A Record Collector's Guide

The Joy Formidable


Austere 7"

Another Music = Another Kitchen AMAK007, released 2008

Atlantic AT0358, released 2011

The Joy Formidable burst onto the scene in 2008 with the Austere single, to this day one of their best songs. The original single was on black vinyl and limited to 500 copies (a common theme with the Joy Formidable's singles). Collecting this single is a little weird. It goes through alternating waves of being readily available and impossible to find. I think the value has actually been artificially kept down by a couple of stretches in which sellers have "found several copies in the warehouse" or something like that. This has essentially held the value stable around the $30 range. I would have expected this single to be one of the biggest collector's pieces for this band, but some of the limited CDs have actually ended up filling that role.

Atlantic Records released its own Austere single in 2011 with different artwork. This one also contained a b-side, the "Oh Matt Thomas Bamalam Remix" of the title track. This record, also on black vinyl, is common. In addition to the 7"s, there were two promo CDs - one was a one-track promo, and the other contained two edited versions of Austere.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
AMAK007 7" Black 20-30 5 Stable
AT0358 7" Black 5-8 3 Stable
Sleeve 1st - Thick-stock, full, glossy
2nd - Thick-stock, full, matte

This page was last updated on November 24, 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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