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The Afghan Whigs

Big Top Halloween

Ultrasuede 001, released 1988

This has long been the crown jewel of Afghan Whigs vinyl collecting.  The band's first album, self-released on Ultrasuede in 1988.  Limited to 1000 copies.  The band wishes there were fewer.  Personally, I don't know why they are all so down on this album.  Sure, there are some tracks that miss the mark and the style of music changes wildly from one soneg to the next.   There are some really good ones on there as well.  That's just my opinion, though.  This one has been expensive for a very long time, but remarkably did not appreciate in value much between the end of the 90's and 2010.   Since, then, the price has started to creep up.  I have seen one sell for up to $350, but that was an outlier.  $125 to $150 is more normal.

Version Approximate value ($) Price Trending
Ultrasuede 001 175-250 Up
Credits Matt Mona: vinyl and insert images.

This page was last updated on February 6, 2016.

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