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Screaming Life

Sub Pop SP12, released October 1987

Sub Pop SP1065 2xLP, released November 2013

What to do with this one...the first several Sub Pop releases all have their grand places in history.  This was Soundgarden's debut EP.  There are many colors to account for here.  The first pressing is still the big one: 500 on orange vinyl (some discographies say 600).  There were several subsequent pressings due to the popularity of the album, and they were on many colors due to Erika Records' involvement.  To complicate the situation, there were also several important sleeve variations.  Alright, let's get to it.  Here's what Matt Mona (of KA-CHUNK Records, who provided many of the images) and I have pieced together:

1. 1st pressing: 500-600 on orange vinyl.  Black & white sleeve, "Screaming Life" in orange print on the spine.

2. Black vinyl,  black & white sleeve, "Screaming Life" in orange print on the spine.

3. Black vinyl, sepia tone sleeve, no bar code, "Screaming Life" in red print on the spine.

4. Erika pressings...known colors: I have seen blue marble (these vary in amount of marbling and darkness of the blue color), red, purple marble, pink marble, and mint green marble, which is by far the rarest of the bunch.  This one was unconfirmed for a long time before a collector got ahold of a copy.  Right.  Sepia tone sleeve, small bar code on the upper left of the back of the sleeve.

5. Black vinyl, black & white sleeve, "Screaming Life" in red print on the spine, bar code on the bottom right of the back of the sleeve, www.subpop.com on the bottom of the sleeve.

6. 2013 re-press: This is a double LP re-press (the second LP is a re-press of the Fopp EP).  The limited Loser Edition of this pressing has a clear blue Screaming Life record and a clear vinyl Fopp EP.  The regular edition has both discs on black.

All color copies sell for a fair amount now, while the black ones do not (the early black ones should go for more than they do).  The blue, purple, and red versions all appear with similar frequency.  The pink marble one is rarer, and has gotten expensive recently, while the mint green one is a really tough find.

Version Approximate value ($) Price Trending
SP12 Orange (500-600) 150-200 Up/Volatile
SP12 Black (b/w sleeve, no bar code) 30-45 Stable
SP12 Black (sepia sleeve, no bar code) 20-35 Stable
SP12 Blue Marble 30-45 Stable
SP12 Purple Marble 30-45 Stable
SP12 Red 30-50 Stable
SP12 Pink Marble 85-125 Up/Volatile
SP12 Mint Green Marble 100-150 Stable
SP12 Black (w/ bar code) 10-12 Stable
SP1065 2013 2xLP Re-press (Loser Edition) 25-30 Stable
SP1065 2013 2xLP Re-press (Black) 15 Stable
Credits Matt Mona (KA-CHUNK Records): All images except black vinyl, mint green vinyl, and sepia sleeve.

This page was last updated on February 9, 2016.

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