Can't Be Touched
Don't Look Down
*Stray and Can't Be Touched are different versions than the ones on the Stray 7"
Release Date: September 6, 1993
USA LP [Frontier 01866 31057-1; black vinyl]
Dead Air was released on several different colored vinyl editions by Frontier (apparently green and clear upon first release with reissues at some point on pink marbled and translucent blue based on what's listed on Discogs) but this one is the black vinyl pressing. Album notes state that the front cover photo is by Gustavo del Chucho Bravo. Other photos by JJ Gonson and art direction was by the band. No matrix info listed on Discogs for this pressing. None of the LP pressings on Discogs state if they come with any insert. My copy of the green vinyl doesn't have an insert but the back cover lists most of the information from the CD booklet so perhaps no LP's came with any inserts since the info is on the back cover. The back cover also has two photos. One is the same one of the band that is in the CD booklet. The other has the background from that photo but with the band missing.
Some photos taken from discogs.com.
USA LP [Frontier 01866 31057-1; clear vinyl]
This is the clear vinyl pressing from 1993 (Frontier also released black and green vinyl upon first release). Everything about this pressing is the same as the other pressings from 1993 other than the vinyl being clear. See the green vinyl entry below and the black vinyl entry above for more details on the packaging.
USA LP [Frontier 01866 31057-1; green vinyl]
This is the green vinyl pressing from 1993 (Frontier also released black and clear vinyl upon first release). The back cover has most of the information that is in the CD booklet, credits and thank you's, etc. Copies I've seen of the LP don't have any sort of insert. So perhaps they never came with one since most of the CD booklet info is just on the back cover. The back cover also has two photos. One of the band and then a photo with the same background but with the band not there (see photos below). Matrix info is listed for this version on Discogs as:
- Barcode: 0 1866-31057-1 0
- Matrix / Runout (Side a): S-27556 FLP-31057-A kdisc JG
- Matrix / Runout (Side b ): S-27557 FLP-31057-B kdisc JG
USA LP [Frontier 31057-1; pink solid white marbled vinyl, year unknown?]
This is another colored vinyl pressing, this time on pink solid white marbled vinyl. The year on the Discogs listing is still 1993, the original year that the album came out. However, within the Discogs listing there is a note that says "2017 Repress?" so it's unclear when this came out. It almost surely did come out after 1993 due to the differences in the packaging. The back cover has many minor differences from the original pressings. The actual barcode number is the same but the rectangle that holds the barcode is a different size. The back cover on this one has one less photo than original pressings also. In addition, the Frontier Records logo is very different than the original pressings. The spine also has minor differences. The catalog number 31057-1 is listed but not the additional number 01866 that is on original pressings. The word “frontier” on the spine is printed a tiny bit smaller on this pressing too. Like the original pressings, the copies I’ve seen of this pressing don’t have any insert. The front of the shrink wrap has a sticker that says “Special Colored Vinyl!”. Barcode according to Discogs is 0 1866-31057-1 0.
USA LP [Frontier 01866 31057-1; translucent blue vinyl, year unknown?]
This translucent blue vinyl pressing is listed as a reissue but the year is still listed as 1993. Perhaps was a later reissue? Need more info on this pressing. Barcode and matrix info according to Discogs:
- Barcode (Scanned): 018663105727
- Matrix / Runout: 018 6631 0572 01! A
USA CD [Frontier 01866 31057-2]
The CD pressing of Dead Air comes in a standard jewel case and uses the same front artwork as the LP. It comes with a four panel booklet. The inside pages of the booklet are simple white pages with song info and credits. See photo below for the back page of the booklet. Two entries are on Discogs with the same barcode and same catalog numbers. They appear to only differ in their matrix info.
Version 1 matrix info:
Matrix / Runout: 018 6631 0572 01! A
Version 2 matrix info:
Matrix / Runout: DISQUE AMERIC 05RN2<1127>310572
USA Cassette [Frontier 01866 31057-4]
This is the original cassette pressing (it was reissued on cassette in 2014). Compared to the later reissue, the wording on the spine is smaller and the album title is toward the middle of the spine, while it's toward the bottom of the spine on the reissue. The shade of green used for the album title is also different than the reissue. The photos used on the cover for this original pressing are smaller than the reissue. The back area of the insert is much different from the reissue also. This one has the song titles unnumbered and listed on both sides of the barcode. The reissue has the songs numbered and are just a straight up and down list. The cassette itself has many differences from the reissue also, including this version having the song titles listed on the cassette. The insert has a lot of the same information as the reissue but laid out differently. Please see photos on the two entries for some of the differences. Barcode according to Discogs is 0 1866-31057-4 1.
Some photos taken from discogs.com
USA Promo Cassette [Frontier no catalog number]
This is a promo cassette of Dead Air used to promote the album. It comes in plain white packaging with tracklisting and record label information. It lists the street date for the album as April 27, 1993. However, most places on the internet list the actual release date as September 6, 1993 so the release date was likely delayed.
Photos taken from discogs.com
USA Cassette [Frontier/Burger 31057-4/BRGR655; 2014 reissue]
In 2014, Dead Air was reissued on cassette by Burger and Frontier Records. It was a Record Store Day exclusive release and limited to 500 copies. The cassette is clear red. The inside of the packaging has the same band photo that is on the back of the CD booklet. A lot of the packaging is similar to the original pressing but there are some significant differences. Please see the description on the original pressing and the photos on both entries for some of the differences. Barcode according to Discogs is 634457649644.
Some photos taken from discogs.com.