Green Day – Tre (1st Press)

Posted: September 18, 2013 in Vinyl
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Once again the only color variant for an album from Green Day’s trilogy was a Hot Topic exclusive. Tre was limited to 1000 copies on yellow vinyl. Again a full color insert in included with the lyrics on one side and promo shots of the band on the other. The lay out and color coordinated color scheme does not continue on the insert that is found with Tre. Tre is also the only album to be limited to  a smaller amount, 1000 rather than 1,500. Why the pressing total was lowered was never announced. A reason was never given but it’s most likely due to poor or slower sales with the other two albums (Uno and Dos).

One major thing about this record is that it’s an error pressing of sorts. The track listing is wrong as it was switched at the very last minute; swapping songs with Dos. One song that was originally on Tre was swapped with a song that was originally on Dos. The song “Stray Heart” was slated for Tre but was moved to Dos, and the song “Drama Queen” was on Dos but was moved to Tre. So “Drama Queen” was swapped with “Stray Heart.” That is where the error pressing started, as all three albums were pressed at about the same time (give or take a few days to transition or the plant might have even ran the albums simultaneously), a bit in advance of Uno’s release date.

The error pressing lies with “Drama Queen” as the track listing change was made too late in the game to switch the plates and/or master for the vinyl pressings. Instead of “Stray Heart” appearing on Dos, “Drama Queen” appears. “Stray Heart” is not listed on the track listing on the back of the jacket and does not appear on the record itself. This error pressing does not affect Tre, as “Drama Queen” appears on the track listing. At the time the error was found people speculated, and hoped that “Stray Heart” would appear on Tre so the song would at least appear on vinyl even if it’s on the wrong album, but the track listing change was made in time not to affect the vinyl pressing of Tre.

So as of writing this no copies of Dos, either the Hot Topic color vinyl pressing of the regular black variant that is widely available have “Stray Heart.” And as a result “Stray Heart” does not appear on vinyl anywhere.

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