19 oracle items tagged as safety
January 26, 2012 / submitted by Sajni, United Kingdom
Q.  I was looking online to see if I could buy the Saftey EP and I was shocked to find that it is about £1000 - £3000 I was just wondering why it is so expensive? Is it because it is now an antique item and because they have stopped making the CD's? Thanks!!

Not exactly no. There were only 500 copies of the Safety EP pressed up back in 1998 and none since. That makes the EP an incredibly rare and much sought after item which is why the price is so high.

January 23, 2012 / submitted by Wde Le, Netherlands
Q.  Q. Hello Oracle!

Why is the Safety - EP called Safety? There is no song on it that's called Safety.

So: why?

Well, there doesn't have to be a song with the title of an EP or album but in answer as to why, it's because when the photo of the cover was developed, the word safety was still visible on the camera film. From negative to print it remained.

April 4, 2011 / submitted by John, United States of America
Q.  Why did Coldplay name the Safety E.P. as they did?

There's an interview with the band's lovely friend John Hilton who took the photo for the Safety E.P cover. He explains that the name came about accidentally from a piece of the camera film...

March 14, 2011 / submitted by Rolando, Peru
Q.  Dear Oracle, does it exist a vinyl edition of the Safety EP?

Safety EP was a CD only "release" so there isn't a vinyl.

April 14, 2010 / submitted by Gemma, United Kingdom
Q.  I have a rare copy of Coldplay's Safety ep. What makes it even rarer is it comes enclosed with a signed letter to Jo Whiley begging her to play the CD - then a demo of sorts - on her radio show. I read a couple of years ago that the Safety ep could make around £2,000 and wondered if you had any idea how much my copy, complete with letter, would be worth? Am open to offers - even from Chris and co if they want to retrieve their letter for old time's sake!

Well the band won't be buying that back seeing as though erm, it was theirs in the first place! Anyway, the Safety EP usually fetches around the £1,000 mark rather than double that amount. Your signed letter does make the item more desirable but it would depend on whether it was signed by the whole band and I guess who wrote it. At the time it would have been either Phil or Chris and of course Chris would be of more value in that scenario.
Or you could always auction it for charity presuming that particular CD was intended to - and yet didn't - reach Jo Whiley?

September 24, 2009 / submitted by Mehmet, Turkey
Q.  Who is the man on the cover of Safety EP?

That photograph was taken by the band's friend John Hilton and it's of Chris Martin.

July 7, 2009 / submitted by Matthew, United States of America
Q.  Dear wise one,

Firece Panda Records Re-released Brothers and Sisters due to its extreme limited first run production. Are there any plans to do the same for the Safety ep? I think I speak for many Coldplay fans whose CD collections are incomplete without it. I understand that the original recordings can be found on other CD singles but it's nice to have the CD itself with album art. If there are no plans I think it would be a great idea....Just a thought. Please let me know what you think. If you can post this I would like everyone to know, if you have an original copy of the Safety your price. Thank you!

Safety goes for around £1000 these days but I would never sell mine! There'll never be a re-release as it was for demo purposes only. Plus all the original recordings have appeared on official releases now, so you can have those...
Check the discography to see the singles which contain the Safety tracks.

April 21, 2009 / submitted by Daan, United Kingdom
Q.  Hi Oracle.
Some of the early songs appear on two releases (singles, albums, EPs)
I was just wondering which of the following are actually new versions and which ones were just re-released:
Bigger Stronger (Safety EP/Blue Room EP);
Such a Rush (Safety EP/Blue Room EP);
No More Keeping My Feet on the Ground (Safety EP/Yellow single);
Don't Panic (Blue Room EP/Parachutes);
High Speed (Blue Room EP/Parachutes).
I think the Brothers & Sisters track from Brother's & Sisters is different from the Trouble single, judging by the intro.

I hope this isn't too much work for ya, but I'm sure I'm not the only Coldplay fan to wonder this.
Thanks a million.

The 3 tracks that were originally on the Safety E.P are exactly the same and weren't re-recorded for their subsequent releases. There were 2 recordings of Don't Panic and High Speed from sessions with the original producer Chris Allison before Ken Nelson took over; Don't Panic on The Blue Room E.P is said version.
Brothers & Sisters on the Trouble single is a different version. In fact, the band had already recorded that track before the Fierce Panda release of it.

March 3, 2009 / submitted by Matt, United States of America
Q.  Dear wise one, I have asked several questions that have yet to be answered. I will ask this one for a second time. I have a very large Coldplay CD collection however, there is 1 CD I need before my collection can be complete. It is the Safety ep.

Would it be too much to ask the band if they could send me a copy? I am only the biggest Coldplay fan in the US Army. I even missed the last show in my home town due to my last deployment in Afghanistan. Would it be too much to ask for that in return for my sacrifices? Please reply. Thank you!

As much as your sacrifice is a great one, I know of other fans that are stationed in war zones and missed their shows, which is of course rubbish but you are the first to ask for a Safety EP. Unfortunately we don't have any spare copies lying around because as you know they are very limited. You are one of thousands looking to complete their collection and all I can say is, there are fewer copies than people wanting them so be consoled in the knowledge that the tracks on the EP are available in their original state on The Blue Room EP and Yellow single so even though you're missing the physical CD, you're not missing the recordings.