Skip to main content

Well, this was an agonizing decision. I found all this ultra-rare Enz vinyl at Utopia Records on George Street — when the remasters were just days away! I ended up picking up the vinyl (my first major LP harvest), though I did have enough left to get Frenzy.

Anyway, here's what I got:

>> A Chrysalis U.S. promo pressing of Mental Notes (i.e. Second Thoughts). Funnily enough, this version still has the song "Mental Notes" on it. I wonder if that was re-recorded, too.

>> A Chrysalis U.S. promo pressing of Dizrythmia. Both look to be in very good condition.

>> What I thought was an original Mushroom pressing of Mental Notes, but — going by the label — it looks to be from the early-mid 1980s instead. Still, it's in great condition.

>> An A&M U.S. pressing of Time and Tide — still sealed! I don't want to open it, for some reason. Just feels wrong. It's still got the sticker on the wrapper, too, proclaiming "NEW SPLIT ENZ — 'SIX MONTHS IN A LEAKY BOAT' — 'DIRTY CREATURE' — 'HELLO SANDY ALLEN.' "

>> A Mushroom copy of Practical Jokers, by The Swingers. I'd never seen this anywhere before. Cool design on the inner sleeve.

>> A promo MCA copy of Counting The Beat, the U.S. version of Practical Jokers.

Oh, and a nice copy of Tears For Fears' The Hurting, but that's beside the point.

I'm happiest with the three promo copies I found, because as far as I know, they were among the least popular in the U.S., so I imagine they'd be rarer.

So, what have your proudest Enz vinyl finds been so far?
Original Post

Replies sorted oldest to newest

Wow! Eeker Great haul! Guess i won't be browsing through Utopia in a hurry. Big Grin

Well, i'd have to say the silver True Colours album. I'm not sure how rare it is, but for $19.95 together with Enz Of An Era (with the poster!), you've got to be pretty happy with that.

Although i am really, really, really sorry (hits forehead on desk) that i SOLD
my lazer etched "History" 45. WHAT WAS I THINKING! Eeker When time travel is perfected, i know where i'll be going first. Big Grin
Back To The Future!
Aah...I still fondly remember the afternoon I was in a local second-hand shop that turned out to be a happy hunting ground for me. I opened a filing cabinet to pull out 4 or 5 Enz 45s! Black gold! Texas tea!

A few prized LPs...

Mental Notes
White Cloud Records pressing

True Colours
NZ limited edition with silver & black cover. I have number 1,467 of 2,500 copies.

Frenzy
A&M version, US pressing - still shrinkwrapped!

And my most prized singles?

'I See Red'
UK pressing on Illegal Records, complete with that famous black & white cartoon picture sleeve!

'I Don't Wanna Dance'
12" US promo single on clear vinyl with dance steps. Very '80s!

And then of course I have a complete collection of the NZ pressings of every Enz LP released in NZ and most of the 45s! Big Grin

Happy hunting y'all! Big Grin

P.S. Note of jealousy...the library of the university I work at possesses copies of a few of the early 45s, including 'For You' and 'No Bother To Me'. I'm thinking of conducting a, shall we say, "requisitioning expedition", LOL!
I bought about 9 years ago in the UK (2nd hand) a copy of Time & Tide which came with a copy of "Frenzy" and it was the version that Semi-Detached etc appeared on (is that the A&M version?)

Anyway on the move to oz 7 years ago my container went missing and the album was probably returned to the time and tide along with 80 odd bootleg casettes and a lazer etched True Colours - sob!

(as well as a load of Crowdies 12" - but thats not for this forum ;-) )
I'm a sucker for this sort of stuff, so here goes:

Mental Notes: White Cloud pressing, lp cover signed by Tim. (I also have a 1979 Mushroom Reissue).

Have all the Enz albums on vinyl (incl. both versions of Frenzy). It took me a few months back in college to get them all.

Singles I have off the top of my head:
I See Red (Illegal Records Pressing)
Late Last Night (Original Ernie Rose recording).
One Step Ahead etched single.
History Never Repeats etched single.

Have most of the Frenzy through to Time and Tide NZ singles. Also have an American "Iris" b/w "Clumsy" jukebox single.
Gee I was at Utopia a few months ago and didn't see any of those! They did have shrinkwrapped copies of Mental Notes and Corroboree but I was a little suspicious. Might've been used copies just re-wrapped y'know! They did have a singed Badfinger LP though, which I'll get as soon as I have a spare $800! Eeker

Anyway my Enz vinyl collection isn't particularly exciting, my MN copy is of course signed by Noel, with a nice little illustration!. Give me the LPs over the CDs anyday (remastered or otherwise)... Time and Tide especially, the LP sounds immaculate!
Three occasions come to mind for me (In order of increasing fantasticness):

1. Finding a copy of the laser-etched True Colours with the original promo sheet inside describing the process (It was only $5 at Real Groovy so I grabbed it just for that).

2. Finding a Cassette of Frenzy in Slow Boat records and discovering after I got it home it was the A&M version. At last I could listen to those other songs.

3. Finding a copy of Merry Christmas From The Enz in a little second hand shop in Levin (It wasn't even a record shop). I'd just popped in while travelling north and thought that needs a good home.

There have been others, but not with the same stomach buzz I got with those ones.
quote:
Originally posted by Withnail:
Gee I was at Utopia a few months ago and didn't see any of those!

I know! They didn't have most of them for a while, then all of a sudden the two Chrysalises turn up in the S section instead of the proper Split Enz section.

quote:
They did have shrinkwrapped copies of Mental Notes and Corroboree but I was a little suspicious. Might've been used copies just re-wrapped y'know! They did have a singed Badfinger LP though, which I'll get as soon as I have a spare $800! Eeker

Well, yeah, the MN was rewrapped — that's the one I bought. I don't know about the Corroboree, but they do have a sealed Waiata now, with the black-and-pink cover (about the best-looking of the A&M covers, I reckon).
quote:
Originally posted by FiNa FiOnA:
quote:
It's even better now that Tim, Neil, Mal, Nigel, Eddie and Noel have autographed it...

I'm thinking of sleeping with it tonight...


I saw them, I shook their hands. I told Noel his spoons were great!!!



AAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH I SOOOOO WANNA BE YOU!!! How did Mal look? I keep asking!!! Did he look as gorgeous as he looks in the pictures??? Eeker


they were so nice. mal is really friendly (they all were really) ahhh... i'm still in the 'after glow' (ok yeah that was a bad crowdies joke...)
Here we go....

7" Vinyl -
I Got You (SPANISH - Promo Cover)
I Got You (USA)
I Got You (UK)
Bold As Brass (HOLLAND)
I Hope I Never (AUS - different cover)
One Step Ahead (AUS - poster cover)
One Step Ahead (USA - laser etched)
One Step Ahead (UK - laser etched)
I Don't Wanna Dance (AUS)
History Never Repeats (AUS - different cover)
History Never Repeats (UK - laser etched)
Poor Boy (UK)
6 Months (AUS - different cover)
Next Exit (AUS)
Strail Ol Line (UK)
Message to My Girl (AUS - different cover)
I Walk Away (AUS)
One Mouth is Fed (AUS)
I See Red (AUS - red vinyl re-release)
Merry Christmas from Split Enz - (AUS - fan club release)

Vinyl LP's
Waiata (NZ)
Frenzy (AUS - not sure which version)
True Colours (AUS - Gold and Silver)
True Colours (AUS - Green and Pink)
True Colours (AUS - Red and Green)
True Colours (AUS - Laser Etched)
True Colours (AUS - Purple and yellow)
True Colours (AUS - Blue and Orange)
Collection 1973 - 1984 (AUS - Double LP)
The Living Enz (AUS - Double LP)
History Never Repeats (AUS)

12" Singles
My Mistake (AUS)
I Walk Away (AUS)

There you go. I found nearly all of mine at Record Fairs and a couple I had purchased at the time of their relase. I also have all the Australian 7" releases of nearly all the Enz singles and all the Australian Releases of all the Vinyl albums but I figure they're not that rare so I didn't list them. I haven't updated my collection list in a while. Second Hand shops were also awesome places to find rare stuff, especially the True Colours LP's. I can't believe I'm missing 4 though. I'm on a mission now!!!
Most prized and precious pieces of plastic:

First three Enz singles (For You, Sweet Talking Spoon Song, No Bother to Me).

First four picture sleeves: Last Last Night, Another Great Divide, My Mistake, Bold as Brass. (Someone in the Dutch office of Chrysalis Records knew a good thing when they saw it.)

I See Red - original Australian picture sleeve - rumour has it there are are only 200 of these in existence.

Live at the Hammersmith Odeon (BBC broadcast LP) - I wish someone would release this on CD, it's better than Living Enz.

Radio interview LPs for Time & Tide and Conflicting Emotions.

*Locks vault door and heads off in search of those elusive interview disks for Second Thoughts and See Ya Round.*
my most prized possessions would have to be my Laser-etched True Colours and my boxed sets. I didn't even know the boxed sets had been released and I was in Toombul music just browsing. I came across these two boxes not even in their right place and I thought, "oh!, here's something I don't have, coming home with me" Then I looked at the price and thought, "coming home with me shortly". I lay-buyed them. Then got home and found the signatures inside. Best buy ever!!
Why thankyou Finngirl. hehe. I think anyone can get up a collection like that if they have the time and money to do so. I have written down all the prices I paid for things over the years too and it's quite mind boggling just how much I spent, even at the age of 15!! My t-shirt collection is probably what astounds me the most. I'd be most interested to know how much it's worth to a collector.

Ooooo AGM, I like that Tim Finn 12", very snazzy.

Does anyone by chance have the rare True Colours cover that was black and white and came with a set of texta's to colour it in? That would be a great find!!

P:S Finngirl, your name wouldn't happen to be Tabitha would it? Smiler
I once had in my possesion two coloured vinyl Enz LPs, "Frenzy" and "Second Thoughts", both pressed in the 70s. The "Second Thoughts" was particularly speccie, resplendant with silver and blue glitter. As a poor student I decided to let them go many moons ago. I've never heard or seen of any other coloured vinyl Ens LPs since. I wonder what they'd go for now?
Only three to five copies? With that small a number I'm surprised they even bothered.

On the topic of coloured vinyl, there is a cola-coloured vinyl 7 inch of 'I Got You', put out by A&M in the mid-1980s to co-incide with the release of 'History Never Repeats" (the US version). It's not much to look at though. You can only tell it's cola-coloured vinyl if you hold it up against the light. I can't remember if it was a promo release or not. Again, it's something I was forced to sell many moons ago.
WOW! Today I struck black gold at the local branch of Real Groovy Records! Big Grin Check this out...

CITIZEN BAND 'The Ladder Song' 7" (NZ)
PHIL JUDD 'Dream'n' Away' 7" with picture sleeve (NZ)
THE SWINGERS 'One Good Reason' 7" (NZ)
THE SWINGERS 'Counting The Beat' 7" (NZ)
THE SWINGERS 'It Ain't What You Dance...' 7" (NZ) with fold-out poster sleeve! (absolutely THE coolest sleeve I've seen for a 45!)

...and that's only half of what I found there in about an hour of browsing. I had to whittle it down to those 5...
quote:
Originally posted by Semi-Detached:
WOW! Today I struck black gold at the local branch of Real Groovy Records! Big Grin Check this out...

CITIZEN BAND 'The Ladder Song' 7" (NZ)
PHIL JUDD 'Dream'n' Away' 7" with picture sleeve (NZ)
THE SWINGERS 'One Good Reason' 7" (NZ)
THE SWINGERS 'Counting The Beat' 7" (NZ)
THE SWINGERS 'It Ain't What You Dance...' 7" (NZ) with fold-out poster sleeve! (absolutely THE coolest sleeve I've seen for a 45!)

...and that's only half of what I found there in about an hour of browsing. I had to whittle it down to those 5...


Excellent haul there Gav. Now if you go playing the Starstruck Soundtrack, you'll have to do that One Good Reason dance, or wear a red kangaroo costume, or maybe both! Big Grin

Fold-out Poster Sleeve. Ah, bring them back! Smiler

Add Reply

Post
    All times London, UK.

    ©1998-Eternity, Frenz.com. All post content is the copyrighted work of the person who wrote it. Please don't copy, reproduce, or publish anything you see written here without the author's permission.
×
×
×
×
Link copied to your clipboard.
×
×