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The Pink Album

Teenbeat 159, released 1994

Elektra 61918-2, released 1996 (CD)

Hmm...where to begin with this album?  The first pressing was discarded entirely, destroyed at the band's request, as they were unhappy with how it turned out.  I had heard rumors of this story, but it was confirmed when Mark Robinson reworked the Teenbeat discography page.  Despite that explanation, it was still a little unclear whether there had ever been any vinyl made for that discarded pressing.  There were definitely sleeves made for the first run, as they were used for the second pressing.  These sleeves did not reflect the fact that the album had been remixed by Geoff Turner, and so, instead of redoing the artwork, they added a brief audio track to the very end of the album to give Turner his props.  Mark says on the Teenbeat page that he thought that the vinyl had been done for the first press and then released along with the second press CDs.  I do not think that this was the case, as the earliest vinyl pressing that I have heard contains the Geoff Turner audio thank you track.  What we do know is the earliest vinyl pressing was on black vinyl, limited to 1,500 copies.

The third pressing of the Pink Album was CD only - it corrected the credits and left out the audio thank you track (along with the cricket sounds at the end of "Crayola"). 

The artwork was then changed for the fourth edition, which was distributed by Matador.  This was the only other vinyl pressing of the album - it was also pressed in a quantity of 1,500.  You can easily tell the difference between the two vinyl pressings.  On the vinyl: the early pressings have pink labels.  They are white on the later one.  The early pressings have the aforementioned Geoff Turner track at the end.  On the sleeves, the front looks the same for both versions.  The back is completely different between the two (see pics below).  The later sleeve mentions Geoff Turner and says, "Manufactured and Distributed by Matador," right above the Teenbeat logo.  The earlier sleeves do not.  There were two more Teenbeat editions, both of which were only in CD form.

But wait...there's more!  The band signed to Elektra, which decided to put out their own version of the Pink Album.  So...they re-recorded some and remixed most of it again.  The Elektra version does sound really good, I have to say.  There was never a vinyl version of the Elektra release.

Version Approximate value ($) Price Trending
Teenbeat 159 - 2nd Pressing Black (1,500) 15-20 Stable
Teenbeat 159 - 4th Pressing Black (1,500) 8-10 Stable
2nd Pressing Sleeve (Back)
4th Pressing Sleeve (Back)

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