In Your Face

Columbia BFC 40333/C 40333 LP / CK 40333 CD / BCT 40333 CS, released 1986 (U.S.)
Columbia FC 40333 LP / CK 40333 CD, released 1986 (Canada)
CBS 450073 1 LP / 450073 2 CD, released 1986 (Australia)
CBS/Sony 28AP 3250 LP / 32DP 509 CD, released 1986 (Japan)
Columbia BFC 40333 (U.S. - later pressing, white COLUMBIA font labels)
Eastworld Recordings EW0074CD, released 2012 (Europe)
Fishbone (In Your Face + It's a Wonderful Life) - CBS 465517 1 LP / 465517 2 CD / 4 465517 CS, released 1989 (Netherlands)

In Your Face was a very good album. It did not catch people off guard quite as much as the first album did. I have been trying to put into words what makes this album difficult to listen to now, and I think I have finally done it. The songs on here are great, but the band became so much better at playing them over time that the studio versions paled in comparison to the live ones at their peaks. "Give It Up" is the most glaring example of this, but it applies to most of the album. If you have ever heard a good live version of "Give It Up", you know what I am talking about. The live version makes the studio recording sound as though it is a 45 being played at 33. Anyway, it's still a classic album, but I always gravitate toward live performances when I want to hear these songs.

The standard U.S. pressing has the catalogue number BFC 40333 on the sleeve, but the labels on the record say C 40333. COLUMBIA in yellow font is in a ring around the borders of the labels. There is a later U.S. pressing that has the BFC 40333 catalogue number on the sleeve and labels, and the labels themselves have COLUMBIA a single time on them, in white font, across the top. There are Japanese, Canadian, and Australian versions of this record as well - the Australian one is extremely hard to find, and it took me several years to confirm that it even existed. The demand is low, though, so it is not expensive if you do find one.

The European version is an interesting case - it has a different sleeve, was just called "Fishbone", and included In Your Face, along with the It's a Wonderful Life EP. It was released a couple of years later (1989). I originally had this as a separate entry, but thought it made more sense to consolidate them. This version is quite common.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
Columbia BFC 40333/C 40333 (Original yellow font labels) 12-20 1 Stable
Columbia FC 40333 (Canada) 12-15 3 Stable
CBS 450073 1 (Australia) 15-20 8 Stable
CBS 28AP 3250 (Japan) 15-20 3 Stable
Columbia BFC 40333 (Later white font labels) 12-18 5 Stable
CBS 465517 1 (Netherlands) 10-15 3 Stable
C 40333
FC 40333 (Canada)
28AP 3250 (Japan)
CBS 450073 1 (Australia)
BFC 40333 (White Font Labels)
Fishbone - CBS 465517 1 (Netherlands)
Sleeve Japan Pressing: Full sleeve w/ fish-shaped sticker affixed

This page was last updated on February 20, 2022.

Fishbone Index

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.