A Record Collector's Guide

The Joy Formidable


Whirring b/w Chwyrlio 7"

Friends Vs Records FVSR009, released 2009

Atlantic 7-527452, released 2011

"Whirring" was the breakthrough single for the Joy Formidable. I fully admit to not being the first on the scene with this band, but as soon as I heard this song, I was hooked. The Joy Formidable summons the guitar-driven rock of their 1990s forefathers, and "Whirring" is one of the shining examples of that sound. Great song. The original 7" is pretty rare, but the value has plummeted over time. All copies were on black vinyl. The b-side is a really cool version of "Whirring" in Welsh.

In 2011, Atlantic re-released this single for Record Store Day, also on black vinyl, but with different artwork. This one was limited to 2,000 copies. It is not hard to track down.

There were two promo CDs for Whirring as well, one released alongside each of the 7"s. The earlier one was basically a three-song sampler for A Balloon Called Moaning. The later one contained two edited versions of Whirring.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
FVSR009 7" Black 6-10 5 Down
7-527452 7" Black 5-8 2 Stable
Sleeve 1st and 2nd - Thick-stock, full, glossy

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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