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Sub Pop LPs: SP51 - SP100

Sub Pop LPs, Page 2.  Some of the prices on this one are conjecture...some of the ones on the later part of this page are not my areas of expertise, so I am missing some images, and am guessing at a couple of the values.  As always, if you have any missing images or information, please .

SP54 Thee Hypnotics

Live'r Than God

Sub Pop SP54, released January 1990

Live'r Than God was the debut LP from this UK band, released on Sub Pop in the U.S. and Situation Two in the UK.  The first pressing (1000?) was on clear vinyl.  It also exists on black.

Version Approximate value ($)
SP54 Clear 15-20
SP54 Black 15-20

SP56 The Walkabouts

Rag & Bone

Sub Pop SP56, released February 1990

Glitterhouse GR0085 (Germany)

According to Sub Pop, there are 57 (!) copies of this record on orange vinyl, and all others were on black.  I have not confirmed this.  I have never seen an orange one.  The original pressing came with an insert and poster.  As far as I can tell, the insert continued to be shipped with the later pressings as well.

Version Approximate value ($)
SP56 Black 10-12
SP56 Orange 30-40
Insert

SP60 The Afghan Whigs

 

Up in It

Sub Pop SP60, released 1990

Glitterhouse GR0092 (Germany)

Sub Pop SP5/116 (CD - Germany)

This was the first Afghan Whigs album released on Sub Pop.  There were two versions of the sleeve and several colors of vinyl to go along with each.  The first pressing was of 1000 copies on orange vinyl.  Accompanying these copies was the sleeve containing the horizontal arm and orange print.  These copies came with lyric sheet inserts.  The first press orange is attracting more purchasing interest again, but the price has stayed pretty stable. 

There were also black vinyl copies pressed with the original sleeve.  Glitterhouse Records in Germany pressed this album (GR0092) with this sleeve as well, also on black vinyl.  The cd version was one of the earliest Sub Pop Europe releases (SP5/116).

Later pressings had the second version of the sleeve shwon above, depicting a vertical arm with more shading and white lettering.  This version was pressed on black, green, blue marble and blue-green marble vinyl, and came with no inserts.  The blue and green varieties are all fairly rare.  The blue-green is less common than the green, and the blue is a really tough find.  The craziest collectors (myself included) have locked up their blue and blue-green copies, so the prices have come down a bit, but they are still the most expensive variants.

There are also a very few copies out there that were on the 1st press black vinyl, but came in 2nd press sleeves.  These copies, unlike the rest of the 2nd run, did come with inserts: letter-sized Singles Club enrollment forms.  The first time I saw one of these, I thought it was an anomaly, but I have since seen five or six copies that meet this description, which tells me otehrwise.

Version Approximate value ($) Price Trending
SP60 1st: Orange (1000) 25-60 Volatile
SP60 1st: Black 20-25 Stable
SP60 2nd Sleeve w/ 1st Black Vinyl 20-30 Stable
SP60 2nd: Green 30-45 Stable
SP60 2nd: Blue-Green Marble 35-45 Stable
SP60 2nd: Blue Marble 40-60 Down
SP60 2nd: Black 20-25 Stable
GR0092 Black 15-25 Stable
Test Pressing
1st Press Insert
Early 2nd Press Insert
Glitterhouse
Test Pressing Black vinyl, plain white labels

This page was last updated on February 6, 2016.

SP61 Mark Lanegan

The Winding Sheet

Sub Pop SP61, released May 1990

Glitterhouse GR0095 (Germany)

The Winding Sheet was Lanegan's first solo effort.  It was a bit of a departure from his work with Screaming Trees to this point.  I have always liked Lanegan's solo work, but I never find myself going back to listen to it.  This one has some fun guest appearances, including Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic.  Can't imagine where Nirvana got the idea to cover "Where Did You Sleep Last Night?"...the original Leadbelly version notwithstanding, of the cover versions I have heard, I prefer Lanegan's.  His deep voice lends itself well to that song.  Anyway, this record generally sells for a lot.  The first 1000 copies were on red vinyl, and that version is generally more expensive.  The black one isn't cheap either, though.

Version Approximate value ($)
SP61 Red (1000) 80-100
SP61 Black 50-60
Insert
Credits Matt Mona: Two red vinyl and insert images

SP64 The Fluid

Glue

Sub Pop SP64, released April 1990

Glitterhouse GR0094

Glue...the last Fluid release on either Glitterhouse or Sub Pop.  The EP was later combined with Roadmouth (minus three songs) for a Sub Pop cd release.  Glitterhouse copies of Glue were all on black vinyl.  The first Sub Pop pressing was on purple vinyl, limited to 1000 copies.  Later pressings were on mint green and black vinyl.  I have been told by a reliable source that a grey version also exists, but I have never seen one.  Other colors may exist.

Version Approximate value ($)
GR0094 Black 12-15
SP64 Purple Marble (1000) 15-20
SP64 Mint Green Marble 15
SP64 Black 10

SP67 Dwarves

Blood, Guts, & Pussy

Sub Pop SP67, released July 1990

Glitterhouse GR0104 (Germany)

Certainly one of the more memorable album covers of all time.  I don't know what it is about this band, but they keep people coming back.  This was probably their most collectable album.  The first pressing was of 1000 on red vinyl.  That one can sell for a fair amount, but not nearly as much as the other color vinyl versions.  There is a grey vinyl pressing of 112 copies.  That pressing came with a copy of the She's Dead 7" on black vinyl (minus the sleeve).  One would think the grey version would be the most valuable, but not so...there is also a pink marble version out there.  The last time it was auctioned, it went for over $350.  I don't know how many of the pink copies were pressed, but it can't be many.  Later on, Sub Pop pressed 1500 picture discs, using outtake pictures from the original cover photo shoot.  These sell for a few bucks as well.

Version Approximate value ($)
SP67 Red (1000) 50-60
SP67 Grey Marble (112) 150-200
SP67 Pink Marble 250-350
SP67 Picture Disc (1500) 40-50
SP67 Black (no bar code) 20-25
SP67 Black (w/ bar code) 10-12

SP79 L7

Smell the Magic

Sub Pop SP79, released August 1990

Sub Pop SP2/110 (Germany)

Solid debut EP from L7.  The first pressing was on purple marble vinyl.  It also exists on black.

Version Approximate value ($)
SP79 Purple Marble (1000) 15-20
SP79 Black 12-15
Credits Tom: Black vinyl image

SP82 Thee Headcoats

Heavens to Murgatroyd, Even! It's Thee Headcoats, Already!

Sub Pop SP82, released 1990

Sub Pop SP6/119 (Germany)

There are a few different versions of this album floating around.  The color vinyl versions can sell for some healthy sums.  The first 1000 copies were on blue vinyl (I am not sure whether that is the straight blue vinyl you see below or if it is the blue-green marble version...I am guessing the straight blue one).  The yellow marble vinyl version is the most expensive.

Version Approximate value ($)
SP82 Blue (1000) 25-35
SP82 Green Marble 30-40
SP82 Yellow Marble 40-50
SP82 Black 15-20
Credits Matt Mona: Blue and blue-green marble images
Jason C.: black vinyl image

SP89 Tad

8-Way Santa

Sub Pop SP89, released February 1991

Sub Pop SP8/122 (Germany)

The original sleeve for this record was banned.  The story is that the girl shown in the picture was born again or something, and didn't want to image published.  It was pulled, but it is still quite easy to find with the banned sleeve.

Version Approximate value ($)
SP89 Green 15-20
SP89 Black 12-15

SP96 The Reverend Horton Heat

Smoke 'Em if You Got 'Em 10"

Sub Pop SP96, released November 1991

Sub Pop SP25/177 LP (Germany)

The Reverend's first Sub Pop album is a true classic.  The initial pressing was on black & white swirled vinyl (Sub Pop called it "checkered"...checkered is not a concept that works very well when pressing vinyl).  Annoyingly, this album has the same catalogue number as the Singles Club single that came out around the same time.

Version Approximate value ($)
SP96 Black & White Swirl 40-50
SP96 Grey 40-50
SP96 Black 15-20
Credits Matt Mona: Blue-grey image
Jason C.: black and white vinyl image

SP98 Beat Happening

SP98 Dreamy

Sub Pop SP98, released March 1991

Sub Pop SP11/143 (Germany)

I think this was a co-release with K Records...I really don't know a whole lot about this album.  Dark grey marble and black vinyl.

Version Approximate value ($)
SP98 Grey Marble 25-30
SP98 Black 15-20
Loose Insert
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