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XPR 1916 promo, released 1993 (UK)

XPR 1948 promo (UK)

Columbia CAS 5252 promo (U.S.)

Columbia 659625 7 7" Picture Disc (UK)

Columbia 659625 6 Clear Vinyl 12" (UK)

Beware - endless gimmicky packaging ahead. There were many versions of the "Swim" single. The first was the XPR 1916 UK promo 12", which came out before the Give a Monkey a Brain album was released, and was effectively as sampler EP for the album. This was a one-sided record. The other side is a fully etched image. It is pretty cool-looking, actually. Pictures don't do it justice. There was a second black vinyl UK promo 12" - XPR 1948. The U.S. promo 12" is very normal in comparison to the other versions. Basic black vinyl. The third UK 12" came out on clear vinyl with an insert that serves as sort of a picture sleeve. The 7" is actually a picture disc. All formats contain various versions of "Swim." When I first heard this song, it did not work for me at all. It is a grating single, not what one would think of for mass consumption. Somehow, things flipped for me, though. At some point, I suddenly loved it. I can't explain it. It does have tremendous energy when played live. I am sure that was part of it. If you like the song, the singles are definitely worth finding. Some of the alternate versions are a lot of fun. There are also some cd versions of this single in addition to the vinyl ones laid out here.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
Columbia XPR 1916 Etched Promo 12" (UK) 5-8 5 Stable
Columbia XPR 1948 Promo 12" 2-4 1 Stable
Columbia CAS 5252 Promo 12" 3-5 1 Stable
Columbia 659625 7 7" Picture Disc 2-4 1 Stable
Columbia 659625 6 12" Clear 3-5 1 Stable
Columbia XPR 1916
Columbia XPR 1948
Columbia CAS 5252
Columbia 659625 7
Columbia 659625 6
Sleeve XPR 1916 12" - Clear plastic sleeve
XPR 1948 12" - Plain black sleeve
U.S. Promo 12" - Plain white sleeve
7" picture disc - Plain plastic sleeve
Clear 12" - Full picture sleeve

This page was last updated on November 6, 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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