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2022 Music Releases That Instantly Became Collector’s Gold

New releases from last year became instant hits with collectors because of their limited availability, unique pressing details, and lavish packaging.

Vinyl usually gets pricey many years after its release, especially if it’s an out-of-print record growing rarer by the day. In other situations, a record jumps up in value shortly after it’s been released. But how does a record become instantly collectible and sell for big bucks straight out of the gate? 

To answer this question, all you have to do is take a look at the Discogs data. Below, you’ll find the top 25 releases from 2022 with the highest median prices. Median prices are determined by the various prices paid for items in completed orders on Discogs. For additional accuracy, only albums that were purchased five or more times have been included. 

The list of releases below highlights some interesting common threads. Almost every release featured here is a limited edition. Deluxe reissues, lavish box sets, and numbered releases dominate the list. If a release is highly desired and pressed in small quantities, it becomes instantly rare. If a committed collector missed out on a pre-order or wasn’t able to grab a new release before it sold out, they will often shell out large sums of money to make sure they don’t miss out on owning a copy. 

The 2022 releases that most inspired feverish spending include a huge box set of Paul McCartney 7-inches, a unique reissue of John Coltrane’s Giant Steps, and a live Prince 7-inch. These releases sound intriguing and each artist is incredibly popular, but what makes them top three material? 

The Paul McCartney box set includes 80 7-inches that span his work from 1970 – 2019. The majority of the set focuses on McCartney’s solo material, but fans will also find Wings recordings and collaborations with artists like Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and Steve Miller. The box set also includes one exclusive test pressing. Test pressings are sent to artists and labels to make sure everything sounds good before the entire run is pressed. The test pressings for this massive set have been made available to fans as one copy is randomly selected and inserted in each box. As if the sheer volume of music wasn’t enough, the set also includes recreations of the original artwork used for 65 singles/promos and a 148-page book all neatly arranged in a wooden art crate. This instant collectors item was released in a fairly limited run of 3,000 copies. 

John Coltrane’s Giant Steps is one of the most influential jazz albums of all time and collectors of all kinds end up with copies in their collections. However, out of the many versions out there, this particular 2022 pressing offers an incredibly unique selling point. According to the Discogs Database, this version was cut in true mono, directly from the original mono master tapes. For additional authenticity, the record was cut on a 1965 Lyrec all valve cutting system. The album’s incredible sound and limited run of 345 copies have solidified it as a must-have rarity for Coltrane’s biggest fans. 

Prince & The New Power Generation’s Diamonds And Pearls / Nothing Compares 2 U (Live At Glam Slam) 7-inch was given to attendees of Celebration 2022 at Paisley Park. The record features live recordings from a 1992 concert at Glam Slam, a venue in Prince’s hometown of Minneapolis. Prince’s concerts were legendary, and Prince completists are eager to collect any live recordings they can get their hands on. Collectors in general are also drawn to promos and giveaways. The fact that a record wasn’t originally listed for sale makes it elusive and rare and record fiends don’t want to feel like they missed out on an exclusive release. According to the database, each 7-inch includes a gold foil stamped six digit number, making it even more collectible. 

Other notable releases that instantly became collector gold include Sleep’s Dopesmoker with real cannabis leaves pressed in the vinyl, Madonna’s career-spanning vinyl box set Finally Enough Love (50 Number Ones), and a Klaus Schulze set that includes a framed art print and a bag of sand.

Top 3 Releases with the Highest Median Price

#1

The 7″ Singles Box
Paul McCartney
2022
Rock, Pop
Vinyl, 80 x 7″, Box Set
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#2

Giant Steps
John Coltrane
2022
Jazz
LP, Black Vinyl, Reissue, Mono
This version of the iconic jazz album was cut in true mono, directly from the original mono master tapes.
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#3

Diamonds And Pearls / Nothing Compares 2 U (Live At Glam Slam)
Prince & The New Power Generation
2022
Pop
7″, Black Vinyl, Numbered
This 7-inch was given to attendees of Celebration 2022 at Paisley Park.
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2022 Releases Ranked by Median Price

RankCoverArtist(s)TitleYearLabelGenreFormatShop
null$1,430Paul McCartneyThe 7″ Singles Box2022Capitol Records, MPL, UMePop, RockBox, Comp, Ltd, Num + 7″, Single, RE, RM + 7″, SinShop
null$999John ColtraneGiant Steps2022The Electric Recording Co., AtlanticJazzLP, Album, Mono, Ltd, Num, REShop
null$854Prince & The New Power GenerationDiamonds And Pearls / Nothing Compares 2 U (Live At Glam Slam)2022NPG Records, The Prince EstatePop7″, Ltd, NumShop
null$835Bill EvansRiverside Recordings2022Analogue Productions, Riverside RecordsJazz2×12″, Album, Mono, RE, RM, RP + 2×12″, Album, RE,Shop
null$604Darren KorbHades: Original Soundtrack2022Supergiant GamesElectronic, Rock, Stage & Screen4xLP, 180 + Box, Album, LtdShop
null$585SleepDopesmoker2022Third Man RecordsRock2xLP, Album, Dlx, Ltd, RE, RM, WeeShop
null$562Shoji Meguro, Atlus Sound TeamPersona 25th Anniversary Deluxe Vinyl Box Set2022Iam8bitPop, Stage & ScreenLP, Tra + Box, Album, Comp + LP, Pur + LP, Ora + BShop
null$511Kiss(Music From) The Elder2022CasablancaRockLP, Ltd, Pic, REShop
null$449MadonnaFinally Enough Love (50 Number Ones)2022Rhino Records, Warner RecordsElectronic, Funk / Soul, Pop, RockBox, Comp, Ltd, RM + 3xLP, Red + 3xLP, 180Shop
null$429Klaus SchulzeDeus Arrakis2022SPV RecordingsElectronicLP, S/Sided, Etch, Gol + 2xLP, Gol + Album + CD, AShop
null$395The SmileYou Will Never Work In Television Again / The Smoke2022XL RecordingsFunk / Soul, Rock7″, Single, Ltd, NumShop
null$394Greta Van FleetStrange Horizons 2021: Live from Los Angeles2022LavaRock2xLP, Ltd, CleShop
null$364MeshuggahImmutable2022Atomic FireRockLP, Liq + LP, Tra + Album, LtdShop
null$360The Alan Parsons ProjectThe Complete Albums Collection2022Cooking VinylPop, RockBox, Comp + LP, Album, RE, RM, 180 + LP, Album, REShop
null$357Gustav Mahler / Leonard BernsteinComplete Symphonies2022Deutsche GrammophonClassical16xLP, Comp, Num, RM + Box, Comp, REShop
null$357Guns N’ RosesUse Your Illusion I & II2022Geffen Records, UMeRockBox, Comp, Dlx, Ltd, RE, RM + 2xLP, RE, RM, Gat +Shop
null$350Zoviet FranceChâsse 32022Vinyl-on-demandElectronic2xLP, Album, RM + 2xLP, Album, RM + 2xLP, Album, RShop
null$336BlondieAgainst The Odds 1974-19822022UMC, Numero Group, ChrysalisPop, RockBox, Comp, Dlx, Ltd, Sup + LP, Album, RE, RM + LP,Shop
null$331PhishThe Clifford Ball 25th Anniversary Vinyl Box Set2022Jemp RecordsRock6xLP, Ora + 6xLP, Sky + Box, Dlx, LtdShop
null$329The MicrophonesCompletely Everything, 1996 – 20212022P.W. Elverum & Sun, Ltd.Folk, World, & Country, RockLP, Album, RE, RM + LP, Album, RE, RM + 2xLP, AlbuShop
null$325태연INVU2022S.M. EntertainmentElectronic, Pop, RockLP, Blu + LP, Ora + Album, LtdShop
null$320No Use For A NameBlack Box2022Fat Wreck ChordsRock11xLP, RE + 12″, EP + LP + 7″ + Box, Comp, ColShop
null$319MarillionAn Hour Before It’s Dark2022Ear MusicRockBox, Album, Ltd, Ult + CD, Album + Blu-ray + 2xLP,Shop
null$314Love And RocketsThe Albums 1985-19962022Beggars ArkiveElectronic, RockLP, Album, Dar + LP, Album, Red + LP, Album, Whi +Shop
null$307Yuka Kitamura, Tsukasa Saitoh, Shoi Miyazawa, Yoshimi Kudo, Tai TomisawaElden Ring – The Vinyl Collection2022Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc.Classical, Stage & Screen2xLP, Dar + 2xLP, Gol + 2xLP, Lig + 2xLP, Bro + BoShop
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