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U.S. 2xLP - Columbia C2 46142/C 47864, released 1991

UK 2xLP - Epic 467615 1, released 1991

Netherlands 2xLP - CBS 467615 1, released 1991

Probably the most successful of Fishbone's albums, this 1991 effort set off a chain of mainstream appearances, including a prominent slot in the inaugural Lollapalooza lineup.  This album has some really strong tracks on it, but, for some reason, I never want to listen to them all at once.  I think this was when the members of the band started to write songs that really branched out into each's individual style, and the sum of those different parts did not necessarily add up to a single, cohesive product.  This record also marked the addition of guitarist John Bigham to the band, which introduced a heavier sound.  There is at least one U.S. vinyl version of this album, along with Dutch and UK pressings.  The U.S. one, like some prior releases, has different catalogue numbers on the sleeve and vinyl: C2 46142 on the sleeve, C 47864 on the vinyl.

Version Approximate value ($) Price Trending
Columbia C2 46142/C 47864 10-25 Volatile
Epic 467415 1 (UK) 10-25 Volatile
CBS 467415 1 (Netherlands) 10-25 Volatile
C 47864 Side A
C 47864 Side C
Sleeve Full gatefold sleeve

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Scarcity Score Definition
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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