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.
||Approximate value ($)
|Teenbeat 159 - 2nd Pressing Black (1,500)
|Teenbeat 159 - 4th Pressing Black (1,500)
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