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Gentlemen

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
Elektra 7559-61501-1 30-35 Down
Blast First BFFP90 20-30 Down
Blast First BFFP90S w/ bonus 12" 25-40 Down
Hi-Speed Soul HSS-1037-1 15-20 Stable
Rhino R161501 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 8122795664 15-20 Stable
Elektra 8122795665 3xLP 35-45 Down
Blast First Test Press
Sub Pop
Elektra
Blast First
Blast First Bonus 12"
Hi-Speed Soul
Gentlemen at 21
Gentlemen at 21 Deluxe
Test Pressing Blast First - Black vinyl, plain white labels
Credits G. Sinchak: Blast First test pressing image

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