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Clear Black Paper

Glitterhouse GR0026 (Germany)

Sub Pop SP16, released May 1988

Fluid Album #2.  The Glitterhouse version came first for this one, all on black vinyl.  The Fluid then signed to Sub Pop back in the label's very early days.  There are a number of sources that cite the Afghan Whigs as the first non-Seattle Sub Pop signing, but it was the Fluid.  Fo' real.  Anyway, Sub Pop took the album, replaced four of the tracks (all of the replacement songs were available on the Freak Magnet EP), changed the sleeve, and put it out in 1988.  The first pressing was on blue vinyl and limited to 500 copies.  Later versions were on pink marble and black. On the sleeves for the later pressings, the shaded areas appear to be darker.  It's significant enough to where I can eyeball the difference easily in a record store.  The first pressing came with Sub Pop's first catalogue, a double-sided full page detailing SP10 through SP19.

Version Approximate value ($) Price Trending
Glitterhouse GR0026 10-12 Down
SP16 Blue (500) 15-20 Stable
SP16 Pink Marble 15-20 Stable
SP16 Black 8-10 Stable
Insert - Side 1
Insert - Side 2
Test Pressing

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