3 Stable
HED-054 Black (ST-IN DMM Matrix) 30-40 3 Stable
ELMDMM34 Black (200g, Numbered) 30-40 5 Stable
ELMDMM34 Black (180g) 30-40 4 Stable
Insert
HED-054
ELMDMM34 (200g - 2008)
ELMDMM34 (180g - 2016)
Rumors Black & White swirled vinyl version. If you have one, please let me know.

This page was last updated on December 29, 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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