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UK 12" Promo - XPR 1916, released 1993

UK 12" Promo - XPR 1948, released 1993

U.S. 12" Promo - Columbia CAS 5252, released 1993

UK 7" Picture Disc - Columbia 659625 7, released 1993

UK Clear Vinyl 12" - Columbia 659625 6, released 1993

Beware - endless gimmicky packaging ahead.  There were many versions of the "Swim" single.  The first was the UK promo 12", which came out before the Give a Monkey a Brain album was released.  This was a one-sided record.  The other side is a fully etched image.  It is pretty cool-looking, actually.  Pictures don't do it justice.  The U.S. promo 12" is very normal in comparison to the other versions.  Basic black vinyl.  The other UK 12" came out on clear vinyl with an insert that serves as sort of a picture sleeve.  The 7" is actually a picture disc.  All formats contain various versions of "Swim."  When I first heard this song, I thought it was one of the worst songs I'd ever heard.  It is a grating single, not for mass consumption.  Somehow, things flipped for me, though.  At some point, I suddenly loved it.  I can't explain it.  It does have tremendous energy when played live.  I am sure that was part of it.  If you like the song, the singles are definitely worth finding.  Some of the alternate versions are a lot of fun.  There are also some cd versions of this single in addition to the vinyl ones laid out here.

Version Approximate Value ($) Price Trending
Columbia XPR 1916 Etched Promo 12" 10-12 Stable
Columbia XPR 1948 Promo 12" 5 Stable
Columbia CAS 5252 Promo 12" 8-10 Stable
Columbia 659625 7 7" Picture Disc 3-5 Down
Columbia 659625 6 12" Clear 5 Stable
Columbia XPR 1796
Columbia CAS 5252
Columbia 659625 7
Columbia 659625 6
Sleeve UK Promo 12" - Plain black sleeve
U.S. Promo 12" - Plain white sleeve
UK 7" - Plain plastic
UK 12" - Plain plastic w/ color insert

This page was last updated on June 1, 2014.

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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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