A Record Collector's Guide

Screaming Trees


Velvetone VST 86002 LP, released 1986

Hall of Records HOR112 CD, released 2005

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, but that would be a surprisingly large quantity for how rare it has been). This was one of the top three on my want list in the 90's. It was a tough find. It wasn't until eBay showed up on the scene that I finally added this one to my collection. According to someone I knew who was friends with the band, they had lost the master tapes, and so were unable to re-press the vinyl or release it on CD, even though the demand was there. I don't know how much truth there is to this story, but it seemed like something that would happen to this band. Whether true or not, the problem was eventually resolved, and the album was finally released in CD form in 2005. When that happened, it detracted slightly from the overall value of the LP, but it is still difficult to find and fairly expensive. 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. I still consider it one of my great vinyl prizes, even though the music may be a bit...underdeveloped. All copies were on black vinyl.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
VST 86002 Black 70-110 6 Volatile

Recent Sales Data:

Year Sold Quantity Median Price ($) Platform
2019 11 75 Discogs, eBay
2017 18 80 Discogs, eBay
2018 6 69 Discogs, eBay

This page was last updated on January 26, 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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