Fleet FoxesHelplessness Blues

Label:Sub Pop – SP 888
2 x Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold
Genre:Rock, Folk, World, & Country
Style:Indie Rock, Folk


A2Bedouin Dress
Arranged By [Strings Arranged With Help From]Hanna Benn
ViolinAlina To
A3Sim Sala Bim3:14
B1Battery Kinzie2:49
B2The Plains / Bitter Dancer5:53
B3Helplessness Blues5:03
C1The Cascades2:07
C3Someone You'd Admire2:29
D1The Shrine / An Argument
ViolinAlina To
D2Blue Spotted Tail3:05
D3Grown Ocean
Pedal Steel Guitar, Lap Steel GuitarBill Patton

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℗ & © 2011 Sub Pop Records

Reciprocal Recording - Seattle, WA - January to December 2010
Dreamland Studios - West Hurley, NY - Twelve days in April 2010
Bear Creek Studios - Woodinville, WA - Ten days in July 2010
Avast Recording - Seattle, WA - Four weeks mixing and recording, Fall 2010
Fort Warden Water Cistern - Port Townsend, WA - Loud Noises

This album is dedicated to Andy Kotowicz. XO

Includes Oversized Two Sided Poster & Free MP3 Download Card

Preorder includes two stickers (1 generic Sub Pop logo, 1 round & red Fleet Foxes sticker) and one foldout poster.

All songs... Foxes Fellowship [ASCAP] Administered by Chrysalis in the U.K.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Printed): 0 98787 08881 6
  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A): SP 888-A 19721.1(3)... RJ STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B): SP 888-B 19721.2(3)... RJ STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side C): SP 888-C 19721.3(3)... RJ STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side D): SP 888-D 19721.4(3)... RJ STERLING

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Helplessness Blues (CD, Album)Bella UnionBELLACD283Europe2011
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Helplessness Blues (2×LP, Album, Limited Edition, White)Sub PopSP 888US2011
Helplessness Blues (2×LP, Album, Gatefold)Bella UnionBELLAV283Europe2011
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Helplessness Blues (CD, Album)Sub Pop, Sub PopSPCD 888, SP 888US2011
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Helplessness Blues (CD, Album)Love Da RecordsLOVECD122Asia2011



  • richgers's avatar
    Edited one year ago
    Great pressing, but with a runtime of 49 min 57 sec, couldn't they have made it 3 sides with the 4th an etched image like other bands? Or even just a nice blank gloss. The album is beautiful. Having it interrupted so much and so often is a shame. Bands: Just because there are four sides doesn't mean you have to use all four sides. Play some vinyl and see for yourself what's a better experience.
    • Debtriot's avatar
      Edited 11 months ago
      Some popping throughout Blue Spotted Tail but otherwise an excellent pressing.

      edit: Was able to remove the surface noise with a Spin Clean.
      • wsevans's avatar
        Really impressive and affordable pressing, loads of detail to dig into
        • Vega_'s avatar
          Edited one year ago
          I would love to see a "Second Collection" of this album like they did the the debut album and "First Collection"!
          • Garret42's avatar
            I just picked up a slightly different variant of this release, barcode and run-out are the same, but it does not include the MP3 card and the hype sticker is also different in that the wording about the MP3 has been deleted. Same font and colors as the sticker from this release, though. So I'm not sure if I have a variant of this version or a newer re-issue, does anyone have any information or have a similar version? Everything seems the same except the MP3 card and hype sticker.
            • Dog-Matic_Listening's avatar
              Edited 2 years ago
              I purchased this from my local record store brand new, unsealed. Weirdly enough, it only came with two disc 2s (both were Side C & D)! If anyone has an extra disc one, or it came with two Disc 1's, let's trade lol.
              • apecantrustme's avatar
                the bass player from The Blood Brothers is credited here? is that correct?
                • a.baker0627's avatar
                  Anyone have an extra disc 1? I only have disc 2 in my collection.
                  • Orinami's avatar
                    bought this from a record store, no oversized poster in sight, very sad day
                    • Nibiru's avatar
                      Great album indeed, meant to be heard on vinyl. This is an excellent pressing, full frequency, quiet, great imaging.


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