The Afghan Whigs



Sub Pop SP238 LP, released 1993 (U.S.)
Elektra 9 61501-2 CD / 9 61501-4 CS, released 1993 (U.S.) Blast First BFFP90 and BFFP90S LP / BFFP 90 CD / BFFP 90C Cassette, released 1993 (UK)
Elektra 7559-61501-1 LP / Elektra 7559-61501-2 CD / Elektra 7559-61501-4 Cassette, released 1993 (Germany)
Elektra 7559-61501-2 CD, released 1993 (Australia)
Elektra CD 61501 / 96 15014 Cassette, released 1993 (Canada)
Elektra WMC5-659 CD, released 1993 (Japan)
Hi-Speed Soul HSS-1037-1 LP, released 2011 (U.S.)
Rhino R1 61501 LP / R2 545514 CD, released 2014 (U.S.)
Elektra/Rhino R1 545514, released 2014 (3xLP - U.S.)
Blast First LBFFP90 LP / XLBFFP90 3xLP / LBFFP90CD, released 2014 (UK)
Elektra 8122795664 LP / 8122795665 3xLP / 8122795663 CD, released 2014 (Europe)

The Afghan Whigs' first major label release. There are all kinds of versions of this one. Sub Pop had the rights to release the original U.S. vinyl (SP238). The German one was on Elektra (7559-61501-1), and the UK one was on Blast First (BFFP90). There is, however, a version of the UK release that comes with a bonus 4-track 12" single (BFFP90S). The German one is the toughest these to find, though none are terribly difficult.

In 2011, Hi-Speed Soul re-released Gentlemen, on 180g vinyl. This version is pretty easy to find, but I hear that the label has now gone under, so these will start getting rarer. All of the original versions were selling for pretty high prices for a long time, but seemed to come way down when the re-press came out. The UK versions really dipped. The price for the Sub Pop version was all over the place.

Then came Gentlemen at 2014, they released a remastered anniversary edition of Gentlemen...two versions each in the U.S., the UK, and the rest of Europe. There was a single disc 180g version and a three-disc deluxe version in each location. The deluxe edition came with demos for the whole album and a whole bunch of other extras. It started out as a pricy set, but, naturally, with the market flooded, came way down in value pretty quickly. In the last year or two, the original pressings have fully rebounded and the 2014 pressings have gone way up as well. The original Sub Pop version and the 2014 3xLP U.S. version, in particular, have been skyrocketing.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
Sub Pop SP238 80-100 5 Up
Elektra 7559-61501-1 (Germany) 45-65 5 Up
Blast First BFFP90S w/ bonus 12" (UK) 45-80 4 Up/Volatile
Blast First BFFP90 (UK - no bonus 12") 40-55 3 Up/Volatile
Hi-Speed Soul HSS-1037-1 (U.S.) 35-50 2 Up
Rhino R161501 (U.S.) 30-50 1 Up
Elektra/Rhino R1 545514 3xLP (U.S.) 75-125 2 Up
Blast First LBFFP90 (UK) 35-50 2 Up
Blast First XLBFFP90 3xLP (UK) 45-65 2 Up
Elektra 8122795664 (Europe) 35-50 1 Up
Elektra 8122795665 3xLP (Europe) 55-75 2 Up
Sub Pop Test Press
Blast First Test Press
Sub Pop
Blast First
Blast First Bonus 12"
Hi-Speed Soul
Gentlemen at 21
Gentlemen at 21 Deluxe
Test Pressing:  Sub Pop - Black vinyl, RTI test pressing labels with typed information

Blast First - Black vinyl, plain white labels

This page was last updated on February 1, 2022.

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Scarcity Score Definition
10 Near impossible: Fewer than 50 copies or publicly sold every few years
8-9 Very rare: 50-199 copies or publicly sold 1-2 times per year
6-7 Rare: 200-499 copies or publicly sold a few times a year
4-5 Medium: 500-999 copies or publicly sold ~10 times a year
1-3 Common: 1000+ copies, readily available, or publicly sold 20+ times a year

Estimated values are based on recent auction results or online sales.