A Record Collector's Guide

The Afghan Whigs



Sub Pop SP238, released 1993 (U.S.)

Elektra 7559-61501-1, released 1993 (Germany)

Blast First BFFP90 and BFFP90S, released 1993 (UK)

Hi-Speed Soul HSS-1037-1, released 2011 (U.S.)

Rhino R161501, released 2014 (U.S.)

Elektra/Rhino R1 545514, released 2014 (3xLP - U.S.)

Blast First LBFFP90, released 2014 (UK)

Blast First XLBFFP90, released 2014 (3xLP - UK)

Elektra 8122795664, released 2014 (Europe)

Elektra 8122795665, released 2014 (3xLP - 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 by far the toughest one to find.

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 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. Some of these original pressings have since rebounded. The Sub Pop one, in particular, has been on a real upward trajectory. The UK double disc version has mostly stayed stable, but lower, while the Elektra version has remained low.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
Sub Pop SP238 60-80 5 Up
Elektra 7559-61501-1 30-40 5 Stable
Blast First BFFP90S w/ bonus 12" 35-50 4 Stable
Blast First BFFP90 (no bonus 12") 25-40 3 Stable
Hi-Speed Soul HSS-1037-1 18-22 2 Stable
Rhino R161501 18-22 1 Stable
Elektra/Rhino R1 545514 3xLP 25-40 2 Stable
Blast First LBFFP90 18-22 2 Stable
Blast First XLBFFP90 3xLP 25-40 2 Stable
Elektra 8122795664 18-22 1 Stable
Elektra 8122795665 3xLP 35-45 2 Stable
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
Credits G. Sinchak: Blast First test pressing image

Recent Sales Data: Original Sub Pop SP238 LP:

Year Sold Quantity Median Price ($) Platform
2019 3 60 Discogs, eBay
2018 11 69 Discogs, eBay
2017 7 35 Discogs, eBay

Recent Sales Data: Original Elektra LP:

Year Sold Quantity Median Price ($) Platform
2019 2 37 Discogs, eBay
2018 8 29 Discogs
2017 5 30 Discogs

Recent Sales Data: Original Blast First LP (w/ Bonus 12"):

Year Sold Quantity Median Price ($) Platform
2019 11 40 Discogs, eBay
2018 9 46 Discogs, eBay
2017 13 41 Discogs, eBay

This page was last updated on October 10, 2019.

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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

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