A Record Collector's Guide

The Pietasters


Slug Tone! Records ST-04/Shadowbox Entertainment SB-001 CD, released 1993 (U.S.)

Some copies distributed by Moon Records as MR039

Jump Up! JUMP155LP, released 2018 (U.S.)

Ah, the legendary first Pietasters was self-titled. Many, many people have referred to this one as "Piestomp" over the years, but that is not its name. That almost became a disclaimer when discussing it with the band. I can't imagine where people would have gotten the idea that it was named Piestomp...perhaps the t-shirts, stickers, and buttons had something to do with it...

For many, many years, the album had only released on CD, but it was a tremendously collectable CD. It went out of print long ago, having been released on the band's own Slug Tone label in 1993, and was extremely difficult to find throughout the vast majority of ska's third wave. Really, by 1994, this was nowhere to be found. There were actually multiple versions of the CD (or at least the tray insert). The main difference was that one had a "Distributed by Moon (MR039)" note on it and the other did not:

In the late '90s, though, the band announced that they had found some more copies of the disc, and it became available anew for a few months (this was in 1999, if memory serves). I compared one of these to a copy from the original run, and all of the codes on the two discs were identical, so it didn't seem liek a re-press. Anyway, this was a great debut. It is not as difficult to procure as it once was (though still not easy), and the tracks were all included on the 1992-1996 3 CD set. However, the versions of the songs on that collection were the demo and single versions, which differ from the versions on the original album.

Ah yes, we can't forget about the vinyl. In 2018, Jump Up! teamed up with The Pietasters to finally give this one a proper vinyl release. It was available on both black and blue vinyl. For the moment, both are inexpensive, but that could change.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
ST-04/SB-001 CD (with Moon reference) 15-18 5 Down
ST-04/SB-001 CD (no Moon reference) 15-18 5 Down
JUMP155LP Blue 20-25 4 Stable
JUMP155LP Black 15-20 3 Stable

This page was last updated on January 19, 2020.

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Scarcity Score Definition
10 Near impossible: Fewer than 50 copies or publicly sold every few years
8-9 Very rare: 50-199 copies or publicly sold 1-2 times per year
6-7 Rare: 200-499 copies or publicly sold a few times a year
4-5 Medium: 500-999 copies or publicly sold ~10 times a year
1-3 Common: 1000+ copies, readily available, or publicly sold 20+ times a year

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