Screaming Trees


Velvetone VST 86002 LP, released 1986 (U.S.)
Hall of Records HOR112 CD, released 2005 (U.S.)

The legendary lost Screaming Trees album. Well, one of them. The band's first full length, released on Velvetone records in 1986, theoretically limited to 2,500 copies. I used to think that would be a surprisingly large quantity for how rare it has been over the years, but it's sold regularly enough now that I guess I buy it. This was one of the top three on my want list in the 90's. It was a REALLY tough find in the pre-eBay world. It was a dark time, folks. Gary Lee Conner confirmed on Facebook that the master tapes disappeared when a storage unit they had was taken over and liquidated, so they were unable to re-press the vinyl or release it on CD, even though the demand was there. The album was eventually released in CD form anyway, in 2005 (mastered from the vinyl). When that happened, it detracted slightly from the overall value of the LP. That effect wore off over time and it is back up in the more expensive range again. The price has been supremely volatile in the last few years, but heading generally upward. Now that we have lost Mr. Lanegan, dumb human nature dictates that the prices will rise further. I still consider it one of my great vinyl prizes, even though it is far from my favorite Trees album. All copies were on black vinyl.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
VST 86002 Black 90-140 4 Up / Volatile
Test Pressing:  Black vinyl, plain orange labels
Recent Sales Data:

Year Sold Quantity Median Price ($) Platform
2021 15 120 Discogs, eBay
2020 9 85 Discogs, eBay
2019 11 75 Discogs, eBay

This page was last updated on February 24, 2022.

Screaming Trees Index

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

Estimated values are based on recent auction results or online sales.