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The Joy Formidable


A Balloon Called Moaning

Pure Groove PUREGROOVECD001 CD and Box Set, released 2009 (UK)

Ralleye RYECD 055, released 2009 (Japan)

Black Bell BB001-1 LP / BB001-2 CD, released 2010 (U.S./UK)

Somehow, no one considers A Balloon Called Moaning a full album. Fine. Semantics. Even calling it an EP, though, it may be the best record of the last decade. Really, really good stuff. It gives me hope for the music industry. This one came out in several different formats.

First and foremost, we have the box set. The band initially put this out under the Pure Groove moniker. The limited box set contained the CD, a booklet, several postcard-size pieces of Rhydian's artwork, and an actual balloon with "Moaning" printed on it. It all came in a carefully assembled box, hand numbered out of 500. This is now a beast to procure. On the rare occasions when it sells, it can fetch up to $150.

There was another Pure Groove edition of the CD. The CD itself looked exactly the same as that of the box set, but this one came attached to a folded up poster sleeve (the green image above). Logically, this one should be valuable as well, but I have seen it sell for a minimal price more than once.

Then, we have the big time re-release of the album - the Black Bell and Ralleye versions. Black Bell gave us the only vinyl version of the album - it is on black vinyl and easy to find. The Japanese CD (Ralleye) contains modified artwork with a black base color, and has a slightly different track listing. The first five tracks are the same, but it then contains the remix b-sides from the "Cradle" single.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
PUREGROOVECD001 CD Box Set 125-150 1 Up
PUREGROOVECD001 CD 12-15 1 Stable
RYECD 055 CD 20-25 1 Stable
BB001-1 LP Black 15-20 1 Stable

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