Portugal. The Man – Church Mouth U.S. Pressing (1st & 2nd Press)

Posted: October 30, 2010 in Vinyl

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.


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