Fruits de Mer Records - Psychedelia, Krautrock, Progressive Rock, Acid-Folk, R&B, Spacerock and Vinyl Heaven

the lesser-spotted Fruits de Mers

For my benefit far more than yours, I'm summarising some of the scarce/expensive/hard-to-find items that have seen the light of day since the early days of FdM. some are planned - some aren't - such as the weird colours of vinyl that have escaped, sometimes intended, often not. If you spot any errors or omissions, do let me know

Fruits de Mer is a vinyl-only label, so why is quite a lot of this page given over to Fruits de Mer CDs?
Ah wellll... Not so much the promo CDs I send out to reviewers and DJs for each new vinyl record, I'm thinking more the short-run CDs I very occasionally slip into Fruits de Mer orders, to promote a new artist, or future release, I'm going to try to build up a list of them before the brain cells give up on me completely. It'll all be pretty random for a while, then maybe I'll be able to sort it into a logical order
And I've added the highest ebay price I've seen, when I've noticed copies listed




Cranium Pie - The Mechanisms Tapes - special edition
ebay: £103

Only 30 sets were produced (it should have been 33, but some of the parts went walkabout at FdM Towers), this very silly set contains the Mechanisms Tapes double cassette, a seriously-cheap personal cassette player, a fish-shaped USB containing WAV files of all four sides of music from the cassettes and an FdM tape rewinder.
What will we think of next? Hopefully, something more sensible

7shades/3D Tanx
7" lathe-cut
ebay: £138

We also had 50 of these or sale - produced specially for our Half Moon gig in August 2017 (although each band got a handful each too)

15th Dream of
Dr. Sardonicus
FdM goodie-bag
ebay: £137

the 2017 Cardigan festival freebie bundle - loads of CDs plus the Sendelica 7", still a bargain at...well, nothing

Moths
7" lathe-cut
ebay: black vinyl :£99
clear vinyl :£150

We had just 50 of these or sale at the Dionysus gig in Derby (the band got 10 copies, although they said they would never sell them!)
around 15 were pressed on clear vinyl, the rest on black

Sendelica
Yellow Snow
white label one-sided 7"
ebay: £29

free to everyone who came to our 'evening of world psych' gig at the Half Moon (August 2017)

Cary Grace
Fat Old Sun lathe-cut
one-sided 12"
ebay: £137

I had 50 for sale at the 15th Dream festival; Cary signed this one - and this is how someone repaid her!

Fuchsia II
12" test pressing
ebay: £256

There were only 10 test pressings produced, for an album that I only had 200 for sale of in total in any case; I sold a couple at the Cardigan festival for £15 a time...talk about inflation

Us and Them
Dwindling Within The Fading Sun
12" test pressing
ebay: £137

Only 10 produced, they're nicely odd as they are 12" tests for a 10" record! I sold a couple at the Cardigan festival for £10 each

14th Dream of Dr. Sardonicus
goodie-bag
ebay: £123

all manner of things went into this goodie-bag- actually, it was lots of CDs and, for a few of them (this one included), a 7" single instead of a CD/DVD set - free to everyone at our 2016 summer festival

Moloko
Can't Wait Til Sunday
7" lathe-cut pic disc
ebay: £368

Just a handful of these cut for fun - and for the band; but i had one spare and sold it for a tenner at the 15th Dream festival...talk about ebay inflation....

Astralasia
14th Dream
Wish We Were There special
ebay: £110

The band and Chris Hillman from Magik Eye put together sets of vinyl, CDs and other good things as a special package for 20 lucky festival goers; we charged £25 a time.

Soft Hearted Scientists
Out To Lunch
parcel of CDs + lathe-cut 5"
ebay: £330

Nathan Hall produced 33 sets of almost everything the Scientists have ever released, plus an exclusive lathe-cut which FdM helped with - most of them were picked up at our summer festival; they cost about £35 at the time

Gold Needles +
The Cats Never Sleep
lathe-cut 5"
ebay: £127 (clear vinyl)

We had 50 copies for sale exclusively at the 14th Dream festival - mostly black, but there were also a few on clear vinyl - don't ask me how many, but you could ask Phil at 345rpm.co.uk - he cut them; the bands got a few copies each too - they all sold on the day, obviously

Cold Bath +
Insektlife Cycle
lathe-cut 8"
ebay: £81 (black vinyl)

oversized at 8" as we couldn't quite fit the tracks onto a 7" lathe-cut and editing the tracks down would have been far too easy, once again we had 50 for sale at the 14th Dream festival, while each band got a few copies for themselves

The Honey Pot
Ascending Scales
lathe-cut 7"
ebay: £84

A sneak preview of our 100th vinyl release - a year-end double LP; the tracks here featured guests Nick Saloman and Anton Barbeau. We had 50 copies for sale at the 14th Dream festival - mostly black, but a few on clear vinyl

Aethereal +
The Sons of MOD
lathe-cut 7"
ebay: £99 (black vinyl)

We had 50 copies for sale at the 14th Dream festival - again, mostly black vinyl but with a few on clear vinyl (AND there were two versions of the sleeve and label artwork too!); the bands got a few copies each too - it's only fair!

Aethereal +
The Sons of MOD
lathe-cut 7"
ebay: £91 (black vinyl)

...as i said, we had 50 copies in total for sale at the 14th Dream festival - again, mostly black vinyl but with a few on clear vinyl - this was the other version of the design - we produced less of these, so you won't see many of them about

Soft Hearted Scientists
Exorcising The Demos 1-3 CD
ebay: £13

The Scientists included this CD, which combined the three free-if-you-were-lucky FdM 'demos' CDs, as part of their 'Out To Lunch' 14th Dream special, limited to 33 box-sets - they had a few extras of the CD that they sold to people who asked nicely

Crystal Jacqueline
and the Honey Pot
white gold double 7"
ebay: £39

Record Industry pressed up 100 copies on a white-gold vinyl mix; sold to club members and at our gigs (sadly, the pressing plant has a new minimum order level of 200 for autumn 2017 onwards, so there'll be less of these sorts of things around in future

Sendelica - Cromlech Chronicles
box-set
ebay: £83

we put together 100 box-sets of Sendelica's album, with all manner of good things in there

Sendelica - Cromlech Chronicles
black vinyl
ebay: £52

150 copies were pressed on black vinyl, 100 of which went into the box-sets - this one didn't

Schnauser
test pressing
ebay: £22

we had a few of these - no more than 12-20, I'd guess - for sale at Crabstock.
These days, pressing plants tend to put an upper limit of 10-12 copies on test pressings - or at the ones i use do

Regal Crabomophone 2014 Annual test pressing
ebay: £46

only a handful of these escaped

Fruits de Mer 2014 Annual
test pressing
ebay: £41

only a handful of these escaped

League of Psychedelic Gentlemen
signed poster
ebay: £34

sleeve artist Gregory Curvey signed 100 copies of these 12" square prints, which were inserted randomly into orders the next time FdM released an album (so we didn't have to fold them)

Vespero - Careful With That Axe
7" test pressing
ebay: £32

only a handful of these escaped

Games For May
4CD set
ebay: £116

we gave out about 200 sets free to everyone who attended the Games For May 2016 gig at the Half Moon - so someone has made an infinite profit on their copy

Ex-Norwegian/
Permanent Clear Light
7" lathe-cut
ebay: £103

50 lathe-cuts of this split single were produced and offered to FdM club members around Christmas 2016

simones
7" test pressing
ebay: £32

not sure how many of these there were - around 20, i think; sold at the Games for May/13th Dream gigs

Cary Grace/Consterdine
promo CD
ebay: £16

once the 8" lathe-cuts ran out, we gave the unlucky losers a free promo CD, and we'd sent a few out in advance to reviewers and FdM-friendly DJs

Cary Grace/Consterdine
8" lathe-cut
ebay: £118

our first 8" lathe-cut - the tracks were just too big for a 7"; we sold 50 copies at £10 a time at Games For May 2016, and the artists had a handful of copies each. (a copy mispressed with one side at 33rpm and one at 45 sold on ebay for £94)

Regal Crabomophone
2014 annual black vinyl
ebay: £34

50 of these were produced by Record Industry at the end of the main run; sold at the Games for May/13th Dream gigs

Bronco Bullfrog

7" test pressing
ebay: £32

about 20 of these were pressed up; sold at Crabstock in 2014

Us and Them
By The Time It Gets Dark
black vinyl
ebay: £38

50 of these were produced by Record Industry at the end of the main run; sold at the Games for May/13th Dream gigs

Schizo Fun Addict

7" test pressing
ebay: £31

about 20 of these were pressed up; sold at Crabstock in 2014

Schnauser

gold/black vinyl7"
ebay: £33

100 of these were pressed up; sold to club members and at Games For May/13th Dream

The Chemistry Set
The Endless More And More
UK club members special edition box-set
ebay: £282

Only 100 sets produced for sale to UK club members (plus a few for the band), easily FdM's more over-the-top release to-date, it was a labour of love putting the sets together (a labour, anyway)

Sendelica
Live at Crabstock
special edition box-set
ebay: £196

The first 'Friends of the fish' release, recorded live at Crabstock in 2014 - produced and sold by Sendelica; they put together 40 box-sets with all manner of 'extras', as you can see!

Cranium Pie
Geometry of Thistles
fake Japanese edition
ebay: £21

A secret stash of CDs of the band's first album, plus inserts and postcards from the original release, add an old crab tin label and a badly-translated cover-line and what do you get....?

Tir na nOg
You In Yellow
signed poster
not seen on ebay

I thought I'd only asked Sonny and Leo to sign 25 of these, featuring an image from their 'You In Yellow' video, but I see they were numbered up to 45 - maybe i gave the guys some copies; anyway, they've found their way into a few parcels, competition prizes and the like

Craig Padilla
Sonar
special edition
not seen on ebay

only 33 set were produced - with a clear vinyl lathe-cut bonus LP featuring previously-unreleased tracks - lovely stuff from the master of the synth

Cranium Pie
Mechanisms Part 1
black vinyl
ebay: £147

approx 100 copies of Cranium Pie's first album on Fruits de Mer - a precoursor to Mechansims Part 2, surprisingly - were pressed up on black vinyl at the end of the main-run; they sold out almost instantly


13th Dream Festival
goodie-bag
ebay: £119

a bagful of free CDs - everyone attending the 2014 FdM festival in Wales got one, featuring three FdM-compiled CDs and a bunch of exclusive CDs produced by bands and labels especially for the event. Around 170 sets produced in total, plus a few sent out as promos

Momentary Four
Wild Pink Yonder + Ilona V
7" lathe-cut
not seen on ebay

Only 10 were produced by 345rpm.co.uk towards the end of 2015, not intended for commercial release; Ilona kindly recorded a new version of Syd's 'Opel' specially for it; i doubt any will appear on ebay, or anywhere else

Postcards From The Deep
The Final Edition
5 lathe-cut 7" + USB
ebay: £205

again 33 sets produced, very cleverly costing me more than I sold them for - 10 flexis became 5 double-sided lathe-cut 7"s and a fish-shaped USB with all the tracks on it was added in to complete the madness

Stobart 2
The FdM double-decker
not seen on ebay

a Wilkos special!
Only produced as competition prizes for Fruits de Mer club members, they are, of course, absolutely hilarious, witty, subversive and die-cast.
Sometimes I think i really should get out more - but I'd probably only get run over by a bus.

Schizo Fun Addict
'Theme One' promo CD

ebay: £144

I wouldn't normally make a fuss about promos - they're not supposed to be sold - but this was the very first that Andy produced - hell, i don't have a copy myself!

The Chemistry Set
'The Endless More And More'
Black vinyl
seen on ebay, but not seen one sold yet

75 copies of The Chemistry Set's album were pressed on black vinyl, instead of gold - you can spot them as there's a sticker on the cover of each one (although not the one pictured!)

'FASHION'
Bowie covers
members club CD
alternative sleeve designs
ebay: £30-£50 (depending the sleeve)

About 350 of the CDs were produced in total, including copies that went to the artists;250 of the main design (with the white background) and about 20 each of the other five versions.
the music is idential on all versions

The Pretty Things
signed white label LP

ebay: £171

The band signed 100 white label copies of their new LP, which I was able to offer to club members as an exclusive; one or two have found their way onto ebay, but i hope the rest are being treasured by committed FdM fans!

momentary one
7" test pressing

ebay: £34

Pressed by GZ in the Czech Republic, I only get copies of TPs from them, so not many of these escaped from FdM Towers

Cranium Pie
4CD SET

ebay: £175

The Mechanisms Tapes on 4CDs - 100 sets for sale - nearly all of them sold out at the 13th Dream - the rest soon after!

Friends of the fish 3
LATHE-CUT 7"

ebay: £93

We only had 50 for sale - hand-cut by 345rpm.co.uk - and they sold within minutes at the 13th Dream Festival

Friends of the fish 4
LATHE-CUT 7"

ebay: £88 (black vinyl)
ebay: £105 (clear vinyl)

Again, we only had 50 for sale - hand-cut by 345rpm.co.uk - and they sold out fast at the 13th Dream Festival; most were on black vinyl, but we sneaked a few clear vinyl copies in there too

Vibravoid
PURPLE VINYL

ebay: £231

Andy reckons there were less than 10 pressed on purple vinyl of this early 7"

Vibravoid
PURPLE VINYL (again)

ebay: £231 (again!)

and just to add to the feeling of deja vu, Andy says there were less than 10 pressed on purple vinyl of this Vibravoid single

Us and Them
CHARCOAL VINYL

ebay: £133

most copies were ona sork or wispy clear/white vinyl with a hint of black - but about 10 had a much bigger dollop of black throuwn into the mix

Alison O'Donnell
GREEN VINYL

ebay: £14

Andy reckons there were less than 10 pressed on green vinyl of this very early 7" by Alison - all i know is that I didn't get one of them!

Mark Fry
BLUE VINYL

ebay: 64 Oz dollars

about 50 of these were pressed in blue as an apology by the pressing plant to andy for some crappy initial pressings on purple vinyl; this one sold on ebay a long time ago

Stay
SWIRLY YELLOW/BLACK VINYL

ebay: 64 Oz dollars

we're only aware of one, maybe two of these - but in the early days the pressing plants had a bit of a mind of their own - this one sold on ebay back in 2011

7 AND 7 IS
BLACK VINYL

ebay: £55

sold out in coloured vinyl within a couple of weeks of launch, the black vinyl copies didn't get any further than the FdM club members

SOFT HEARTED SCIENTISTS
SLOW CYCLONE
PROMO CD AND PRESS RELEASE
ebay: £40

not an FdM release, but I helped the band out with a bit of PR


A MOMENTARY LAPSE OF VINYL
MEMBERS ONLY DOUBLE CD ebay: £47

about 300 copies produced for UK and international club members (the 2014 year-end freebie), plus three copies for each of the contributing artists; hang on, so where was the income for FdM?

EXORCISING THE DEMOS PART ONE
SLOW CYCLONE
SPECIAL EDITION CD
not seen on ebay

100 produced for the special edition - only the artwork is different to the original members freebie

EXORCISING THE DEMOS PART TWO
SLOW CYCLONE
SPECIAL EDITION CD
not seen on ebay

100 produced for the special edition - only the artwork is different to the original members freebie

EXORCISING THE DEMOS PART ONE
SLOW CYCLONE
SPECIAL EDITION CD
FdM SCREW-UP
ebay: £19

100 produced for the special edition of 'The Slow Cyclone' - but I managed to get the image AND the title wrong. so they were re-made for the limited-edition set

CRABSTOCK USA
US GIGS FREE CD
ebay: £363 (as part of the goodie-bag, basically this + two promo CDs)

Free to early arrivers at the two 2014 US events, this was intended to be an introduction to the label, and to the bands playing the gigs

CRABSTOCK ON ICE
HELSINKI GIG FREE CD
ebay: £293 (as part of the goodie-bag, basically this + two promo CDs)

Free to everyone attending the Darkside Club in Helsinki, this mixed tracks from recent FdM releases with new/exclusive recordings by the artists playing the gig.

LOBSTER DISQUE
CRABSTOCK UK FREE CD
not seen on ebay (other than as part of the goodie-bag)

part of the goodie-bag for early arrivers at the April 26, 2014 Crabstock gig in Cardigan, featuring new recordings, extended mixes, demos, even live recordings from the Borderline 2013 gig; a handful more copies were given out as members club competition prizes.

CRABSTOCK UK
EXCLUSIVE CD, INITIALLY SOLD AT GIG
ebay: £100

Featuring new/unreleased tracks by the artists appearing at Crabstock in Wales, I produced 250, took 200 to the gig, sold what i could for £5 a time and shared the proceeds + unsold copies with all the artists; Nick Leese and I sold the remaining 50 to FdM members after the event.

THE PRETTY THINGS
LIVE AT THE 100 CLUB
FdM SIGNED WHITE LABEL COPIES
ebay: £182

The band let me have 100 pre-release copies (actually 95, they kept 5!), with the inner sleeves autographed, which I and Nick Leese sold at the Crabstock gig and then first-come-first-served after that - all gone, of course.

SCHIZO FUN ADDICT
RECORD COLLECTOR MAG
COMPETITION PRIZE not seen on ebay

A one-off - to celebrate the release of 'Suspiria' - the band signed a copy of FdM 1 and their LP 'Atom Spark Hotel', and I added in a test pressing of their new single. There were also a handful of members club competition prizes and RC runners-up prizes, but only one had the signed copy of FdM 1

KEEP OFF THE GRASS
BAND INSERT
not seen on ebay

I thought it might be an idea for the artists involved to see what they all looked like, so i produced a bunch of 30cmx30cm inserts for their copies only - although if my memory serves me correctly, a few did escape into copies I sold and posted

ME AND MY KITES
KITE
ebay :£5.50

I bought a bunch of appallingly-flimsy kites, hand-stamped them and included them randomly in parcels containing the Me And My Kites 7" in 2013. They didn't fly and didn't really travel well at all, so not many went outside the UK

PLANKTON
ROSCOE
LP+T-SHIRT PACKAGE
not seen on ebay

RRPG's Ian Shirley designed 'Roscoe' for the Plankton/Pretty Things 7" label and produced 20 t-shirts afterwards; we made five of them into special packages and Ian even produced special certificates of authenticity for them! There'll be three for sale at Crabstock in Wales

CRABSTOCK WALES
GOODIE-BAG
1-50
ebay: £210

100 goodie-bags were dished out at Crabstock in Cardigan on April 26th - the first 50 people got all of this, the next 50 got NEARLY the same bagful of goodies

THE SEVENTH RING OF SATURN
BORDERLINE
PROMO ALBUM CDr
ebay:£26

All 150 of the Summer Fruits de Mer goodie bags included the TSROS CD - a different mix to the original CD, with an outtake added, the sleeve also 'remixed' by me and printed on my trusty laserjet

SOFT HEARTED SCIENTISTS
EXORCISING THE DEMOS
PART ONE
ebay: £45

200 of these CDs are/were given away to Fruits de Mer members who got their orders in early for the first FdM releases of 2014, and the band have a small supply - and that's it. An exclusive mix of demos, unreleased tracks and stuff like that

MAYFISH
PROMO CD
not seen on ebay

the first 100 people through the door at each of the Crabstock gigs got a copy of this compilation CD, with tracks from each of FdM's May releases (except the Simones 7" will now come out in the summer, and the Tir na nOg 7" that WILL come out in May, make that June, was confirmed too late to include a sample track!)

AN INTRODUCTION TO THE
SOFT HEARTED SCIENTISTS
£127

At the end of 2012, Nick Leese from Heyday and I slipped 50 copies of this CD randomly into parcels of vinyl going out to FdM members, as a little introduction to this excellent band

         
           

SCHIZO FUN ADDICT
BORDERLINE
PROMO ALBUM CDr
ebay:£27

SFA sent me 50 copies of their 2006 album for early arrivers at the Summer Fruits de Mer gig. I put them in clear sleeves, ran off stickers for the covers, put them in the first 50 goodie bags and...well that was it, really

         
         

CRABSTOCK
A3 POSTER
not seen on ebay

I've run off a batch of these - probably around 50 of them - and we'll ber giving them out at the Cardigan gig first-come-first-served to people buying stuff from the merchandising stall

SCHIZO FUN ADDICT
THE SUN YARD CD
not seen on ebay

Part of the Crabstock goodie-bag in Wales, the only way to get hold of Schizo Fun Addict's new album on CD

THE SEVENTH RING OF SATURN
ORMYTHOLOGY CD
not seen on ebay

Thid is an exclusive preview/promo of the next TSROS album, it's part of the Crabstock goodie-bag in Wales, there'll also be some copies given away at Crabstock USA - around 250 pressed in total

PEGASUS
demo and finished track
TEMPLE MUSIC
ebay: £27

Again, at the end of 2012, I included 50 copies of this CD in members' packages; it included the original demo to 'Pegasus' by Temple Music, as well as the final version

SUMMER
FRUITS de MER
GOODIE-BAG
ebay:£599

150 goodie-bags were lovingly put together at FdM Towers, dragged up to the Borderline and dished out on a first-come-first-served basis. so far, I've seen three bags sold on ebay - how could you? (only joking - good luck to you)

A PHASE WE'RE
GOING THROUGH
(PINK)
ebay:£290

'A Phase We're Going Through' was our first LP. Most copies were on grey vinyl, but odd colours crept out thanks to a slightly haphazard pressing plant - not that we minded. We didn't have in mind them fetching slightly crazy prices on ebay at a later date - but this one did!

A PHASE WE'RE
GOING THROUGH
(YELLOW)
ebay:£228

Not sure how many of these escaped - we thought only a handful, but quite a few people have copies so maybe it's nearer 20 - we really don't know for usre

LUCID DREAM
HITS ME LIKE I'M STONED
PROMO CDr
not seen on ebay

I pressed up about 50 of these - the 'A' side from The Lucid Dream's 7" on Regal Crabomophone, plus the extended live version recorded for Dandelion Radio

THE PRETTY THINGS
HONEY I NEED
PROMO CDr
£10

This was the first 'replica' label Andy designed, i thought it was so good I pressed up a few more copies beyond the usual promos, stuck them in 'clam shell' cases and slipped them into vinyl parcels

VIBRAVOID
KRAUTROCK SENSATION
RED VINYL
ebay:£87

We knew the label was starting to get a bit of traction when we had to re-press 100 copies of this single - they came out on red vinyl

VIBRAVOID
WHAT COLOUR IS PINK
ONE-OFF PRESSING
not seen on ebay

A David Attenborough moment when the pink vinyl started to kick in on the vinyl press after a mix of black and white vinyl ran out - a real one-off pressing

POSTCARDS FROM THE DEEP
SIGNED SET
ebay:£125

I managed to persuaded all the artists - including designer Mick Dillingham - to sign their respective postcards/poster; 30 sets were produced and found their way out to some lucky club members 9one of whom couldn't contain himself and cashed out)

STRANGEFISH
NUMBERED
CD BOX SET
not seen on ebay

I just fancied putting a few sets of CDs together for posterity, using the vinyl-lookalike blank CDs. I produced five sets, put them in DVD cases and numbered them. I have '1' and '2', Andy has '3'; '4' and '5' were won in a competition by FdM club members

A MOMENTARY LAPSE
'EL SYD'
AND OTHER ONE-OFF COVERS
not seen on ebay

I ran a members club competition to name the Floyd/Syd covers double CD-set. Ten of the best suggestions were printed as 'specials' for the people who came up with them, and a few of these covers were slipped inside the 'Momentary Lapse' sleeves ans sent out to members at random; 'El Syd', 'Careful with That Wrasse, Eugene', 'Pike', 'Sea Anemone Play'...and a few more

KING PENGUIN
PROMO CD
BORDERLINE SPECIAL
not seen on ebay

Bill Sweeney and his wife flew over specially for the Borderline gig, and brought with them a handful of King Penguin promo CDs (featruing extracts from their FdM releases and one or two other rarities) which we dished out with careless abandon at the FdM stall - too careless, i didn't keep a copy for myself and had to ask Bill for a photo of it. If a copy ever appears on ebay, I'll be bidding myself!

WHITE SAILS
BLACK VINYL
ebay: £50

25 copies pressed up to sell at the Borderline gig, and to a few members soon after

LONELY CRAB
POSTER
not seen on ebay

FdM club member Simon Larson took the photo, and i occasionally include a copy with albums i send out; there's not a fixed number of there - just depends if/when i have some nice A3 paper to spare and albums to send out

AUGUST 2013
TEST PRESSINGS
BORDERLINE SPECIAL SET
Crystal Jacqueline £40
Me and My Kites £15
others not seen on ebay

I asked the pressing plant to produce 50 extra sets of the five August 2013 singles, I stamped the labels, ran off folded-sheet sleeves with the Summer Fruits de Mer logo subtly added to the design and by the time it got to the Borderline gig, i had maybe 45 sets to sell - at £25 a time - they all went on the day. If you've got a set, you might notice that the Jack Ellister tracks are in a different order to the final pressing - that was my cock-up.

JACK ELLISTER
DAWN DREAM CLUB
BLACK VINYL
£44

25 copies pressed up to sell at the Borderline gig, and to a few members soon after

FdM
ARCHIVES
CD BOX SET
not seen on ebay

I ran off four box sets a couple of years ago - a 12 CD compilation of all the tracks released to-date, plus demos, live versions and other odds and sods. Produced for an FdM member who was extremely ill, Andy has one copy and I have the other two - I can't imagine any of them ever seeing the light of day

SENDELICA
VENUS IN FURS
SPLIT COVER
ebay:£37

My failed Blue Peter-audition cover. I tried to replicate the Velvet Underground 'peel' cover and failed miserably. But a few copies did go out with the PVC sleeves stickered with the final cover, and a second cover hidden inside - don't ask me how many copies went out like this, I'm still covered in sticky-backed paper

STAY
MERSEY DREAM
BLACK VINYL
£42

25 copies pressed up to sell at the Borderline gig, and to a few members soon after

ME AND MY KITES
BLACK VINYL
not seen on ebay

100 copies pressed up - a batch for the band, who are black vinyl junkies, some to sell at the Borderline gig, and to a few members soon after

CRYSTAL JACQUELINE
A FAIRY TALE
YELLOW VINYL
ebay: £37

75 copies pressed up to sell at the Borderline gig, some for Jacqui and Icarus, and the rest sold a few members soon after the gig

Tir na nOg
CELLAR BAR GIG CD
ebay: £35

I pressed up 75-80 of these, which were given out at the band's October 2014 gig at Cardigan's Cellar Bar; they feature three tracks from their Fruits de Mer single, and a bonus track, 'Strong In The Sun', from their 'Live at Sirius' CD

SCHIZO FUN ADDICT
FdM 1
DIFFERENT COVER
not seen on ebay

again not VERY different...Andy printed most of the covers on paper that wasn't big enought to wrap all the way round the back cover. I printed off the last batch on full-size paper and stretched the image so it filled the full 14"x7" size. Oh, what fun we had.

CRANIUM PIE
FdM 7
DIFFERENT COVER
not seen on ebay

not VERY different, but a bit odd - most covers had some text details on the back, but there's a few of them without! and the FdM logos are different sizes!! I printed the bloody things but i have no recollection of this - I THINK it may be that i simplfied the cover when i ran off the final batch as the lettering didn't read very well - but god only knows

shrunken HEAD MUSIC
CLEAR SLEEVE & VINYL
£42

I pressed up about 100 sets on clear vinyl for an event that didn't happen, using acetates for sleeves that I printed up years earlier for the original 'Head Music' when it was supposed to be a single!

JULIE'S HAIRCUT
NOVEMBER 2013
FREE DVD
ebay: £40

20+ minutes of music from their new album - as performed at its launch = brilliant! 250 copies pressed - 150 randomly inserted in November vinyl packages, 100 sent to the band

SOFT HEARTED SCIENTISTS
NOVEMBER 2013
FREE CD
£51

an unreleased track from the band's archives together with a brand new demo - 100 numbered copies - inserted randomly in November vinyl parcels

THE PRETTY THINGS
SF SORROW LIVE
SIGNED POSTER
not seen on ebay

only 25 of these were signed by the band, and inserted randomly into orders - very nice!

BORDERLINE GIG
GOODIE-BAG
ebay: £599

free to the first 100 people through the door at the FdM Alldayer in August 2013 - it included CDs, posters, flyers - and the bag that sold for £599 also included a set of the 5 test pressings i was selling for £25 at the gig

TOR PEDERS
NOVEMBER 2013
FREE CD
ebay: £108

a track by a wonderful and little-known Sedish band, who unreleased album will finally see the light of day on FdM in 2014 - 100 numbered copies - inserted randomly in November vinyl parcels

NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL FISHY
BBC 6MUSIC PROMO CD
not seen on ebay

a nifty little compilation of tracks from 2014 FdM releases - sent to around 15 BBC 6Music DJs - and no-one else; so if you see one on ebay....!

MANTLE BREWERY
CRABSTOCK EMPTY BOTTLE
ebay: £2.99

the only good beer bottle is an empty one - Mantle Brewery's excellent best bitter

CRANIUM PIE
THE ONE NOT ME NOT I CD
not seen on ebay

an early mix of a track from Mechanisms Part Two - about 100 copies pressed - sent randomly to FdM international club members in 2014

SENDELICA ACOUSTICA
13th DREAM 10"
ebay: £140

rare lathe-cut 10" of an even-rarer outing by Sendelica's offshoot, at our 2015 festival; a Friends of the Fish release.

JACK ELLISTER
TEST PRESSING LP
ebay: £82

Jack only had 111 copies of his debut LP pressed up, but he did have some test pressings, which he also sold - but not for anything like this ebay price!

PLANKTON
RECORD COLLECTOR COMPILATION LP
ebay: £54

Record Collector's compilation of early Fruits de Mer releases, which launched their 'Modern Collectibles' series, sold out pretty quickly at the time, but not many copies have found their way onto ebay so far

VIBRAVOID
PROMO CD
ebay: £16

in an act of random kindness, or random act of kindness, we put together 100 free CDrs for FdM club members, with a preview of a new Vibravoid track, 'Save My Soul'

A NEW CAREER
IN A NEW TOWN
MEMBERS CLUB CD
ebay: £38

we also produced around 300 copies of this Bowie follow-up to 'Fashion' for club members at the end of 2016

DIONYSUS FESTIVAL
FREE FdM 7"
ebay: £106

The first 60 people who booked tickets for the 2016 Dionysus festival in Derby got a free FdM back-catalogue single for their trouble on the day of the gig - wrapped up in a new sleeve.

SENDELICA DRONE BAND
LIVE AT THE 15th DREAM FESTIVAL
TEST PRESSING LP
ebay: £161

a handful of test pressings were made available by the band; meanwhile, one of the 'normal run' copies sold for £226!

MICHAEL PADILLA
ATMOSPHERES
Pic disc LP + 8" lathe-cut
ebay: £232

just 25 of these were put together with an 8" lathe-cut containing two new ambient tracks from Michael for sale at the Lucid Dreams Of Dr. Sardonicus festival

THE HONEY POT
ASCENDING SCALES
4CD festival edition
ebay: £81

Out of the total of 500 3CD sets, I think I produced 150 of these - 50 for the band and their guests, and 100 for our summer gigs - all mine have gone

"NEAR COMPLETE
COLLECTION"
ebay: £1,800

That's how it was described on eBay and it looked like pretty much all the regular releases were included in the sale - an FdM record so far in terms of the final auction price






PROMO CDs
IN REVERSE ORDER
- the photos, that is, and for the last couple of years, anyway - and with lots of gaps that I'll try to fill in my spare time (spare time???); thanks to Guido Sterk and Ray Collins for their help

highest prices that I've noticed on ebay include:

7 and 7 is - CD - £62
7 and 7 is - three track promo CD - £35
Astralasia - Oceania double CD - £110
Astralasia - Wind On Water CD - £8
The Chemistry Set - Elapsed Memories CD - £97
Eddie Cochran instrumentals - CD - £59
July - CD £22
The Chemistry Set - The Endless More And More - £68
Coltrane - CD - £47
A Momentary Lapse Of Vinyl - double CD - £39
strangefish - complete set of 7 promo CDs - £215
Postcards From The Deep - CD - £80
Simones - Majic Ship - CD - £41
Schizo Fun Addict - Suspiria CD - £27
Schnauser - As Long As He Lies Perfectly Still CD - £27
Schizo Fun Addict - Suspiria CD - £27
Crystal Jacqueline and The Honey Pot CD - £37
Crystal Jacqueline - Cousin Jane CD £12
Crystal Jacqueline - morning Dew CD - £69
Fruits de Mer Annual 2011 CD - £110
Fruits de Mer annual 2013 CD - £10
Fruits de Mer Annual 2014 CD - £27
Bronco Bullfrog - Time Waits For Norman - £37
Fruits de Mer Live In London CD - £25
The Chemistry Set CD - Come Kiss Me - £26
Double CD - June 2013 releases - £77
The White EP CD - £93
The Pretty Things CD 'SF Sorrow - Live In London' - £45
The Pretty Things CD 'Honey I Need' £48
'Re-Evolution FdM Sings The Hollies' CD - £77
Vespero CD Careful with That Axe, Eugene - £70
Vibravoid CD What Colour Is Pink - £113
Vibravoid CD Colour Your Mind - £70
Crystal Jacqueline/Jack Ellister - combined CD - £36
Shrunken Head Music CD - £52
Whatever Happened To The Soft Hearted Scientists double CD - £156
Regal Crabomophone Annual 2014 - CD - £26
Permanent Clear Light - Higher Than The Sun CD - £21
Roqueting Through Space CD - £82
Anton Bearbeau Psychedelic Mynde Of Moses - CD - £7
Stay Crustacean 3 CD - £43
Stay - Mersey Dream CD - £28
Stay - always Here CD - £18
Beautify Junkyards - From The Morning CD - £35
Alison O'Donnell Crustacean 2 CD - £32
Keep Off The Grass 2xCD = £208
A Phase We're Going Through CD - £84
A Phase We've Been Through CD - £37
Jack Ellister - dawn dream club CD - £22
Jack Ellister - Tune Up Your Ministers And Start Transmission From Pool Holes To Class O Hypergiants promo CD - £70
Us and Them - Julia Dream CD - £42
Us and Them - By The Time It Gets Dark CD - £10
Us and Them - Summerisle - promo CD - £68
Cranium Pie - Mechanisms Part One CD - £103
Cranium Pie - Mechansims Part Two CD - £112
Cranium Pie - Masterace - CD - £113
Hausfrauen Experiment CD - £89
Beautify Junkyards CD - £19
The Chemistry Set - Impossible Love - £31
Sorrows Children - CD - £220
Head Music - double CD - £232
White Sails CD - £22
Me and My Kites CD - £22
Lucid Dream CD - £31
Baking Reserach Station - A Visit to Newport Hosptial CD - £71
Magic Bus CD - Seven Wonders - - £59
Tir na nOg - Ricochet - CD - £47
Tir na nOg - Sympathetic Love - CD - £10
Tir na nOg - Sympathetic Love (Cellar Bar gig exclusive) - CD - £18
Side Effects - double CD - £252
The Pretty Things - SF Sorrow Live in London - CD - £21
These You Have Loved/Lost/Missed - BBC 6Music promo CD - £108
Now That's What I Call Fishy - BBC 8Music promo CD - £65
Friends of the Fish 3 & 4 lathe-cuts - two promo CDs - £52
Friends of the Fish 8 lathe-cut - promo CD - £8
Vibravoid - Stepping Stone - CD - £104
nick nicely - 49 Cigars - CD - £22
Earthling Society - Green Manalishi - CD - £43
Magic Bus - Seven Wonders - CD - £13
Schizo Fun Addict - Theme One - CD - £144
Sorrows Children - compilation LP - CD - £156
strange fish box set - 5 promo CDs - £281
Friends of the Fish 7 Ex Norwegian/Permanent Clear Light promo CD - £32
Claudio Cataldi - Here She Comes Now CD - £47
Sendelica - Ziggy Stardust CD - £61
Proud Peasant - Cosmic Sound CD - £32
Michael Padilla - Atmospheres CD - £37
Fashion - Bowie covers compilation promo CD - £37
Sendelica - Cromlech Chronicles promo CD - £22
Insektlife Cycle/Cats Never Sleep promo CD - £19
Sidewalk Society - In The First Place - CD - £69
Sidewalk Society - Bowie/Action EP promo CD - £22
Hitchhikers Guide - promo CD - £22
Vibravoid - In A Gadda Da Vida - promo CD - £102
Me And My Kites/Soft Hearted Scientists - lathe-cut promo CD - £5
Cold Bath/Insektlife Cycle - lathe-cut promo CD - £80
The Gold Needles/The Cats Never Sleep - lathe-cut promo CD - £65
Aethereal/The Sons Of Mod - lathe-cut promo CD - £53
The Honey Pot - Ascending Scales - 2x promo CDs - £102
The Honey Pot - Dr Crippen's Waiting Room - promo CD - £37
Us and Them - Fading Within The Dwindling Sun - promo CD - £102
Sendelica - Nite Flights - promo CD - £102
Sendelica/Superfjord - Zappa - promo CD - £31
Sidewalk Society - Strange Roads - promo CD - £72
Anton Barbeau - Heaven Is In Your Mind - promo CD - £72
Fuchsia - Song - promo CD - £72
Kris Gietkowski - songs from Egg - promo CD - £21
The Bevis Frond - Fronds of the Fish - CD - £10
Lucid Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus festival - two CDs - £156
Moloko+ Can't Wait Til Sunday - promo CD - £233
Kris Gietkowski - Egg - promo CD - £11
15th Dream festival giveaway CD (featuring the artists that played) - £12
15th Dream festival giveaway CD (featuring artists that didn't play) - £7
Cary Grace/Consterdine - Bowie promo CD - £13

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