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Columbia C2 46142/C 47864, released 1991

Columbia 467615 1 (Netherlands)

CBS/Sony 467615 1 (Spain)

Megaforce 88985480261, released 2018 (U.S.)

Probably the most successful of Fishbone's albums, this 1991 effort set off a chain of mainstream appearances, including a prominent slot in the inaugural Lollapalooza lineup. This album has some really strong tracks on it, but, for some reason, I never want to listen to them all at once. I think this was when the members of the band started to write songs that really branched out into each's individual style, and the sum of those different parts did not necessarily add up to a single, cohesive product. This record also marked the addition of guitarist John Bigham to the band, which introduced a heavier sound. There is at least one U.S. vinyl version of this album, along with Dutch and Spanish pressings. The U.S. one, like some prior releases, has different catalogue numbers on the sleeve and vinyl: C2 46142 on the sleeve, C 47864 on the vinyl. In 2018, Megaforce re-pressed the album on green vinyl.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
Columbia C2 46142/C 47864 15-35 3 Volatile
Columbia 467415 1 (Netherlands) 12-15 3 Stable
CBS/Sony 467415 1 (Spain) 20-25 4 Down
Megaforce 88985480261 (Green) 20-30 3 Up
C 47864
Columbia 467415 1 (Netherlands)
Columbia 467415 1 (Spain)
Megaforce 88985480261 (Green)
Sleeve Full gatefold 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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