The Afghan Whigs



Columbia C 69450 LP, released 1998 (U.S.)
Columbia 491486-1 LP, released 1998 (Europe)
Music on Vinyl MOVLP149 2xLP, released 2010
ORG ORGM 2044 LP, produced 2015 (unreleased)

This entry used to start with, "Sadly, this was the Whigs' final album." Who knew? All original vinyl versions were released on various incarnations of Columbia Records. All were on black vinyl. It has been difficult to predict the selling price for this record. It was fairly stable for many years, but started going up significantly in 2021. A significant percentage of the U.S. copies have the upper lefthand corner of the sleeve clipped - presumably, these were mostly used as promos.

There has been some confusion about the European vinyl releases for 1965. I had once heard that there were UK and Austrian versions of this one, but they all seem to be identical to the European LP, which gives no indication of country of origin on the sleeve or on the label. The prices for these have been a little lower than the U.S. versions, but they are also rising.

In 2010, Music on Vinyl, a Dutch imprint, reissued 1965 on 180g vinyl. It was released as a two-record set. The second disc contained the bonus tracks from the Somethin' Hot and Australian 66 CD singles. No new material here, but, made it a lot easier to get ahold of "The Singer." The prices for these were very affordable for a long time, but shot upward in 2021. A blue vinyl re-press is on its way in 2022, and we'll see what that does to the prices of these. My guess is they will drop.

Then came 2015. For Record Store Day Black Friday, ORG Music was supposed to release a 180 g blue vinyl version of 1965, limited to 2,000 copies. The label confirmed to me that it was pressed, but the band had become active again and was unhappy with the timing of the release, so they asked that it be pulled. Some copies made it out there, though. This is a hard one to find. It is an even harder one to value. It sold in the $40 range before anyone knew it existed, and then once or twice for a lot. I am conituing to refine my valuation, but the price is rising rapidly. And I still need a copy, so hit me up if you have one available...

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
Columbia C 69450 65-90 4 Up
Columbia 491486-1 50-90 4 Up/Volatile
Music on Vinyl MOVLP149 65-100 1 Up/Volatile
ORG ORGM 2044 (Blue) 150-200 9 Up
C 69450

This page was last updated on February 5, 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.