Once Upon a Time in Shaolin is a double album by the New York hip hop group Wu-Tang Clan that was limited to a single copy sold in 2015. It is the most expensive individual album ever sold. The album was recorded in secret over six years. A single two-CD copy was pressed in 2014 and stored in a secured vault at the Royal Mansour Hotel in Marrakech, Morocco, then auctioned through auction house Paddle8 in 2015. The winning bidder was American businessman Martin Shkreli
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Illustration: Gluekit. The saga of the Wu-Tang Clan’s Once Upon a Time in Shaolin album, which unfolded in 2015, seemed both too good to be true and too good to ignore. There was the outlandish conceit: The iconic rap group had recorded an entire new album, of which it was producing only a single copy.
Photos: Great album covers. Once Upon a Time in Shaolin," Wu-Tang Clan: The legendary rap crew from New York's Staten Island said in March 2014 that there would be only one copy of this album, which comes in a hand-carved box with a leather-bound book of parchment paper containing lyrics. 28 of 28. Photos: Great album covers. Columbia Records' Peter Goldmark invented the LP in 1948, and until the late '80s, when CDs surpassed them in sales, it was the primary medium for recorded music. Here is a sampling - by no means exhaustive.
Wu-Tang Clan Drop ‘The Saga Continues’ Album Cover and Tracklist, New Song Lesson Learn’d. Earlier this summer, Wu-Tang Clan made nice on the promise Ghostface Killah made last year that they had new music on the way, delivering "People Say" featuring Method Man, Raekwon, Inspektah Deck, Masta Killa and Redman. Today, the illustrious group has dropped yet another new single with "Lesson Learn'd" featuring Inspectah Deck and a second guest appearance from Redman.
The solo album eventually came out. During the development of the Wu-tang album, Cilvaringz regularly updated the fans on the progress, played samples, etc etc. over many years (~8-10). He was able to get the entire Wu-tang clan on the album multiple times, because unlike RZA, he was more than willing to pay all of their asking rates. Unfortunately, the return of investment for Wu-Tang albums definitely plummeted, along with most acts from that era. Cilvaringz tried to get record labels to put the album out traditionally, but was unable to due to how expensive it was to make. The solo album came out a long time ago, and has various verses from some of the members. The other album, he basically worked on over a few years. Now, Cilvaringz either funded this album himself OR he had a partner to basically pay for verses from various members of the clan.
- Distributed By – AGA Records
- Engineer, Mixed By – R. Russell
- Producer, Arranged By – Rebel Tebel
- Written By – Owen McKenzie (tracks: O. McKenzie)