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Redlight

Redlight

Hellcat 80403-1 LP, released 1997

Hellcat 80403-2 CD, released 1997

Something big happened in 1997: Tim Armstrong got the go-ahead to form Hellcat Records, a subsidiary of Epitaph.  When this happened, it shifted the balance of power in the ska world tremendously.  Hellcat went out and snatched up a good number of top ska bands in one shot: the Slackers, Hepcat, and the Pietasters all made the jump at the same time (along with the Gadjits).  The Slackers's second album, Redlight, was their first on Hellcat.  I consider this album to be basically perfect.  It is one of my all-time favorite albums by any artist - no exaggeration.  Available on vinyl from the start.  Supposedly, it is no longer in print, but it is still very easy to find.  Black vinyl.

Version Approximate value ($)
Hellcat 80403-1 LP 15-18
Test Pressing Black vinyl, white labels
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