Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Rare Vinyl Spotlight: Nirvana Love Buzz 7" Sub Pop Records

Love Buzz b/w Big Cheese - Sub Pop SP23, released November 1988

Nirvana's legendary first 7" Vinyl single. Only 1000 hand-numbered copies, 200 additional copies with red marker across the number space on the sleeve were released. All 7" singles are on transparent black vinyl. The value fluctuates on this record. Even if you catch it in a downswing, however, it will cost you some serious cake ($1400-$2500). Checkout this comprehensive list of some lucky owners, I don't got it like that. So for now, I will just think maybe someday...

That kind of money brings MANY bootlegs, which aren't too difficult to spot once you know what to look for. Remarkably, the bootlegs also sell for a considerable amount of one point fakes were going for over $300.

Here are some keys to recognizing a genuine copy:
  • The names Alice Wheeler and Susan Sasic on the back of the sleeve are legible. 
  • The side A dead wax reads: Why don't you trade those guitars for shovels? L-31540 SP-23-A kdisc;
  • side B dead wax reads: L-31540X SP-23-B kdisc.

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