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Love Battery - Albums and EPs

Love Battery released four albums and three EPs between 1989 and 1999.  There were a couple that were only released in countries outside the U.S.

Between the Eyes

Sub Pop SP69 (U.S. CS/CD), released 1989

Tupelo TUPLP22 (UK LP/CD)

Waterfont DAMP 130 (Australia 10")

Love Battery's first semi-full-length release, the six-song Between the Eyes EP, had many incarnations.  It was first recorded for Sub Pop, then licensed to Tupelo for European release (12") and Waterfront for Australian release (10").  The Australian version was available on yellow and black vinyl.  The U.S. Sub Pop version was never released on vinyl, but did come out on cassette and cd.

Version Approximate value ($)
TUPLP22 Black 12-15
DAMP 130 Yellow 20-25
DAMP 130 Black 12-15
TUPLP22 Test Pressing
TUPLP22
DAMP 130 Test Pressing
DAMP 130
DAMP 130
Test Pressing Tupelo: Black vinyl, white Mayking labels
Waterfront: Black 10" pressed on 12" vinyl, white labels, extra etching in the outside dead wax

Out of Focus

Sub Pop SP26/178, released 1992

The Out of Focus 12" was only released in Europe as a single leading up to the release of the Dayglo album.  It was a 4-song EP containing two songs that were on the cd version of Between the Eyes, along with a cover of the Troggs' "Come Now."

Version Approximate value ($)
SP26/178 Black 15

Dayglo

Sub Pop SP131 (CS/CD), released 1992

Sub Pop SP30/185 (Germany LP)

The first full-length Love Battery album.  Most say it's their best.  I say it's a toss up between this and Far Gone.  The only vinyl version came out on Sub Pop Europe, exclusively on black vinyl.

Version Approximate value ($)
SP30/185 Black 15-20
  

Far Gone

Sub Pop SP208, released 1993

Sub Pop SP94/266 (Germany)

The Far Gone LP is a brutal story.  Love Battery was making the jump to a major label, and Far Gone was scheduled for release on PolyGram.  The deal fell through due to a contractual dispute with Sub Pop.  Knowing that Love Battery still planned to bolt for a major label, Sub Pop decided to release the album, but had no incentive to put much effort into it.  They took the rough mix demo for Far Gone and released it as the album without final production.  It shows.  The album contains some of the best songs written by Love Battery, and I wish I could hear them with some better production.  Once the album was released, Sub Pop buried it, providing minimal promotional support and quickly allowing it to disappear into their back catalogue.  As far as the vinyl was concerned, they released it domestically in limited quantities, all on black vinyl, and as a European release on both black and red vinyl.  The red vinyl version was limited to 500 copies.  As with many color vinyl releases, there were some copies of this record in which the red and black mixed.  I found a red one with speckled black in it.  See below.

Version Approximate value ($)
SP208 Black 10
SP94/266 Red (500) 15-20
SP94/266 Black 15
SP208 Test Pressing
SP208
SP94/266 Test Pressing
SP94/266 Red
SP94/266 Red w/ Black Specks
SP94/266 Black
Test Pressing SP208: Black vinyl, white RTI labels
SP94/266: Black vinyl, white labels

Nehru Jacket/Illuminated Man b/w Red Onion/Please Before You Go

Atlas 69712 0050 1, released 1994

Love Battery did eventually make the major label jump.  Leading up to the release of their Straight Freak Ticket album, the Nehru Jacket EP came out.  The vinyl version was a blue 10" EP.  There was also a cd made.  Two of the tracks also appeared on Straight Freak Ticket.  The vinyl was for promotional use.  The cd was sold in stores.

Version Approximate value ($)
Atlas 69712 0050 1 Blue 10

Straight Freak Ticket

Atlas 31452 7152, released 1995

Love Battery's first (and only) major label full-length, released on Atlas Records.  No vinyl versions exist, as far as I know.  This thought is confirmed by the back of the "Fuzz Factory" promo cd, which talks about "Atlas cassette and compact disc Straight Freak Ticket."

Confusion Au Go Go

C/Z CZ092, released 1998

There was one more severely underpublicized Love Battery album, released on the barely-still-functioning C/Z Records.  Even though I was paying close attention, I had no idea when it was released, and it took me a couple of months to be able to purchase a copy.  There were no vinyl versions.

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