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Sub Pop Albums: SP10 - SP50

I guess it's about time I got around to finishing this page up.  This page has been the most requested of those who have contacted me.  I was missing a lot of the images, so it took me a little longer than planned. Here we go, though...Sub Pop LPs. Many thanks go to Matt Mona for providing a large number of pictures for this page. If you happen to have any of the other missing images, please .

SP10 V/A

Sub Pop 100

Sub Pop SP10, released July 1986

The first piece of Sub Pop vinyl ever. A compilation of all sorts of bands that never really made subsequent appearances on Sub Pop (except for Sonic Youth, of course...). All copies were on black vinyl. It also comes with a nice insert giving some details on the bands. Limited to 5,000 copies. I don't know what to do with the valuation for this one. The sale prices continue to be all over the place.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
SP10 Black (5000) 25-65 1 Volatile
Insert

This page was last updated on October 27, 2019.

SP11 Green River

Dry as a Bone

Sub Pop SP11, released June 1987

Sub Pop SP1261, released January 2019

This one basically qualifies as legendary at this point. Green River's first on Sub Pop. These are all on black vinyl, but the inserts varied a bit. The first pressing of 2,000 came with yellow inserts. The next batch came with pink inserts. I once heard that there were only 500 with pink inserts, but I don't really believe that, as the pink ones do seem to be more common than the yellow ones. Regardless, the yellow ones sell for more. There were also additional copies on the market with no inserts. The prices for the yellow insert ones have been quite volatile in recent years.

In 2019, Sub Pop repressed this one as a deluxe edition double LP, including a whole bunch of rarities as bonus tracks. The Loser Edition of the deluxe edition is on green vinyl, the color of which varies quite a bit: it can be opaque or translucent, and the opaque one varies from a light lime green to a dark green.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
SP11 Black w/ Yellow Insert (2,000) 50-70 4 Volatile
SP11 Black w/ Pink Insert 35-50 2 Stable
SP11 Black w/o Insert 25-35 2 Stable
SP1261 2 x LP Green 20-30 1 Stable
SP1261 2 x LP Black 15-20 1 Stable
Yellow Insert
Pink Insert
Rumors Red insert: I was recently told by One Who Knows Things that the printer ran out of yellow paper when printing the inserts for this record, and some of the initial pressings came with red inserts as a result. I have not seen one of these, so I cannot confirm this.

This page was last updated on October 27, 2019.

SP12 Soundgarden

   

Screaming Life

Sub Pop SP12, released October 1987

Sub Pop SP1065 2xLP, released November 2013

What to do with this one...the first several Sub Pop releases all have their grand places in history. This was Soundgarden's debut EP. There are many colors to account for here. The first pressing is still the big one: 500 on orange vinyl (some discographies say 600). There were several subsequent pressings due to the popularity of the album, and they were on many colors due to Erika Records' involvement. To complicate the situation, there were also several important sleeve variations. Alright, let's get to it. Here's what Matt Mona (of KA-CHUNK Records, who provided many of the images) and I have pieced together:

1. 1st pressing: 500-600 on orange vinyl. Black & white sleeve, "Screaming Life" in orange print on the spine.

2. Black vinyl, black & white sleeve, "Screaming Life" in orange print on the spine.

3. Black vinyl, sepia tone sleeve, no bar code, "Screaming Life" in red print on the spine.

4. Erika pressings...known colors: I have seen blue marble (these vary in amount of marbling and darkness of the blue color), red, purple marble, pink marble, and mint green marble, which is by far the rarest of the bunch. This one was unconfirmed for a long time before a collector got ahold of a copy. Right. Sepia tone sleeve, small bar code on the upper left of the back of the sleeve.

5. Black vinyl, black & white sleeve, "Screaming Life" in red print on the spine, bar code on the bottom right of the back of the sleeve, www.subpop.com on the bottom of the sleeve.

6. 2013 re-press: This is a double LP re-press (the second LP is a re-press of the Fopp EP). The limited Loser Edition of this pressing has a clear blue Screaming Life record and a clear vinyl Fopp EP. The regular edition has both discs on black.

All original color copies are somewhat rare, while the black ones are not. The blue, purple, and red versions all appear with similar frequency. The mint green one is a really tough find - easily the hardest of this batch. The pink marble is fairly close behind.

7. Finally (so far), in 2018, Newbury Comics released a special version of the double LP re-press. This one was limited to 400 copies, and both discs were on blue and black swirl vinyl.

Now...pricing. The orange one has been absolutely all over the place in the past few years. If you get lucky, you can still get one for around $100. It has gone for up to $600. There has been zero consistency from one sale to the next. The mint green one has come down a bit in price, but I have only seen it sold once in the past three years. The pink marble one has gotten fairly expensive, while the other early colors have stabilized.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
SP12 Orange (500-600) 175-250 5 Volatile
SP12 Black (b/w sleeve, no bar code) 30-50 2 Stable
SP12 Black (sepia sleeve, no bar code) 20-30 1 Stable
SP12 Blue Marble 30-50 4 Stable
SP12 Purple Marble 50-60 6 Stable
SP12 Red 30-50 5 Stable
SP12 Pink Marble 65-85 7 Stable
SP12 Mint Green Marble 75-130 9 Volatile
SP12 Black (w/ bar code) 10-12 1 Stable
SP1065 2013 2xLP Re-press (1 x Blue/1 x Clear) 25-35 3 Stable
SP1065 2013 2xLP Re-press (Black) 12-15 1 Stable
SP1065 2018 2xLP Re-press (Blue/Black Swirl) 35-45 6 Stable
Credits Matt Mona (KA-CHUNK Records): All images except black vinyl, mint green vinyl, and sepia sleeve.

This page was last updated on October 29, 2019.

SP15 Green River

Rehab Doll

Sub Pop SP15, released May 1988

Glitterhouse GR0031 (Germany)

Sub Pop SP1262, released 2019

Another instant legend. The first 1,000 of these were on green vinyl. There were also black ones pressed in this first batch. These green and black copies contained printed inner sleeves that served as inserts (one side of this sleeve contained lyrics). Later, there was another black batch made, but these had different labels and contained no inner sleeve insert. As far as I am aware, the original black labels (the ones that came with the printed inner sleeve) had one label that was a picture of the band. In place of this label was an image of a six-pack of cans on the later pressing. Also released in Germany on Glitterhouse.

In 2019, Sub Pop released a deluxe edition double LP version of Rehab Doll, which included demos and rarities. The Loser Edition was on lime green marble vinyl in the U.S. and a translucent green vinyl in Europe. It was also released on black vinyl. Then, there was a special translucent lime green version, which was exclusive to the Ten Club and East Street Records in Seattle. This has proven to be the most difficult find of the batch of re-presses.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
SP15 Green (1,000) 60-120 3 Up/Volatile
SP15 Black (Band Pic Labels) 45-65 3 Up
SP15 Black (Six-Pack Labels) 30-45 3 Stable
GR0031 (Germany) 30-45 1 Stable
SP1262 2 x LP (Lime Green Marble - U.S.) 20-25 1 Stable
SP1262 2 x LP (Green - Europe) 25-30 1 Stable
SP1262 2 x LP (Clear Lime Green) 35-45 3 Stable
SP1262 2 x LP (Black) 15-20 1 Stable
Inner Sleeve
Test Pressing
Test Pressing Black vinyl, plain silver labels

This page was last updated on October 29, 2019.

SP16 The Fluid

   

Clear Black Paper

Glitterhouse GR0026, released 1988

Sub Pop SP16, released 1988

Fluid Album #2. The Glitterhouse version came first for this one, all on black vinyl. The Fluid then signed to Sub Pop back in the label's very early days. There are a number of sources that cite the Afghan Whigs as the first non-Seattle Sub Pop signing, but..nope. It was The Fluid. F'real. Anyway, Sub Pop took the album, replaced four of the tracks (all of the replacement songs were available on the Freak Magnet EP), changed the sleeve, and put it out in 1988. The first pressing was on blue vinyl and limited to 500 copies. Later versions were on pink marble and black. On the sleeves for the later pressings, the shaded areas appear to be darker. It's significant enough to where I can eyeball the difference easily in a record store. The first pressing came with Sub Pop's first catalogue, a double-sided full page detailing SP10 through SP19.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
Glitterhouse GR0026 8-12 2 Stable
SP16 Blue 15-25 5 Stable
SP16 Pink Marble 10-15 3 Stable
SP16 Black 8-12 3 Stable
Insert - Side 1
Insert - Side 2
Test Pressing
GR0026
SP16 Blue
SP16 Pink Marble
SP16 Black

This page was last updated on November 16, 2019.

SP17 Soundgarden

 

Fopp

Sub Pop SP17, released August 1988

Many of the releases of this era in Sub Pop's history can be described as legendary. No difference here. Later lumped in with Screaming Life for cassette and CD versions, this one is still a classic collectible. It came in a die-cut sleeve, and was limited to 2000 copies, all on black vinyl. It came in a die-cut sleeve that was black on the front with some black, difficult to read print on it. The value dropped a lot after being consistently high for many years. In recent years, it has spiked again.

Fopp was re-pressed in 2013 and included with the deluxe edition of Screaming Life. In that deluxe set, the Loser Edition of Fopp was on clear vinyl (it was also pressed on black, and in the later Newbury Comics version, blue/black swirl). See the Screaming Life page

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
SP17 Fopp - Black (2,000) 50-70 2 Up
Insert
2013 Loser Edition Re-press

This page was last updated on October 29, 2019.

SP20 Girl Trouble

Hit It or Quit It

K/Sub Pop SP20, released September 1988

This was a joint release between Sub Pop and K Records. Girl Trouble was never really a Sub Pop band. They had to make their appearance, though. The first pressing was on black vinyl, and can be recognized by the insert. The yellow marble version showed up a little later on and is rarer. There may have been a later black pressing concurrent with the yellow marble, but this is unconfirmed. The later pressings contained no inserts.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
K/SP20 Black 10-15 3 Stable
K/SP20 Yellow Marble 15-20 5 Stable
Insert
Test Pressing Black vinyl, plain labels (white or orange)

This page was last updated on October 29, 2019.

SP21 Mudhoney

Superfuzz Bigmuff

Sub Pop SP21, released October 1988

Glitterhouse GR0034 (Germany)

Au Go Go ANDA 101 (Austraila)

Well, it doesn't get much more iconic than this (until we get to Bleach...). Mudhoney's first album. The first pressing was of 1,000 on black vinyl and came with a poster. After this first press, some other colors surfaced, including blue marble, purple marble, red, and grey marble. The grey one is the rarest of these, but the red is close behind. The blue and purple ones range in color from light to dark. At this time, there were also pressings in Germany and Australia - the German one was on Glitterhouse (black vinyl) and the Australian one was on Au Go Go (on both black and orange vinyl).

Then, there were later black pressings; there is one version in which the sleeve contained a bar code, and a later one in which the sleeve had a bar code plus the Sub Pop URL on the back.

In 2009, Sub Pop repressed this album for the 20th anniversary of its original release. This version was on a dark grey marble vinyl. It came with a poster, similar to that of the original release, and a download coupon. The labels were a darker yellow than on the earlier pressings. The grey re-press seemed to devalue the original grey version a bit.

Newbury Comics struck again here, releasing a version of Superfuzz Bigmuff on clear vinyl with black swirls in 2017. There were 300 of those.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
SP21 Black w/ Poster (1,000) 50-75 3 Up
Glitterhouse GR0034 Black (Germany) 8-12 3 Stable
Au Go Go ANDA 101 Orange (Australia) 40-55 6 Stable
Au Go Go ANDA 101 Black (Australia) 25-35 5 Stable
SP21 Blue Marble (Light or Standard Blue) 25-35 4 Stable
SP21 Purple Marble 35-50 5 Stable
SP21 Dark Purple Marble 35-50 5 Stable
SP21 Red 75-90 7 Up
SP21 Grey Marble 30-65 8 Volatile
SP21 Black (w/ bar code, no URL) 10-15 1 Stable
SP21 Black (w/ bar code & URL) 15-18 1 Stable
SP21 Dark Grey Marble - 2009 Pressing 12-15 1 Stable
SP21 Black - 2009 and Later Pressing 8-10 1 Stable
SP21 Clear w/ Black Swirl (300) 25-35 7 Stable
2009 Edition
Credits Matt Mona: red vinyl image
Test Pressing Black vinyl, plain white labels

This page was last updated on October 29, 2019.

SP22 Blood Circus

Primal Rock Therapy

Sub Pop SP22, released January 1989

Glitterhouse GR0038 (Germany)

This band flopped. Sub Pop used to tout them in their catalogs as only having been liked by the people working at the label. I thought they were solid, actually. They had one album and one single. The single gets a lot more attention. The first 1,000 copies of this LP were on red vinyl. Sub Pop says 1,649 total were pressed, which indicates that there are 649 black copies floating around. Neither black nor red will break the bank. Also released in Germany on Glitterhouse.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
SP22 Red (1,000) 20-30 3 Stable
SP22 Black (649) 10-15 5 Stable
Glitterhouse GR0038 Black (Germany) 3-5 1 Down
Sub Pop Insert
Test Pressing Black vinyl, plain white labels

This page was last updated on October 29, 2019.

SP24 Swallow

Tupelo TUPLP1 (Sub Pop SP24), released March 1989

Swallow. Forever linked to Blood Circus. This one drove me crazy for a little while, as I could get no definitive opinion on whether there were separate Sub Pop and Tupelo pressings. There aren't. It just says Tupelo. Black vinyl.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
TUPLP1/SP24 Black 5-8 1 Down

This page was last updated on October 29, 2019.

SP25 V/A

Sub Pop 200 3xLP Box Set

Sub Pop Rock City LP

Sub Pop SP25, released December 1988

Glitterhouse GR 0052, released 1988

"It's like, how much more black could this be? And the answer is none. None more black." Sub Pop hit the jackpot with unnecessary marketing on this set. It contained three records in a big, fancy box with a big, fancy booklet full of Charles Peterson photos. It was limited to 5,000 copies. Total overkill - all of the tracks would probably have fit on a single record. Ya gotta love it. It is only as expensive as it is now because of the Nirvana collectors (it has the only studio version of "Spank Thru" on it). There are 5,000...shouldn't cost that much. But it does. The Fluid song on here is a different version from the one released on the Roadmouth album (and, as it so happens, this track is what originally got me into The Fluid).

Track Listing:

  • Tad - Sex God Missy
  • The Fluid - Is It Day I'm Seeing?
  • Nirvana - Spank Thru
  • Steven J. Bernstein - Come Out Tonight
  • Mudhoney - The Rose
  • The Walkabouts - Got No Chains
  • Terry Lee Hale - Dead Is Dead
  • Soundgarden - Sub Pop Rock City
  • Green River - Hangin' Tree
  • Fastbacks - Swallow My Pride
  • Blood Circus - The Outback
  • Swallow - Zoo
  • Chemistry Set - Underground
  • Girl Trouble - Gonna Find a Cave
  • The Nights and Days - Split
  • Cat Butt - Big Cigar
  • Beat Happening - Pajama Party in a Haunted Hive
  • Screaming Trees - Love or Confusion
  • Steve Fisk - Untitled
  • The Thrown Ups - You Lost It

I've also included the Glitterhouse Sub Pop Rock City compilation in this entry. This was released in Germany, and was effectively a single-disc version of Sub Pop 200, featuring 11 tracks of the 20 on the larger set. It seems like they chose what they considered to be the best of Sub Pop 200, really. (Side note: they almost nailed it... if only they'd included the Chemistry Set and Screaming Trees tracks.) The sleeve photo was also a fantastic live shot from a Fluid show.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
SP200 3xLP Box Set 90-130 1 Volatile
GR0052 LP Black 15-20 2 Stable
Sub Pop 200 Side A
Sub Pop 200 Side C
Sub Pop 200 Side E
Sub Pop Rock City
Credits Matt Mona: Sub Pop 200 images

This page was last updated on November 18, 2019.

SP27 Tad

God's Balls

Sub Pop SP27, released March 1989

Glitterhouse GR0051 (Germany)

Sub Pop SP1177, released 2016

Tad, you are a classy bastard. This was Tad's first full-length. The first 2,000 copies came on black vinyl in gatefold sleeves. 500 of these came with a "Manzine." No, really. Look - there's a picture. There were additional black copies, along with some blue marble copies, released later in normal sleeves. It was also released in Germany on Glitterhouse.

So there may have been 500 Manzine copies originally, but I have seen so few of those sold over the years that I have to believe not that many survived. It's crazy rare. I haven't seen one sold in many years. The gatefold sleeve and poster are not too difficult to find, but have gotten much more expensive. The blue version had gotten really expensive, but came back down.

In 2016, Sub Pop re-pressed God's Balls. The Loser Edition was on orange vinyl - for the U.S. version, it was an orange marble, while the European version was a clear orange. It was also on black. Sub Pop put out a promo version as well - it was the black vinyl version in a plain white sleeve, sealed in plastic with a promo sticker on the front.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
SP27 Black (Gatefold w/ Poster & Manzine - 500) 75-100 9 Up
SP27 Black (Gatefold w/ Poster - 1,500) 45-70 2 Up
SP27 Blue Marble 40-55 5 Stable
SP27 Black (Normal Sleeve) 25-40 2 Stable
Glitterhouse 0051 Black (Germany) 10-15 1 Stable
SP1177 Orange Marble (U.S.) 15-20 1 Stable
SP1177 Orange (Europe) 18-22 1 Stable
SP1177 Black 12-15 1 Stable
SP1177 Black (Promo) 15-20 4 Stable
Manzine
Gatefold Sleeve
Credits Chaney: Manzine image
Matt: Original black vinyl image

This page was last updated on October 29, 2019.

SP31 Walkabouts

Cataract

Sub Pop SP31, released March 1989

Glitterhouse GR0073 (Germany)

Shortly after the Walkabouts made a mildly-out-of-place folksy appearance on Sub Pop 200, their first Sub Pop LP came out. According to Sub Pop, the first 3,000 copies contained a lyric sheet. Apparently, when they ran out of lyric sheets to include (or just in later pressings), they started putting in giant letter-size Singles Club subscription forms (we saw this again with Bleach). I found the following in a sealed copy. Also released on black vinyl on Glitterhouse in Germany.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
SP31 Black w/ Lyric Sheet (3000) 8-12 1 Stable
SP31 Black w/ Singles Club Insert 8-12 4 Stable
Insert

This page was last updated on October 30, 2019.

SP34 Nirvana

Bleach

Sub Pop SP34, released June 1989

Sub Pop SP834 2xLP, released 2009

Tupelo TUPLP6 (UK)

Waterfront DAMP114 (Australia)

What can I say about Bleach? This album means everything in the realm of Sub Pop. A fabulous album that, in the end, led to the salvation of the label. There are many, many editions of Bleach. Check out Discogs for the full global list - I am going to focus on the U.S. Sub Pop pressings. The first pressing was of 1,000 on white vinyl. Some of these came with posters. The price of this was was stable in the $400 range for many years. It has been really unpredictable lately, though. I have seen three different copies sell for more than $900.

The second pressing was of 2,000 on black vinyl. Most of these came with posters. Those that didn't came with giant letter-size Singles Club ads. You will see normally see this referred to as the "A4" insert...it's not A4, silly Europeans. It's U.S. letter size, which is different. There were at least two different Singles Club forms that were used in this capacity: one starts with Lazy Cowgirls and another starts with Sister Ray. The first time I saw one of the Sister Ray copies, I thought someone had swapped out a form from another record, but I have since seen three or four more of these, so I now believe them to be legit. Presumably, Sub Pop had some copies sitting on the shelf for a few months, so they used different Singles Club forms as time went on. Anyway, the black ones with posters generally go for more than those with inserts - lately, a lot more. Black copies with posters have shot up in price - I have seen several copies sell in the $350-$500 range, which is completely insane. The copies that come with neither a poster nor an insert are much less expensive.

The 3rd pressings, manufactured by Erika Records, were on a variety of colors (pink, pink marble, purple marble, green marble, yellow-green marble, and blue marble). Some are much rarer than others, and this is reflected in the pricing. Pink is most common. Red, pink marble, purple marble, and green marble are all roughly even in scarcity. The yellow-green marble one is rarer. Blue marble has always been the rarest and most expensive of this group. For some reason, the price of the purple one has taken off in recent years, while most of the others have stayed more or less stable. The yellow-green one has gotten a bit more expensive.

There is one specific standout edition from this era: 500 copies on red & white swirled vinyl. Most of these came sealed in plastic along with a blue vinyl Sliver 7". They are also numbered. All of these things combine to make this a very expensive edition. Some copies have surfaced with no numbers and no 7" - these go for much less than the full sets. The price of any version of the red & white copy has been all over the map in recent years.

There is one pressing that does not fit with the rest: the so-called "Iceberg" pressing. As the story goes, these were not used by the label for fear that they would be mistaken for the white pressing. There were very few of these. As such, it sells for an obscene amount of money. I haven't seen one in many years.

There was another later pressing on black vinyl, but is easily distinguished from the earlier black pressing. First, there is a bar code and the Sub Pop web URL on the back of the sleeve. Next, the Nirvana logo on the front of the sleeve is in a different position. On all earlier pressings, the logo butts right up against the top edge of the sleeve. On this later edition, it is evenly spaced between the top edge and the picture.

In 2009, Sub Pop reissued Bleach again. This new version ("Deluxe Edition") is a double LP, and carries a different catalogue number (SP834). The second record contains the band's live performance from February 9, 1990, in Portland, OR. The first 10,000 copies of the Deluxe Edition were on white vinyl. Some copies had some dark streaks running through them. There seems to be no rhyme or reason to this. Sub Pop used heavyweight vinyl for this pressing. There have been some reports of these records not playing very well on some people's turntables. I cannot confirm or deny this. Sub Pop has also done black vinyl copies. The deluxe release came with a download coupon.

Somewhere in here (2015), Sub Pop did another single disc black vinyl edition. This was the remastered version that they did for the deluxe edition, but without the second record.

But why stop there? In 2014, Sub Pop and Newbury Comics collaborated to release two more versions of Bleach, one on maroon vinyl and one on clear vinyl with white mixed in. Each of these was limited to 750 copies.

Done? Nope. There were two more Newbury Comics exclusives released, this time of the double LP deluxe edition. There were 1,400 copies each of blue vinyl with black swirl and clear vinyl with black swirl.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
SP34 White (1,000) 600-1,200 6 Up/Volatile
SP34 Black w/ Poster (2,000) 300-600 6 Up/Volatile
SP34 Black w/ Singles Club Insert 100-140 5 Stable
SP34 Black w/o Poster, Insert, or Bar Code 90-120 4 Stable
SP34 Iceberg 1,500+ 10 ?
SP34 Pink 60-100 4 Volatile
SP34 Pink Marble 90-130 5 Stable
SP34 Red 70-100 5 Stable
SP34 Purple Marble 130-170 5 Volatile
SP34 Green Marble 80-140 5 Volatile
SP34 Yellow-Green Marble 140-190 6 Up
SP34 Blue Marble 200-350 8 Volatile
SP34 Red & White Swirl w/ Number + Blue Sliver 7" (500) 1,000-1,400 5 Up/Volatile
SP34 Red & White Swirl (No Number or Sliver 7") 800-1,000 6 Volatile
SP34 Black w/ Bar Code 15-20 1 Stable
SP834 2xLP White 30-40 1 Stable
SP834 2xLP Black 20-25 1 Stable
SP34 Maroon (750) 50-65 4 Stable
SP34 Clear/White (750) 40-60 4 Stable
SP34 Black (Remastered) 12-15 1 Stable
SP834 2xLP Blue/Black Swirl (1,400) 45-60 3 Stable
SP834 2xLP Clear/Black Swirl (1,400) 45-60 3 Stable
Test Pressing (1st)
Test Pressing (3rd)
SP34 Bleach - Error Pressing
1st Pressing - White
2nd Pressing - Black
Iceberg
Red & White Swirl
Yellow-Green Marble
Green Marble
Red
Purple Marble
Pink
Pink Marble
Blue Marble
Maroon
Clear/White
Credits Enrico: Test and error pressings, iceberg, red/white splatter images

This page was last updated on October 30, 2019.

SP36 The Fluid

 

Roadmouth

Sub Pop SP36, released June 1989

Glitterhouse GR0055

Released concurrently on Sub Pop and Glitterhouse in 1989. The sleeve was the same for both except for the coloring. The Glitterhouse one had an olive green tint, while the Sub Pop one was more pink. As with all others, the Glitterhouse version was on black vinyl. The Sub Pop version...not so much. A member of the band told me that the first pressing was of equal numbers of pink marble and red marble copies, and believed it was a total press run of 1,000. The grey marble and black copies were later pressings.

I knew that other colors might exist, but imagine my surprise when one of the original Sub Pop discographers wrote to me a few years ago to tell me of two others - a clear red and a clear green copy. Supposedly, these were pressed in quantities of about 50 each. I had seen a clear red one advertised for years, but assumed that it was the red marble one and moved on with my life. As soon as I got that message, I bought that copy...sure enough, clear red. Who knew? The difference is a little hard to tell in the pictures, but I promise...one is clear red and the other is solid red marble. I have never been able to verify the clear green one, so for the time being, it remains in the rumors section. I actually don't think that one exists. It would have appeared by now.

For reasons I do not understand, the red marble version has consistently sold for more than the pink marble version in recent years, despite (theoretically) equal quantities. My guess is that people are more drawn to the red marble one because of the clear red version, but who knows. The clear red one has been going for more then either of those, but that makes sense.

The only CD version of the full Roadmouth album was on Glitterhouse. It contained a version of "Saccharine Rejection" (probably the best version, for what it's worth) that was otherwise only available on the Motor City Madness compilation. Most of the album was later released on a single CD with the Glue EP by Sub Pop. Two songs were left off the combined CD: "Big Brother" and "Leave It". "Big Brother" is a cover of "Hey Big Brother" by Rare Earth - not sure if there was a rights issue for the CD release or something, or if it was just coincidental that this particular track was left off of the CD.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
GR0055 (Black) 4-6 1 Stable
SP36 - 1st Press (Pink Marble) 12-18 5 Stable
SP36 - 1st Press (Red Marble) 20-40 5 Volatile
SP36 (Clear Red) 40-50 9 Stable
SP36 (Grey Marble) 8-12 4 Stable
SP36 (Black) 5-8 2 Stable
Glitterhouse
Pink Marble
Red Marble
Clear Red
Grey Marble
Black
Rumors Clear green version

This page was last updated on November 16, 2019.

SP38 Les Thugs

Electric Troubles

Sub Pop SP38, released August 1989

Vinyl Solution SOL-5 (UK)

Closer CL 0078 (France)

Nineteen Something NS02LP2 (France)

Glitterhouse GR0039 (Germany)

La Fabrica Magnetica 886FM4 (Spain)

Electric Troubles was originally an EP on the UK label Vinyl Solution (SOL-5). It was also released on Glitterhouse in Germany, as well as Closer Records and Nineteen Something in France.

Then it was packaged with the Dirty White Race single and re-released for Sub Pop on black vinyl. At that point, it was also released on Glitterhouse in Germany and on La Fabrica Magnetica in Spain. All of the above are pretty common and seem to fall into the same genearl price range.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
SP38 Black - LP 8-12 3 Stable
Vinyl Solution SOL-5 Black - EP (UK) 8-12 1 Stable
Closer CL 0078 Black - EP (France) 10-15 3 Stable
Nineteen Something NS02LP2 Black - EP (France) 8-12 2 Stable
Glitterhouse GR0039 Black - EP (Germany) 8-12 3 Stable
Glitterhouse GR0039 Black - LP (Germany) 12-15 2 Stable
La Fabrica Magnetica 886FM4 Black - LP (Spain) 8-12 2 Stable

This page was last updated on October 30, 2019.

SP41 Cat Butt

Journey To the Center of...

Sub Pop SP41, released August 1989

Glitterhouse GR0067 (Germany)

Exists on green and black vinyl. The first 1,000 were on green. Plus, the album is called "Journey to the Center of...Cat Butt", so how can you go wrong? Also released on Glitterhouse in Germany.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
SP41 Green (1,000) 12-18 3 Stable
SP41 Black 8-12 1 Stable
Glitterhouse GR0067 Black (Germany) 5-8 1 Stable

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SP42 Cosmic Psychos

Go the Hack

Sub Pop SP42, released December 1989

Survival 465782 1 (Australia)

Normal 111 (UK, Germany)

Romilar-D 021 (Spain)

Aarght! AARGHT028/Goner 98GONE, released 2013

Cosmic Psychos. Released on Sub Pop on red (1,000) and black vinyl, which, interestingly, seem to go for similar prices. Also released on a whole bunch of other labels in different countries. The Australian one (which, I assume, is the original) is the most expensive. The German one existed on brownish-red vinyl and black vinyl (the black one had a bonus 7"). It was reissued in 2013 as a joint release on Aarght! and Goner Records on both blue/yellow split and black vinyl.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
SP42 Red (1,000) 20-30 3 Stable
SP42 Black 20-30 3 Stable
Survival ‎465782 1 Black (Australia) 40-50 7 Stable
NORMAL 111 Black (UK) 15-20 3 Stable
NORMAL 111 Black LP + Bonus 7" (Germany) 18-22 2 Stable
NORMAL 111 Brownish-Red (Germany) 30-35 7 Stable
Romilar-D 021 Black (Spain) 25-35 4 Stable
Aarght! AARGHT028/Goner 98GONE Blue/Yellow Split (U.S./Australia) 25-35 5 Stable
Aarght! AARGHT028/Goner 98GONE Black (U.S./Australia) 12-15 2 Stable

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SP44 Mudhoney

 

Sub Pop SP44, released 1989

Glitterhouse GR0069 (Germany)

Au Go GO ANDA 110 (Australia)

OK, there are a bunch of these. The 1st 3,000 on Sub Pop were on black vinyl in gatefold sleeves with posters. These sold for minimal sums for many years, but the prices have been rising. It's very unpredictable now.

At this point, it was also released in Germany on Glitterhouse and in Australia on Au Go Go. The Au Go Go one can sell for a few bucks, but the Glitterhouse one is super common.

Later (1992-ish) pressings exist on many colors. Known colors are: yellow marble, green, clear, grey marble (varies from light to dark), blue marble (varies from light to dark), lavender marble, and black. There is also (theoretically) a pink pressing from this time period, but I think this was just what some people were calling the lavender marble one. I have also seen references to a tan marble version, but no pictures. That may just be the yellow marble one. The prices on the color vinyl versions of this era have stayed mostly stable. A couple of them (green, lavender marble, in particular) have been a little more volatile.

In 2009, Sub Pop released a 20th anniversary edition of this record, which was pressed on both pink and black vinyl. Variations have surfaced for the pink one - solid pink, light pink marble, and hot pink marble have all shown up. These reissue copies have very different labels and sleeves from the originals. The reissues came with posters and download coupons.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
SP44 Black (Gatefold w/ Poster - 3,000) 40-80 1 Up/Volatile
Glitterhouse GR0069 Black (Germany) 5-8 1 Stable
Au Go GO ANDA 110 Black (Australia) 25-35 2 Stable
SP44 Yellow Marble 25-45 4 Stable
SP44 Green 40-50 6 Stable
SP44 Grey Marble 30-40 5 Stable
SP44 Lavender Marble 30-60 6 Up/Volatile
SP44 Light Blue Marble 25-40 5 Stable
SP44 Blue Marble 25-40 5 Stable
SP44 Clear 25-40 5 Stable
SP44 Black (Normal Sleeve/No Poster) 10-15 1 Stable
SP44 Pink Marble 2009 Pressing 15-20 2 Stable
SP44 Black 2009 Pressing 15-20 1 Stable
Test Pressing
2009 Pressing
Rumors Pink 2nd press version
Test Pressing Black vinyl, white labels
Credits Matt Mona: Many of these images
Martin: Light blue image

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SP49 Tad

Salt Lick

Sub Pop SP49, released February 1990

Glitterhouse GR0076 (Germany)

Sub Pop SP1178, released 2016

Tad's back, on black vinyl. This record came with a large letter-size Singles Club insert. It was concurrently released on Glitterhouse in Germany, also on black vinyl. In 2016, Sub Pop re-pressed Salt Lick in the U.S. and Europe. The U.S. color vinyl version was on opaque yellow vinyl with red splatter. The European one was a clear yellow with red splatter. It was additionally on black vinyl, and Sub Pop also released a promo version, which was the black vinyl copy in a plain white sleeve, with a promotional label. These should be more valuable than they are. I suspect they will start to creep upward in value over time.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
SP49 Black 12-15 1 Stable
Glitterhouse GR0076 Black (Germany) 5-10 1 Stable
SP1178 Opaque Yellow w/ Red Splatter (U.S.) 12-15 1 Stable
SP1178 Clear Yellow w/ Red Splatter (Europe) 15-20 1 Stable
SP1178 Black 10-12 1 Stable
SP1178 Black Promo 3-5 3 Down
Insert
Test Pressing

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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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