Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Nazgul's Top 10: Elisabetha rarities

Elisabetha: Nazgul's top 10 rarities
Following a few questions on the subject, Nazgul has decided to compile some 'top ten' lists of his most precious items - those rare and hard to come by releases from Alex's bands - that currently exist in his collection in the library at Castle Nazgul. For the purpose of retaining Nazgul's sanity, he is excluding t-shirts, badges, posters etc from this list and is focusing solely on the music! Feel free to disagree with these lists - starting with Elisabetha - as they are purely personal observations based on my experiences since 2001 trying to find this stuff! By necessity this list is out of date as soon as it's written, as other items that Nazgul is yet to track down will eventually overtake some of these entries...
[Edit 06/02/10: in a fit of what can only be senility Nazgul managed to omitt one of the rarer Elisabetha items from this list! This is, of course, the "Eine Dunkle Symbiose Von Blut & Nacht" promo split with Nachtmahr from 2004 (ltd 50) covered in Honour & Darkness on 26/08/09. Ooops! Let's call it equal third in ranking...]
10. MORELLA - (2008) previously unreleased vocal version
The SfM release of this track from the "Über das Prinzip der Unschuld" and the nearest thing to a CD single by Elisabetha in this modern era. Only 66 copies made, 4 or so of which are still available from Keegan at SfM (see Blog posting of 25.1.10) and once they're gone....they're gone!

9. ETERNAL DEATHVASTATION - (2008) 3CD compilation
Only 50 copies of this 3CD collection of Elisabetha's finest moments were pressed, and Nazgul knows of just one still advertised for sale, anywhere. A fine collection, and a handy short-cut if you missed out on the early releases.

8. UNTODT - (2004) demo tape
A limited edition release of 155 copies, few of which now seem to come up for sale. It took Nazgul some time to finally track down his copy, although a few have been seen for sale at various distros in recent years.
7. BLUTHOCHZEIT - (2001) 7" vinyl e.p.
The second of Elisabetha's releases in 2001, this is one of three vinyl releases by the band and the first of two that makes Nazgul's top ten list. Despite being the oldest of the three, a surprising number of there are seen online for sale if you're patient (surprising in this context being perhaps 1 or 2 a year!)
6. DURST NACH UNSTERBLICHKEIT - (2000) demo tape
The original Elisabetha demo tape, and therefore surely by rights the rarest? Well no, not quite. Nazgul could point you in the direction of two distros online currently selling this tape. That said, with only 100 ever made you'll not be seeing it very often and it took Nazgul quite some time to grab his copy the first time around....

5. ERSZEBET BATHORI (EINE ODE IN BLUT) - 2002 vinyl 7" e.p.
Just 100 copies of this vinyl e.p. were pressed, and now a very tough find. Nazgul was lucky to find his a few years ago, and also has a promotional-only version that Alex was kind enough to send over to Castle Nazgul.

4. ISTEN SZEK! - (2001) demo tape
Outrageously rare demo tape from 2001 in a limited pressing of only 66 copies. Nazgul has only ever seen 2 in nearly 10 years, the second of which is currently being sold in his listings on eBay...so why aren't you bidding yet?! The CDr version is yet to be found....

3. RENFIELD - (2002)
Remaining somewhat anonymous amongst the Elisabetha discography, this CDr from 2002 is one of only 100 pressed and consequently now almost impossible to find anywhere at all. Since purchasing this one, Nazgul has never seen another for sale. A very tough find!

2. ÜBER DAS PRINZIP DER UNSCHULD - (2007) limited edition + 3"CDr
There were but 25 of the limited edition of this album with the stylish 3"CDr in paper-wallet as a bonus item. Nazgul challenges you to find one of them now!

1. BLUTRAUSCH - (2003) demo tape
A controversial choice for Nazgul's rarest Elisabetha item perhaps, considering there were originally 66 of them made which is more than many of the band's releases, including the previous item. That said, it has taken about 6 years to finally track down an original tape of this demo, released by the Italian label Werwolf Productions, and that's rare enough for me!

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