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Paint as a Fragrance

Headhunter HED-003, released February 1991

Rocket's debut album, released on Headhunter. There were several editions of this record: the first two pressings were both on black vinyl. You can recognize the actual first pressing by the sleeve, trail-off wax matrix codes (see below), and vinyl. All of the later sleeves were on a standard glossy cardboard, whereas the first pressing sleeve was on a flat matte cardboard. Also, the Headhunter logo on the back was different (see below). The first press vinyl is lighter than the later ones, and actually appears as semi-translucent brown when held up to the light. All of the pressings were made from the same masters, but earlier versions have extra codes etched into the stamper.

  • First pressing: Translucent black vinyl, matte cardboard sleeve with old Headhunter logo.
    Matrix codes: HED - 003 - A kdisc JG 29542 L-36999 and HED - 003 - B kdisc JG 29543 L-36999X

  • Second pressing: Black vinyl, glossy cardboard sleeve, standard Headhunter logo. The second pressing inserts were clearly copied from the first pressing inserts, and as a result, the black ink in them shows up as a little more grey than on the earlier versions. I am pretty sure there were many pressings with this description - it stayed in print for a long time.
    Matrix codes: HED - 003 - A kdisc JG 29763 L-36999 and HED - 003 - B kdisc JG 29764 L-36999X (Note: The 29763 and 29764 are upside-down.)

  • There was then a solid yellow vinyl pressing, but that one came much later on (late-'90s). The yellow version had a gold "Limited Edition Color Vinyl" sticker on the front of the sleeve (on the outer plastic). The yellow one is generally more expensive than the black one because people love their colored vinyl.
    Matrix codes: HED - 003 - A kdisc JG L-36999 and HED - 003 - B kdisc JG L-36999X

  • Starting in 2011, a brown marble copy surfaced. I contacted Cargo Music at that point, and they told me they were re-pressing this record whenever it ran out, "usually in a different colour wax". Hm. That seemed to hold true, as several others appeared in subsequent years: purple marble was next, followed by grey marble, olive green marble, and mint green marble. There were also some mixes of colors, which just complicated things further. I've seen a brown one that was mixed with grey, and the olive green one below was also clearly mixed with grey (it's possible this is actually brown mixed with grey, but it looks liek a unique green base color). All of the above are fairly tough to find, but the green varieties seem to be more scarce than the others. Cargo seemed to stop re-pressing it around 2013 or 2014.
    Matrix codes: HED - 003 - A kdisc JG L-36999 and HED - 003 - B kdisc JG L-36999X

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
HED-003 1st Press Black w/ insert 15-25 5 Stable
HED-003 2nd Press Black w/ insert 12-15 3 Stable
HED-003 Yellow Marble 15-20 5 Down
HED-003 3rd Press Black 12-15 3 Stable
HED-003 Brown Marble 25-30 6 Stable
HED-003 Purple Marble 20-25 6 Stable
HED-003 Grey Marble 25-35 7 Stable
HED-003 Olive Green Marble 30-40 8 ?
HED-003 Mint Green Marble 30-40 8 ?
Insert
1st Headhunter Logo
2nd Headhunter Logo
Test Pressing
Black
Yellow
Brown Marble
Purple Marble
Grey Marble
Olive Green Marble
Mint Green Marble
Test Pressing Black vinyl, RTI labels with typewritten info

This page was last updated on December 29, 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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