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Ornament

Tonight b/w Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?

No. 6 Records KAR011 7", released 1991

Technically, this is not the Whigs, but in reality, Ornament is the Afghan Whigs plus Marcy Mays, who should have been an honorary member anyway, so we'll include it.  This was the sought after Whigs single through much of the '90s.  I got lucky with it - it ended up in a lot of bargain bins in Tokyo because the name "Afghan Whigs" is never once mentioned on the sleeve.  Most copies of the Ornament single are black.  However, there are also clear and blue versions out there.  Both are rare, but the clear one is considerably rarer.  My copy has a couple of black bits in the clear vinyl.  Since I first heard about the clear version in 2004 or so, I have learned of exactly three of them and have only seen one for public sale.  It is preposterously hard to find.

Mike F. from Cincinnati, who worked in a record store in the '90s, told me that the Caroline distributor gave him the story on the clear vinyl copies.  The distributor said the clear ones were only pressed to fill existing orders, so a very small batch was made.  They made more clear copies than they had remaining sleeves, though, so some of the clear ones that are floating around are sleeveless.  Crazy.

Version Approximate value ($) Price Trending
KAR011 Black 8-12 Stable
KAR011 Blue 20-30 Stable
KAR011 Clear 30-40 Down
Test Pressing
Test Pressing Black vinyl, large hole, white Rainbo Records labels
Credits G. Sinchak: test pressing image
Mike F. from Cincinnati: the Caroline story/set me up with my copy

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