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 ($)|
|SP94/266 Red (500)||15-20|
|Test Pressing||SP208: Black vinyl, white RTI labels
SP94/266: Black vinyl, white labels