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SP1776 V/A

Helter Shelter Box Set

Sub Pop SP1776, released 1995

Contained within: the four Brit-pop singles: SP 275 - Elastica, SP 276 - S*M*A*S*H, SP 281 - Supergrass and SP 294 - Gene.  The out-of-numerical-order catalogue number was a nod to the year of the Declaration of Independence...for no good reason other than it was the U.S. releasing UK bands...

Anyway, this set was a big collector-dork tease.  They claimed initially that there were 250 of these, if I recall correctly.  I can't see that as being remotely possible, considering that you can buy this now, many years later, on every vinyl-vending web site, in sealed condition...for less than or equal to the original retail price.  Something doesn't add up, folks.  Granted, Sub Pop sold out of it very quickly.  I bought two copies from that initial pressing thinking I had a solid collectible.  I still have one of those sealed...yet the value has never really increased.  Maybe the label pressed more copies later or something.  I don't know.

This one really bugs me.  I don't think I have ever been more incorrect about the projected value of a collectible.  The set royally screwed up the market for the records contained within...all it did was drive down the values of all of the individual singles (and, simultaneously, itself).  It didn't help that all of the bands fell out of style either due to inactivity or general suckage.

Right.  SO...contained in the box set are all four singles, in the same colors that the individual releases had (except the S*M*A*S*H single, which, from what I understand, mostly came in standard green in the box set, and mostly appeared as olive green individually).  They were all housed in the same cardboard inner sleeves that they came with initially, but without the outer cardboard sleeves.  Well, the set contained ONE of those, which held a booklet.

Version Approximate value ($)
SP1776 Box Set 25
SP275 Elastica
SP276 S*M*A*S*H
SP281 Supergrass
SP294 Gene
Sleeves Full cardboard x 4, one cardboard outer sleeve, and a cardboard box containing the whole set.
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