bought on ebay in may 2006
from the auction form: never played and in near mint condition
Living in Portland, Oregon I passed on more $50 copies of LB than I care to think about. Finally had enough cash to purchase a mint #755 on e-bay in June 2004.
from the auction form:
purchased in 1988, at the time of issue. It has not ever been played and has been carefully stored all these years. There is no ringwear on the sleeve; both sleeve and record are truly mint.
I worked in a record store and bought two copies, one of which I sold for $100, before Kurt Cobain’s death (I thought it was a fair price at the time).
as confirmed by Chris Stout he no longer owns his 755 copy
Back then i did a mail order for rare worldwide punk records , on the first page i Always noted a couple records i was looking for myself for which i would trade records from my list , at some point in one catalogue i Added the love buzz in my search list and got a bunch of reactions from (american) clients who had it and wanted to trade for stuff in my list … well , have 4 left.
Filip also owns #442 #497 #735
from the previous owner, terence yong from singapore:
Love Buzz #757 was one of 12 Love Buzzes(!) that were sent to a UK record store in Nottingham when it was first released. The store owner was a big fan of Subpop records and the US grunge scene in general and ordered 12 copies of the numbered kind. In Oct 2002, Terence Yong of Singapore purchased #757 from Pish, the shop owner for GBP 461.00 thru a auction on eBay. About a year later , the LB was resold to Terence’s good friend , Dave MacDougall of Rhode Island for US$1000. Dave is the current owner.
from the current owner:
I got the LB in February 2003. I had been collecting nirvana vinyl for about 3 years and when the opportunity to purchase it came up I had a big sale on ebay and not only did I raise enough to purchase the LB ($1000) but also got a sealed, mint Sublime green “Date Rape” LP ($600). The LB was purchased from Terence Yong of Singapore.
note: the current owner has made a nice framed display
I acquired it from the previous owner via a discogs.com sale.
Previous story:I just picked up 762 on ebay.
Huge fan, decent price…. This is going in the vault.
i have had the album professionally cleaned, and there is no scratch on the
bought on ebay in november 2013, the seller was from the uk.
from the auction form:
sleeve condition: EX(+) slight bend/ ringwear from storage
record condition: EX(+) played 2-3 times max, no spindle marks, 1 faint mark on vinyl probably from a fingernail plus a couple of short hairlines – superficial only – dnap
Guaranteed original – I bought this directly from SUB POP in 1988.
sold around 2012 by recordmecca, a music collectibles shop.
from the listing: The fold open sleeve is in near mint condition; if not for a tiny ding in the lower right corner it would grade fully Mint. The disc is M/NM, and again, just a hair below mint, no spindle marks at all on the labels and just beautiful and shiny.
David purchased it on eBay in 2009 for £1100
previous:bought on ebay in february 2001 for 1115.76 us$
I’m cool, I’ve got one. It’s about damn time. All you others without a Lovebuzz 7″, I’m sorry. Y’all are hurtin’. No price is too much to pay for this vinyl. Viva la Kurdt…
note: taken from the old owners’ list hosted on nirvanadiscography.com
thanks to joris baas
A ‘buzzing’ embrace to all of you Nirvana fans!
Thinking about the story that’s behind my copy of Love buzz/Big cheese, three words come to my mind: troubles, troubles, troubles!
When I first got the nice idea of collecting all of Nirvana’s vinyl issues, looking at the price of original copies I thought I could be happy enough with a fake copy…. but it wasn’t so!!!
No way a fake can have the same ‘spiritual’ value of the real thing!
So I dedicated myself to the search of a serious dealer and of a likewise serious original copy
Ebay? Too many competitors = prices too high.
Record fairs? Depressing…
I found the solution by publishing a ‘record wanted’ ad on a specialized web site, MusicStack. After some months of absolute silence I was nearly resigned, when, some days before my birthday, I got a mail from Dutch girl asking if I was still interested in buying the most wanted and faked 7″ in rock history.
Obviously more than happy, I answered yessss…
After a long bargaining and tens of emails we came to an agreement on price, payment and mailing, and for my birthday I finally got my copy #773.
No need to tell how excited I was before opening the packet, and how happy I was (and still am) looking at the record.
The price? Very high. The satisfaction? Even higher!
Thanks to Elena, my girlfriend, who helped me buying the record.
So, if you really like Nirvana, if they really meant something in your life, and if you really crave for an original copy, then buy it, and nevermind the money!
Who’s going to ‘entertain us’ now?
Bought on march 13th, 2010.
from the previous owner, gianluigi valerio (italy): I bought this copy around 2004 from a well known dealer in collector’s records. It previously belonged to the collection of an Italian photographer. Vinyl and sleeve are in perfect conditions, the record is now framed and cuts a pretty fine figu
I bought it in 1999, after i was offered it by someone who sold me a few rare records over time, I can’t remember his name now but he was 15 years old. He got it from a London record store to sell straight on to me and I payed £350 for it. Apart from a tiny tear near centre circle of the record, both record and cover are near mint.
I missed out on the opportunity to buy “Love Buzz” on its release when studying music in LA in 1988, when a few guys at the Musicians Institute were talking about the band; and it would be many years later before, back in the UK, I had another chance to buy an original copy.
I got No. 781 from a guy in Solihull [West Midlands, UK] who purchased it back in early 1989 at Frank’s Wild Records, in Birmingham.
A friend of his had bought two earlier Sub-Pop singles (by Blood Circus and Soundgarden) after reading a review in an American fanzine and, as a fan of obscure American garage, he bought it “on spec” after seeing the Sub-Pop logo while flicking through the import singles racks.
20 years. That’s how long it’s taken me. 20 years to get the holy grail of Nirvana vinyl. After being offered many fakes (some of them good), I finally had the money together to buy a legit copy. My Dad first told me of copy 783 being for sale. After some research I approached Anthony (the owner) about selling it to me. A more courteous seller you will not find, he even came to my house over 90 miles away so I could buy it.
After checking the usual tell-tale signs, everything checked out and I made the transfer. I walked around like a kid at Christmas for about a week, telling everyone who’d listen about my new baby. I can only thank Anthony for giving me the chance to buy his copy. His heart was heavy! It’s in absolutely mint condition, I think you’d struggle to improve on both sleeve and vinyl.
Copy 783 will not leave my hands while I’m alive.
from the previous owner, anthony nyland (uk): The story of my copy of Love Buzz can be traced right back to where it was originally sold. I am only the 2nd owner of this 7″ which I bought in about 1995. A friend of mine bought it on my behalf knowing i really wanted it.
It was secured from a guy we both knew called Andy who worked in Probe Records in Liverpool and played in a hardcore band called Attic Head.
He had bought his copy when it was first released from his place of work, Probe Records. He also persuaded his brother to buy a copy at the same time. The copy i bought was his brother’s copy.
I’ve never found out if Andy kept hold of his copy. He’s now a Mod DJ, so I’d guess he sold his some years ago.
bought on ebay in december 2010.
Just recently purchased this love buzz single,790/1000. from ebay for $2,100.00. The record and cover are in NM condition. Ive been wanting this single for many years. So glad i finally own it.
from the previous owner (usa): I have owned this for over 15 years, and is n-mint as well as the sleeve.
It was 1996. After reading “Come As You Are,” by Michael Azerrad, I discovered that there was a few songs from Nirvana that were only available on early vinyl releases. My first mission was to find the Blew E.P. which had an alternate version of “Been A Son.” My second mission was to find a Sliver single to hear the taped phone message between Chris and Jonathan Poneman. My third mission was to find a Love Buzz single so I could hear the cartoon intro. Well, the first mission took about 4 months and $80 to accomplish. The second, 6 months and $35. The third, 13 years and $1,790. It was a long and tough road, but it was well worth it.
bought on ebay in december 2009. from the auction form:
The condition of the single is Mint throughout.
this copy had previously been sold on ebay in june 2009 for 1626 us$.
from the auction form: Mint Condition
I received my copy from a friend, Justin Curzi.
bought on ebay in march 2010 for 1750 us$.
from the auction form: I would grade the sleeve EX/VG++ for flaws that for the most part only make themselves visible after holding it to the light. Visually I would grade the vinyl EX with a few slight surface marks (mostly on the ‘Big Cheese’ side) and playing-wise I would grade it NM as I heard no surface noise when I played it so the marks don’t appear to affect the play whatsoever.
from the previous owner, joe hunter (usa): I purchased this from the now defunct record store Vinyl Ink in Silver Spring Maryland for $50 in Summer 1991.
I picked it up probably close to 20 years ago. I didn’t sign up for the first singles club mainly because I didn’t know it existed but I was the first person to sign up for the second edition and have collected Sub Pop stuff for even longer. Only missing the first two zines from the early stuff. Jeff Kleinsmith even sent me his wedding invitation that is listed in the Sub Pop discography.
this copy has been put on sale on ebay in july 2013.
from the auction form: I’m the original owner if this disc. Purchased at Fallout Records, Seattle 1988. For historical reference. I personally know Krist and through him met Kurt at Community World Theatre in Tacoma when they played there as Pen Cap Chew. I’ve known Jack for ages and have recorded with him at his studio on two occasions.
Other than one very light surface mark, not even audible, this copy is mint.
I bought this copy in Amsterdam shortly after the release of SubPop 200, I liked the track by Nirvana on that compilation and asked the owner of a local record shop [Forever Changes, sadly gone like most record shops] if he could order the single. He had a friend in Seattle who was coming to Amsterdam and said he’d try. A week later he had the single and asked me 25 guilders for it, I thought it very expensive [a single cost 6 guilders back then] but bought it anyway luckily. The record is in mint condition, the sleeve has been in plastic from day 1 and has no creases.
from the first owner, greig sewell: I found it at Melbourne record store Au-go-go on the 6th November 1994, I was absolutely stoked with it, it cost me $350AUD. The record and sleeve are both in mint condition.
from the second owner, william carroll II: I bought the Love Buzz off Greig Sewell, the first owner, for $1000+ Off Ebay in June 2005.
william resold it on ebay in september 2005 for 1136 us$ to a uk buyer.
The new owner then resold it on ebay in december 2013 for 1200£ to another uk buyer.
Sold on eBay on 20 oct 2019 for 1970€
bought in september 2011.
I bought it directly from rich. the record arrived today and it’s in perfect conditions as rich said. the only difference is that it’s not unplayed anymore because as soon as it arrived in my hands I HAD to play it.
from the previous owner, rick (england, uk): I bought this in late 1989 from a shop in the states (can’t remember which one) using good old Record Collector magazine and paid around $20. it was still new and it seemed like a lot of money then as nirvana weren’t massive but I got caught up in the sub pop fever at the time. It was absolutely mint/unplayed when i got it and it still remains that way as i never played it. It sat in my collection for 22 years and has had no previous owners. I loved nirvana and bought everything going and went to as many concerts as possible but was never too keen on this track.
Been collecting Nirvana stuff for years and never found a M/M Love Buzz I could afford. Found this one on Discogs from a guy who owned Treehouse Records in Minneapolis, and after closing the shop was trimming his personal collection. He says he got it when it was released and stored it in a case untouched, and it looks it, definitely M/M.
This copy was bought back in the day from Pier Platters, a great record store in Hoboken that is no longer. I once called the phone number printed in the Sub Pop catalog and it turned out to be Bruce Pavitt’s home number, and I woke him up on a Sunday morning. Nirvana was not high on his mind because all he talked about was Mudhoney. I also own #327.
payed 1049 uk£ (2000 us$) for it, and it is in mint condition.
I bougth it along with the Pennyroyal Tea promo cd.
this copy was first sold on ebay in may 2002 for 1175 us$.
from the auction form:
I bought it in 1988 in a Seattle record store when I was 16.
the buyer (from the uk) resold it in august 2006 to the current owner
sold on ebay in april 2005.
from the auction form:
I remember buying this back in 1988 in Philly and thinking what a great new band they were. Who would of guessed how big they would become a couple years latter? I wish I did…I would of have bought a couple more copies. I only bought one. Cover and record are in excellent + condition. This has been stored safely since it was released.
from the buyer:
Copy “847” is currently in Toulouse, France. I gave it as a present to a dear friend of mine with whom I share my appreciation of Nirvana and their music.
sold on ebay in april 2014 for 2050 us$.
from the auction form:
This near-mint copy of Nirvana’s “Love Buzz”/”Big Cheese” was a total surprise when it arrived in the mail as the first single in the owner’s Sub Pop Record-of-the-Month Club subscription. Bruce Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman had a booth on the trade show floor at the New Music Seminar in July 1988 where they were actually selling records and talking up their upcoming record club. I think a year subscription was $3/month. The Internet says it was $35/year. I signed up.
This single has been in a 6 mil thick Bags Unlimited clear sleeve since the day it came out of the mailing envelope. Well, it’s in whatever the thickest clear sleeve Bags Unlimited was selling in 1988. I thought they were 7 mil bags then. Maybe it’s 5 mil. It’s really thick and it’s kept the cardboard in minty condition.
I haven’t seen many of these “Happy” inserts in other copies. Mine confirms the memory that I subscribed before they launched the club and was smart enough to subscribe for a whole year.
bought on ebay in october 2010: Looks like this is first copy in Russia.
the previous owner (usa) bought it in 2007. from the seller: I got my copy from SubPop co-owner Bruce Pavitt simply by calling the mail order service to order some stuff, and he answered the phone. when i asked if he was Jonathan or Bruce he said yeah, Bruce. so i got to asking him about some singles i needed to complete my collection and he had this as well as the first Tad 7″ on gold vinyl that he sold me from his personal collection.
I received my copy of Love Buzz for free in September/October 1989. A band member of mine was a Sub Pop subscriber pretty much from the club’s inception. When his Nirvana single didn’t arrive as scheduled, he called the company, and they kindly sent him another copy. However, the original copy eventually arrived but after the company had already sent out the replacement, so he ended up with two (No, he wasn’t trying to scam Sup Pop…I can vouch). He then bought a third copy for whatever reasons. Anyway, about a year later, he decided to get rid of two of them at a Boston record convention that we both attended. He brought along 15 to 20 various singles, but before selling them, he asked me if I wanted any of them free of charge. I flipped through them, and the only one that caught my interest was the Nirvana single, and only because my roommate had blasted Bleach a lot during that time. I’m sure there were some other gems in there, but I’m not kicking myself as much as he is. As is, he sold the other copy for US$14, and I remember that because I thought it was exorbitant for a single from some unknown band.”
bought on ebay in october 2010 for 1800 us$
this copy has an interesting story.
originally owned by mike bolton (one of the first ‘big” nirvana collectors), was sold by him to mark sifuentes.
mark then sold it on ebay on december 2003 for $1,352.
on january 2004 the buyer resold it on ebay to the carlo de massis, italy, for $1,277.
here’s some text from the auction form:
“Through a very strange coincidence, this is the exact same record that was featured in my record collector’s guide.
In 2000, when I wrote the initial guide, I did not have a copy of this record, and a Nirvana collector, Mike Bolton, sent me images of his personal copy. Some time later, while working on the update for my guide, I acquired my own copy of Love Buzz – not realizing until I acquired the record that it was the exact same pressing that Mike Bolton sent me, as it had gone through another collector. So this record is one of the ONLY copies of “Love Buzz” that has been legitimately featured in a record collector’s guide (note: there are also copies #469, and #256, featured in Record Collector), and will appear again in Warman’s American Records 2nd Edition, on store shelves in September 2004″
in november 2005 this copy was sold on ebay to chris marshall, usa for 1200 us$. chris also owns copy #373
sold again in february 2008 to an american collector who resold it on ebay in october 2010 for 1800 us$.
from the auction form: Vinyl appears to be mint, but I will call it M- for the reasons I state below. Sleeve was at one point slightly bent in upper right corner, but not badly, however, you can see it easily when inspecting the record. Does also show some evidence that the record was in the sleeve at some point.
In 2007 I wound up buying Sub Pop zines 5 & 7 from a Sub Pop collector on eBay who happened to be unloading a bunch of other Sub Pop stuff so we hooked up through email and I bought some other items from him.
It’s hard to judge how much I bought Love Buzz for just because I bought it in a lot with both Soundgarden’s Hunted Down single and the original pink Sliver single but I’d say Love Buzz was about $1,300, maybe?
I’d be hard pressed to find any flaws in it, it’s absolutely in gorgeous condition. I’m quite happy to own it!
Back in 1992 I was chasing down the early ‘hard to find’ Sub Pop releases when I came across a New York’s dealer in Goldmine magazine advertising a copy of “Love Buzz” ‘auction style’. I won the record for $135.00 and with shipping it cost me roughly £80.00. It safely arrived early July 1992 and I was SO pleased. It was numbered #100 in red pen and both vinyl and sleeve were in great condition. I pulled out a recent edition of the UK’s Record Collector magazine that had ran a special feature on Sub Pop rarities and double checked all the details…..and slowly began to smell a rat – hey, I’d been sold a pup !!!
Whilst I waited for my money, I told a couple of dealers in the UK my sorry story and one said, “Hey, funnily enough, my mate in The US is selling his copy and it’s 100% genuine !!” Here we go again….!! So a couple of weeks later I’m holding another copy of “Love Buzz”, I still had the fake copy as the money order hadn’t turned up yet, so I could COMPARE both copies. New one (numbered #869) was easily the real thing. This genuine copy had cost $150.00 in total ( £77.00 at the time) and would grade it even today as EX/EX (I’ve only played it TWICE – not sure about original owner’s use).
I purchased this from an American guy called Billy who lived in London and was a roadie for Siouxsie & The Banshees. I reckon this must be around 1997/98…. I framed and had it on the wall (alongside Sex Pistols A&M 7″, Elvis ‘Mystery Train’ Sun 7″ and various other really rare 7″ singles). Sadly I had to sell most of them a few years back to pay off a tax bill! 🙁
The only time I ever saw Nirvana was at Reading Festival in 1991, when they played in the afternoon, I think that show really raised them up over here as they were still relatively unknown at that point.
bought in august 2009.
from the previous owner, vicious sloth collectables (australia):
Originally purchased at the legendary Au Go Go records store in Melbourne, Australia where I worked at the time, it has been in the one collection ever since. Record and cover are both in spectacular NEAR MINT condition
bought on ebay in august 2007 for 1825us$ .
The number 877 was kind of a birthday present to myself. It came in the mailbox perhaps 4 days after my birthday
The vinyl & cover is in mint condition. Don’t know if it have been listened to before I got it in my hands, but I have myself played it 2 or 3 times to listen to the purity and originality of Nirvana.
some info given by the seller:
this came out of the collection of a collector who was either a Singles Club member or picked this up very early. So, I don’t think this passed through a bunch of peoples hands. He either got it directly or picked it up at a store very early on.
note: the information displayed before on this page wasn’t correct. a deal between the owner and a belgian collector was started but never went through, and I wasn’t kept informed. my excuses for any problem this may have caused.
My record store was selling Sub Pop a long time before grunge became so popular, and bought this copy from AU GO GO records. They were a Melbourne independent record store, record label and distributor. They were the distributor of Sub Pop records before Nirvana went to Geffen. I sold it and then rebought it from a massive collection from one of my customers.
Nirvana came into my store when they toured, though I wasn’t there but I briefly met them back stage at the Palace Theatre where they played.
I was selling tickets to the show at my store and had to give the tour manager money for the tickets I sold. That’s when I met them, though very briefly.
A few years later I helped the guys in Hole produce some songs for the Doll Parts cd single of the Live Through This album. If you look at the credits on the back of those singles (the uk version), you will see a thank you to Warwick of Greville Records or something like that, that’s me.
I have wanted a copy of the Love Buzz single since I knew if its existence, even going so far as to participate in a “fax auction” in the pre-eBay days. I finally picked up a beautiful copy whose previous owner took wonderful care if it. I can’t wait to get this framed and up on the wall!
bought in 2014 on ebay, from the auction form: This 7″ vinyl is in Mint condition. Since purchasing it in ’88, I have played it once to record it on cassette so i could play it on my car’s tape deck. Looking at the cover it is in great shape. No discoloration. All the corners are sharp and have no bends. It does have only little crease around 1/8″ in length near the bottom right corner. It is hardly noticeable.
from the previous owner, walter v (usa): I use to go record shopping every weekend. On this particular one in 1989, I drove down from LA to Long Beach to shop at Zed’s Records. At that time, I had become a big fan of Mudhoney and was seeking out anything from or related to them. I found the “Burn It Clean” 7″ and was ecstatic. I continued to flip through the singles bin and came across this Nirvana single. I was not familiar with the band, but they were on the same label (SubPop) as my favorite band, Mudhoney. So, I went ahead and purchased it. I got home and listened to the Mudhoney single over and over. A few days later, I remembered that I had another single in the bag. I threw it on and was instantly captivated by Kurt’s voice. Sure enough, Nirvana quickly surpassed Mudhoney on my turntable. Fast forward 20 years and I still own it. It has slept in a plastic sleeve in a 7″ singles box and tucked away in my the closet for all this time. It is now seeing the light again and I want to celebrate what it has accomplished after all this time.
from the current owner:
Bought it from a german guy in june 2004.
Both record and sleeve is MINT and It`s just beautiful.
this copy had been auctioned twice on ebay, went unsold both times:
in december 2003, for a ‘buy it now’ price of 1250 euro
in march 2004, with a starting price of 1050 euro.
from the auction forms:
Both the record and the sleeve are in in great condition, the record has only been played once and the sleeve has only minimal wear.
from the previous owner, danny gromfin:
i got it in a trade for some early sub pop singles back when it came out. i was at a record swap meet in los angeles and i trade a few l.a. punk singles for the sub pop singles (nirvana, tad, mudhoney, swallow, etc.) for some doubles of mine that I could have probably sold for $50 total…
from the current owner:
I bought this and the entire first series of the Sub Pop singles collection (about 62 7″ I think) from Danny Gromfin (a fine chap) for about $1,600 in July 2002. He had owned and collected the singles club from almost the beginning.
I had been a big Nirvana fan when they were around but never had the money to buy any of their rarer records (I was too busy spending the little money I did have on seeing the bands live) so this was a great opportunity to get an entire collection of an important part of the whole grunge movement.
bought on ebay in may 2014 for 1475 us$.
from the auction form: The record and sleeve are in beautiful mint minus condition.
from the seller, s.a.m. (maine – usa): I don’t recall the exact year, but I think I purchased the “Love Buzz” single sometime around 2005 (possibly 2004 or 2003). I bought it from a Florida record dealer who acquired it in a large collection of punk, indie, and alternative music. A good friend of mine and fellow record dealer from California guided me through the buying process in determining originals from bootlegs, as he owns a copy of “Love Buzz” that is part of his extensive record collection. I have been predominantly a collector and dealer of rare rockabilly, blues, and instrumental 45 rpms from the 1950’s and into the early 1960’s for over 3 decades now, but I have always collected punk singles (one of my guilty pleasures). I purchased the “Love Buzz” single recognizing the historical significance in the world of music.
previously sold on ebay in may 2003 for 1025 us$
from the auction form:
I purchased this from a man with a huge 45 collection, a lot of which came buying out used record stores. I believe that this 45, along with a handful of other rare punk 45s he had, is from one of those old stores.
The 45 is NEAR MINT; it looks brand new. The fold out sleeve is VG+++, with light ring wear. All four corners are very sharp.
I bought it off ebay in November 2009 from a comic book dealer in Florida who said it only had 1 owner before him. The guy before him was a musician who sold the vinyl in order to raise money to record a new album.
Just getting around to selling #908 since I have #28, don’t need two.
bought on ebay in november 2009 for 1800 us$ by a comic book dealer (florida – usa) in behalf of the owner. From the auction form: Grade NM- or NM–. This record has had 2 owners. The second one is a local musician. He told me it was played once and then put in a shelf. I can see a spot on the top side where there is a very superficial scuff and not something that would hinder its play. But the underside is flawless.
I have been after a copy of Love Buzz since I was at school 10 years ago. Now that I could afford a copy I decided to bid on a few on ebay, but always got snipered at the last minute. I came across the previous owner of #914, Rich, on a UK music discussion board by chance and managed to persuade him to part with his copy. I was especially keen on buying this record as it was slightly more unique in that it once belonged to a famous U.S magazine and as the record was located in the UK.
The previous owner Rich considers the green tape to lessen the value of the record but I think the opposite, especially as I have an email from the Editor of MAXIMUM ROCK’N’ROLL magazine describing the history of the record, the green tape and why the record was sold by the magazine. Very interesting, and a big thanks to him for doing that. It was only out of intrigue that I emailed him!
It cost me quite a bit but I am delighted to own an original copy of Love Buzz.
from the previous owner, rich raynor:
I’ve been after a genuine copy of this for a long time, and I knew it had to be relatively soon the way the prices have been going up the last 2 or 3 years. So when I saw this copy might be availbale I jumped at the chance, I knew the green tape would make it one of the cheaper copies and put some people off, but not me. Green tape or no green tape its still the same record, in great condition, the tape is a total non-issue to me. In fact I consider it a bonus, I’ve probably got the most unique one out there!
So all in all I’m pretty damn happy, I paid a good price and got one before the prices got too out of control, and while I’m here, I’ve got huge respect for previous owner ‘a.f’ who donated all profits to hurricane relief. A great guy.
this copy had been auctioned on ebay in august 2005, but the reserve price wasn’t met. from the previous owner, a.f.:
This copy was originally owned by MAXIMUM ROCK’N’ROLL magazine many years ago and has green tape along the edges of the dust jacket. Otherwise it is in good condition. I purchased this in the late 90’s when they sold a large batch of Sub Pop 7″‘s, all of which had green electrical tape on them.
auctioned on ebay in august 2002, ended at 910 us$ but the buyer didn’t complete the transaction.
from the auction form:
The vinyl is near mint, played a few times when I got it but hasn’t been on a turntable for about 10 years (until I did a grading play yesterday). The cover is excellent with just the slight impression of the record showing through (no ringwear though). There’s also a faint indentation that starts at the P in RECIPROCAL on the back and runs about an inch up from there. It’s only noticeable if you stick your nose real close but I thought I’d mention it.
auctioned again on ebay in september 2003, ended at 1108 us$.
from the auction form:
The vinyl is near mint. It’s a very clean copy and has been played fewer than half a dozen times. The cover is VG++. Some minor creasing with the slight impression of the vinyl on the foldover sleeve. A light scratch (about 1 inch long) on the back of the sleeve is visible if you look really closely at the P in reciprocal.
the auction also included some memorabilia:
1: Final issue of Seattle’s Backlash magazine from 1991. This monthly magazine had covered the early grunge scene from up close and this final issue from March 1991 has Nirvana on the cover and contains one of their first interviews done after Dave Grohl joined the band. Folds out to 8 page tabloid size.
2: Original flyer from a Nirvana/Tad show at the Kennel Club in San Francisco. If I remember correctly this show was with Chad on drums so it was probably in 1990. Flyer is 8 1/2 x 14 inches folded in the middle with slight tape damage across the top. Also two small postcard sized (2 3/4 x 5 1/2) handouts for the same show.
3: Small original flyer (5 1/2 x 3 3/4) for a show in Seattle in 1991 with Bikini Kill and Fitz Of Depression.
sold on ebay in april 2007 by a japanese seller.
the “buy it now” price was 1300 us$.
Yep, it’s mine. One of those freaky buys… Right place at the right time. I bought it first, then asked questions. The guy I got it from was very understanding & helpful. Run-out wording is spot-on and condition is stone mint.
It (almost) makes up for the one I let slip at Au-Go-Go, all those years ago, when my wife said ‘YOUR NOT PAYING $250.00 FOR A SINGLE, ARE YOU??”
A couple of weeks later Kurt was dead and some other prick on the list had the single.
April 28 1990 was the first Nirvana show I went to and probably the first time I ever asked a band to sign anything. It was still about a year and a half before Nevermind came out and about 6 months before @daveghrol joined the band. It was their 2nd time playing Maxwell’s in Hoboken, NJ and my friend and I drove up from Philly to see the show. I decided to bring along their first vinyl release that I got in 1988 at @jacksmusicshop in Red Bank and the Bleach cd for the heck of it. I’m not really sure why, other than maybe I thought it would be cool to have the numbered edition 45 signed. The band was great, and Maxwell’s, being the laid back venue/bar/restaurant it was, made it comfortable to talk to or have a drink with bands. My friend and I talked to all of them for awhile and at some point asked them sign these. I probably went out to the car to get them bc I doubt I would have held them during the show. Kurdt also crossed out Jason Everman’s name on the back of the cd insert because I think he told me that Jason didn’t play on the album. Chris signed the 45, somewhere. All 3 guys- Chad, Chris, and Kurdt, were genuinely friendly, nice, happy to talk to us, and quirky in their own ways. Kurdt offered to put us on the guest list for the Philly show at JC Dobbs a few days later, and who were we to say no?!?! So he wrote our names down, it was time to hit the road, and we drove back to Philly. A few days later we went to Dobbs on South St. and the door guy tells us we weren’t on the list. No big deal other than the door guy’s rejection We paid at the door and when we went in Kurdt came over and apologetically told us he put the paper with our names in his sock but the ink ran from sweat so he couldn’t read it He insisted on going to the door guy and getting our money back for admission. Fun memories and even though I saw Nirvana a few more times, even at Dobbs again (thanks to Dan from @reporecords for giving us his passes ), they weren’t quite as accessible by then.
previously owned by mauro bozzi, switzerland (who also owned copy #957), who sold it on ebay in september 2005 for 999.99$.
from the auction form:
Record condition: Mint- Cover condition: Excellent BUT: as can be seen on scan (picture below), there is a light degradation on the front cover, the origin of which is unknown – Otherwise, the cover is in Mint- condition.
the buyer was terence young, singapore: this is the 3rd LB single I have acquired after selling #757(to dave M) and #421
terence resold it on ebay in august 2006.
from the auction form: Condition is SLEEVE EX (some light wear on cover, not ringwear, otherwise NM) VINYL is NM+ labels are NM+.
The sleeve is a true EX. The only blemish is the slight wear on the top front of cover. It does look worse than it is actually. The previous owner told me it’s a factory fault, not a handling wear. But it is still in nice condition otherwise. There are no tears, no holes and no ring wear and the corners are not rounded or has creases.
previous owner, gianluigi valerio (italy)
auctioned on ebay in october 2006, ended at 908.33us$ but the reserve price wasn’t met
from the auction form: i got it from a friend who worked at a radio station in NY, it still has some dryed glue from the sticker that the radio station puts on records, at the top left side (on the front, and also at the top right side on the back), you can see it on the pictures, the vinyl is in excellent shape, the cover is in pretty good condition.
I also own a “red slash” copy. I bought both copies on eBay some years ago.
sold on ebay in june 2013 for 1700 uk£. the seller was located in the uk.
from the auction form: Sleeve, vinyl and labels are unmarked and has only been played twice (for grading purposes). Disc NM, Sleeve NM+
previously owned by mauro bozzi from switzerland (who also owned copy #938), who sold it on ebay in february 2005 for 1785.24 $.
from the auction form:
Record condition : EXCELLENT ( with somes very fews only visual surfaces marks that do not affect the playing )
auctioned on ebay in may 2006, the auction ended at 3451 us$.
from the auction form: item in MINT condition (never played). This copy was given to Tom Hazelmyer (of Amphetamine Reptile/Halo of Flies) by none other than Steve Turner (Mudhoney) when Steve worked at Sub Pop at the time of this release. We’re selling this copy for Hazelmyer, and he’ll sign a note guaranteeing that this is indeed that single.
sold on ebay in may 1999 for 455 us$.
auctioned on ebay in december 2003, ended at 950 us$ but the reserve wasn’t met.
from the auction form:
I have personaly owned this for a number of years. I bought this from a guy who owned the ENTIRE Sub-Pop collection. This was played ONCE by me to check for pops or surface noise. There is NONE! This is as mint as they come! Sleeve is also dead mint.
sold on ebay in october 2005 for 1826.99 us$.
from the auction form:
I bought the record from a close friend who owns a record store here in Baltimore. He called me up,and told me some guy just walked in with the entire run of Sub Pop singles (Up until that point which was about ten years ago). The record is n-mint! so is the jacket! I have owned it for about ten years
This copy comes from a very reputable owner and is being sold on his behalf by Jim Lightfoot:
This copy was picked up at the offices of Sub Pop on the day they arrived from the pressing plant by a friend of Kurt Cobain. It has been in storage since that time and has most likely never been played.
I can provide documentation that shows provenance of this rare 7″. These are seldom offered for sale, even here in Seattle.
Sleeve: VG++/EX – Vinyl: VG++/EX Most likely unplayed.
A bit about me (Jim Lightfoot). I am referenced in the book “The Strangest Tribe: How a Group of Seattle Rock Bands Invented Grunge.” by Stephen Tow
This copy was owned by Alice Wheeler
sold on ebay in january 2004. from the auction form:
I got this record from Nils Bernstein who owned Rebellious Jukebox in Seattle when it came out. Nils was friendly with Sub Pop. Nils and I used to trade and I have been the only owner. I played this record once to tape it, other than that is is unplayed and in absolute mint condition. This record has been stored perfectly and is in absolutely perfect condition.
Sold on ebay in august 2020 for 3.300$
bought on ebay in february 2010 for 1800 us$.
from the auction form: I purchased it at the September 27th 1991 show at City Gardens in Trenton NJ just 3 days after Nevermind was released.
It is in NM condition with no skips, cracks, warps, tears, bends of any kind. There is however a 1/2 inch paper scuff on side A which absolutely does not affect the sound whatsoever.
Bought on eBay on 26th of september 2013 for 1656 USD from a canadian seller. I owned #110 in the past and couldn’t resist to buy another copy of this legendary 7′ record.
Condition sleeve: NM vinyl: mint-.
previously sold on ebay in july 2013 for 1901 us$.
from the auction form: Purchased 4 or 5 years back from a couple who actually owned two copies, they had obtained these during Nirvana’s heyday and assured me that they had never even been played. Obviously I cannot verify that statement but it certainly appears that way as the vinyl is absolutely flawless and labels are also devoid of any spindle marks and/or wear. The picture sleeve cover is in top shape and looks impeccable, it just has a few very light, mild creases/dings that are barely visible.
Condition of Cover/Vinyl is NM / MINT-.
previously owned by roger lewis and lori clermont (canada) who also owned #699 – information taken from the old owners’ list hosted on nirvanadiscography.com – thanks to joris baas
from the previous owner, kim kinakin, singer/guitarist with Sparkmarker and later Skinjobs – vancouver, canada:
I bought this record when it first came out back in the winter of 88/89 – from Scratch Records here in Vancouver (at their old location below Cambie Street). I was a young collector geek and the owner of Scratch, Keith, knew that – tempting me with the last copy of the single. There was no ‘buzz’ about Nirvana at the time, there was a ‘buzz’ about this new ‘collectors’ edition of Sub Pop releases (The Mudhoney single had already sold out – and I was pissed that I did get a copy). So I took a chance as I often did – hoping it would be something I liked or something I could trade later on for something I wanted.
Like everyone else at the time, I had no idea what a piece in music history I just purchased.
I enjoyed the single quite a bit, and bought the ‘Bleach’ LP on white vinyl (only 500 made) when that came out later and still own. As I mentioned, I was a record collecting geek and every record was recorded onto tape cassette and then put in a protective slip cover into my alphabetized collection of about 300 7″s and 300 12″s – brought out occasionally to record onto a mix tape for a friend. The ‘Love Buzz’ single was played about 5 – 10 times, max.
Funny enough, I saw Nirvana play the next year, 1990 – opening for Tad (how silly that sounds now) at the Town Pump (to a crowd of 200 or so- after the show I went up and asked Kurt about the Nirvana ‘Blew’ CD ep just released at the time in Europe) – then again later opening for Sonic Youth (I have photo of that show – Dale from the Melvins played drums for Nirvana at that show) – anyway, yeah – I was a fan before they broke it big on KROC, MTV and across the world.
As the years passed, Nirvana broke it big – I took my guitar on the road with my band Sparkmarker (Revelation Records) and the Skinjobs (Bongo Beat) – storing my record collection into my parents basement – and enjoyed the after-waves of ‘grunge’ popularity to play music around the world is small smoke filled clubs and crusty-punk squats. I stopped collecting records to instead buy guitar strings and cheap burritos while tour across on the North American interstates.
15 YEARS LATER – I’m working in Vancouver at a record label in the art department, designing CD covers for the likes of Sum 41 and Avril Lavigne (how ironic eh?) I still have my record collection stored in my parents basement – and realize that it needs to be celebrated a lot more than that. I’m getting older and in debt – it’s been a struggle to actually let a huge piece of history out of my hands – but I’m hoping the new owner will be able to display it like the true piece of art history that it is.
So that’s it – that’s my story… and now it continues.
this copy was sold on ebay in may 2004.
I bought it from John Etter in 2005.
from the previous owner, john etter (usa): I had bid on a Love Buzz single on an internet auction site and I was outbidded. After the auction was over I received 2 different emails from people wanting to sell me a LB single. One was too expensive but the other one was a decent price (and all the runout groove codes, Alice Wheeler and Susanne Sasic not being blurry, etc. matched up perfectly) so I went ahead and bought it.
It’s in NM/NM- condition and I’m totally thrilled to death with it.
sold on ebay in april 2006 for 2850 au$.
from the auction form:
both the vinyl and sleeve are in excellent condition, i don’t believe it’s ever been played. it’s been kept with a plastic sleeve over the top as well, which i believe is the original as well. this has gone slightly cloudy, but everything else is perfect. i bought it second hand and have had it for 16 years.
from the old digitalnirvana owners’ list:
owner: Gavin Reid
quote: Purchased from Au-go-go records in Melbourne approx 1994 for $250.
sold on ebay in september 2008 for 2175 us$.
from the auction form:
One owner copy; stored in a box since purchase. Authenticity guaranteed. Original run-out groove inscription.
CONDITION (record/sleeve): EX/EX-
NOTES: Conservative grading: sleeve has one tiny corner bend. Vinyl is shiny and looks essentially unplayed; has one mark that is inaudible and plays NM.
note to the owner: I’m sorry but the replies I sent you bounced back, please contact me again, sending your details and “story”. thanks, enrico.
Not a glamorous story. I purchased this from the owner of C/Z records, Daniel House, in 1999. He had a bunch of his personal vinyl collection for sale on his web site, and I saw this for $250. I e-mailed him immediately and in a few weeks the single was in my hands. It’s pretty cool to have number 1000. Hmmmm….I wonder if I can get number 1 to go with it. No chance!”
from giovanni solorio: here are some scans from when Adam Liang tried to sell it. He tried to cancel all the bids before time ran out. Someone contacted the potential buyers claiming that this wasnt the real 1000/1000. some bidders backed out realizing that this wasn’t going to end for as high as he anticipated he started canceling bids before the auction ended but then time ran out and i was the highest bidder at $86. He stated that he was selling this for funds for a family members medical bills yet the auction description didn’t mention any of that he stopped answering my messages and nothing could be done with it through ebay. The 1000 looks accurate for the person that wrote the higher numbers
*To be confirmed