Archive for October, 2010


Up until about a year ago, It’s Complicated Being A Wizard was the only Portugal. The Man album not to have a U.S. pressing. There was only a German pressing to that point. Vinyl Collective answered all Portugal. The Man fans’ prayers and finally gave the album a U.S. pressing. Everything about the German and U.S. pressing is pretty much the same, even the b-side is etched. The one difference between the two pressings are the colors.

The German pressing was only done on one color, baby blue, which was limited to 1,000 copies where as the U.S. pressing was done on two colors, blue limited to 333 copies and black limited to 667 copies. To make this new U.S. pressing even more special, vinyl collective decided to make custom screen prints to go along with the first few hundred copies. Buyers had the option to pre-order one with or without the screen-print, but the screen print added if I remember correctly and extra $5 to the price tag. I opted to pre-order a blue copy without a screen print. There has since been a second U.S. pressing by Vinyl Collective which was done on coke bottle clear, I believe limited to 667 copies .


The Satanic Satanist was also given a U.S. and German pressing. For once both pressings feature the same artwork, but there is a slight catch. The jacket of the German pressing is di-cut throughout. Die-cut as in the entire jacket opens up like a book. I don’t have the German pressing to show photos of it, but photos are the only thing that really shows how unique the jacket is.

The pressing info for the U.S. pressing is as follows: 300 copies on yellow/orange swirl which was a vinyl collective exclusive color, 400 copies on clear and 400 copies on purple/red swirl. The U.S. pressing is OOP. The pressing info for the German pressing is 400 copies on purple and 400 copies on baby blue.

 


This is the only Portugal. The Man album that I have both the U.S. and German pressing of. Again, both pressings feature entirely different artwork from each other and even different packaging and format. I will list all the difference below.

The U.S. press was done as a double LP and the German pressing was done as a single LP. Both version on housed in a gatefold jacket however. The U.S. version features different artwork than the German version, as stated above, but there’s a catch. The U.S. pressing has a foil stamped cover, while the German pressing has a normal printed jacket. You can see all the difference with the artwork in the photos below.

The pressing info for the U.S. press is as follows; 250 copies on purple with green and white splatter, which was a vinyl collective exclusive color and 350 copies with disc 1 (side A&B) on baby blue and disc 2 (side C&D) on yellow. The pressing info for the German pressing is 1,000 copies on highlighter yellow.


Church Mouth has gone through a U.S. and German pressing, much like every other Portugal. The Man album. Again, both versions feature different artwork from each other. The U.S. pressing has drawn faces while the German version has photographed faces, which is taken from the CD artwork. The pressing info for the first press of the U.S. pressing is as follows: 250 copies on blue with white swirl, 250 copies on plum with white swirl, 250 copies on “chocolate” which is brown with white swirl and 250 on “raspberry” which is red with white swirl. The first U.S. press was released by Suburban Home Records and comes housed in a gatefold jacket. It does not come with an insert, however the liner notes are printed inside the gatefold jacket. My copy from the first U.S. pressing happens to be autographed on the front of the jacket by all members of the band. For full details on the German pressing see the post devoted to it.

In 2011 Church Mouth went through a re-pressing in the U.S., which was released on the band’s own label, Approaching Air Balloons. There are significant changes for this re-pressing. The most obvious is that the artwork has changed from the first pressing done on Suburban Home Records. Instead of the blue outlined drawing of the faces, the artwork was switched to feature the CD artwork. Gone is the gatefold jacket, which is replaced with a standard jacket. As a result there is an insert with this second U.S. pressing, which features the photo and liner notes that were printed inside the gatefold jacket from the first press. Another notable, and very important difference is that the track listing is different with this pressing. As it features the full band version of “Sun Brother” and the b-side “Seventeen.” Previously, “Seventeen” could only be found on the My Mind 7″. All copies are pressed on black vinyl, and I believe this second U.S. pressing is going to be kept in print for the long haul.


This is Portugal. The Man’s first album. It has gone through two U.S. pressings so far and one German pressing. The U.S. press is back in print but the German press is now OOP. There is different artwork between the two pressings/versions, as the U.S. pressing has black backed artwork based on the CD album art and the German pressing has orange/bronze/rust backed artwork. The pressing info is as follows for the U.S. pressing: 1st pres: 500 copies on clear with gold splatter. 2nd press: 300 copies on half black/half silver and 200 copies on clear with black splatter. The German pressing is 500 copies on green and 500 copies on red.


This is Portugal. The Man’s latest album, American Ghetto. No official pressing numbers have been released for this record, but it has sold out numerous times online and it only being sold online. The album is rumored to be kept in print for the time being, and won’t be limited in any way. However, there is a German pressing of the album that is on 180 gram grey vinyl limited to 300 copies. Unlike other German pressing of Portugal. The Man albums, American Ghetto does not feature unique or different artwork and/or packaging.


The first 7″ released by Portugal. The Man. It was mainly a promo 7″ and given out to indie record stores around the country. They are all hand-numbered on red vinyl limited to 1500 copies. Even though this was a promo, it’s still very hard to track down and sells for at least $20 on ebay.