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Tupelo TUPEP8 12" / TUP CD8 CD, released 1989 (UK)

Classic UK-only EP released on Tupelo. The last two tracks, "Been a Son" and "Stain", had not been released before. This was the only official place to find any version of those tracks for a couple of years. A live "Been a Son" came out on the Lithium single, and then studio versions of both were released on Incesticide ("Been a Son" was a different recording).

This one came out as a black vinyl 12" and a CD. Both were heavily counterfeited, so beware. It is not difficult to identify fake 12"s. As far as I know, none of them have been on black vinyl. There were all sorts of colors and a picture disc...those are all fakes. So if you have a black one, odds are it is legit. If you want to be sure, take a look at the matrix codes: MPO TUPEP 8 A^ / MPO TUPEP 8 B^. These should be in uppercase lettering. The fake CD is a bit tougher to spot. The matrix on the real one was TUP CD 8 MPO 01 @@. One of the fakes had this as well, but word is the lettering was smaller (yes, I realize this does you little good unless you have a real one to compare). The print quality on the fakes was also generally a lot crappier.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
TUPEP8 12" Black 60-100 4 Volatile
TUP CD8 25-30 3 Stable

This page was last updated on April 10, 2020.

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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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