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Love Battery


Far Gone

Sub Pop SP208 LP / SP208b CD / SP208a Cassette, released 1993 (U.S.)

Sub Pop SP94/266 / SPCD 94/266 CD, released 1993 (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
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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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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