Written by - J.D.
It’s no secret that most of the auctions assembled by Backstage Auctions have all historically featured some pretty incredible vinyl. Some of the collections we’ve encountered over the years have been the subject of many a collector’s sweet dreams. Well, the “Rock Gods and Metal Monsters” auction coming up in April is certainly no exception! We are besides ourselves with excitement over what we have in the upcoming auction.
We have vinyl in this auction from a number of consignors: rarities from the private collections of highlighted artists like Scott Ian (Anthrax) and Sean Yseult (White Zombie) - to extremely rare advances or demos from current and/or former record executives Gayle Miller and Amy Jozefek. The vast majority of vinyl in this auction, however, comes from a closed record store in
The Hong Kong collection is literally the Holy Grail of Metal vinyl, for three very important reasons. First, all of the vinyl - and we mean everything - is factory sealed. Secondly, everything in this collection is from the 1980s, or the “Golden Era of Metal” as we like to think of it. The collection features a ton of “New Wave of British Heavy Metal” as well as the first days of American Heavy Metal. So by default, and the third reason this collection is so cool, is that all of the classic Metal labels are represented: Neat Records, Metal Blade, Shrapnel, Roadrunner , Mausoleum and more - they’re all there! Backstage Auctions owner Jacques van Gool put it this way:
“A good amount of the releases available in the auction are extremely hard to find. If you find them on eBay, they sell for crazy money - but rarely, if ever, do you find them sealed. The fact that these are - basically the birth of Heavy Metal - all from the classic Metal labels and they’re sealed - really makes this a unique collection.”
But don’t just take his word for it. Here are a couple of records that stand out from this collection:
The second collection providing a plethora of vinyl for this auction is the personal collection of a former West Coast A & R rep. Unlike the Hong Kong collection, this collection is much larger and features a much wider array of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal records - everything from AOR giants like Stan Bush, Strangeways and Dare to colossal Hard Rock and Metal bands like Van Halen, Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne and KISS. There are several factors that make this collection really stand out. First, is the quantity of advance copies and promotional releases, as well as Japanese,
, Dutch, French and German
pressings. For example, check out this exceedingly rare lot of Japanese Quiet
Riot vinyl from the late 1970s, featuring Randy Rhoads! UK
Secondly, the vast majority of the vinyl included is in NM or EX condition. Being collectors ourselves, we understand the importance of providing top quality products to our customers and we’re excited about the outstanding quality of all the vinyl in this collection!
Lastly, the sheer volume of vinyl - as well as variety - really makes this a very unique, in-depth collection. There are many large lots not to be overlooked! And take note, that just because we have put some of these records into larger lots certainly does not mean they’re not good enough to be sold individually - it just shows we have so much vinyl in this auction, it would be impossible to list them all individually! Owner Jacques van Gool elaborates:
“What I like in particular about this collection is vast variety. Everything from classic to rare and everything in between! There’s a crazy amount of obscure releases from Van Halen, Ozzy and Quiet Riot - but then records from the likes of August Redmoon and Dietrich, and really obscure Metal compilations like “Metal Concussion”, “Metal Massacre” and “Metallurgy” - all in great condition. This is a really exceptional collection!”
This is only the tip of the needle folks! With over 1500 records available in this auction from a variety of unique consignors, there is guaranteed to be some jaw dropping, head turning vinyl to peak your interest! Here are just a few more records we wanted to spotlight for you:
So there you have it. The Backstage Auctions 2012 “Rock Gods and Metal Monsters” Auction is a force to be reckoned with. We stand by our words that this auction will have something for every Rocker and Metal Head! But especially for all you vinyl collectors out there, this is absolutely, positively one you can't afford to miss.
Grab your VIP All Access Pass today and get access to our Special VIP Preview from April 14-20. The auction goes LIVE on April 21 and will be open for bidding until April 29th. See you there!