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click Violin Concerto">A Japan-for-Korea CBS classical CD: Beethoven Violin Concerto

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 […]

follow link Oasis">The West German Target CD of Oasis Oasis

No, not that Oasis. Here we consider a relatively obscure pop/rock band from the 1980s of the same name. In fact, they released just one album. The group formed in 1984 with the lineup of Mary Hopkin, Peter Skellern, Julian Lloyd Webber, Mitch Dalton, and Bill Lovelady. Their self-titled album, released in 1984, was released […]

‘Tis the Season: A Japanese pressing of Joseph Byrd A Christmas Yet To Come

2020 has been a strange year, to say the least, but we still have the holiday season to end the year and take us into a hopefully more normal 2021. This holiday season, we consider a rather obscure holiday album. It is the 1975 synthesizer compilation by Joseph Byrd titled, A Christmas Yet To Come. […]

The original Japanese issue of Creedence Clearwater Revival Cosmo’s Factory

From 1968 to 1972, Creedence Clearwater Revival, the quartet formed by John Fogerty, Tom Fogerty, Doug Clifford, and Stu Cook, delivered seven original albums packed with hit singles. CCR combined driving, energetic, jamming rock with a southern, down-home charm (with some social messages mixed in). Led by John Fogerty’s songwriting and hard vocals, CCR were […]

The (authentic) West German pressing of Bee Gees Living Eyes

Bee Gees were it in the late ’70s. The first group that likely comes to mind when (if) considering Saturday Night Fever and the entire Disco genre. As Disco began to fade from pop-culture consciousness in favor of New Wave, so goes a 1981 album by Bee Gees that should be owned and heard. It […]

The U.S. Sanyo pressing of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young So Far

Back in 2013, we profiled a rare Swiss pressing of supergroup Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s brilliant album Déjà Vu. Some seven years later, we look at another CSNY offering, this time the 1974 compilation titled So Far. The pressing featured here is not as rare but is still early and not an expected one […]

The Japan-for-U.S. KBC Band CD

This month, we consider a fairly obscure CD from the 1980s. It is the 1986 self-titled album by KBC Band. Never heard of them? Look on YouTube. Perhaps you remember their MTV hit, “America”. In any case, KBC Band was formed by members of Jefferson Airplane, Paul Kantner (guitar, vocals), Marty Balin (vocals), and Jack […]

The original Japanese issue of Philip Bailey Chinese Wall

In the 1970s, Philip Bailey was an instrumental member of Earth, Wind & Fire, contributing his tremendous vocal range and songwriting during the decade. In 1983, Bailey went out on his own, releasing the aptly-named solo effort Continuation. The album made little impact on the pop charts, but Bailey’s fortunes would change a year later. […]

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