The Afghan Whigs
Sub Pop SP238, released 1993 (U.S.)
Elektra 7559-61501-1, released 1993 (Germany)
Blast First BFFP90 and BFFP90S, released 1993 (UK)
Hi-Speed Soul HSS-1037-1, released 2011 (U.S.)
Rhino R161501, released 2014 (U.S.)
Elektra/Rhino R1 545514, released 2014 (3xLP - U.S.)
Blast First LBFFP90, released 2014 (UK)
Blast First XLBFFP90, released 2014 (3xLP - UK)
Elektra 8122795664, released 2014 (Europe)
Elektra 8122795665, released 2014 (3xLP - Europe)
The Afghan Whigs' first major label release. There are all kinds of versions of this one. Well, okay, three, really - all of them were on black vinyl. Sub Pop had the rights to release the U.S. vinyl (SP238). The German one was on Elektra (7559-61501-1), and the UK one was on Blast First (BFFP90). There is, however, a version of the UK release that comes with a bonus 4-track 12" single (BFFP90S). The German one is by far the toughest one to find.
In 2011, Hi-Speed Soul re-released Gentlemen, on 180g vinyl. This version is pretty easy to find, but I hear that the label has now gone under, so these will start getting rarer. All of the original versions were selling for pretty high prices for a long time, but seemed to come down a bit when the re-press came out. The UK versions really came down in price. The price for the Sub Pop version was all over the place.
Then came Gentlemen at 21...in 2014, they released a remastered anniversary edition of Gentlemen...two versions each in the U.S., the UK, and the rest of Europe. There was a single disc 180g version and a three-disc deluxe version in each location. The deluxe edition came with demos for the whole album and a whole bunch of other extras. It started out as a pricy set, but, naturally, with the market flooded, came way down in value pretty quickly. This release seems to have permanently killed the value of all of the original pressings except for the Sub Pop version.
|Version||Approximate value ($)||Price Trending|
|Sub Pop SP238||35-75||Volatile|
|Blast First BFFP90||20-30||Down|
|Blast First BFFP90S w/ bonus 12"||25-40||Down|
|Hi-Speed Soul HSS-1037-1||15-20||Stable|
|Elektra/Rhino R1 545514 3xLP||30-40||Down|
|Blast First LBFFP90||15-20||Stable|
|Blast First XLBFFP90 3xLP||20-30||Down|
|Elektra 8122795665 3xLP||35-45||Down|
|Test Pressing||Blast First - Black vinyl, plain white labels|
|Credits||G. Sinchak: Blast First test pressing image|
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