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Thread started 02/22/17 8:40am

dance4me3121

Should i buy the 4 cd set "Crystal Ball"?

This is one of only 4 prince CDs I don't own.I once had it a long time ago but it was stolen from me.I found the crystal ball CD for sale on amazon .$312 for a NEW copy and $150 for a USED copy.I usually only buy CDs in new condition . Thing is if I spend $312 on it,should I open it? Being that I already have a mp3 version of the album on my computer .But if I buy the CD I can rip it at 320 KB's
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Reply #1 posted 02/22/17 8:43am

TheEnglishGent

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I would not buy it for that much cash, especially if I already had a rip from a previous purchase. Hang on in there, it will get a re-issue at some point when the estate is sorted.

RIP sad
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Reply #2 posted 02/22/17 9:25am

BoraBora



Yes. Even only to have "Crucial" and "Crystal Ball" (the song) in your CD collection.


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Reply #3 posted 02/22/17 9:33am

Germanegro

I'm not that much of collector's collector; I just like having the music, and holding discs is a practical comfort to me. I'd have to be buying a hell of a lot more than 4 CDs for that price you mention--I don't care who's recording it is!

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Reply #4 posted 02/22/17 9:53am

gandorb

I would be tempted to wait to see if the estate eventually makes his whole discography more accessible, which would likely drive the price down markedly.
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Reply #5 posted 02/22/17 10:06am

Genesia

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It depends. Are you buying it for the music or as a collectible?

If you want the music, you can get that without spending $312 - or even $150. If you're buying it as a collectible, you want the best condition possible - which would be new and sealed. And to preserve its value as a collectible, you can never open it.

If you want it for the music and having the actual, physical copy is important to you, find the least expensive original set you can that's in good, playable condition. I saw one on discogs a few minutes ago for $95.

I mean if he did have sex he would break every rule Jehova's have regarding premarital sex so Prince is really just friends with them all anyway.
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Reply #6 posted 02/22/17 10:15am

26ten

If you were a friend of Prince he would not want you to break the bank for that.

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Immediately before he died I got it on eBay for $18.

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Just wait until it's rereleased or drops - or find it via other means - don't give those thieves more reason to keep rippin' off the temple. Seriously!

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Reply #7 posted 02/22/17 11:23am

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dance4me3121 said:

Thing is if I spend $312 on it,should I open it? Being that I already have a mp3 version of the album on my computer .But if I buy the CD I can rip it at 320 KB's

If you are willing to spend $312 so you can rip it in 320mp3, [Joke or not no no no! - luv4u]

Do you have it in green?
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Reply #8 posted 02/22/17 11:25am

TheDigitalGard
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TheEnglishGent said:

I would not buy it for that much cash, especially if I already had a rip from a previous purchase. Hang on in there, it will get a re-issue at some point when the estate is sorted.

Let's start counting the years.

Do you have it in green?
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Reply #9 posted 02/22/17 11:26am

SquirrelMeat

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I remeber when there were so many 5 disc 'puck' case sets unsold that they had hundreds of them at London record fairs for £5 each.

I bought a bunch of them and gave them to friends.

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Reply #10 posted 02/22/17 11:31am

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SquirrelMeat said:

I remeber when there were so many 5 disc 'puck' case sets unsold that they had hundreds of them at London record fairs for £5 each.

Surely one of the worst packaging ideas in an age. What a hopeless thing it was.

Do you have it in green?
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Reply #11 posted 02/22/17 11:32am

TheEnglishGent

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TheDigitalGardener said:

TheEnglishGent said:

I would not buy it for that much cash, especially if I already had a rip from a previous purchase. Hang on in there, it will get a re-issue at some point when the estate is sorted.

Let's start counting the years.

I agree that it probably won't be very soon but I also would have bet against the Warner stuff appearing on Spotify etc when it did. Time will tell.

RIP sad
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Reply #12 posted 02/22/17 1:35pm

Germanegro

TheDigitalGardener said:

dance4me3121 said:

Thing is if I spend $312 on it,should I open it? Being that I already have a mp3 version of the album on my computer .But if I buy the CD I can rip it at 320 KB's

If you are willing to spend $312 so you can rip it in 320mp3, [Joke or not no no no! - luv4u]

Vulture! lol

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Reply #13 posted 02/22/17 1:37pm

Poplife88

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Great set, but that price is insane. You can find it cheaper...and my bet it will be re-released at some point.

We're gonna need a bigger boat
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Reply #14 posted 02/22/17 6:30pm

ForceofNature

I bought mine a little while before he died at Ameoba Records for $30, at the time I thought it was expensive but I really love the songs on it. Seeing the crazy online prices make me happy I ended up buying it after all - that same trip I scored The Black Album (1994 issue) for 3 bucks

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Reply #15 posted 02/22/17 6:33pm

luvsexy4all

how many threads can be answered with ..... duhhhh ?

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Reply #16 posted 02/22/17 11:47pm

databank

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dance4me3121 said:

This is one of only 4 prince CDs I don't own.I once had it a long time ago but it was stolen from me.I found the crystal ball CD for sale on amazon .$312 for a NEW copy and $150 for a USED copy.I usually only buy CDs in new condition . Thing is if I spend $312 on it,should I open it? Being that I already have a mp3 version of the album on my computer .But if I buy the CD I can rip it at 320 KB's

I fail to understand why you wanna spend that much money for CD's that you're gonna rip if you ALREADY have a rip of it eek eek eek

If it's about having it in 320 instead of lower quality there are cheaper and easier ways to find it in 320 or even Flac online lol

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Reply #17 posted 02/23/17 4:36am

dance4me3121

databank said:



dance4me3121 said:


This is one of only 4 prince CDs I don't own.I once had it a long time ago but it was stolen from me.I found the crystal ball CD for sale on amazon .$312 for a NEW copy and $150 for a USED copy.I usually only buy CDs in new condition . Thing is if I spend $312 on it,should I open it? Being that I already have a mp3 version of the album on my computer .But if I buy the CD I can rip it at 320 KB's

I fail to understand why you wanna spend that much money for CD's that you're gonna rip if you ALREADY have a rip of it eek eek eek


If it's about having it in 320 instead of lower quality there are cheaper and easier ways to find it in 320 or even Flac online lol


Thats not the only reason.I would also like to get it to complete my collection and I dontnlike buying used CDs.
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Reply #18 posted 02/23/17 5:14pm

TheDigitalGard
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dance4me3121 said:

databank said:



dance4me3121 said:


This is one of only 4 prince CDs I don't own.I once had it a long time ago but it was stolen from me.I found the crystal ball CD for sale on amazon .$312 for a NEW copy and $150 for a USED copy.I usually only buy CDs in new condition . Thing is if I spend $312 on it,should I open it? Being that I already have a mp3 version of the album on my computer .But if I buy the CD I can rip it at 320 KB's

I fail to understand why you wanna spend that much money for CD's that you're gonna rip if you ALREADY have a rip of it eek eek eek


If it's about having it in 320 instead of lower quality there are cheaper and easier ways to find it in 320 or even Flac online lol


Thats not the only reason.I would also like to get it to complete my collection and I dontnlike buying used CDs.

So maybe you should have named your thread "should I be daft enough to pay $312 for a copy of crystal ball?"
I think I know the answer to the daft part.
Do you have it in green?
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Reply #19 posted 02/23/17 5:52pm

E319

Wait a few years until it eventually gets reissued... Probably remastered with extra songs too!

Black day, stormy night/No love, no hope in sight...
Don't cry, he is coming/Don't die, without knowing...
The Cross.
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Reply #20 posted 02/24/17 9:53am

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You know, it's not unthinkable that Crystal Ball might never get reissued. I mean, it's not a proper album, it's a grab-bag of songs. There's every possibility that those songs might pop up on other, more relevant releases.

With that possibility in mind, I recommend that we all hold tightly onto our crystal balls. lol

PRINCE: the only man who could wear high heels and makeup and STILL steal your woman!
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Reply #21 posted 02/24/17 4:14pm

ForceofNature

eyewishuheaven said:

You know, it's not unthinkable that Crystal Ball might never get reissued. I mean, it's not a proper album, it's a grab-bag of songs. There's every possibility that those songs might pop up on other, more relevant releases.

With that possibility in mind, I recommend that we all hold tightly onto our crystal balls. lol

That is true - and plus I feel like with Crystal Ball if you are not a massive Prince fan to begin with you are not going to be interested in it anyway. It might not make financial sense to re-release it, at the very least I can see maybe a limited number of copies being reissued but even that is a stretch.

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Reply #22 posted 02/25/17 12:29am

databank

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eyewishuheaven said:

You know, it's not unthinkable that Crystal Ball might never get reissued. I mean, it's not a proper album, it's a grab-bag of songs. There's every possibility that those songs might pop up on other, more relevant releases.

With that possibility in mind, I recommend that we all hold tightly onto our crystal balls. lol

I think in Prince's mind it was a proper album: if you look beyond its apparant rendomness it was clearly assembled with great care and a well thought of sense of pace. It's an artistic statement as much as any other Prince album. I think the estate would be doing something as sacrilegeous disassembling it and spreading its tracks on other releases as if they were, say, to remove Joy In Repetition from GB to put it on a SOTT rerelease, or take away Rave from Rave to put it on a Batman rerelease.

Now I agree that given the current state of affairs for physical releases, it's not likely we'll see it rereleased physically anytime soon but who knows... In any case nothing should prevent a digital rerelease from happening.

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Reply #23 posted 02/25/17 12:31am

databank

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^If by any chance CB II was ever assembled before being shelved, a digital or physical rerelease of CB with CB II, with all 5 CD's could create some appeal for the project.

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Reply #24 posted 02/28/17 11:08pm

dance4me3121

Thank you everyone for responding to this thread. I've taken everyone's advice in consideration and decided to purchase the crystal ball CD in NEW condition for about $250.I've went back and forth on my decision for more than a week now.
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Reply #25 posted 03/01/17 12:09am

Phishanga

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I remember selling some other CDs I had, because I wanted to get some money, before I bought Crystal Ball... it was 150 DM back then, which should be around $80, I think? I was 15 or 16 at the time. I was fascinated by the cheap packaging. Like you're buying some underground thing that no one knows about. lol

[Edited 3/1/17 0:10am]

Hey loudmouth, shut the fuck up, right?
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Reply #26 posted 03/01/17 1:54am

Adorecream

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It is essential yes, but not at those prices, just the usual greed some people are capitalising on in the midst of Prince's passing from this astral pane. I paid $35 for it in 2009 and felt that was too much, but now have noticed I have never seen another copy of it for sale here in NZ since.

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Instinct being instinct, I saw it and grabbed it knowing what it was.

Where I come from, we don't give a damn, we do whatever we please!
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Reply #27 posted 03/03/17 6:03am

Dancelot

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dance4me3121 said:

This is one of only 4 prince CDs I don't own.I once had it a long time ago but it was stolen from me.I found the crystal ball CD for sale on amazon .$312 for a NEW copy and $150 for a USED copy.I usually only buy CDs in new condition . Thing is if I spend $312 on it,should I open it? Being that I already have a mp3 version of the album on my computer .But if I buy the CD I can rip it at 320 KB's

hoy shit, there are some freaks who want 1500+ Euro (1.700+ USD) for it LMAO

so 312$ appears to be a bargain biggrin dunce

https://www.amazon.de/dp/B01N8Z21JD/ref=sr_1_7?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1488549089&sr=1-7&keywords=crystal+ball+prince

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Reply #28 posted 03/03/17 10:06am

dance4me3121

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Its here!!!!
[Edited 3/3/17 10:07am]
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Reply #29 posted 03/05/17 5:34pm

Namelessfan

I bought my copy in May. I paid way too much for it (190.00) but I play it all the time while commuting (long drive in terrible traffic). It's got a little bit of everything from the great crystal ball to the funny cloreen baconskin. Plus crucial, Calhoun square, etc etc. I'm very happy that I own this - of course I should have gotten it earlier but for all the joy it's given me I think it's worth it.
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