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A Record Collector's Guide

Sarge/The Reputation/Elizabeth Elmore - Albums and Singles

I am still kicking myself over this one.  As tuned into the indie scene as I was in the mid-'90s, and as much of a sucker as I was for female-fronted indie rock at that point, I completely missed Sarge.  I am still trying to figure this out.  I ate up everything that sounded like Sarge during those years, and yet...just never came across Sarge.  I even received monthly mail order updates from Parasol Records (parent company of Mud Records, which put out all of Sarge's stuff), and STILL managed to never cross paths with anything Eliabeth Elmore did until sometime in 2006.  Really.  It's inexcusable.  I hang my head in shame.  Here I go.  From a collecting standpoint, I guess the silver lining for me is that there was not all that much Sarge or Reputation vinyl released during my years of ignorance.  Everything on this page is worth your time.

Sarge

Supporting Actress/Sarge Split 7"

Grand Theft Autumn GTA002, released 1996

Supporting Actress - I'm Attracted to... b/w Sarge - Backlash

Sarge was not originally intended to be the second band on this split, but the original one fell through at the last minute, and they were given the opportunity.  I have read that there are 1000 copies of this one out there.  It is on translucent black vinyl.

Version Approximate value ($)
GTA002 Translucent Black 10-12
Insert
Sleeve Thick-stock paper foldover

Dear Josie, Love Robyn b/w The Last Boy

Mud Records MUD-018, released 1996

Great single.  Apparently, the A side got some good press while I had my head in the sand.  It seems there were (at least) two releases for this single.  By random chance, I happened upon two different versions.  They are almost identical, save for the web site URL on the back of the sleeve and the insert.  The earlier one has a "cu-online.com" web site listed, and the later one has the full Parasol Records address, alogn with an updated "indies.com" URL (see pic below).  Both releases contain Parasol catalogue inserts.  The earlier one is on beige paper; the later one is on white, and has a more extensive catalogue listed.  The vinyl is translucent black.

Version Approximate value ($)
MUD-018 Translucent Black 6-8
Sleeve Comparison
1st Insert
2nd Insert
Sleeve Thick-stock paper foldover

Charcoal

Mud Record MUD-CD-019, released October 1996

The first time I heard Charcoal, I thought it could have been a follow-up Tiger Trap album.  A little underdeveloped compared to what Sarge would become, but that's to be expected.  Excellent album overall.  It is only available on CD.

Version Approximate value ($)
MUD-CD-019 10

Stall b/w Time After Time

Mud Records MUD-023, released March 1997

This was a solid 7" that bridged the gap between albums.  Good stuff.  Elizabeth doing a Cyndi Lauper song is fun.  Translucent black vinyl.

Version Approximate value ($)
MUD-023 Translucent Black 5
Sleeve Thick-stock paper foldover

The Glass Intact

Mud Records MUD-LP-028/MUD-CD-028, released 1998

Things really started to come together for the second Sarge album.  There are several songs on here that beg to be heard repeatedly.  The Glass Intact did come out on vinyl.

Version Approximate value ($)
MUD-LP-028 Black 8

Distant

Mud Records MUD-CD-043, released 2000

Sarge broke up in late 1999, but had recorded a few songs before the band's demise.  Elizabeth put those together, along with a few live tracks and b-sides, and released Distant in 2000.  She then did a small solo tour to promote the album.  There is some spectacular material on here.  The songs began to take on a deeply personal quality (which had always been there to some degree...songs like "The End of July" took that to another level).  CD only.

Version Approximate value ($)
MUD-CD-043 10

Robert Nanna/Elizabeth Elmore Split 7"

Robert Nanna - Forgiveness b/w Elizabeth Elmore - You Blink

Troubleman Unlimited tmu 069/tmuSSS012, released 2000

Elizabeth's music career appeared to be in limbo when this single came out.  She did a split single with Bob Nanna from Braid, as part of a split single series done by Troubleman Unlimited.  "You Blink" is a very solid song.  Black vinyl, also available on cd and some download sites (eMusic comes to mind).  I am including it with Sarge because it feels more like Sarge than the Reputation.

Version Approximate Value ($) Price Trending
tmu 069/tmuSSS012 Black 4-6 Down
Sleeve Thick-stock paper foldover

The Reputation

The Reputation is my favorite band of the '00s, and it's not close.  This is great stuff.  Go get it.  Go.  I'll wait.

The Reputation

Initial Records IR49, released 2002

Elizabeth eventually got another band together, and this was the product.  This album is freakin' fantastic.  It is the best album to come out in the last decade.  You cannot convince me otherwise.  There I was, blithely going about my daily business, living an unenlightened Elmore-less existence.  I was sitting at my computer in 2006 in Switzerland.  I had my iTunes playlist on shuffle.  Suddenly, the demo version of "For the Win" (from the Fields and Streams compilation) started playing.  My head tilted a little in confusion.  Then, I proceeded to listen to that song about 15 times in a row.  My initial reaction to this album was that it sounded like the female subject of Greg Dulli's songs voicing her take on everything.  It's really, really good.  CD only.

Version Approximate value ($)
Initial IR49 10

To Force a Fate

Lookout LT0594CD, released 2004

The Reputation's 2004 follow-up to the S/T album does not pack as much of a punch as its predecessor, but it is still better than just about anything that's come out this decade.  It doesn't seem like something that should have been on Lookout, but, then again...what does anymore?  A solid release, only on CD.

Version Approximate value ($)
Lookout LT0594CD 12

Either Coast EP

UNRELEASED

Planned as Synesthetic Recordings SYRE 009

The vinyl story for the Reputation is largely about what didn't happen.  This single was planned as a 2004 Norwegian release, and was supposed to have contained demo versions of three songs from the first Rep album.  The single never came to fruition.  I have confirmed that there was never even a test pressing made.  What you see above was going to be the artwork, though.

Let This Rest b/w Killing Word Split 7"

Lookout CP4404, released 2004

Right.  Tracking this one down was maddening.  Elizabeth Elmore told me it existed, but years passed before I had any other information about it.  Then, out of nowhere, Haley Buckles contacted me through the site.  Suddenly, game on...this was a red vinyl promotional split 7" that was pressed for a Red Stripe beer promotion.  I have no idea how few of these were made, but I do know that it was really, really tough to track down.  It was actually the only record featured on this site for which I had no concrete information.  Fortunately, those days are gone.  Whew.

Version Approximate value ($) Price Trending
Lookout CP4404 Red 25-30 ?
Credits Haley Buckles: All of the information you see above.  She came up with a copy of this one.  I did not even have pictures of it beforehand.

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