With vinyl sales not slowing down and there being no end in sight to its resurgence many sought after and long OOP albums have been getting re-pressed in recent years. Many albums that I never thought would be re-pressed actually are. Dischord Records delved deep into their catalog to re-press Scream’s 1993 album Fumble in 2016.
This album is notable because it was Dave Grohl’s final release with Scream before he moved on to bigger and better things. Granted my main motivation to buy this record was to keep my Dave Grohl collection complete, but that doesn’t mean Fumble is not worth picking up as it’s a good album regardless of who was in the band.
This latest pressing of Fumble, which is the second overall, has some subtle changes to it. First off, the cover art has a minor change to it, as the band’s name is now printed with orange ink instead of red like what was on the first pressing. The back of the jacket is also orange where it was red on the first pressing. The track listing is also slightly different as one track is ommitted from the second pressing that was on the first; “Crack Man.”Crack Man” was the last track (6) on Side A on the first pressing. The song was left over this re-press for sound quality purposes. However, the song is included on the download card that comes with the second pressing. The re-mastering was done by TJ Lipple.
The most obvious change between pressings is that the second pressing comes on colored vinyl; clear vinyl. The first pressing was on black vinyl. The 2nd pressing is also re-mastered. Since I don’t have a copy from the first pressing I can’t do a comparison between the two. The second pressing come with the same insert as the first pressing. Well, let me clarify that. It comes with at least one side of the insert that is the same, which is the side with the lyrics printed on it. I’ve never seen anything other than a photo of the insert included with the first pressing of Fumble from 1993, and all the photos are of the same side; the one of the lyrics. So it’s entirely possible the insert from the first pressing is single-sided. All copies from the second pressing come with a hype sticker in the top right corner that promote the fact the record comes with a download card and it’s re-mastered.
Pressing info for either pressing has not been released. And it probably never will.
Copies of the original pressing from 1993 can fetch upwards of $40. It’s too early to tell whether or not this re-press from 2016 will bring prices of OG copies down or drive them up even higher. It’s a tough case because the original pressing has one more song that is left over the re-press, and cover is slightly different, plus there variant factor as well what with the different colors of vinyl and the slight cover art changes. The 2016 re-press retails for around $18. Yes, I’m aware Dischord’s site is selling it for $14, but they charge about $4 for shipping.
With all that said, it’s personal preference on which pressing to buy. The second pressing is readily available as of posting this, and it’s cheaper, but it has a different track listing than the original pressing and release of the album as it omits a track. However, that omitted song is an instrumental song, but it’s an amazing five minute plus instrumental song. Most copies of the original 1993 pressing are hard to find, especially in good shape. Majority of the copies that pop up for sale have damage to the jacket. They always seem to have corner dings and bends, bad ring wear and edge wear. And all copies have been played; nobody that bought this album kept it sealed sitting on their shelf waiting to be flipped. Since it’s a punk record the condition of the record itself may vary too. I doubt many punk rockers cared for their very well so don’t expect to find a NM copy anywhere.