Bush – Razorblade Suitcase (1st U.S. Press & UK Press)

Posted: September 12, 2010 in Vinyl

This is Bush’s sophomore album. I have no idea how many were pressed for the first U.S. pressing, but all copies were pressed on black vinyl. There is also a UK pressing of this album done by Simply Vinyl as a double LP on 180 gram black vinyl. I do not know how many copies were pressed for this double LP version or if it would qualify as a first pressing. The biggest difference between the U.S. and UK pressings are that three tracks are cut from the U.S. pressing, with  most likely reason for doing so is for the album to fit on a single LP. The three songs missing are “A Tendency To Start Fires,” “Straight No Chaser” and “Synapse.” Why those three particular tracks were left off is a puzzler, as they are tracks 6, 8 and 10 respectively. The UK version features the complete album.

There are more differences between the U.S. and UK pressing aside from the double LP or single LP, the inserts and center labels are different between the two. The U.S. pressing has a full color insert while the UK pressing is done in black and white. The layout between the two is also different. For the difference in the center labels check out the pictures below. Even though the UK press is a double LP, it does not come housed in a gatefold jacket. Since it was done by SimplyVinyl, it comes in a thick  picture disc style poly sleeve with a flap at the back. The sticker on the front and the one that seals the flap are silver rather than gold, which are also used on some SimplyVinyl releases.

As of April 2012 there is an apparent re-press coming out on white vinyl limited to 500 copies. I’m not sure if more colors will pop up, but I have a feeling there will be a few different variants for this re-press. This new re-press is also missing three songs off the album that were originally included. If more details emerge I may come back and update this post fittingly.


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