High-end CD sales are on the rise
Many may believe the CD format is dying, but it’s grown more than 20% over the past two years on the collectors’ site Discogs. Bob Dylan, Madonna, Toto, Grateful Dead, U2 are among the acts that top the list of Discogs 100 Most Expensive CDs sold. High-end CD sales are still on the rise and continue to grow.
Discogs’ list includes single and multi disc sets, including box sets which make up more than 60% of the list. Bob Dylan’s The Cutting Edge 1965 – 1966: The Bootleg Series Vol.12: Collector’s Edition appears nearly 20 times with pricing from $1,075 to $1,790. Dylan’s The 50th Anniversary Collection appears several times on the list as well, but comes in at the number two selling set at $2,657.
Nirvana’s “Royal Penny Tea (Scott Litt Mix)” promo CD single appears twice with pricing at $1,120 and $1,199. Roger Waters’ The Wall appears twice as well priced at $1,078 and $1,833 for a limited numbered box set. Wings’ Wings 1971-1973 multi-disc box set appears four times with pricing ranging from $1,171 to $1,796.
Madonna has three sets on the list with Celebration selling for $1,052; CD Single Collection containing 40 mini CDs for $1,273; and a CD-R Demo Assembly as of 6/4/97 for $1,301.
Grateful Dead has a pair of box sets on the list. Europe ’72: The Complete Recordings containing 73 CDs lands on it four times with prices ranging from $1,109 to $1,521. Their 80 disc set, 30 Trips Around The Sun, lands twice at prices ranging from $1,284 to $1,879.
Michael Jackson has three listings as one copy of The Medleys promo CD sold for $1,100 and “Smile” CD Single sold for $1,120 and $1,243.
Coldplay’s Safety EP lands on the list four times with pricing from $1,086 to $1,590. U2’s “Zooropa” CD Single lands once at a price of $1,138.
The number one selling CD on Discogs’ list is from the electronica group Coil with Live Box. The six CD set sold for $3,226 on September 24, 2014.