Archive for November, 2015

‘Tis the Season: A Japanese pressing of Christmas with Placido Domingo

Happy Holidays! As has become a tradition, it’s time to consider an early holiday CD. In 1981, legendary tenor Placido Domingo recorded Christmas with Placido Domingo with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. The album, containing 10 Christmas classics, was released by CBS Records, and the original CDs released in the U.S. and Europe were assigned catalog […]

Early and later Japanese CBS/Sony pressings of Mantovani Digital Spectacular

When I started collecting early CDs, I was perfectly happy finding any early Japanese or West German pressing. It was Japanese or West German, so it was first or early. Good enough. Then, not good enough. As time marched on, I learned that there were degrees of early or real first pressings. So, not all early […]