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Love Battery - Albums and EPs

Love Battery released four albums and three EPs between 1989 and 1999. There were a couple that were only released in countries outside the U.S.

Between the Eyes

Sub Pop SP69 (U.S. CS/CD), released 1989

Tupelo TUPLP22 (UK LP/CD)

Waterfont DAMP 130 (Australia 10")

Love Battery's first semi-full-length release, the six-song Between the Eyes EP, had many incarnations. It was first recorded for Sub Pop, then licensed to Tupelo for European release (12") and Waterfront for Australian release (10"). The Australian version was available on yellow and black vinyl. The U.S. Sub Pop version was never released on vinyl, but did come out on cassette and cd. The prices for all of the above are fairly stable now. Each of the vinyl versions can be a bit scarce now, but the Tupelo one is most common.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
TUPLP22 Black 15-20 3 Stable
DAMP 130 Yellow 15-25 5 Stable
DAMP 130 Black 15-20 4 Stable
TUPLP22 Test Pressing
TUPLP22
DAMP 130 Test Pressing
DAMP 130
DAMP 130
Test Pressing Tupelo: Black vinyl, white Mayking labels
Waterfront: Black 10" pressed on 12" vinyl, white labels, extra etching in the outside dead wax

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Out of Focus

Sub Pop SP26/178, released 1992

The Out of Focus 12" was only released in Europe as a single leading up to the release of the Dayglo album. It was a 4-song EP containing two songs that were on the CD version of Between the Eyes, along with a cover of the Troggs' "Come Now."

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
SP26/178 Black 4-6 1 Stable

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Dayglo

Sub Pop SP131 (CS/CD), released 1992

Sub Pop SP30/185 (Germany LP)

The first full-length Love Battery album. Most say it's their best. I say it's a toss up between this and Far Gone. The only vinyl version came out on Sub Pop Europe, exclusively on black vinyl. The price for this record has been all over the place in recent years, but on a broadly upward trajectory.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
SP30/185 Black 25-55 4 Volatile

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Far Gone

Sub Pop SP208, released 1993

Sub Pop SP94/266 (Germany)

The Far Gone LP is a brutal story. Love Battery was making the jump to a major label, and Far Gone was scheduled for release on PolyGram. The deal fell through due to a contractual dispute with Sub Pop. Knowing that Love Battery still planned to bolt for a major label, Sub Pop decided to release the album, but had no incentive to put much effort into it. They took the rough mix demo for Far Gone and released it as the album without final production. It shows. The album contains some of the best songs written by Love Battery, and I wish I could hear them with some better production. Once the album was released, Sub Pop buried it, providing minimal promotional support and quickly allowing it to disappear into their back catalogue.

A year or two ago, in an interview, a member of Love Battery said they were in talks with Sub Pop to remaster Far Gone for a re-release. I haven't heard anything since.

As far as the vinyl was concerned, they released it domestically in limited quantities, all on black vinyl, and as a European release on both black and red vinyl. The red vinyl version was limited to 500 copies. As with many color vinyl releases, there were some copies of this record in which the red and black mixed. I found a red one with speckled black in it. See below.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
SP208 Black 15-20 3 Up
SP94/266 Red (500) 15-20 5 Stable
SP94/266 Black 8-12 1 Stable
SP208 Test Pressing
SP208
SP94/266 Test Pressing
SP94/266 Red
SP94/266 Red w/ Black Specks
SP94/266 Black
Test Pressing SP208: Black vinyl, white RTI labels
SP94/266: Black vinyl, white labels

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Nehru Jacket/Illuminated Man b/w Red Onion/Please Before You Go

Atlas 69712 0050 1 10", released 1994

Atlas 69712 4034 2 CD (U.S.)

Atlas 853 999-2 CD (Europe)

Love Battery did eventually make the major label jump. Leading up to the release of their Straight Freak Ticket album, the Nehru Jacket EP came out. The vinyl version was a blue 10" EP. There was also a CD. Two of the tracks appeared on Straight Freak Ticket; the other two were exclusive to this EP. The vinyl was a promo. The CD was sold in stores (though a promo also exists).

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
Atlas 69712 0050 1 Blue 8-12 3 Stable

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Straight Freak Ticket

Atlas 31452 7152 2 CD, released 1995 (U.S./Canada)

Atlas 527 152-2 CD (Europe)

Atlas POCM-1117 CD (Japan)

Atlas 31452 7152 4 Cassette (U.S./Canada)

Atlas 527 152-4 Cassette (Indonesia)

Love Battery's first (and only) major label full-length, released on Atlas Records. No vinyl versions exist. There was a cassette version.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
Atlas 31452 7152 2 CD (U.S.) 1-3 1 Stable
Atlas 31452 7152 2 CD (Canada) 8-12 5 Stable
Atlas 527 152-2 CD (Europe) 2-4 1 Stable
Atlas POCM-1117 CD (Japan) 15-20 5 Stable

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Confusion Au Go Go

C/Z CZ092 CD, released 1998

There was one more (severely underpublicized) Love Battery album, released on the barely-still-operating C/Z Records. Even though I was paying close attention, I had no idea when it was released, and it took me a couple of months to be able to purchase a copy. There were no vinyl versions. This one has since become fairly scarce.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
C/Z CZ092 CD 15-25 6 Stable

This page was last updated on December 1, 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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