Archive for the 'Featured CDs' Category

Revisiting Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers Night in Tunisia: The West German “Green-Blue-Arrow” CD

Back in 2011, a rare West German pressing of the 1979 Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers album, Night in Tunisia, was featured here on keithhirsch.com (click here). That disc is noteworthy by virtue of its prominent blue-arrow motif. The blue arrow was one of the earliest label designs used for CDs on the Philips […]

An early U.S. DADC pressing of Bob Dylan John Wesley Harding

As we head into 2019, let’s consider an early, brilliant album by Bob Dylan. No, not Bringing It All Back Home. Not Highway 61 Revisited. Not Blonde on Blonde either. These three consecutive albums certainly are brilliant and are worthy of a spot here, but not this time. Instead, let’s look at Dylan’s 1967 effort […]

‘Tis the Season: Barbara Mandrell Christmas at Our House

Happy Holidays 2018! As we embark on the most wonderful time of the year, and the cold that comes with it (for many of us), let’s take in some country music. This year, we consider the 1984 album from country legend Barbara Mandrell entitled Christmas at Our House. First, Mandrell is particularly fitting for our […]

The Japanese CBS/Sony pressing of Stanley Turrentine Pieces of Dreams

Back in January of 2013, we featured a rare Japan-for-U.S. pressing of Vince Guaraldi Trio Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus on the Fantasy label (click here). That post mentioned the existence of Japanese CBS/Sony and CTA pressings of the Guaraldi album. Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus is part of a small series of Fantasy Records titles […]

The West German pressing of Steve Earle Guitar Town

Steve Earle. You can be forgiven if the name does not register. This is because Earle does not fit neatly into a genre and, perhaps as a result, has not enjoyed extended mainstream success. Earle’s music and style can be thought of country, rock, pop, folk or, more aptly, a combination of all of these […]

A Japan-for-U.S., Matsushita pressing of Carpenters The Singles 1969-1973

A fun part of collecting early CDs is the challenge of finding particularly rare pressings or pressing variations. For some titles, there are multiple early Japanese or West German pressings for the completist to track down. How did this come about? Well, back in the early days of the format, CD pressing plants had limited […]

A U.S.-for-Europe pressing of Billy Joel An Innocent Man

When looking at early CDs, one of the more intriguing labels is CBS Records. In the 1980s, the CBS umbrella included titles across many genres under the parent label, as well as Columbia, Epic, and several smaller labels. It seems that CBS had the collector in mind, as a particular album was given distinct CD […]

An early U.S. DADC pressing of Supertramp Breakfast in America

As we approach the Independence Day holiday in the United States, let’s further the celebration by considering an early and rare U.S. pressing.  And, in keeping with the theme, let’s also consider an album that, at least in part, features the U.S.A. Behold the 1979 rock blockbuster by Supertramp, Breakfast in America. Yes, Supertramp is […]

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