The B-52's ‎– The B-52's

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Also released in Germany as "Play Loud".
Sometimes also incorrectly referenced as "High Fidelity" due to the joke logo printed on the front cover.

The B-52's is an eponymous New Wave album by Athens, Georgia-based rock band The B-52's. The kitschy lyrics and mood, and the hook-laden harmonies helped establish a fanbase for the band, who would go on to release several chart-topping singles. The album cover was designed by Tony Wright (credited as Sue Ab Surd).

The B-52's peaked at number 59 on the Billboard 200 and "Rock Lobster" peaked at number 56 on the Hot 100. In 2003 the TV network VH1 named The B-52's the 99th greatest album of all time. Shortly before his death, John Lennon said he enjoyed the album. In his 1995 book The Alternative Music Almanac, Alan Cross placed the album in the #9 spot on the list of '10 Classic Alternative Albums'. In 2003 the album was ranked number 152 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Versions (128)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
BSK 3355 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album, Los) Warner Bros. Records BSK 3355 US 1979 Sell This Version
200 776, 200 776-320 The B-52's Play Loud(LP, Album) Island Records, Island Records 200 776, 200 776-320 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
200 776, 200776 The B-52's Play Loud(LP, Album) Island Records, Island Records 200 776, 200776 Scandinavia 1979 Sell This Version
200 776, 200 776-320 The B-52's Play Loud(LP, Album, Club) Island Records, Island Records 200 776, 200 776-320 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
30 081 4 The B-52's Play Loud(LP, Album, Club) Island Records 30 081 4 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
200 776, 200 776-320 The B-52's Play Loud(LP, Album, Club) Island Records, Island Records 200 776, 200 776-320 Europe 1979 Sell This Version
ZCI9580 The B-52's The B 52's(Cass, Album, MP) Island Records Inc. ZCI9580 1979 Sell This Version
M8 3355 The B-52's The B-52's(8-Trk, Album) Warner Bros. Records M8 3355 US 1979 Sell This Version
M8 3355 The B-52's The B-52's(8-Trk, Album) Warner Bros. Records M8 3355 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
M5 3355 The B-52's The B-52's(Cass, Album) Warner Bros. Records M5 3355 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
7250 030 The B-52's The B-52's(Cass, Album) Island Records 7250 030 France 1979 Sell This Version
ICT 9580 The B-52's The B-52's(Cass, Album) Island Records ICT 9580 UK 1979 Sell This Version
M5 3355 The B-52's The B-52's(Cass, Album) Warner Bros. Records M5 3355 US 1979 Sell This Version
M5 3355 The B-52's The B-52's(Cass, Album, RE, Dol) Warner Bros. Records M5 3355 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
14C 062-63015 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album) Island Records 14C 062-63015 Greece 1979 Sell This Version
5200 776 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album) Island Records 5200 776 Portugal 1979 Sell This Version
ILS-81263 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album) Island Records ILS-81263 Japan 1979 Sell This Version
BSK 3355 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records BSK 3355 Australia 1979 Sell This Version
200 776-I The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album) Island Records 200 776-I Spain 1979 Sell This Version
QBS 3355 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records QBS 3355 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
9123 048 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album) Island Records 9123 048 France 1979 Sell This Version
BSK 3355 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records BSK 3355 New Zealand 1979 Sell This Version
ILPS 9580, ILPS 9580* The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album) Island Records, Island Records ILPS 9580, ILPS 9580* UK 1979 Sell This Version
ML 4360 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album) Island Records ML 4360 South Africa 1979 Sell This Version
BSK 3355 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records BSK 3355 US 1979 Sell This Version
89102 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records 89102 Argentina 1979 Sell This Version
5200 776 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album) Island Records 5200 776 Portugal 1979 Sell This Version
ILPS 19580 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album) Island Records ILPS 19580 Italy 1979 Sell This Version
BSK 3355 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records BSK 3355 US 1979 Sell This Version
200776 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album) Island Records 200776 Netherlands 1979 Sell This Version
ILPS 9580, PSR 438 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album + 7", Single) Island Records, Island Records ILPS 9580, PSR 438 UK 1979 Sell This Version
9123 048 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album, Blu) Island Records 9123 048 France 1979 Sell This Version
BSK 3355 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album, Club, Col) Warner Bros. Records BSK 3355 US 1979 Sell This Version
BSK 3355 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album, Jac) Warner Bros. Records BSK 3355 US 1979 Sell This Version
ILPS 9580 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album, Lab) Island Records ILPS 9580 UK 1979 Sell This Version
w-3929 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album, Los) Warner Bros. Records wea w-3929 Venezuela 1979 Sell This Version
QBS 3355 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album, M/Print) Warner Bros. Records QBS 3355 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
ILS-81263 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album, Promo) Island Records ILS-81263 Japan 1979 Sell This Version
BSK 3355 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album, RP, Los) Warner Bros. Records BSK 3355 US 1979 Sell This Version
BSK 3355 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album, RP, Win) Warner Bros. Records BSK 3355 US 1979 Sell This Version
BSK 3355 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album, RP, Win) Warner Bros. Records BSK 3355 US 1979 Sell This Version
ILPS 9580 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album, W/Lbl) Island Records ILPS 9580 UK 1979 Sell This Version
BSK 3355 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album, Win) Warner Bros. Records BSK 3355 US 1979 Sell This Version
GWEA - 5416 The B-52's Los B-52's Tocan Fuerte(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records GWEA - 5416 Mexico 1980 Sell This Version
GWEA - 5416 The B-52's Los B-52's Tocan Fuerte(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records GWEA - 5416 Mexico 1980 Sell This Version
208792 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records 208792 Argentina 1980 Sell This Version
23(1031)00193 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records 23(1031)00193 Colombia 1980 Sell This Version
LWB - 5416 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records LWB - 5416 Mexico 1980 Sell This Version
LSI 78023, ILPS 9580 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album) Jugoton, Island Records LSI 78023, ILPS 9580 Yugoslavia 1980 Sell This Version
ILPS 9580*, ILPS 9580 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album, RP) Island Records, Island Records ILPS 9580*, ILPS 9580 UK 1980 Sell This Version
CSWB 5416 Los B-52's* Tocan Fuerte(Cass, Album) Warner Bros. Records CSWB 5416 Mexico 1980 Sell This Version
200 776, 200 776-320 The B-52's Play Loud(LP, Album, RP) Island Records, Island Records 200 776, 200 776-320 Germany 1982 Sell This Version
ORL 19580 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album, RE) Island Records ORL 19580 Italy 1982 Sell This Version
20S-70 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album, RP) Island Records, Polystar 20S-70 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
ORL 19580 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album, RE) Island Records ORL 19580 Italy 1986 Sell This Version
H 200776 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album, RE) Island Records H 200776 Spain 1986 Sell This Version
ILPM 9580 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album, RE) Island Records ILPM 9580 UK 1986 Sell This Version
ILPM 9580 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album, RE) Island Records ILPM 9580 UK 1986 Sell This Version
CID 9580 The B-52's The B-52's(CD, Album) Island Records CID 9580 UK 1987 Sell This Version
P32D-25005 The B-52's The B-52's(CD, Album, RE) Island Records P32D-25005 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
3355-2 The B-52's The B-52's(CD, Album, RE, SRC) Warner Bros. Records 3355-2 US 1987 Sell This Version
200 776 The B-52's Play Loud(LP, Album, RE) Island Records 200 776 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
IMCD 1 The B-52's The B-52's(CD, Album, RE) Island Records IMCD 1 UK & Europe 1989 Sell This Version
IMCD 1 The B-52's The B-52's(CD, Album, RE) Island Records IMCD 1 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
PSCD-1056 The B-52's The B-52's(CD, Album) Island Records PSCD-1056 Japan 1990 Sell This Version
250 776, CID 9580 The B-52's Play Loud(CD, Album, RE) Island Records, Island Records 250 776, CID 9580 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
3355-2 The B-52's The B-52's(CD, Album, RE) Warner Bros. Records 3355-2 Australia 1992 Sell This Version
ILPS 9580 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album, Ltd, RE) Island Records ILPS 9580 UK 1994 Sell This Version
PHCR-4857 The B-52's The B-52's(CD, Album, RE) Island Records PHCR-4857 Japan 1998 Sell This Version
MOFI 1-004 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album, Num) Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab MOFI 1-004 US 2011 Sell This Version
none The B-52's The B-52's(9xFile, FLAC, Album, RE, RM, 24b) Warner Bros. Records, Rhino Records (2) none 2014
MOVLP1420 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, 180) Music On Vinyl MOVLP1420 Europe 2015 Sell This Version
MOVLP1420 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album, Ltd, Num, Yel) Music On Vinyl MOVLP1420 Europe 2015 Sell This Version
UICY-78472 The B-52's The B-52’s(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Pap) Island Records UICY-78472 Japan 2017 Sell This Version
RCV1 3355 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Yel) Warner Bros. Records RCV1 3355 US 2018 Sell This Version
250 776, CID 9580 The B-52's Play Loud(CD, Album, RE) Island Records, Island Records 250 776, CID 9580 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
250 776, CID 9580 The B-52's Play Loud(CD, Album, RE) Island Records, Island Records 250 776, CID 9580 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
200 776, 200 776-320 The B-52's Play Loud(LP, Album, Club) Island Records, Island Records 200 776, 200 776-320 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
200 776 The B-52's Play Loud(LP, Album, RE) Island Records 200 776 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
200 776 The B-52's Play Loud(LP, Album, RE) Island Records 200 776 Scandinavia Unknown Sell This Version
200 776 The B-52's Play Loud(LP, Album, RE) Island Records 200 776 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
200 776, 200 776-270 The B-52's Play Loud(LP, Album, RP) Island Records, Island Records 200 776, 200 776-270 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
200 776, 200 776-320 The B-52's Play Loud(LP, Album, RP) Island Records, Island Records 200 776, 200 776-320 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
CD 3355 The B-52's The B-52's(CD, Album) Warner Bros. Records CD 3355 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
IMCD 1, 842 444-2 The B-52's The B-52's(CD, Album) Island Masters, Island Records IMCD 1, 842 444-2 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
CD 3355 The B-52's The B-52's(CD, Album) Warner Bros. Records CD 3355 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
IMCD 1, 842 444-2 The B-52's The B-52's(CD, Album) Island Masters, Island Records IMCD 1, 842 444-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
IMCD 1 The B-52's The B-52's(CD, Album) Island Records IMCD 1 Italy Unknown Sell This Version
7599273972 The B-52's The B-52's(CD, Album) Warner Bros. Records 7599273972 Australia Unknown Sell This Version
3355-2 The B-52's The B-52's(CD, Album, Club, RE) Warner Bros. Records 3355-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
W2 3355, 775098T The B-52's The B-52's(CD, Album, Club, RE) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records W2 3355, 775098T Canada Unknown Sell This Version
W2 3355, 3355-2 The B-52's The B-52's(CD, Album, Club, RE) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records W2 3355, 3355-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
W2 3355, 775098T The B-52's The B-52's(CD, Album, Club, RE) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records W2 3355, 775098T Canada Unknown Sell This Version
3355-2 The B-52's The B-52's(CD, Album, Club, RE, RP) Warner Bros. Records 3355-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
IMCD 1, 842 444-2 The B-52's The B-52's(CD, Album, RE) Island Masters, Island Records IMCD 1, 842 444-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
759927397-2 The B-52's The B-52's(CD, Album, RE) Warner Bros. Records 759927397-2 Brazil Unknown Sell This Version
IMCD 1, 842 444-2 The B-52's The B-52's(CD, Album, RE) Island Masters, Island Records IMCD 1, 842 444-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
3355-2 The B-52's The B-52's(CD, Album, RE, RP) Warner Bros. Records 3355-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
3355-2 The B-52's The B-52's(CD, Album, RE, RP, ARC) Warner Bros. Records 3355-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
3355-2 The B-52's The B-52's(CD, Album, RE, RP, WEA) Warner Bros. Records 3355-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
3355-2 The B-52's The B-52's(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Warner Bros. Records (2) 3355-2 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
3355-2 The B-52's The B-52's(CD, RE, PDO) Warner Bros. Records 3355-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
none The B-52's The B-52's(CDr, Album, Unofficial) M.A.D. Records (4) none Russia Unknown Sell This Version
W4 3355 The B-52's The B-52's(Cass, Album, Club, RE) Warner Bros. Records W4 3355 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
M5 3355 The B-52's The B-52's(Cass, Album, Club, RE) Warner Bros. Records M5 3355 US Unknown Sell This Version
M5 3355 The B-52's The B-52's(Cass, Album, Club, RE) Warner Bros. Records M5 3355 US Unknown Sell This Version
IMD-6630 The B-52's The B-52's(Cass, Album, Mono) IMD (2) IMD-6630 Saudi Arabia Unknown Sell This Version
ICM 9580 The B-52's The B-52's(Cass, Album, RE) Island Records ICM 9580 UK Unknown Sell This Version
M5 3355 The B-52's The B-52's(Cass, Album, RE) Warner Bros. Records M5 3355 US Unknown Sell This Version
842 444-4, ICM9580 The B-52's The B-52's(Cass, Album, RE) Island Records, Island Records 842 444-4, ICM9580 France Unknown Sell This Version
ORK 719580 The B-52's The B-52's(Cass, Album, RE) Island Records ORK 719580 Italy Unknown Sell This Version
ICT 9580 The B-52's The B-52's(Cass, Album, RE, 1+1) Island Records ICT 9580 UK Unknown Sell This Version
M5 3355 The B-52's The B-52's(Cass, Album, RE, Dol) Warner Bros. Records M5 3355 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
BSK 3355 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album, Club, RE, RCA) Warner Bros. Records BSK 3355 US Unknown Sell This Version
36.159 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album, RE) Warner Bros. Records 36.159 Brazil Unknown Sell This Version
610.7026, 36.159 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album, RE) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records 610.7026, 36.159 Brazil Unknown Sell This Version
ILPS 9580, ILPS 9580* The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album, RE) Island Records, Island Records ILPS 9580, ILPS 9580* UK Unknown Sell This Version
H 200776 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album, RE) Island Records H 200776 Spain Unknown Sell This Version
ILPS 9580 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album, RE) Island Records ILPS 9580 UK Unknown Sell This Version
200.776-I, H 200776 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album, RE) Island Records, Island Records 200.776-I, H 200776 Spain Unknown Sell This Version
BSK 3355 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album, RE, Jac) Warner Bros. Records BSK 3355 US Unknown Sell This Version
BSK 3355 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album, RE, RP, Bar) Warner Bros. Records BSK 3355 US Unknown Sell This Version
BSK 3355 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album, RE, Win) Warner Bros. Records BSK 3355 US Unknown Sell This Version
H 200776 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album, RP) Island Records H 200776 Spain Unknown Sell This Version
BSK 3355 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album, RP) Warner Bros. Records BSK 3355 Australia Unknown Sell This Version
BSK 3355 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album, RP, Jac) Warner Bros. Records BSK 3355 US Unknown Sell This Version
BSK 3355 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album, RP, Jac) Warner Bros. Records BSK 3355 US Unknown Sell This Version
BSK 3355 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album, RP, Los) Warner Bros. Records BSK 3355 US Unknown Sell This Version

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mogwaifearsatan

mogwaifearsatan

October 20, 2018
referencing The B-52's, LP, Album, Los, BSK 3355
Hi,
I have a doubt finding which pressing of this album I own. It has the yellow "Play loud" label and no barcode on the jacket.
Matrix runnout side A: sterling BSK 1 3355 WW1
Matric runnout side B: sterling BSK 2 99 3355 WW2

In the list, I found records with the same matrix marquings but the label is the white one and all yellow label records I found have other marquings.
Any ideas?
Regards,

Mikael
Storungz

Storungz

August 29, 2018
referencing The B-52's, 9xFile, FLAC, Album, RE, RM, 24b, none
Ok, seriously, where can one find HD trax of classic releases such as this? I've been looking for an SACD or the like and then to see this was just released as HD FLAC somewhere is encouraging. I know there is Qobuz.com but it's "not available" here in the states yet. Stupid labels are SO behind here. One would have thought they would have learned something after the whole Napster situation. Grrrrrr
Bradx

Bradx

August 25, 2018
edited 2 months ago
referencing The B-52's, LP, Album, Los, BSK 3355
All the vinyl copies I've looked at have 'Play Loud' on the labels (I haven't viewed them all). Why are some of the albums titled 'Play Loud' and some not?
puckdefender

puckdefender

July 12, 2018
referencing The B-52's, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Yel, RCV1 3355

Holy crap this thing sounds good! No distortion on the vocals and everything sounds super tight plus the record looks spectacular, highly recommended!
mrbluesurf

mrbluesurf

May 2, 2018
referencing The B-52's, LP, Album, Num, MOFI 1-004
Just got a copy of this. Sounds very clean and tidy. Shame it didn't come with the printed inner with lyrics, (mofi inner sleeve).
When get time i will compare it with this version
https://www.discogs.com/B-52s-The-B-52s/release/6206694
I heard Rock Lobster on the radio years ago and thought it was amazing and bought the above the day it was released. it came with an original 7" copy of Rock Lobster and a poster which I have both still.
One of the best party records ever.
132bpm

132bpm

March 22, 2018
referencing The B-52’s, CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Pap, UICY-78472
Could anyone please share some info about the sound quality of these remasters? Are they notably better and worth getting, or is the improvement only minimal?

Thanks in advance!
Mintsauce

Mintsauce

August 8, 2017
referencing The B-52's, LP, Album, Num, MOFI 1-004

No reviews! Sounds amazing, lovely pressing! Just be wary of the mofi inner sleeves, the sisters of mercy mofi albums I have had started to cloud. There's a few threads on audiophile forums about them. To be fair this is a good few years old by the time I bought it and looks perfect. Replaced the inner sleeve anyway.
Booj1Boy

Booj1Boy

April 25, 2017
referencing The B-52's, Cass, Album, RE, M5 3355

Probably a 90s reissue. For a standard Ferric tape with no Dolby encoding, this actually sounds pretty good, with the expected tape hiss of course.
MrAAD

MrAAD

January 27, 2017
edited about 1 year ago
referencing The B-52's, LP, Album, Los, BSK 3355

This is the best B-52's album. Very high energy, fun music that created a lot of waves / was at the forefront of New Wave when it first came out. This album in a lot of ways defined New Wave and some songs like 52 Girls are as punk as anybody. Plus, Kate is just so cute.
saxonman1

saxonman1

April 12, 2015
referencing The B-52's, LP, Album, ILS-81263
this is a nice original 1979 pressing of the b52s debut lp released in japan shortly after it was released 2 months earlier in the us/uk, anyway this sleeve is rather thin, a bit glossy and comes with a 4 page insert with lyrics in both japanese and english, nice copy of this 1979 classic wich was there best record i felt as it had that new wave vibe to it but it also had a punky edge somewhat........... great memories hearing songs like dance this mess around and 52 girls, it has been a while