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Britpop Collectables

The holy grail is Oasis’s 1993 one-sided 12" white label demo of Columbia. It needs to be the original, catalogue number CTP 8 - with only 510 copies pressed, it once fetched over £1,500 (it’s since been reissued on Oasis’ own Big Brother label).

A one-side promo of I Am The Walrus is also rare, and it’s Oasis original vinyl that has held value best. Even the big hits on commercial 12" - such as No.1 All Around The World - can go for over £50. An original fanclub-only 2LP version of Be Here Now can reach over £100.

The mid-90s being dominated by CD sales, original Blur vinyl can be similarly rare. A 500- only one-sided pressing of The Wassailing Song (presented by Gold, Frankincense & Blur) given away as a freebie at Blur’s December 1992 Christmas gig at the Hibernian Club in Fulham, can reach a couple of hundred pounds. It’s really just an oddity, though - it’s the only Blur recording drummer Dave Rowntree sings on. In contrast to Oasis, a 12" promo of Blur’s first release - She’s So High/I Know from 1990 - might only be worth a measly £10.

Pulp’s first mini-LP, It, came out way back in 1983. Jarvis Cocker is present, as is Simon Hinkler (later Pulp producer, and axeman in The Mission), but it’s no goldmine. £30 tops? The “aperture sleeve” LP version of Different Class (1995), with 12 alternative covers as inserts, was a beautiful package and you may find it for upwards of £150.

Original Suede vinyl can be likewise hard-ish to find outside collector’s retail, but it’s not particularly valuable. The 2LP original 1994 Nude label version of Dog Man Star may cost £50 - pretty much the same as the 2016 Demon label 1,000-only limited reissue.

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Issue 37 of the new-look Long Live Vinyl comes complete with the official Record Store Day Guide – a free 40-page magazine bring you the lowdown on all 500+ Record Store Day releases and where to get them… There’s also a handy map to help you find your nearest of the 237 participating independent record shops and the chance to win £100 of Record Tokens to spend in the shop of your choice. Inside the regular mag, our cover feature takes an in-depth look back at the heady mid-90s Britpop boom and we round up 40 essential 90s classics to add to your collection. Our features section is bulging at the seams, including interviews with Tame Impala about new album The Slow Rush, Nada Reid, Cornershop, Jeffrey Lewis, Jonathan Wilson and Lanterns On The Lake. There’s also a look at the MTV Unplugged series on vinyl, a history of legendary New York Label Sire, a guide to buying Brazilian vinyl and our Classic Album is Radiohead’s 1995 monster The Bends. If that’s not all enough, Long Live Vinyl brings you the most comprehensive range of new album, reissue and hi-fi gear reviews anywhere on the newsstand. Order your copy now, get your highlighter pen out and let the countdown to Record Store Day commence!

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