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Tool’s Ultra Deluxe Vinyl Edition Of “Fear Inoculum” Sold Exceptionally Well


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Enigmatic multi-platinum alternative metal outfit Tool drew criticism earlier this year upon charging fans $810 USD for an ultra deluxe vinyl edition of their latest album, 2019’s gold-certified “Fear Inoculum“. While that ultra deluxe edition was autographed by the entire band and available only in a limited allotment via the band’s then early 2022 tour, a vocal portion of the group’s fans readily accused them of price gouging. Tool would eventually go on to lower that price to $750.

On April 08th, that ultra deluxe limited edition pressing (sans autographs) was finally made available to the public at large. A 5-LP set with new packaging, custom etched vinyl, an art book and more, the group would settle upon charging $169.99 USD for it via their own official pre-orders.

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With the numbers now in, roughly 18,000 copies of that ultra deluxe set appear to have been sold during its first week of chart eligibility. According to Billboard.com, the album shifted 18,5000 copies in sales per the April 23rd dated edition of Billboard‘s ‘Top Album Sales’ chart.

Roughly 18,000 of that total were attributed to vinyl copies. Given the sales spike, it’s a safe bet to say that the majority of these copies sold were that of the box set edition of the album, which would put even conservative estimates of the money generated by the set in the multi-millions.

The sales bump was enough to see the album re-enter the Top Album Sales chart at #5, with the album currently standing at a life-time U.S. sales of 496,000, according to Billboard.

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