A Record Collector's Guide


Truth and Soul

Columbia FC 40891/C 40891, released 1988 (U.S.)

Columbia FC 40891 (Canada)

Epic 451173 1 (UK)

CBS 451173 1 (Netherlands)

CBS 451173 1 (Greece)

Asbestos ASB105, released 2014

Music on Vinyl MOVLP606, released 2018

Truth and Soul began to get Fishbone some real global attention. The band was definitely at the top of its game for this one. The next album might have broken through to the mainstream a bit more, but Truth and Soul is the album that has stood the test of time more than any other (well, except for the production, which is decidedly 80s).

Some people have claimed to have an uncensored version of this album (Ma and Pa and Bonin' in the Boneyard are both annoyingly censored on all common variants: there are gaps where "shit" and "ass" appear in those tracks). I don't think an uncensored version exists. I've tested out all versions listed here, and all of those are censored. If you have one that is not, email me.

There are many versions of this record out there. As with In Your Face, the standard U.S. issue has one catalogue number on the sleeve (FC 40891) and another on the labels (C 40891). It also has classic Columbia labels, with COLUMBIA in yellow print in a ring around the label. There was also a much rarer later version that has a single COLUMBIA in white print across the top of the label.

The Canadian version has the FC 40891 number on the labels and the sleeve. There were a couple of different European verisons: a UK pressing on Epic, a Dutch pressing on CBS, which I believe was the one mostly sold across Europe, and I recently also came across a Greek CBS pressing.

Truth and Soul was re-pressed a couple of times in recent years. First, Asbestos Records did a run of 3,000 copies in 2014 for Record Store Day - 2,900 were on red vinyl, and 100 were on green. These were sealed and not marked, and so, were left to chance. Those are hard to find. Music on Vinyl did another run in Europe in 2018 (on 180g black vinyl).

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
Columbia FC 40891/C 40891 (yellow font Columbia labels) 15-20 1 Stable
Columbia FC 40891/C 40891 (white font Columbia labels) 10-15 5 Stable
Columbia FC 40891 (Canada) 10-15 3 Stable
Epic 451173 1 (UK) 5-10 1 Stable
CBS 451173 1 (Netherlands) 5-10 1 Stable
CBS 451173 1 (Greece) 15-20 6 Stable
ASB105 Red (2,900) 15-20 1 Stable
ASB105 Green (100) 25-35 8 Volatile
MOVLP606 10-15 1 Stable
C 40891 (Original U.S.)
FC 40891 (Canada)
CBS 451173 1 (Netherlands)
Epic 451173 1 (UK)
CBS 451173 1 (Greece)
C 40891 (White Font U.S. Labels)
ASB105 (Test Press)
ASB105 (Red)
ASB105 (Green)
Music on Vinyl Re-press

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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