As you are one of our preferred clients, we have gone to the small trouble of assembling the following information for you:
Lisa, our resident antiquarian, offers the following tidbit with regard to the colors and types of vinyl used in the manufacture of musical recordings:
“it might be worth mentioning, in regard to colored vinyl, that it’s not always completely consistent, and that sometimes there are variations in coloring. Sometimes they even used leftover colored vinyl that was lying around the plant, so it’s possible that there are odd copies of odd singles on completely different colors.”
Wisdom well worth consideration. It would be an inexcuseable lapse on our part, to omit the following cautionary words:
“On rare occasions the enthusiastic collector may obtain a well-made counterfeit rather than an authentic Sub Pop recording. As it can be difficult and expensive to verify the origin of a recording solely on the basis of its materials, we recommend that those who are especially concerned with veracity endeavor to obtain proper documentation with their purchases, including original mailing notices, packaging, invoices, and receipts-of-sale.”
Unfortunately, the smaller shopkeepers or merchants in the bazaar are most unlikely to provide such paperwork, and the only recommendation that we can in good conscience make to our more refined and historiographically assiduous clientele is that they eliminate the uncertainties of the reseller and buy direct from Sub Pop.