Posts Tagged ‘No Doubt’

No Doubt – s/t

Posted: June 5, 2018 in Vinyl

No Doubt released their debut album on vinyl in 2017 to commemorate the album’s 25th anniversary. It’s an often overlooked album, as many people aren’t even aware of its existence, thinking that Tragic Kingdom is the band’s first album. That fact, or well, misguided fact, affects lots of bands, but mainly those who burst into the mainstream with a breakout album while being relative unknowns prior to the release of said album. The band’s self-titled album, released back in 1997, is what the band originally set out to be; a new wave ska band. Which doesn’t help people be aware of its existence, as the album sounds nothing like Tragic Kingdom and all subsequent albums.

There are a handful of variants for No Doubt, but all copies were pressed as a single LP in a single pocket jacket with a printed dust sleeve. There is also a large white circle hype sticker on all copies, which denotes the color of the record. The variants are blue limited to 500 copies, opaque yellow/black split limited to an unknown amount of copies and black 180 gram limited to an unknown amount of copies as well. So far it seems like the colored vinyl variants are only available online, while black is available both online (band’s web store and other online outlets) and via physical retail outlets. When the record was put up for pre-order the band’s official web store was selling autographed copies (signed on the jacket) on your choice of variant for $100. And they sold out well before release date. Retail price on this record is $25 otherwise.


With the popularity of vinyl, you sometimes get re-pressing that are long overdue and releases getting pressed on the vinyl format for the first time that are long overdue. What you can’t control unfortunately is how they’re pressed. The Beavis And Butt-Head Do America Soundtrack was finally released on vinyl in 2016, but sadly as a picture disc.

My bigger complaint about this is that it falls into the cash grab category, capitalizing on two trends; picture discs and soundtracks. Lately the two go hand-in-hand, but that never used to be the case.  First it was the soundtrack craze, with labels cashing in on multiple facets of consumer culture; nostalgia, collectors and trendiness. There are film nuts and score/soundtrack nuts who will collect anything related to a film they like, and then there are people who don’t like the film, or haven’t even actually seen it, who still collect soundtracks/scores because they like the music. There will always be those who buy things for nostalgia’s sake, which sadly is a strong selling point with records these days. And it leads to things like picture discs, $35 single LP’s and stuff like My Little Pony and the Forest Gump Soundtrack clogging up pressing plants.

This soundtrack comes in a picture disc sleeve with a hype sticker affixed to the bottom right corner, with the sleeve having one of those re-sealable flaps. No idea on pressing info, and it will likely never be released because this is a major label release. No download card/code is included, which isn’t a huge shocker. The soundtrack was released for the film’s 20th Anniversary, which is noted on the hype sticker.

Circling back to the mention of $35 single LP’s, when this record first came out in April 2016, that was the price for it; $35. And it’s why I held off on buying this for almost one year after its release. It took that long for me to find it within the price threshold I wanted to spend. Prices have been steadily falling on this record though, just not fast/far enough. The price slashing has seemed to stall around $21. But considering original pressings were going for

The reason I wanted this comp is for the Red Hot Chili Peppers and No Doubt songs. The Chili Peppers contribute a cover of Ohio Players’ “Love Rollercoaster” and No Doubt has a song from their often overlooked The Beacon Street Collection; “Snakes.” Aside from those two bands, this comp features other big bands like Ozzy Osbourne, White Zombie, Isaac Hayes, LL Cool J and AC/DC.

This Beavis And Butt-Head picture disc does sound better than the Beavis And Butt-head Experience picture disc. There were some complaints with the sound quality of The Beavis And Butt-Head Experience picture disc.

No Doubt – Push And Shove

Posted: October 9, 2012 in Vinyl

When No Doubt announced they would record a new album, which wound up taking forever to get recorded and released, I was excited. My expectations were not too high in hopes for a pre-Rock Steady or even a pre-Return Of Saturn sound after seeing what the band progressed into after Tragic Kingdom. But I’ll admit part of me was holding out hope that No Doubt would not continue down that path and would come out with an album that would be good.

Thankfully I got this record for free because it’s complete trash. Utter garbage and somehow worse than Rock Steady, if that’s humanly possible. Rock Steady was full of over produced, push button electronic beats, but at least there were a few songs listenable that I enjoyed. Despite what the band and Gwen Stefani said throughout the writing and recording process for Push And Shove, this record was clearly made for clubs and Stefani’s horrific solo music influenced greatly as well.

Push And Shove was pressed as a picture disc in a picture disc sleeve, and I couldn’t think of an album more deserving of that vinyl treatment. It retails for anywhere between $20-$30, with some ill-informed people on ebay bidding copies up to over $40 a few times now.

No Doubt – The Ska EP 7″

Posted: November 7, 2011 in Vinyl
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This is only No Doubt bootleg I know of. Usually I steer clear of bootlegs because I have no desire for them for various reasons. But I do make the exception for a handful of bands. Since this is the only No Doubt boot to date I decided to make an exception. The 7″ features two live tracks on the a-side and two studio out takes/demos on the b-side. Rather than posting the track listing, I took a photo of the back of the sleeve to show what songs are on this 7″, which you can see below.

It was pressed on two colors, pink and purple, both limited to 500 copies a piece. I am not 100% certain as to the color of my copy, but I’m leaning more towards pink. Since I have never seen pictures of this record anywhere, I am not sure of the differences in the shades of the colors to say for certain if my copy is on pink or purple. My copy is not cut and dry purple or pink. my copy even has streaks of black in it.

No Doubt – Tragic Kingdom Box Set

Posted: October 22, 2010 in Vinyl

This box set was another Hot Topic exclusive that was way over priced when it first came out. If I remember correctly it originally retailed for $30, maybe even up to $35. It includes the album Tragic Kingdom on orange vinyl, and a grey t-shirt with the album artwork on it. The sets ranged in sizes from adult small up to adult extra large. The box set was limited to 5,000 copies, and were only sold in Hot Topic stores and through their online store.

No Doubt was not the only band to have one of these box sets. Several bands and artists had one, including The Killers for Hot Fuss, The Rolling Stones for Sticky Fingers, Michael Jackson had two, one for Thriller and one for a compilation of his early material when his was still a kid and in the Jackson 5, Marilyn Manson had one and Slipknot had one for their s/t album. All these sets were limited to 5,000 copies and were released by Bravado.

Now back to the price issue. No one wanted to spend $30 on these box sets when you could buy the records individually, on much better quality I might add, for around $10. You could also buy a shirt that you like and actually want for around $10 too. So you could spend $20, $10 less than these box sets cost, and get everything inside the box. I guess through logic and observation, the box the record and t-shirt came in costs 410 and accounts for the extra $10. Eventually these sets were marked down again and again, went on clearance and then even went on sale on top of the clearance for 50% off. I wound up spending $12 on one, a price I feel these box sets are worth.

It’s funny that Hot Topic couldn’t give these box sets away, and now some pop up on ebay for $75 because they’re OOP. I might add that no one has actually sold any of these box sets for $75 , some have sold for more than $30 though.

No Doubt – Rock Steady

Posted: September 12, 2010 in Vinyl

This album came out when bootlegging vinyl records overseas became really big. Unfortunately this has hurt the collection game, as many people have bootlegs in their collections that are impossible to differentiate except if you pay very close attention to the slightest of details. Fortunately the bootlegs of this LP are very easy to spot.

The legit copies of this double LP that were mainly sold inside the United States came with a black cover, similar to the CD version of the album. Japanese bootlegs come with a red cover. There was never an official Japanese only release of this album. Japan is the one of the biggest bootleggers in terms of records around, a close second is Brazil and other South and Central American countries including Mexico and Argentina.

I have no idea how many copies were pressed, and it’s likely the exact numbers will never be known.

No Doubt – New 7″

Posted: September 12, 2010 in Vinyl

This is the latest 7″ from No Doubt, and is still several years old by today’s standards. It’s for the song “New,” which was on the Go movie soundtrack and Return Of Saturn. The song was never released as a true single, but mainly to promote the movie Go.

This is one of the more unique records in my collection as it contains glitter inside the vinyl. Apparently glitter was mixed into the vinyl as they were pressing the records, so the glitter is spread throughout the record. The record itself is gold/yellow in color. There were 3,000 copies pressed of this 7″ and each copy was individually numbered. My copy is number 2396.