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The Afghan Whigs


Black Love

Sub Pop SP353, released 1996

Elektra 7559-61896-1 (Germany)

Mute STUMM143-1 (UK)

Music on Vinyl MOVLP821, released 2014

Elektra/Rhino R1 557151 3xLP, released 2016

Elektra 081227942892 3xLP, released 2016 (Germany)

Mute XLSTUMM143 3xLP, released 2016 (UK)

This is one of the best albums ever recorded. I cannot be swayed from this idea. Released in 1996, Sub Pop had the U.S. rights to the vinyl for this one. It was released as SP353 on black vinyl. The UK version was on Mute Records (STUMM143-1), also on black vinyl. There is also a German release on Elektra Records. As with Gentlemen, the German version seems to be the rarest. In 2014, Music on Vinyl released a 180g re-press, which is pretty easy to find.

In 2016, Black Love was re-pressed as a giant 3 LP set, complete with previously unreleased demos and rough takes. Very interesting to hear after all of these years (particularly the bones of "Crime Scene Part Two", which many of us had wondered about for years. The sleeves for the re-presses were modified slightly. On the U.S. and German ones, all of the graphics and lettering have been colored gold. On the UK one, the entire sleeve is gold colored, with the graphics faded (ha) into the background and black lettering. All of the re-presses can be found readily.

Now...pricing. I don't know what to say. The price for the U.S. and UK originals have been fluctuating wildly over the past several years. I'm really not sure what to do with it. The average price for the U.S. one came down after the 2016 re-pressing was released, but it can still sell for a fair amount. The spread for the original UK version in 2017 was insane: it went for anywhere from $15 to $90. No idea. The other versions have held stable.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
Sub Pop SP353 30-55 3 Volatile
Elektra 7559-61896-1 40-50 5 Stable
Mute STUMM143-1 30-55 4 Volatile
Music on Vinyl MOVLP821 15-20 1 Stable
Rhino/Elektra R1 557151 3xLP (U.S.) 25-35 1 Volatile
Elektra 081227942892 3xLP (Germany) 25-35 1 Stable
Mute XLSTUMM143 3xLP (UK) 35-50 2 Stable
Sub Pop
Music on Vinyl
Rhino/Elektra Re-press
Mute Re-press
Credits Mike: SP353 image

Recent Sales Data: Original Sub Pop LP:

Year Sold Quantity Median Price ($) Platform
2017 17 38 Discogs, eBay
2016 4 65 eBay

Recent Sales Data: Original Elektra LP:

Year Sold Quantity Median Price ($) Platform
2017 3 48 Discogs, eBay
2016 3 54 Discogs

Recent Sales Data: Original Mute LP:

Year Sold Quantity Median Price ($) Platform
2017 7 50 Discogs
2016 5 27 Discogs, eBay

This page was last updated on January 8, 2018.

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Scarcity Score Definition
10 Near impossible: Fewer than 50 copies or publicly sold every few years
8-9 Very rare: 50-200 copies or publicly sold 1-2 times per year
6-7 Rare: 200-500 copies or publicly sold a few times a year
4-5 Medium: 500-1000 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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