When an album goes out of print, the price of extant copies sometimes takes a roller-coaster ride. First, as the record company unloads stock through “bargain bins,” it goes down; then, as collectors scramble for remaining copies in the years that follow, the price goes up again.
This live-in-the-studio mid-60s package, which was initially pressed in very limited quantities, offers the quintessential example of the process. In the years preceding its recent reissue, the price of a single copy in excellent condition rose to a cool $100, making it one of the most valuable LPs of the entire rock era.
As far as I’m concerned, those who paid that figure proved the truth of P.T. Barnum’s famous line about suckers. On the other hand, the demand for the package is easy to understand. Featuring such vintage rockers as “Gloria,” “You Better Move On,” and “All the Day and All the Night,” it offers a punchy, organ-based sound that seems redolent of seminal punk bands.
If you fondly remember the Seeds, Count Five, and ? and the Mysterians, try this LP, which has now been reissued at down-to-earth prices.