Thursday, 26 June 2014


I am reposting this question posed to me regarding the Ultraviolet albums by a friend. And it's not to highlight his confusion about these albums. It's to address their SIGNIFICANCE. 

"Guys, I am scratching me head trying to figure out what the big deal is? I know
Collectables , but is there anything more to the significance of this find other than
rarity? I thought perhaps decoded messages or something?"

With any ultraviolet album that was released to the public, the record company announced it. I was trying to find you an image of one of these. You can tell they have had a treatment done to them, and most actually look a bit gimmicky. 

With these ultraviolet albums:
  1. The consumer never got an announcement. 
  2. The oldest one found so far was from 1955. And they didn't know it was UV then, and they STILL don't know it's UV 60 years later. 
  3. We don't know the process they used.
  4. Whatever the process is, the LP itself looks just like any normal LP. But it's not. 
  5. Multiple record companies in direct competition with eachother have employed this process, not told the consumer, and not sought profit / gain in doing so. (That right there should make you say ????????????????)
  6. There is a possibility these same record companies in direct competition with eachother did not even know this process was being done to their products. 
  7. We don't know if these are radioactive, harmful, or using a chemical we have never heard of. 

I could go on and on. These are simply the most rare, unexplained, unknown amount of albums manufactured in the over 100 year history of album manufacturing. In the recording world, these are your Pyramids.

And we don't even know how many are out there. I have 1000+ LPs. I found 5% to 7% of my album collection were UV. 

At best, 70 albums. Out of a rounded 1000. 

Go to Sgt Pepper. Let's say 200,000 mono copies were manufactured. 14,000 is our mean figure of ultraviolet version Peppers. But we can't go off of that because not all 200,000 Peppers that are mono 1st pressings, glow. We don't actually know how many are out there, because they never said a word about making them in the first place.

A guy has 35,000 LPs in his collection. 

Only 2450 of them are likely to glow. At best. That is NOT a lot. It's the difference between a warehouse and a garage.

Here's the world's largest record collection. 1 million LPs.

One, the probability this guy doesn't even know some of his albums are UV, is high. 

Only 70,000 of them might glow. And that's without knowing when this process started (because they let no one know), and when it ended. (If it did)

You've barely cracked 100,000 of those LPS and you still got 900,000 more that are "regular". Do you realise how rare they are??? And we don't even know why they were made!!!!

These are the Pyramids of the Recording World. I can say that no other way than that.

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