The Sundays ‎– Reading, Writing And Arithmetic

Geffen Records ‎– B0028142-01, Universal Music Special Markets ‎– B0028142-01
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue


A1 Skin & Bones
A2 Here's Where The Story Ends
A3 Can't Be Sure
A4 I Won
A5 Hideous Towns
B1 You're Not The Only One I Know
B2 A Certain Someone
B3 I Kicked A Boy
B4 My Finest Hour
B5 Joy

Companies, etc.



A Geffen Records Release; ℗ 1990 © 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc.
Manufactured by Universal Music Enterprises, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

This was a Record Store Day release 4/21/2018.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 8 51636 00506 4
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): B0028142-01-ARE1 ⓦ
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): B0028142-01-BRE1 ⓦ

Other Versions (5 of 60) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
Rough 148 The Sundays Reading, Writing And Arithmetic(LP, Album) Rough Trade Rough 148 UK 1990 Sell This Version
M5G 24277 The Sundays Reading, Writing and Arithmetic(Cass, Album, HX ) DGC M5G 24277 US 1990 Sell This Version
M5G-24277 The Sundays Reading, Writing And Arithmetic(Cass, Album) DGC M5G-24277 US 1990 Sell This Version
ROUGH 148Pa, L 30221 The Sundays Reading, Writing And Arithmetic(LP, Album, Ltd, Pic) Rough Trade, Festival Records ROUGH 148Pa, L 30221 Australia & New Zealand 1990 Sell This Version
RTDCD 133 The Sundays Reading, Writing And Arithmetic(CD, Album) Rough Trade RTDCD 133 Germany 1990 Sell This Version


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August 29, 2020
edited 24 days ago

Recently found one still lingering at the original RSD price, so I could not pass it up DESPITE the fact that yes indeed, the hi-hat is saturated to unacceptable levels on 50% of the tracks. Seems to be isolated only to the hi-hat, as the guitars shimmer cleanly and the vocals are beautiful, thankfully. If the issue spread across the entire hi-end spectrum it would be unlistenable. With the possibility of another repress being slim, I would still suggest getting this despite the sibilance...but not at the prices you will find here.
I can tolerate it, but not for top dollar.


November 1, 2019
edited 11 months ago
Do a hard pass on this and absolutely DO NOT pay what people are asking here. I cannot imagine that every single copy of this doesn't sound like complete trash. What a damn bummer.


July 25, 2018

My excitement about snagging one of these on RSD just went from a 10 down to a 2. Here's the rundown on what's wrong with mine: Terrible distorted "sizzling" hi-hats on songs Side 1, songs 4 & 5 and Side 2, songs 1, 2, & 5.... Side 1 runout does not stop, so the needle will travel onto label and could ruin the stylus if you don't catch it in time.... Bubbled up label on Side 2 (lifts center of record up unnaturally). How could they f--- this up so bad? The sound is actually pretty good in most other aspects (Harriet's voice sounds consistently lovely), and some songs (like "Here's Where The Story Ends") are perfect. The vinyl is really quiet. But whatever happened to the mix that blew out the hi-hats to such a degree is mystifying. I'm sure sound engineers out there might have an idea what went wrong. I'm going to try emailing the company as oglja33 suggested, and ask for a replacement. So tragic an outcome for such an album that is so perfect musically.


May 3, 2018
Thurs. 3rd May 2018

My complaint sent to both addresses of Jim Worthen of Seattle-based Fugitive Recordings have gone unanswered, so far. Have you experienced the same?
I’m calling on all of you who have spent your hard earned money to keep hammering this label rep with your messages — DAILY. Demand his attention and proper response; don’t give up!
Sure, I could just sell my once played cp. at a markdown and be done with this meds, but that would be wrong, in my book. I’d be knowingly dumping a bum product onto the next guy or gal, not cool at all.
No, gonna stay the course, not gonna let another big business get away with crassness at our expense. You with me on this?


May 2, 2018
Wednesday evening P.S.T. 2nd May 2018:
May I be so bold as to warn browsers of this reissue:

Stop!!! Do Not Buy This Fugitive Recordings Product. Repeat - Do Not Buy Patronize This Label.
It Is An Egregiously Defective Product (mastering-wise, not necessarily related to the pressing aspect.)
Wait Until Fugitive Recordings Does The Remastering All Over (a long shot, admittedly).
Wait Until They Press Corrected Discs For The Public.
Until Then, Do Not Buy This Label's Product, Regardless Of Price Or Scarcity.


May 1, 2018
Extremely disappointing. My own fault, I read the reviews of last year's Sundays RSD release. It couldn't be that bad could it?, and not for a second year. In a row? Yes it is. Not exactly unlistenable, but an infuriating one for sure.


May 1, 2018
To those who are disappointed with the awful Sundays debut RSD re-issue, please send an email to: to let them know about this issue. The agent I spoke with said this would alert them to the poor quality of the pressing, but who knows if anything will come of it.


May 1, 2018
My copy sounds terrible at any volume. I have the "Can't Be Sure" 12" (Rough Trade 1989) and there is no comparison- it's warm, clear and spacious. And the art for the re-issue looks just about as bad as the album sounds. So disappointing.


April 30, 2018
edited over 2 years ago
Yep. The last two tracks of side one are distorted. Also track one and five on side two is more of the same. It makes me sad since some of the tracks sound fantastic, e.g, "My Finest Hour". This RSD release is a real disappointment.


April 29, 2018
I'm ok with the sound of this (although I'm not very familiar with the album outside Here's Where the Story Ends), but side one does NOT stop the needle at the end. It just blasts on by and scrapes across the label, so WATCH OUT.