The Residents ‎– Fingerprince

Ralph Records ‎– RR1276
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Third pressing, reissue (1979).

- 1st pressing (Ralph Records, 1977): 1000 copies - dark brown/gray cover, strong cardboard sleeve. Original 'RR1276' runout groove etching. Some copies come with a letter-sized 'application form' for the Ralph Records 'Weirdo' mailing list.
- 2nd pressing (Ralph Records, 1977): lighter brown cover, new labels on disc, repressed with 'RR1276 Re77' runout groove etching. Some copies come with a letter-sized 'application form' for the Ralph Records 'Weirdo' mailing list.
- third pressing, this one (Ralph Records, 1979): reissue, artwork repackaged in color (black, green and lilac) on front and back sleeve. Pink labels on disc.
- 4th pressing (Ralph Records, 1988): later reissue, artwork in color, available in black vinyl, and in a limited edition purple vinyl (500 copies).

All titles published by Pale Pachyderm Publishing (BMI)
Engineered at El Ralpho Studios and The Crypt studios
Cover design and layout by the Residents realized at Pore No Graphics
© 1979, The Cryptic Corporation
© ℗ 1976 The Cryptic Corp.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, hand-etched runout): RR 1276 A Re1 LKIKS [⊏◯⊐ stamp] L.2336
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, hand-etched runout): RR 1276 B Re1 LKIKS [⊏◯⊐ stamp] L.2336-X
  • Rights Society: BMI

Other Versions (5 of 19) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
RR1276 The Residents Fingerprince(LP, Album, 1st) Ralph Records RR1276 US 1977 Sell This Version
TORSO CD 407 The Residents Fingerprince(CD, Album, RE) Torso TORSO CD 407 Netherlands 1987 Sell This Version
RR 1276, rr1276 The Residents Fingerprince(LP, Album, RE) Ralph Records, Ralph Records RR 1276, rr1276 US 1979 Sell This Version
NRT004 The Residents Fingerprince(2xCD, Album, RE, RM) New Ralph Too, Cherry Red, MVD Audio NRT004 UK, Europe & US 2018 Sell This Version
CD 011 The Residents Fingerprince / Babyfingers(CD, Album, RE, RM + CD, Mini, RE, RM + Dig) Euro Ralph CD 011 Europe 1995 Sell This Version



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October 10, 2016

The skillful deconstructions undertaken by The Residents allowed them to create their own musical language: a kind of marriage dada and pop. The first side of 'Fingerprince' consists of short pieces. It is a blueprint for several subsequent albums. “Six Things To A Cycle” occupies the second side and lasts more than 17 minutes. Written for a ballet, it is constructed from a variety of percussion where one feels the influence of composer Harry Partch. The abundance of congas and other percussion instruments also betrays the influence of certain world music, especially African. The complexity of the percussive frame eventually reconciled with the weird world of The Residents that materializes with the appearance of toy instruments and sad melodies – their trademark. 'Fingerprince' is a very well done album that clearly goes off the beaten track. Originally, it was supposed to have 3 sides. The tracks that couldn’t be included on the record we’re released on the EP 'BabyfingerM. This rare 7 inch contains 4 tracks including the superb piece “Walter Westinghouse.”

© Alain Cliche 2016