Not too many people, according to a Billboard article announcing the expanded reissues of the Replacements‘ final four albums for Sire Records. Buried in the penultimate paragraph, we learn this sad little nugget:
In April, Rhino reissued the Replacements’ first three albums and an EP for hometown Minneapolis label Twin Tone. They’ve since sold 22,000 copies combined in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Only 22,000 copies? Combined? That’s just sad. I realize that everybody already has multiple copies of these things (cassette, vinyl, CD…), but still. I’m surprised Rhino’s even bothering to release the second batch.