The Reality of My Surroundings

Columbia C2 46142/C 47864 2xLP / CK 46142/C2 46142 CD / CT 46142 CS, released 1991 (U.S.)
Columbia 467615 1 2xLP / 467615 2 CD / 467615 4 CS, released 1991 (Netherlands)
CBS/Sony 467615 1 2xLP, released 1991 (Spain)
Columbia CK 46142 CD / CT 46142 CS, released 1991 (Canada)
Sony CSCS 5357 CD, released 1991 (Japan)
Eastworld Recordings EW0066CD, released 2011
Megaforce 88985480261 2xLP, released 2018 (U.S.)

Probably the most commercially 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 were originally U.S., Dutch, and Spanish vinyl 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. The U.S. pressing has been getting more expensive, while the European ones have been stable. In 2018, Megaforce re-pressed it on green vinyl. That re-release seems to have been somewhat overlooked, but the price is creeping upward.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
Columbia C2 46142/C 47864 30-50 3 Up / Volatile
Columbia 467415 1 (Netherlands) 15-25 3 Stable
CBS/Sony 467415 1 (Spain) 25-35 4 Stable
Megaforce 88985480261 (Green) 25-40 3 Up / Volatile
C 47864
Columbia 467415 1 (Netherlands)
Columbia 467415 1 (Spain)
Megaforce 88985480261 (Green)

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.