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 21...in 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|
|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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