The Flaming LipsThe Soft Bulletin

Label:Warner Bros. Records – 518653-1, Warner Bros. Records – PRO-CD-518619
2 x Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Stereo, 180 g, Gatefold
CD, Promo
Country:USA & Europe
Genre:Electronic, Rock
Style:Indie Rock, Experimental, Psychedelic Rock


The Soft Bulletin
A1Race For The Prize (Sacrifice Of The New Scientists)4:09
A2A Spoonful Weighs A Ton3:32
A3The Spark That Bled (The Softest Bullet Ever Shot)5:55
A4The Spiderbite Song4:02
B1Buggin' (The Buzz Of Love Is Busy Buggin' You)3:16
B2What Is The Light? (An Untested Hypothesis Suggesting That The Chemical (In Our Brains) By Which We Are Able To Experience The Sensation Of Being In Love Is The Same Chemical That Caused The "Big Bang" That Was The Birth Of The Accelerating Universe)4:05
B3The Observer4:11
C1Waitin' For A Superman (Is It Getting Heavy?)4:17
C2Suddenly Everything Has Changed (Death Anxiety Caused By Moments Of Boredom)3:54
C3The Gash (Battle Hymn For The Wounded Mathematician)4:02
D1Slow Motion3:53
D2Feeling Yourself Disintegrate5:17
D3Sleeping On The Roof (Excerpt From "Should We Keep The Severed Head Awake??")3:09
The Soft Bulletin Outtakes
CD 11000 Ft. Hands
CD 2The Captain
CD 3Satellite Of You

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Some copies have a hype sticker on the outer front shrink (see pics), it reads:
180 Gram Two-Disc Set
Pressed At Pallas, Germany
Bonus CD Includes Three Previously-Unreleased Tracks
Because Sound Matters

Bonus CD issued in a cardboard sleeve with photo of a live performance and labeled "The Soft Bulletin Outtakes Music And Songs By The Flaming Lips",

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 0 9362-49779-2 6
  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Other (Cat # on sticker): 1-518653 (#1)
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A etched; -18730- MASTERDISK stamped): 1-518653-RE A. -18730- DONGROSSINGER.COM MASTERDISK
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B etched; -18730- MASTERDISK stamped): 1-518653-RE B -18730- DONGROSSINGER.COM MASTERDISK
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side C etched; -18731- MASTERDISK stamped): 1-518653-RE C -18731- DONGROSSINGER.COM MASTERDISK
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side D etched; -18731- MASTERDISK stamped): 1-518653-RE D -18731- DONGROSSINGER.COM MASTERDISK
  • Matrix / Runout (Bonus CD, Variant 1): X31649 1 PRO CD 518619-2 01 M1S1
  • Mould SID Code (Bonus CD, Variant 1): IFPI 2U3W
  • Matrix / Runout (Bonus CD, Variant 2): X31649 M0S1 1 PRO CD 518619-2 01
  • Mould SID Code (Bonus CD, Variant 2): IFPI 2U2P
  • Mastering SID Code (Bonus CD, Printed 2x, Variants 1 & 2): ifpi L902

Other Versions (5 of 34)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
The Soft Bulletin (CD, HDCD, Album)Warner Bros. Records9362-47393-2Europe1999
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The Soft Bulletin (CD, Album, HDCD)Warner Bros. RecordsCDW 46876USA & Canada1999
The Soft Bulletin (CD, HDCD, Album)Warner Bros. Records9 46876-2US1999
Recently Edited
The Soft Bulletin (CD, Advance, Album, Promo)Warner Bros. Records2-46876-ABUS1999
Recently Edited
The Soft Bulletin (CD, Album)Warner Bros. Records9362473932Australia1999



  • krhamrick's avatar
    This is definitely the pressing you want. I've tried several and this is the only vinyl one that sounds anywhere as good as the original CD issue.
    • okaycpu's avatar
      Better than the original pressing if only because it's quieter. Both the OG press of Yoshimi and The Soft Bulletin on PIAS have a lot of surface noise. The only other difference is that the sleeve is slightly different from the original.
      • babermac's avatar
        This is an outstanding vinyl pressing from Pallas in Germany; my copy is flat and dead quiet. I only wish the gatefold sleeve were even half as good. Mine came out of the shrink wrap with major corner bends, and the whole thing just feels too flimsy for such an otherwise premium release. Ah well, the recording is what matters, and to my ears it is presented flawlessly here.

        It's worth noting that "Race For The Prize" and "Buggin'" are included in their original mixes, rather than the remixes that appeared on the CD. If, like me, you played your 1999 CD to death, you may experience a moment of shock when the drums don't quite kick in on "Buggin'". (I find myself siding with the corporate goons over at Warner Bros. on that one, but only because I love the sound of Steven's drums so much.)
        • TerrestrialTones's avatar
          This really is a fantastic version of this LP. It's one of my favorite records, and I've owned several versions over the years. This is, in my opinion, the one to have. It's a quiet and flat pressing that sounds great. Also, the version of Buggin' on this pressing sounds to be a different mix to me.


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