Black Flag ‎– Nervous Breakdown

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7" VINYL EP VERSIONS

Version 1, Recorded in 1978, Released in 1979
SLEEVE - Black ink, gloss paper, top edge on front and back flat and exact same height, no barcode
LABELS - Fuchsia Pink, the R and E in "RECORDS" touch, song time 2:05
VINYL - 7", Black, big hole

Version 2
SLEEVE - Light Blue ink, gloss paper, top edge on front and back flat and exact same height, no barcode
LABELS - Fuchsia Pink, finish is "glossier" than the 1st Pressing and not quite as "pink", the R and E in "RECORDS" touch, song time 2:05
VINYL - 7", Black, big hole
[i]Light Blue version is thought to be second because they are quite rare and usually in bad shape. It also has the exact same artwork size and design on the reverse side of the sleeve as the 1st Pressing.[/i]

Version 3
SLEEVE - Red ink, gloss paper, back of sleeve arched upward and the front side is curved downward and lower than the back side, no barcode
LABELS - Fuchsia Pink, finish is "matte" as compared the 2nd Pressing, the R and E in "RECORDS" touch, song time 2:05
VINYL - 7", Black, big hole

Version 4
SLEEVE - Red ink, gloss paper, back of sleeve flat and lower than the front side, back cover art smaller than the previous versions, no barcode
LABELS - Fuchsia Pink, finish appears to be the same as the 3rd Pressing, the R and E in "RECORDS" touch, song time 2:05
VINYL - 7", Black, big hole

Characteristics point to these first 4 versions being released in this order. In terms of the number released of the 1st pressing, Greg Ginn confirmed in 2014 that the number of Brick Wall style 1st Pressings was 2,000... not 500. This supports what he said in his 1980 interview in the Outcry Fanzine (first issue)... "We pressed up 2,000 copies for $1,000" Spray Paint The Walls There is a lot more detailed information that can be found at this link: Black Flag - Nervous Breakdown: 7" Vinyl Releases, Pressings and Versions

Version 5
SLEEVE - Red ink, gloss paper, back of sleeve flat and lower than front side, back cover art same as Version 4, no barcode
LABELS - Fuchsia Pink, the R and E in "RECORDS" do not touch, "BLACK FLAG" in minutely different font, song time 2:05
VINYL - 7", Black, big hole

Version 6
SLEEVE - Red ink, gloss paper, front of sleeve is arched upward and the reverse side is curved downward and lower than the front side, back cover art sames as Versions 4 and 5, no barcode
LABEL - Fuchsia Pink, the R and E in "RECORDS" do not touch, "BLACK FLAG" in minutely different font, song time 2:05
VINYL - 7", Black, big hole

Version 5-6 are thought to have been released in this order due to label and sleeve characteristics.
To this point, version 1-6 are likely from 1979-1985.

The following versions are likely to have started around 1989-Present.

Version 7
SLEEVE - Red ink, gloss paper, front of sleeve is arched upward and the reverse side is curved downward and lower than the front side, back cover art sames as Versions 4, 5 and 6, no barcode
LABELS - Blue, "BLACK FLAG" in big font, 4 bars logo, song time 2:55
VINYL - 7", Clear Yellow Vinyl, SMALL hole

Version 8
SLEEVE - Navy Blue ink, gloss paper, front of sleeve is arched upward and the reverse side is curved downward and lower than the front side, back cover art smaller than earlier versions, barcode "0 18861-0001-7 6"
LABELS - Blue, "BLACK FLAG" in big font, 4 bars logo, song time 2:55
VINYL - 7", Clear Red Vinyl, SMALL hole

Version 9
SLEEVE - Navy Blue ink, gloss paper, front of sleeve is arched upward and the reverse side is curved downward and lower than the front side, back cover art same as Version 8, barcode "0 18861-0001-7 6"
LABELS - Blue, "BLACK FLAG" in big font, 4 bars logo, song time 2:55
VINYL - 7", Clear Red Vinyl, BIG hole

Version 10
SLEEVE - Navy Blue ink, gloss paper, front of sleeve is arched upward and the reverse side is curved downward and lower than the front side, back cover art same as previous "Navy Blue Ink" versions, barcode "0 18861-0001-7 6"
LABELS - Blue, "BLACK FLAG" in big font, 4 bars logo, song time 2:55
VINYL - 7", Black Vinyl, SMALL hole

Version 11
SLEEVE - Navy Blue ink, gloss paper, front of sleeve is arched upward and the reverse side is curved downward and lower than the front side, back cover art same as previous "Navy Blue Ink" versions, barcode "0 18861-0001-7 6"
LABELS - Blue, "BLACK FLAG" in big font, 4 bars logo, song time 2:55
VINYL - 7", Black Vinyl, BIG hole

Version 12
SLEEVE - Navy Blue ink, gloss paper, top edge of front and back of sleeve are both flat but back side is about 1/4" lower than the front, back cover art same as previous "Navy Blue Ink" versions, barcode "0 18861-0001-7 6"
LABELS - Blue, "BLACK FLAG" in big font, 4 bars logo, song time 2:55
VINYL - 7", Black Vinyl, SMALL hole

Version 13
SLEEVE - Navy Blue ink, gloss paper, top edge of front and back of sleeve are both flat but back side is about 1/4" lower than the front, back cover art same as previous "Navy Blue Ink" versions, barcode "0 18861-0001-7 6"
LABELS - Blue, "BLACK FLAG" in big font, 4 bars logo, song time 2:55
VINYL - 7", Black Vinyl, BIG hole

Version 14
SLEEVE - Navy Blue, cardstock, top edge of front and back of sleeve are both flat but front edge lower than the rear edge by 1/8", back cover art same as previous "Navy Blue Ink" versions, barcode "0 18861-0001-7 6"
LABELS - Blue, "BLACK FLAG" in big font, 4 bars logo, song time 2:55
VINYL - 7", Black Vinyl, SMALL hole

Version 15, 09/10
SLEEVE - Navy Blue, cardstock, top edge of front and back of sleeve are both flat but front edge lower than the rear edge by 1/8", back cover art same as previous "Navy Blue Ink" versions, barcode "0 18861-0001-7 6"
LABELS - WHITE, "BLACK FLAG" in big font, 4 bars logo, song time 2:55
VINYL - 7", Black Vinyl, Small hole

Version 16, 2011
SLEEVE - Navy Blue, cardstock, top edge of front and back of sleeve are both flat but front edge lower than the rear edge by 1/8", back cover art same as previous "Navy Blue Ink" versions, barcode "0 18861-0001-7 6"
LABELS - WHITE, "BLACK FLAG" in big font, 4 bars logo, song time 2:55
VINYL - 7", Clear Blue Vinyl, Small hole
(This version is believed to have been a limited run while Version 15 was still in production)

Version 17, 2016
SLEEVE - Navy Blue, cardstock, top edge of front and back of sleeve are both flat but front edge lower than the rear edge by 1/8", back cover art same as previous "Navy Blue Ink" versions, barcode "0 18861-0001-7 6". Another sleeve type may exist for this version with the front edge higher than the back edge.
LABELS - WHITE, "BLACK FLAG" in big font, 4 bars logo, song time 2:55
VINYL - 7", Black Vinyl, Small hole

10" VINYL EP VERSIONS

Version 1
SLEEVE - Black ink, barcode
LABELS - White Label with Blue Ink
VINYL - 10", Black Vinyl

Version 2
SLEEVE - Blue ink, barcode
LABELS - White Label with Blue Ink
VINYL - 10", Clear Blue

Version 3
SLEEVE - Bue ink, barcode
LABELS - White Label with Blue Ink
VINYL - 10", Black Vinyl

PLEASE NOTE: these are simply called "versions" not repress, reissue, licensed too etc.

Tracklist

Versions (27)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SST 001 Black Flag Nervous Breakdown(7", EP) SST Records SST 001 US 1979 Sell This Version
SST 001 Black Flag Nervous Breakdown(7", EP, RP, V 2) SST Records SST 001 US 1980 Sell This Version
SST 001 Black Flag Nervous Breakdown(7", EP, RP, V 3) SST Records SST 001 US 1980 Sell This Version
SST 001 Black Flag Nervous Breakdown(7", EP, RP, V 4) SST Records SST 001 US 1981 Sell This Version
SST 001 Black Flag Nervous Breakdown(7", EP, RP, V 5) SST Records SST 001 US 1982 Sell This Version
SST 001 Black Flag Nervous Breakdown(7", EP, RP, V 6) SST Records SST 001 US 1984 Sell This Version
SST CD 001 Black Flag Nervous Breakdown(CD, EP) SST Records SST CD 001 US 1988 Sell This Version
SST CD 001 Black Flag Nervous Breakdown(CD, EP, RE, Car) SST Records SST CD 001 US 1988 Sell This Version
SST CD 001 Black Flag Nervous Breakdown(CD, Mini, EP, RE) SST Records SST CD 001 US 1988 Sell This Version
SSTC 001 Black Flag Nervous Breakdown(Cass, EP) SST Records SSTC 001 US 1988 Sell This Version
SST 001 Black Flag Nervous Breakdown(7", EP, RP, Yel) SST Records SST 001 US 1989 Sell This Version
SST 001 Black Flag Nervous Breakdown(7", EP, RP, Red) SST Records SST 001 US 1990 Sell This Version
SST 001 Black Flag Nervous Breakdown(7", EP, RP, Red) SST Records SST 001 US 1990 Sell This Version
SST 916 Black Flag Nervous Breakdown(10", EP, Ltd, RE, Blu) SST Records SST 916 US 1991 Sell This Version
SST 916 Black Flag Nervous Breakdown(10", EP, RE, 1st) SST Records SST 916 US 1991 Sell This Version
SST 001 Black Flag Nervous Breakdown(7", EP, RP, V10) SST Records SST 001 US 1992 Sell This Version
SST 001 Black Flag Nervous Breakdown(7", EP, RP, V11) SST Records SST 001 US 1992 Sell This Version
SST 916 Black Flag Nervous Breakdown(10", EP, RE, RP, 3rd) SST Records SST 916 US 1994 Sell This Version
SST 001 Black Flag Nervous Breakdown(7", EP, RP, V12) SST Records SST 001 US 1998 Sell This Version
SST 001 Black Flag Nervous Breakdown(7", EP, RP, V13) SST Records SST 001 US 1998 Sell This Version
SST CD 001 Black Flag Nervous Breakdown(CD, EP, RE) SST Records SST CD 001 US 2006 Sell This Version
SST 001 Black Flag Nervous Breakdown(7", EP) SST Records SST 001 US 2007 Sell This Version
SST 001 Black Flag Nervous Breakdown(7", EP, RP, V14) SST Records SST 001 US 2007 Sell This Version
SST 001 Black Flag Nervous Breakdown(7", EP, RP, V15) SST Records SST 001 US 2010 Sell This Version
SST 001 Black Flag Nervous Breakdown(7", EP, RP, V16) SST Records SST 001 US 2011 Sell This Version
SST 001 Black Flag Nervous Breakdown(7", EP, RP, V17) SST Records SST 001 US 2016 Sell This Version
SST 001 Black Flag Nervous Breakdown(7", EP, RP) SST Records SST 001 US Unknown Sell This Version

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Seansulll

Seansulll

September 24, 2018
referencing Nervous Breakdown, 7", EP, RP, Red, SST 001

Such a classic. The songs sound incredible, nice to own such a piece of history,
hansonmeyer

hansonmeyer

September 23, 2018
referencing Nervous Breakdown, 7", EP, SST 001
I talked to Chuck Dukowski about some of the versions and he said that sometimes if they had sleeves left over from previous runs, they would take their "new" vinyl that they had just received and use up the old jackets and when those were gone, they would start putting the new pressing into the new sleeves. This would account for some pressings having some different sleeves... Which means ultimately this particular release listed here on Discogs would most likely qualify as a variant of "Version 14" but using Version 12/13 sleeves that were left over from a previous run.

This release could be tracked separately here on Discogs as an alternate version to see how many are ultimately out there, but it's definitely not a different pressing.
altieriart

altieriart

May 19, 2018
referencing Nervous Breakdown, 7", EP, SST 001
The drummer on this recording is Bryan Migdol not Robo.
Racer599

Racer599

December 27, 2017
referencing Nervous Breakdown, CD, Mini, EP, RE, SST CD 001

3" mini-CDs are underrated & It's a 3" Black Flag CD! Where the fuck you gonna see that shit?
esbenst

esbenst

December 14, 2017
referencing Nervous Breakdown, 7", EP, SST 001
. . . Version 8 . . . . .
Sonic_Reducer_99

Sonic_Reducer_99

November 5, 2017
referencing Nervous Breakdown, 7", EP, RP, V14, SST 001
I have a version seemingly identical to this, but the label is white. Any input?
PunkCollector

PunkCollector

August 23, 2016
referencing Nervous Breakdown, 7", EP, RP, V 2, SST 001
I have two copies. One which shows the front edge glued lower and another with the back edge glued lower. The item with the back edge lower has the artwork over the seam. Has anyone seen this?
eeow

eeow

July 19, 2016
edited over 2 years ago
referencing Nervous Breakdown, 7", EP, SST 001
I have what seems to be version 11 of this record. However, side 1 that has the Nervous Breakdown track is mislabeled and has a duplicate side 2 label (Fix Me, I've Had It, Wasted). The matrix runout for side 1 and 2 match with what is listed for the version 11 release. Anyone know anything about this?
hcvinyl

hcvinyl

December 28, 2015
referencing Nervous Breakdown, 7", EP, RP, V 3, SST 001
on my V3/3rd Pressing is the word "R E C O R D S " written in regular letters ( untouched )
alwe

alwe

September 28, 2015
referencing Nervous Breakdown, 7", EP, SST 001
whoever got this for $28 is one lucky duck.