80s pop compilations now reach ‘extraordinary prices

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For Now That’s What I Call Music compilations have begun to fetch “extraordinary prices” at sale, beating the likes of Duran Duran and Madness as collectors flock to own them.

Record Collector magazine, which is better known for compiling lists of rare records, found mainstream pop acts are now beginning to make hundreds of pounds.

A CD version of Now 4, released in 1984, is now valued at £200, partly in recognition of the novelty value of the medium at the time.

It easily eclipses prices raised by a limited edition Blur album from the height of their fame at £70, and Madness’ Baggy Trousers at £75 and a rare 12-inch version of Duran Duran’s Lay Lady Lay/Ordinary World/White Lines at £150.

A seven-inch copy of Abba's Voulez Vous/Angel Eyes dating from 1979 on red or yellow vinyl may go for £400, the magazine found.

Now 35, released in 1997, can command £80. At the time of its release, few people were buying vinyl copies and it is now scarce.

The magazine said the results formed "a list of records worth reasonable money that might just be owned by people who have bought only chart or best-selling records in the last 30 years".

Read the full article at The Telegraph here.

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