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Sweet Oblivion

Epic E48996 LP / EK 48996 CD / ET 48996 Cassette, released 1992 (U.S.)

Epic 471724 1 LP / 471724 2 CD / 471724 4 Cassette (Europe)

Epic 188.291/1-471724 LP / 700.720/2-471724 CD (Brazil)

Epic/Sony CPL-1313 LP (CK-48996) (Korea)

Epic ESCA 5648 CD (Japan)

Epic EK 48996 CD / ET 48996 Cassette (Canada)

Epic 471724 2 CD / 471724 4 Cassette (Australia)

Epic 4-421724 Cassette (Argentina)

MJM Music PL 181 M Cassette (Poland)

Music on Vinyl Re-press MOVLP101 LP, released 2010 (Europe)

Epic 88875086351 Newbury Comics Exclusive LP, released 2015 (U.S.)

Music on Vinyl Orange Marble Re-press MOVLP101 LP, released 2017 (Europe)

Epic 19075844091 LP, released 2018 (U.S.)

HNE Recordings HNECD117D 2xCD, released 2019 (Europe)

This 1992 album was the band's greatest commercial success. It's a fantastic album, and one of my favorite albums by anyone, ever. It was released on the heels of the extremely successful Singles soundtrack, which contained what became the band's best known song, "Nearly Lost You" (also released on Sweet Oblivion). There were many different versions of this record, and even more CDs and cassettes. It was a major label release with good label support, and as a result, it was released in a bunch of countries. For the original release, there were four vinyl versions: U.S., Dutch, Korean, and Brazilian. I thought more might appear, but those are still the only four that have surfaced from the original run. The prices have come WAY down on most of these, except for the U.S. original, which weirdly spiked again around 2016. It came back down again, but is fairly volatile.

The U.S. LP was called the "One Foot in the Grave Limited Vinyl Version." The label put zero effort into this one: it came in a plain black sleeve with a label on the front and another on the back, and was sealed in plastic along with a CD booklet. The other versions came with proper sleeves and artwork.

Of the CDs and cassettes, the notable one was the Japanese CD, which came with three bonus tracks: "Song of a Baker" (a Small Faces cover), "E.S.K.", and "Van's New One", which was later titled "Maybe". The first two ended up on the Nearly Lost You single, and the last one was on the Shadow of a Season CD single. "E.S.K." was also later included on the Ocean of Confusion anthology.

There have been several new vinyl pressings of Sweet Oblivion over the past few years. First, Music on Vinyl put out a 180g version in 2010. Newbury Comics pressed an exclusive gold (yellow) vinyl version in 2015, limited to 1,000 numbered copies. Music on Vinyl did another in 2017; this one on orange marble vinyl. And, finally (for now), Epic got in on the fun in 2018 with its own re-press, on black vinyl.

In 2019, HNE Recordings put out a deluxe double CD, which contained a lot of the b-sides from the Sweet Oblivion era: the second disc had the three bonus tracks from the Nearly Lost You, Dollar Bill, and Shadow of a Season singles.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
E48996 Black (U.S.) 35-50 6 Volatile
471724 1 Black (Europe) 20-30 4 Down
188.291/1-471724 Black (Brazil) 25-35 5 Stable
CPL-1313 (CK-48996) Black (Korea) 25-40 6 Volatile
Music on Vinyl MOVLP101 Black 15-25 1 Black
Epic 88875086351 Gold 25-35 2 Stable
Music on Vinyl MOVLP101 Orange Marble 15-25 2 Stable
Epic 19075844091 Black 15-20 1 Stable
U.S. Original
Europe Original
Brazil Original
Korea Original
Music on Vinyl
Newbury Comics
Gold Vinyl
Music on Vinyl
Orange Marble
Epic Re-press

This page was last updated on January 29, 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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