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Now That We’re Talking About Wu-Tang’s One-of-a-Kind Record, Let’s Look at Some Other Ultra-Limited-Edition Releases

Wu-Tang clan is adamant that they will produce just one copy of Once Upon a Time in Shaolin as a statement on the value of art.  I like it.  Not only is this a great conversation-starter but it’s also brought loads of press to the Wu.

But let’s not give them all the credit for inventing such a scheme.  The make-one-and-we’ll-delete-it approach goes back to at least the 1960s.  The Vinyl Factory lists ten other super-ultra-uber-limited-edition releases that begins with an Elvis Presley recording from 1967.

Elvis Presley - Stay Away Joe

The list also includes releases by the Foo Fighters, Radiohead and more recent releases by Boards of Canada and Top Banana.

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