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Sweet Oblivion

Epic E48996 (U.S.), released 1992

Epic 471724 1 (Holland), released 1992

Epic 188.291/1-471724 (Brazil), released 1992

Epic/Sony CPL-1313 (CK-48996) (Korea), released 1992

Music on Vinyl Re-press MOVLP101, released 2010

Epic 88875086351 Newbury Comics Exclusive, released 2015

Music on Vinyl Orange Marble Re-press MOVLP101, released 2017

This 1992 album was the band's greatest commercial success. It's a fantastic album. It came on the heels of the extremely successful Singles soundtrack, which contained Screaming Trees' best known song, "Nearly Lost You" (also released on Sweet Oblivion). This is probably one of my all-time favorite complete albums. I have no idea how many different versions of this record were released. It was a major label release with good label support, and as a result, it was released in several countries. I know at the very least, there were U.S., Dutch, Korean, and Brazilian versions. I thought more might appear, but those are still the only four that have surfaced of the original pressings. The prices have come WAY down on most of these, except for the U.S. original, which has gone up in the last two years.

The U.S. version was called the "One Foot in the Grave Limited Vinyl Version." It had a plain black sleeve with a label on the front and another on the back, and was sealed in plastic along with a cd sized booklet.

There have been several new pressings of Sweet Oblivion over the past few years. First, Music on Vinyl put out a 180g version. Then, Newbury Comics pressed an exclusive gold (yellow) vinyl version, limited to 1000 numbered copies. Music on Vinyl did another in 2017 on orange marble vinyl.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
E48996 (U.S.) 45-80 6 Volatile
471724 1 Black 30-45 4 Down
188.291/1-471724 (Brazil) 20-25 4 Down
CPL-1313 (CK-48996) (Korea) 25-35 5 Down
Music on Vinyl MOVLP101 25-35 2 Stable
Epic 88875086351 (Gold) 30-40 2 Stable
Music on Vinyl MOVLP101 (Orange Marble) 20-30 1 Stable
U.S.
Holland
Brazil
Korea
Music on Vinyl
Re-press
Newbury Comics
Gold Vinyl

This page was last updated on January 16, 2018.

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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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