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Shape Optimedia was one of many pressing plants that opened in the U.S. in the late ’80s as demand for the silver discs boomed. Though Shape Optimedia did not have a long run (operating in the state of Maine), they turned out distinctive early pressings by virtue of their unique clear plastic ring. Shape Optimedia produced a limited run of Band on the Run. Let’s have a look.

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The back insert for the original Capitol issue of Paul McCartney and Wings Band on the Run (catalog number CDP 7 46055 2). As noted along the bottom, this insert was printed in the U.S.

 

The Shape Optimedia plant pressing of Paul McCartney and Wings Band on the Run (Capitol, catalog number CDP 7 46055 2). “SHAPE OPTIMEDIA, INC.” and “MADE IN USA” is stamped on the clear plastic ring. The matrix information is “SHAPE OPTIMEDIA 10059 SA0584”.

1959 saw the release of one of the most iconic jazz albums of all time, Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue. In the same year, five of the jazz legends that performed on Kind of Blue recorded a session in Chicago that is oft-overlooked. It shouldn’t be. The line-up of Julian (Cannonball) Adderley on alto saxophone, John Coltrane on tenor saxophone, Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Jimmy Cobb on drums, came together to record six tracks for an album originally released in 1959 as Cannonball Adderley Quintet in Chicago. In 1964, the session was reissued as Cannonball & Coltrane. As the second title suggests, the album highlights two saxophone greats dueling and complementing each other.

This recording was released on CD as Cannonball & Coltrane by EmArcy, part of PolyGram Records, in 1988 under catalog number 834 588-2. The earliest copies were pressed in West Germany by the PDO plant. As such, there is no clear plastic ring at the center of the disc. The inserts were printed in West Germany.

This is not a particularly rare CD, but it is a must for the jazz aficionado and CD collector. The original issue of a jazz classic, even if it is oft-overlooked.

Shown below is the cover and back insert for the original issue of Cannonball & Coltrane, along with the West German pressing.

 

The cover for the original CD issue of Cannonball & Coltrane (EmArcy, catalog number 834 588-2). This is the standard artwork for the Cannonball & Coltrane issue of this session.

 

The back insert for the original CD issue of Cannonball & Coltrane (EmArcy, catalog number 834 588-2). The performers are listed towards the bottom. Note “Printed in West Germany” in the bottom left corner.

 

The West German pressing of Cannonball & Coltrane (EmArcy, catalog number 834 588-2). “MADE IN W.GERMANY BY PDO” is stamped near the center hole, and “MADE IN W.GERMANY BY POLYGRAM” is printed along the perimeter. The matrix code is “834 588-2 01 *”.

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One cannot have a meaningful discussion of ’80s pop music without devoting significant time to British chart-topper Culture Club. Fronted by the ever-charismatic Boy George, the group debuted with 1982’s Kissing to be Clever and its hits “I’ll Tumble 4 Ya” and “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me”. That was just the start. In 1983, Culture Club released their sophomore effort, the smash Colour By Numbers. Included here are “Karma Chameleon” (you know you’re humming it right now), “It’s a Miracle”, and “Miss Me Blind”. Hugely popular album with endless radio airplay and videos on MTV. Huge. So, what about Colour By Numbers on CD? Let’s look at one early aesthetic issue.

In Europe and Japan, Virgin Records owned the rights to Culture Club’s catalog in the ’80s. Virgin first issued Colour By Numbers on CD in its homeland U.K. and the rest of Europe in 1983 under catalog number CDV 2285. Typical of an early European issue, the disc was pressed in West Germany by Polygram. Therefore, the disc has no clear plastic ring at the center (i.e., aluminum up to the center hole). Also in keeping with many early West German pressings, the disc has an attractive paint coating — powder blue.

The Colour by Numbers disc label is particularly eye-catching with fonts and characters reproduced from the album artwork. The disc does not state where it was pressed, but it clearly is an early West German pressing. The matrix code is “CDV 2285 2893 288 01”. The back insert, with no barcode, states “Printed in West Germany”.

This early Culture Club release is not terribly rare, as it was likely pressed in substantial quantities for the time given the band’s enormous popularity. Look for it online, as it is a worthy addition to any music and music collector’s shelf. For the record (CD?), a similar West German pressing was issued on Virgin for Kissing to be Clever under catalog number CDV 2232.

Shown below is the cover and back insert for the original Virgin issue of Colour by Numbers, along with the West German pressing.

 

The cover for the original West German pressing of Culture Club Colour by Numbers (Virgin, catalog number CDV 2285). This is the standard cover artwork for this album.

 

The back insert for the original West German pressing of Culture Club Colour by Numbers (Virgin, catalog number CDV 2285). There is no barcode. Note “Printed in West Germany” along the bottom.

 

The original West German pressing of Culture Club Colour by Numbers (Virgin, catalog number CDV 2285). The matrix code is “CDV 2285 2893 288 01”.

Last month, we profiled an early CD of the German prog rock group Grobschnitt. In this latest entry, we stay in Europe and move forward about a decade. Swedish pop/rock duo Roxette delivered hit after hit in the ’80s into the ’90s. Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle formed Roxette in 1984 and hit the airwaves with their 1986 debut album Pearls and Passion. A solid first effort, Roxette hit their stride with their follow-up album, 1988’s Look Sharp!

Look Sharp! offers 13 tracks and includes the huge hits as bookends, “The Look” (Track 1) and “Listen to Your Heart” (Track 13). The album was released on CD in the U.S. by EMI (within Capitol Records umbrella) in 1988 under catalog number CDP 7 91098 2. To further promote the Look Sharp! and further Roxette, EMI issued a promotional CD single of “The Look” in 1989.

The single is readily identified as a promo disc by virtue of the catalog number, DPRO 04255. The disc bears just the one track and was packaged in a standard jewel case. The cover shows Fredriksson and Gessle along with lyrics from “The Look”. As a promo disc, there is no barcode on the back insert. This insert has “PROMOTIONAL COPY ONLY” and “NOT FOR SALE” printed in the top right corner.

The back insert references the album with the text, “From the LP “LOOKSHARP!” (E1-91098)”. Yes, the album title is printed as one word. Even with the growing popularity of CDs by 1989, this text on a promo CD still references the vinyl record.

The single of “The Look” was pressed by the U.S. PDO plant. As a PDO pressing, it bears resemblance to early West German pressings with an aluminum hub. The matrix code is “DPRO 04255 01!”, and the text “MADE IN USA BY PDO” is also stamped near the center hole. The disc bears the DPRO catalog number but does not have the promotional text found on the back insert.

Shown below is the cover and back insert for “The Look” promo single, along with the CD.

 

The cover for the U.S. promotional CD single of Roxette “The Look” (EMI, catalog number DPRO-04255).

 

The back insert for the U.S. promotional CD single of Roxette “The Look” (EMI, catalog number DPRO-04255).  Note the promotional text printed in the top right corner.

 

The U.S. promotional CD single of Roxette “The Look” (EMI, catalog number DPRO-04255). This disc was pressed in the U.S. by PDO. The matrix code is “DPRO 04255 01!”, and “MADE IN USA BY PDO” is stamped on the play side near the center hole. 

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Rockpommel’s Land is a prog concept album. The album cover draws comparisons to Yes, and the album itself has also evoked such comparisons. Rockpommel’s Land is a four-track album running over an hour. Very proggy. In all seriousness, this is a great album with quality lyrics and instrumentation. If you have never heard of Grobschnitt, give this album a listen.

So what about Rockpommel’s Land on CD? Perhaps not surprising, the original release is from Germany. The disc appeared on the Metronome label (Metronome Musik GmbH) under catalog number 837 985-2, with the disc being pressed in West Germany.

The Rockpommel’s Land disc has a typical Metronome label design from the mid-’80s — red and black text and no paint coating. The disc states “Made in W.-Germany” at 3 o’clock. The disc featured here was pressed by Philips-DuPont Optical, PDO, and has the familiar aluminum hub. The plant identifier “MADE IN W.GERMANY BY PDO” is stamped in the aluminum hub near the center hole. The matrix code is “837 985-2 01 *”.

Importantly, the back cover of the booklet provides the following recording information with instructions on how to listen to the album:

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The cover for the original issue of Grobschnitt Rockpommel’s Land (Metronome, catalog number 837 985-2). This is the standard cover artwork for the album.

 

The back insert for the original issue of Grobschnitt Rockpommel’s Land (Metronome, catalog number 837 985-2). Note the text in German printed along the bottom.

 

The West German pressing of Grobschnitt Rockpommel’s Land (Metronome, catalog number 837 985-2). It has “Made in W.-Germany” printed at 3 o’clock and “MADE IN W.GERMANY BY PDO” stamped at the center near the spindle hole. The matrix code is “837 985-2 01*”.

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This month, we consider a classic jazz album, but not one of a legendary ensemble. This is a solo effort from one of the all-time great acoustic guitarists. Joe Pass overcame drug addiction to record many brilliant albums on the Pablo label starting in 1973. Perhaps his best-known albums are from the Virtuoso series. The simply titled Virtuoso from 1974 is a jazz staple and showcases Pass’s effortless play on mostly his interpretations of jazz standards. Here we consider the original Japanese CD issue of Virtuoso, which pre-dates CD releases in the U.S. and Europe.

Pablo originally released Virtuoso in Japan in 1983 under CD catalog number 3112-15. The back insert shows a retail price of ¥3,500 (Japanese yen), a typical price for a Japanese CD in 1983. Also typical of early Japanese releases, one spine on the back insert is printed in English, and one is printed in Japanese.

The Japanese Virtuoso CD was pressed by CBS/Sony. It bears a simple design with black print over aluminum, meaning there is no paint coating. The central plastic ring has the familiar CBS/Sony “CSR COMPACT DISC” repeating, and the matrix code is “3112-15 11A1”. The disc has the album title and artist printed in both English and Japanese at 12 o’clock and states “Made in Japan” at 3 o’clock. This particular copy was found in a jewel case with smooth top and bottom edges and with “Patent pending” embossed on the back, also typical of a 1983 CD release.

Shown below is the cover and back insert for the Japanese issue of Virtuoso, as well as the CBS/Sony pressing.

 

The cover for the original Japanese issue of Joe Pass Virtuoso (Pablo, catalog number 3112-15). The photo of Pass is standard for the album cover, though other CD releases vary the font used for surrounding text.

 

The back insert for the original Japanese issue of Joe Pass Virtuoso (Pablo, catalog number 3112-15). Note the retail price of ¥3,500 printed on the left side and also along the bottom.

 

The Japanese CBS/Sony pressing of Joe Pass Virtuoso (Pablo, catalog number 3112-15). “CSR COMPACT DISC” repeats in the plastic ring at the center, and the matrix code is “3112-15 11A1”.

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Over the years, we’ve discussed three primary markets for early Japanese CD pressings: Japan-for-Japan, Japan-for-U.S., and Japan-for-Europe. While these markets represent the majority of discs pressed in Japan, smaller markets at times sourced discs from Japan (or West Germany) to serve local demand before domestic plants opened. One such smaller market is Korea. Although rare overall, early Korean CD releases were generally pressed in Japan or West Germany. Let’s look at a Japan-for-Korea CD.

In the late ’80s, CBS Records began issuing classical titles in Korea. The first copies to hit the shelves were dedicated Korean releases with the discs pressed in Japan. Interestingly, these CBS titles were not pressed by CBS/Sony. Instead, they were pressed in Japan by JVC. We’ve discussed in other posts that CBS farmed out production of their titles to JVC and Denon in Japan in the late ’80s to meet demand.

So what we have is a Japanese JVC pressing of a CBS classical title for the Korean market. One such title is Ludwig van Beethoven’s Violin Concerto performed by Issac Stern with the New York Philharmonic. This CD was released on the CBS Maestro label under Korean catalog number DCK 8012. Also shown as a parenthetical is the original U.S. and European catalog number, MYK 42613.

The inserts for Violin Concerto bear a copyright date of 1987. The disc is a Japanese JVC pressing of the ’87 time frame. By 1987, JVC produced CDs with a “frosted” plastic ring at the center instead of clear. Also, the mirror band of JVC discs from the late ’80s have a large font, much easier to read than the original JVC small matrix characters. Additionally, JVC pressings of the late ’80s have a series of characters that some collectors refer to as “Tetris blocks”. The JVC pressing of Violin Concerto has these features for the plastic ring and the mirror band.

The particular copy of Violin Concerto featured here was recently purchased used in the United States. The back of the jewel case has a sticker that reads, “Imported & Distributed by Seoul Records, Inc.” Thus, it seems that this copy is a Japanese pressing for the Korean market that was then imported for sale in the U.S.

The Violin Concerto CD has a label design reminiscent of early Japan-for-Europe CBS titles. However, while those Japan-for-Europe pressings have black printing with no paint coating, these Japan-for-Korean discs are more striking with red printing (see photo below).

Shown below are the inserts for Violin Concerto, the Seoul Records, Inc. import sticker, and the Japanese JVC pressing. These early Japan-for-Korea discs likely are not too rare in Korea, but they appear to be quite uncommon in the U.S.

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The cover for the Japan-for-Korea pressing of Ludwig van Beethoven (Isaac Stern, Violin; New York Philharmonic; Daniel Barenboim, Conductor) Violin Concerto (CBS Maestro, catalog number DCK 8012).

 

The back insert for the Japan-for-Korea pressing of Ludwig van Beethoven (Isaac Stern, Violin; New York Philharmonic; Daniel Barenboim, Conductor) Violin Concerto (CBS Maestro, catalog number DCK 8012). The Korean catalog number, DCK 8012, is printed in the top left corner under the CD format logo. The original U.S./European catalog number, MYK 42613, is printed at the top. A barcode is printed on the left. As noted along the bottom, the phonogram (recording) date is 1976, and the copyright date for this CD issue is 1987.

 

A Seoul Records, Inc. import sticker on the back of the original jewel case for the Japan-for-Korea pressing of Ludwig van Beethoven (Isaac Stern, Violin; New York Philharmonic; Daniel Barenboim, Conductor) Violin Concerto (CBS Maestro, catalog number DCK 8012). This sticker was added for resale of this CD in external markets (e.g., U.S.).

 

The Japanese JVC pressing of Ludwig van Beethoven (Isaac Stern, Violin; New York Philharmonic; Daniel Barenboim, Conductor) Violin Concerto (CBS Maestro, catalog number DCK 8012). The matrix code is “DCK-8012-A1F11”. Note the text “Manufactured by Victor Company of Japan” at 6 o’clock.

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