Blink-182 – Dude Ranch (Mightier Than Sword pressing, 2nd/3rd press)

Posted: September 9, 2010 in Vinyl
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Much like the Buddha re-issue, Dude Ranch also got a second pressing on vinyl, with a ton more confusion though. Two separate labels put this out and began a trend of Academy Fight Song/Mightier Than Sword Records releasing records that would be put out by other labels as well. Say what you will about RJ and AFS/MTS, but I’m only connecting the dots and this has happened on three separate releases (Blink-182’s Dude Ranch and Enema Of The State and Brand New’s The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me) and it’s a concerning trend in my mind.

Back to the record at hand. Mightier Than Sword announced they were re-pressing Dude Ranch and announced the color variants, which were four. A 180 gram black copy (which cost $5 more than the other variants, one of a few labels I’ve ever seen actually charge more for 180 gram,) half brown/half orange, solid brown and solid orange. Each variant was limited to 500 copies and initally I wanted the 180 gram version, but after seeing that it cost more than the other variants I opted for a half brown/half orange copy because I felt it best matched the artwork. The record also came housed in a gatefold sleeve with a full color poster. Once the records started shipping there was an apparent error press, which was on a rusty color. Simply put it was a blend of the orange and brown copies. What happened was the two colors from the half orange/half brown variant blended together to make one color. On some of the copies you can see the line across the middle of the record where the two colors should have been separate. This error press was limited to 147 copies, which were then sent out to random lucky/unlucky (however you look at it. some people were upset they didn’t get what they ordered, some people were super happy they got the rarest variant and some people simply didn’t care) people who ordered copies of either the half orange/half brown or solid brown.

The second label to press it was the rights owners, Universal. They decided to press 2,000 copies on clear orange cheaply and quickly and as a result they beat MTS to retail market with them, but MTS already had taken pre-orders for their pressing. So some might consider this MTS pressing a third press. The Universal version was only sold in Hot Topic.

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