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Lithium

DGC DGCDM-21815 CD / PRO-CD-4429 CD / DGCCS-19134 Cassette, released 1992 (U.S.)

DGC DGCS 9 7" / DGCTP 9 12" / DGCTD 9 CD / DGCSC 9 Cassette / DGCDM 21742 Cassette, released 1992 (UK)

DGC GES19134 7" / GET21815 12" / GED21815 CD, released 1992 (Germany)

DGC GES 19134 7" / GED 21752 CD / GEC 19134 Cassette, released 1992 (France)

DGC GET 21815 (3B) 12", released 1992 (Spain)

DGC RX-1124 7", released 1992 (Mexico)

Geffen 71002092 7", released 1992 (Costa Rica)

DGC DGCDM-21815 CD / GED 21815 CD / DGCCS-19134 Cassette, released 1992 (Australia)

DGC DGCDM-21815 CD, released 1992 (Canada)

DGC MVCG-12001 CD/Cassette, released 1992 (Japan)

DGC GEC 19134 Cassette, released 1992 (Netherlands)

DGC DGCCS-19134 Cassette, released 1992 (New Zealand)

DGC/UMe B0016231-01 LP03 10", released 2011 (U.S.)

Lithium continued the pattern of major label Nirvana singles. There were fewer versions that with its predecessors, but just a couple. This one introduced the track "Curmudgeon", which was exclusive to this single. If I recall, this one was also notable because it contained lyrics. No U.S. vinyl for this one (originally). In Europe, there were a bunch of versions. The picture sleeve 7" came out in the UK, Germany, and France. The UK 7" dropped the paper labels for this one and went exclusively with painted molded labels. As with the other singles, there was a version of with unpainted labels, and it is rarer. European 12"s came out in the UK, Germany, and Spain - black vinyl in Germany and Spain, picture disc in the UK.

There were two other promo 7"s, which were released in Mexico and Costa Rica. As per usual, those are rare and expensive.

In 2011, a black 10" came out in the U.S. This was also included in the Nevermind - The Singles set.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
DGC DGCS 9 7" Painted Molded Labels (UK) 10-15 2 Stable
DGC DGCS 9 7" Unpainted Molded Labels (UK) 10-15 5 Stable
DGC DGCTP 9 12" Picture Disc (UK) 15-20 3 Stable
DGC GES19134 7" Black (Germany) 15-20 4 Stable
DGC GET21815 12" Black (Germany) 25-35 3 Stable
DGC GES 19134 7" Black (France) 15-20 5 Stable
DGC GET 21815 (3B) 12" (Spain) 35-45 5 Stable
DGC RX-1124 7" Black (Mexico) 100-150 9 Volatile
Geffen 71002092 7" Black (Costa Rica) 80-200 8 Volatile
DGC/UMe B0016231-01 LP03 10" Black 25-35 5 Stable
UK 7"
Costa Rica Promo 7"
Mexico Promo 7"
Credits Discogs: Latin American promo 7" images

This page was last updated on May 3, 2020.

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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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