Jimmy Eat World’s major label debut and the thorn in many collector’s sides (up until 2014), Static Prevails is one of the harder to track down Jimmy Eat World releases. Prices have started to come down on Static Prevails lately, for whatever reason. Clarity has always been more expensive than Static Prevails, but now the album Futures has far surpassed it as well. Bleed American used sell for higher as well, but the countless re-pressings of it lately have dragged down prices to beyond reasonable.
Most copies, if not all copies of Static Prevails come with a free bonus 7″, which features the songs “In The Same Room” on the a-side and “77 Satellites” on the b-side. This bonus 7″ is on black vinyl and comes with a stock, purple Capitol Records center label, just like the LP for Static Prevails does. The album has alternate cover art, which is a picture of beach grass with the ocean in the background. The album does not come with an insert, and was only pressed on black vinyl. I do not know the pressing info for Static Prevails or the bonus 7″, and since it was released by Capitol, a major label, the numbers will never be announced and trying to find out is a lost cause.
Static Prevails was finally re-pressed in 2014, almost 20 years after its initial pressing. The album was re-mastered for vinyl. There are several differences between the two pressings, most obvious of which is that it has the original album art instead of the alternate art used with the first pressing. The other major difference is that the second pressing is a double LP while the first pressing is a single LP. The rest of the differences stem from there, as the second pressing is housed in a gatefold jacket, while the first pressing is not. There is a distinct U.S. and Euro pressing as well, with the differences being where the records were pressed; either in the U.S. or in Europe, and the adding of ‘Universal Music Group International’ printed on the Euro copies.
The second pressing is also on colored vinyl, the first colored vinyl pressing of the album. It’s pressed on 180 gram lavender vinyl, and features the bonus tracks that are on the bonus 7″ that was included with some copies of the first pressing on the actual LP. A glossy insert is included with the second pressing, while the first pressing does not come with an insert. The second pressing was released by SRCvinyl and does not come shrink wrapped. It does however have a silver ‘SRC HiFi’ sticker affixed to the upper right corner of the protective poly sleeve the record comes in. Along with the colored vinyl copies, there is also rumored to be copies on 180 gram black vinyl. I suspect the black copies are just that, rumors, as I have not seen photos of it nor know of anyone who owns a copy.
The track listing for the first pressing is completely screwed up from how it should appear based on the studio album. The first pressing has album track “In The Same Room” appearing on the bonus 7″ intended for the bonus tracks, when it’s the 10th track on the studio that should appear as track 5 on the B-side of the record. The second pressing corrects this issue without the need for a bonus 7″ because the album was mastered properly, using the analog master, to stretch across to LP’s. So on the second pressing Static Prevails appears as intended, with the studio album appearing in order uninterrupted, with all the bonus tracks being tacked on to the end of the record on the C-side. the D-side of the second pressing blank and has no etching.
Pressing info for the second pressing has not been released, and likely never will. It’s a marketing ploy on $RC’s part to not release pressing info for their releases that have thousands pressed, which Static Prevails likely does. When asked for the pressing info $RC either changes the subject or completely ignores the question, so there is no point in ever asking them. I suspect there are at least 3,000 copies of the second pressing, based on the fact it has not sold out after almost a year of being available.