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The Afghan Whigs

Uptown Avondale

Sub Pop SP53/215 12" (Germany), released in 1992

Sub Pop Europe SP54/216 7" (Germany)

Sub Pop SP175 12" re-press (U.S./Europe), released 2017

Uptown Avondale was a collection of the Whigs covering old soul songs, which has proven to be a common theme throughout their career. There were several different versions of this EP. First, the 7", all copies of which were on red vinyl. It contains two tracks, "Band of Gold" and "Come See About Me." The 12" was on black vinyl, and contained four tracks: the two from the 7" plus "True Love Travels on a Gravel Road" and "Beware." In addition, there was a CD version released in both the U.S. and Germany, which contained all four tracks from the 12", along with "Rebirth of the Cool," which is a remix of "Milez iz Ded."

The Uptown Avondale 12" was among the great Sub Pop Afghan Whigs re-pressings of 2017. As with Up In It and Congregation, there were different color vinyl pressings in the U.S. and Europe, and both were gorgeous. The U.S. version was on a clear vinyl with silver splatter spots. The European pressing is a solid silver color that looks like molten metal - very cool.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
SP53/215 12" Black 10-15 1 Stable
SP54/216 7" Red 5-8 1 Stable
SP175 12" Clear with Silver Splatter (U.S.) 15 1 Stable
SP175 12" Metallic Silver (Europe) 15 1 Stable
12"
7"
Clear w/ Silver Splatter 12" (U.S.)
Silver 12" (Europe)

This page was last updated on January 4, 2018.

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Scarcity Score Definition
10 Near impossible: Fewer than 50 copies or publicly sold only every few years
8-9 Very rare: 50-200 copies or publicly sold 1-2 times per year
6-7 Rare: 200-500 copies or publicly sold a few times a year
4-5 Medium: 500-1000 copies or publicly sold ~10 times a year
1-3 Common: 1000+ copies, readily available, or publicly sold 20+ times a year

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