Kenny Dope has one. JJ Whitfield passed up on a whole box of them on a digging trip in the 90’s. Shadow and Cut Chemist did a routine with one. I’m sure there are a handful of collectors who had the record at one time, then sold it at a huge profit. The record we speak of is the original 45 of the band Salt on the Choctaw label (Choctaw 101). It has gone for ridiculous loot in the past. Why? It’s history is a bit of a mystery for one, and two, the record is as scarce as Mardi Gras w/out the bells. Simple supply and demand people, and at this moment, everyone would love to have the original in their box. Here’s where the reissue issue (pun intended) comes in. In the past, we have seen this record as a one off release aka bootleg with a custom cover go for over $200. It was also reissued as a B-Side with “Hey Joyce” on the Milk label around the time the Brainfreeze craze was going off. Recently though, a two sided reissue was released with the original on one side and a re-edit aka extra drums on the flip. This reissue has sold for over $120. That’s right, the reissue. It did have a limited run of 500 records, but we found it strange that this reissue would go for that amount of money. We’ve seen others, namely The Ambassadors “Ain’t Got The Love Of One Girl (On My Mind)” reissue go upwards of $100 as well. Ok, Pete Rock sample, original in short supply now. We were really surprised it wasn’t included in the Arctic box set that had the 45s (digital version yes, but they opted for “Doctor Love” for The Ambassadors 45 in the set). If that were the case you might as well drop the $60 for that and get 4 other 45s plus the whole discography on CD. But again, a hundo for the reissue? This got us thinking, why are people paying big money for reissues?
Now, we don’t mind reissues here in our record box. While it’s always nice to come up on a great original, if you don’t have access, a reissue is not going to tarnish your image IMHO. Maybe in some purist circles, but the way the record game is going these days, you take what you can get. For us here, it’s about the music. If I’m playing this Salt 45 out, I have no shame saying it’s a reissue. I’m not shelling $4K for the original, sorry. I have mouths to feed and for the price of a used car, well, you can have it. Save it for Mr. Deep Pockets has to put it on the wall and never play it. A lot of reputable record companies have done well with legitimate reissues of tunes. Jazzman always comes correct with his 7 inch gems. Kay Dee has put out some bangers for the buck. Stones Throw and Now Again have always done us right. There are more, but you get the idea. The thing is, we have never paid more than ten bucks for a 45 (which is kind of high, really) that was a reissue. This includes the aforementioned Salt joint with the re-edit. What we can only surmise here with this high reissue prices, is that generational attitude of ‘want it now’ has trickled over. Want a record? Go to ebay, buy it now. Want a hard to get, limited run re-issue? Go to ebay and pay sick money for it, maybe ten times its worth (and still available at the original retail price) because you have to have it now. When Flea Market Funk started, we vowed to buy, play, and review records at flea market/ yard sale prices. That holds true for a reissue. There is no way we would ever shell out that kind of coin for something you can get for a regular price if you had just did some digging around. We want to know, what are your thoughts on this reissue issue? Thanks for weighing in.