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Market Watch: Doo-wop, soul, punk, rock, blues, psych ? it's all here

From blues to arena rock, buyers are paying top dollar for diverse discs these days.

From blues to arena rock, buyers are paying top dollar for diverse discs.

1. $5,900 — The Five Crowns, "I Want You" b/w "Hillum Bay":

In the top spot, we have a near-mint 1959 doo-wop single from Indiana, on the De’Besth label. As far as I can determine, this is a different group from the Harlem vocal group of the same name that morphed into the new Drifters at the end of the ‘50s.

2. $2,500 — Queen, Hot Space:

This very rare Queen colored-vinyl LP rarity is a light-gray Colombian pressing of the Hot Space LP.

3. $2,399.99 — The Four Voices, "Your Love Is Getting Stronger" b/w "With A Lonely Heart":

This northern soul rarity on the Voice label is in VG++ shape. There is little info available, but it is well known among those who regularly spend big bucks for lost gems such as this. Can’t spare $2,400 to hear this record? "Your Love Is Getting Stronger" has appeared on several compilations, including The Best of Northern Soul Vol. 3.

4. $2,358 — The Clash, "Complete Control/City of the Dead" (German 45):

Although it tends to be overshadowed by other genres, punk is still very collectible, presumably more so now that many original punks are earning enough to shell out a couple of thousand for a 7-inch, a thought that would have seemed bizarre 30 years ago. This is a single that the seller describes as "maybe the rarest official Clash record on CBS Records." This is a German pic sleeve 45 (with a different cover design from the more common British version), near-mint, with the sleeve in excellent shape. Certainly a hard-to-find item — last year, a copy sold for about $625, and that copy was described by its seller as "awful" (the vinyl) and "poor (near lost)".

5. $2,125 — The Soulettes, "Bring Your Fine Self Home" b/w "Let Me Be The One":

This rare northern soul 45 on the Scope Records label is in VG+ condition. "Bring Your Fine Self Home" was featured on the CD compilation For Millionaires Only Vol.1.

6. $2,125 — C.A. Quintet, Trip Thru Hell LP:

This one is a 1968 Midwest psych rarity on the Candy Floss label, in excellent condition. According to the seller, who bought the LP in 1968 after hearing it on the radio, only 1,000 copies were pressed; however, this lost gem was reissued on LP and CD by Sundazed last year.

7. $2,080 — Chuck Cockerham, "Have I Got A Right" b/w "Hey There":

This is a northern soul VG++ promo 45 on the Mala label by Chuck Cockerham, who performed in one of the many incarnations of The Drifters.

8. $2,024 — Tolbert, "Lucky Man" b/w "I’ve Got It":

This soul rarity, in mint-minus shape, is on the New York-based Rojac Records label. While it’s a very rare release, demand has dropped a little. Earlier this year, a VG+ copy sold on eBay for $4,155, while a copy sold last year for $4,806. The release date of this one is unclear, but a more-common 12-inch version of this single (featuring "Lucky Man" paired with "Got to be Free," currently worth $60-$80) came out in 1982.

9. $1,892 — Velvet Underground, "VU-1" 45

: This condition copy of the "VU-1" picture sleeve promo 45 was pressed in 1969 by MGM to plug the third Velvet Underground LP. (Sleeve is very good shape, vinyl is VG+) The disc features a radio spot to promote the LP, with portions of "I’m Set Free," "What Goes O