Back in March, a rare Sony promotional CD entitled Compact Disc Demonstration Vol. 1 was posted here.  This disc was released in Japan under catalog number YEDS 4 to help promote the CD format (click here for details).  At that time, I stated there was a Volume 2.  Well, here it is.  In 1982, Sony released Compact Disc Demonstration Vol. 2 in Japan under catalog number YEDS 5.

Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 are similar in content and presentation.  All tracks on Vol. 1 are digital recordings, while Vol. 2 has a mix of digital and analog recordings.  The analog tracks on Vol. 2 are labeled “Digital Mastering”.

Like its predecessor, Compact Disc Demonstration Vol. 2 is comprised of jazz and classical music tracks (12 tracks in total).  This is a promotional issue, as the disc states “NOT FOR SALE”.  The inserts are less forceful and state “Not for Sale”.

As expected for an early Sony issue, the CD was pressed at the CBS/Sony plant in Japan.  The disc has no text stamped on the plastic ring (not uncommon for early CBS/Sony pressings), and the matrix code is “YEDS-5-1 1A6”.  The matrix code is stamped in the original CBS/Sony plant crude font.  The copy featured here came in the original jewel case with smooth top and bottom edges and “Patent pending” embossed on the back.

In my experience, Compact Disc Demonstration Vol. 2 is rare, but not as rare as Vol. 1.  Perhaps more copies of Vol. 2 were pressed to coincide with greater interest in the CD format.

Shown below are pictures of the Compact Disc Demonstration Vol. 2 cover, back insert, spine label, and CD.

 

The cover for the early Japanese Sony promotional sampler CD, Compact Disc Demonstration Vol. 2 (catalog number YEDS 5).  The same artwork was used for the preceding Vol. 1 (catalog number YEDS 4).

 

The back insert for the early Japanese Sony promotional sampler CD, Compact Disc Demonstration Vol. 2 (catalog number YEDS 5).  The track list is presented in both English and Japanese.  Note the statement “Not for Sale” printed in the bottom left corner.  The insert is dated 1982.  This artwork minus the track list was used for the back cover of the booklet.  Similar artwork was used for the Vol. 1 back insert (catalog number YEDS 4).

 

A spine label for the early Japanese Sony promotional sampler CD, Compact Disc Demonstration Vol. 2 (catalog number YEDS 5).

 

The early Japanese Sony promotional sampler CD, Compact Disc Demonstration Vol. 2 (catalog number YEDS 5).  The disc has no text stamped on the clear plastic ring, and the matrix code is “YEDS-5-1 1A6″.  The matrix code is stamped in a crude font typical of early Japanese CBS/Sony pressings.  The disc is labeled “NOT FOR SALE” at 6 o’clock and is dated 1982.

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