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U.S. LP - Columbia PC 40032, released 1985

U.S. LP - Columbia B6C 40032, released 1985

Canada LP - Columbia CEP 40032, released 1985

Japan LP - CBS/Sony 20AP 3069, released 1985

UK LP - CBS 26529, released 1985

U.S. LP - Asbestos ASB 099, released 2014

The world was not ready for Fishbone's debut.  This thing came out of nowhere.  I think this is one of the single most influential releases of the decade as far as ska was concerned.  It went a long way toward shaping the third wave ska scene, and that was with only three ska tracks on the whole record.  Of course, those three songs are all legendary.  The other three songs...less legendary.  Still fun, though.  I mean, how can you go wrong with a song called, "Voyage to the Land of the Freeze-Dried Godzilla Farts?"  No, really.  That's what "V.T.T.L.O.T.F.D.G.F." stands for.  I promise.  I am not creative enough to have made that up.

There were (at least) two U.S. versions of this record.  I have found Japanese and Canadian versions of it as well.  There may be more.  There should at least be a European version out there as well, especially considering there were UK singles for two of the songs on it.  In 2014, Asbestos Records re-pressed this one, adding the version of "Skankin' to the Beat" from the "Say Anything..." soundtrack.  This version was released for Record Store Day - there were 1000 copies total: 100 on blue vinyl and 900 on red.

Version Approximate value ($) Price Trending
Columbia PC 40032 10-12 Stable
Columbia B6C 40032 10-12 Stable
Columbia CEP 40032 15-18 Stable
CBS 20AP 3069 15-18 Stable
CBS 26529 15-18 Stable
Asbestos ASB099 - Blue (100) 25-35 Volatile
Asbestos ASB099 - Red (900) 15-25 Stable
PC 40032
B6C 40032
CEP 40032 (Canada)
20AP 3069 (Japan)
CBS 26529 (UK)
Sleeve Full sleeve
Japan Pressing: Full sleeve w/ obi

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