Screaming Trees

Buzz Factory

SST 248 LP / SST CD 248 / SSTC 248 CS, released 1989 (U.S.)

The final independent Trees album, and a very good one. The clear blue version is fairly common. It is on a deep blue, which you will occasionally see listed as purple. It isn't. Well, not really. If you hold it up to light, it looks somewhat purple. It's still more blue than purple, though. The complicating factor is that there is an actual purple one. It's a purple marble color, and it was super rare for years, but has been showing up a lot more recently. Not sure why this is. It is, by far, the rarest version of Buzz Factory, at any rate. The price for the purple marble one has been pretty stable, while the price for the blue one has gone up lately. The black vinyl one used to be harder to find than the blue one (but was still much more common than the purple marble). It looks as though there was a relatively recent re-press, though. The re-press looks the same, but apparently did not come with an insert.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
SST 248 Clear Blue-Purple 35-50 3 Up / Volatile
SST 248 Purple Marble 40-50 6 Stable
SST 248 Black Original w/ Insert 30-40 4 Stable
SST 248 Black Re-press - No Insert 20-30 2 Stable
Test Pressing
Test Pressing Insert
Purple Marble
Test Pressing:  Black vinyl, Rainbo Records labels, "# 248" stamped on the labels
Credits:  Andy F.: First informed me of the purple marble version.

This page was last updated on February 25, 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.