Radio Birdman – Radios Appear – 1977 Trafalgar TRL-1001

This classic piece of Australian music history was released in July of 1977 and limited in pressing numbers to 3000 copies before being repressed in September of 1977 by WEA. It is a holy grail of Australian record collecting as it is such a worldwide influential album on the punk genre. Copies usually start at around $150 if you ever come across one in the wild.
I used to work on George Street at Town Hall in Sydney close to Red Eye Records. So one lunch break I’m digging through Red Eye when I came across my copy. It’s in the racks next to the recent repress from Citadel Records. The Citadel repress has a $45 price on it, while the Trafalgar copy has a $35 price on it. I couldn’t believe my eyes. I must have double checked the price a thousand times before taking it to the counter and hastily paying for it before anyone changed their minds about the price.
I was so excited when I got back to work, I had to double check the matrix online, as I still couldn’t believe what I had found and the price I just paid. The staff at Red Eye are massive record nerds too, they know the value and details of pressings for their second hand stock and have even released this record themselves on CD format on their label in the past so to this day I can’t make sense of why it was so cheap? I can only figure it was either a mistake or an easter egg for a nerd like me to find.