Shown here are sealed copies of early CDs from my collection. Included are sealed longboxes, blister packs, and discs that are sealed in the original shrinkwrap.

 

 

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The Beatles Abbey Road (EMI/Odeon, catalog number CP35-3016). This is the first Japanese issue and is sealed in the original shrinkwrap with the obi strip.  The disc bears the popular “black-triangle” design.  Aside from being a first CD issue of a landmark Beatles album (released in 1983), this particular disc is in high demand because of its rarity and excellent mastering.  It is rare because it was issued without the consent of The Beatles and was pulled from the market quickly.  The jewel case with this sealed copy is an early type with smooth top and bottom edges.

 

 

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Jeff Back There and Back (Epic/Sony, catalog number 35 8P-5). This first Japanese issue is sealed in the original shrinkwrap with the obi strip.  The jewel case is an early type with smooth top and bottom edges.

 

 

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David Bowie The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (RCA, catalog number PCD1-4702). This is the first U.S. issue sealed in a blister pack. The disc was pressed in Japan by Denon.  As with all original David Bowie issues on RCA, this disc is very popular with collectors.

 

 

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John Coltrane Blue Train (Blue Note, catalog number CP35-3088). This is the original Japanese issue and is sealed in the original shrinkwrap with the obi strip. The jewel case has smooth top and bottom edges.  The disc has the black-triangle design that is popular with collectors.  Used copies of this disc are very hard to find.

 

 

Miles Davis Birth of the Cool (Capitol, catalog number CP32-5181).  Shown is the first Japanese issue sealed in the original shrinkwrap with the obi strip.  The disc inside has the black-triangle design that is typical of early Japanese issues on Capitol and associated EMI labels.

 

 

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Donald Fagen The Nightfly (Warner Bros., catalog number 32XD-312). This is a first Japanese issue sealed in the original shrinkwrap with the obi strip.

 

 

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Billy Joel 52nd Street (CBS, catalog number CK 35609). This is the first U.S. issue sealed in a blister pack. The disc was pressed in Japan by CBS/Sony.  It has “CSR COMPACT DISC” repeating in the plastic ring, and the matrix code is “35DP-1 121A1”.  Thus, the original Japanese catalog number 35DP 1 appears in the matrix code.  The jewel case is an early type with smooth top and bottom edges.

 

 

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Paul McCartney and Wings Band on the Run (EMI/Odeon, catalog number CP32-5038). This is the original Japanese issue and is sealed in the original shrinkwrap with the obi strip. The jewel case has smooth top and bottom edges.

 

 

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Paul McCartney and Wings Wings Over America (EMI/Odeon, catalog number CP28-5456-57). This two-disc set is the original Japanese issue and is sealed in the original shrinkwrap with the obi strip.  This pressing is rare and in demand.

 

 

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Paul McCartney Tug of War (Columbia, catalog number CK 37462). This is the first U.S. issue sealed in a blister pack.  The disc was pressed in Japan by CBS/Sony.  The jewel case is an early type with smooth top and bottom edges.

 

 

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Olivia Newton-John Olivia’s Greatest Hits Vol. 2 (MCA, catalog number MCAD-5347). This is an early U.S. issue sealed in a longbox and likely contains a Japanese pressing.  The die-cut window reveals the booklet inside the jewel case.  The earliest longboxes used by MCA and WEA had the window and often contained Japanese or West German pressings.  This longbox design was quickly replaced by the common style without the window.

 

 

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Pink Floyd The Dark Side of The Moon (EMI, catalog number CP35-3017). This is the first Japanese issue sealed in the original shrinkwrap with the obi strip.  This issue, with the black-triangle design, was in print for many years.  The obi strip with later pressings has a barcode on the back.  The obi strip with this sealed copy does not have a barcode.  Additionally, the jewel case is the early style with smooth top and bottom edges.

 

 

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Pink Floyd Animals (CBS/Sony, catalog number 32DP 360). This is the first Japanese issue sealed in the original shrinkwrap with the obi strip.

 

 

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The Police Synchronicity (A&M, catalog number CD-3735). This is the first U.S. issue sealed in a blister pack. The disc was pressed in Japan by Matsushita. It has “MANUFACTURED BY MATSUSHITA ELECTRIC IND.CO.,LTD.” stamped on the plastic ring.  The jewel case is an early type with smooth top and bottom edges.  A sticker on the back of the jewel case says “MADE IN JAPAN”. Interestingly, the blister pack has the A&M logo embossed five times across the middle (i.e., embossed on the outer plastic packaging).

 

 

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Elvis Presley The Legend (RCA, catalog number PD89000). This three-disc set was released in Europe in 1983 and is sealed in the original shrinkwrap.  Importantly, this set represents the first Elvis Presley release on CD.  Shown is the front of the slipcase that houses the discs in three jewel cases.  This issue was limited to 5,000 copies, and a serial number on the back of the slipcase indicates that this copy is number 456 of 5,000.  Note the promotional sticker at the lower right.

 

 

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Santana Abraxas (CBS/Sony, catalog number 35DP 58). This is the first Japanese issue sealed in the original shrinkwrap with the obi strip.

 

 

Tommy Shaw Girls With Guns (A&M, catalog number CD 5020). This is the original U.S. issue sealed in a blister pack. The disc was pressed in Japan by Denon.  The matrix code is “CD-5020 1B1 57 Y” and is stamped in the typical Denon dot-matrix font.  This is a particularly rare issue, as there are no subsequent U.S. pressings.  In addition to this Denon pressing, there is a Japanese CBS/Sony pressing bearing the same catalog number.

 

 

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Bruce Springsteen The River (CBS/Sony, catalog number 50DP 355-6). This two-disc set is the original Japanese issue and is sealed in the original shrinkwrap with the obi strip.  This is a popular set with collectors.

 

 

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Bruce Springsteen Nebraska (CBS/Sony, catalog number 32DP 357). This is the first Japanese issue sealed in the original shrinkwrap with the obi strip.  This is a significant release because it contains a stereo mix of the album that was not supposed to have been released.  Additionally, an instrumental coda is appended to “My Father’s House”.  This version of the album also appears on Japanese pressings originally released in the U.S. and Europe.  A mono version of the album lacking the instrumental coda on “My Father’s House” was subsequently issued in all markets.  Original issues with the stereo version of the album and the instrumental coda are rare.

 

 

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Stephen Stills Right by You (Atlantic, catalog number 7 80177-2). This is the first issue sealed in a longbox.  Like the Olivia Newton-John longbox above, this is an early longbox with the die-cut window.  A round silver sticker on the back of the longbox states “Disc manufactured in West Germany”.  The West German pressing of Right by You is a Target CD.  This Target CD is highly sought after by collectors because Right by You has been out of print for many years.

 

 

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Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble Couldn’t Stand the Weather (Epic, catalog number EK 39304). This is the first U.S. issue sealed in a blister pack. The disc was pressed in Japan by CBS/Sony. It has “CSR COMPACT DISC” repeating in the plastic ring, and the matrix code is “DIDP-20112 21A3 +++++”.  The jewel case is an early type with smooth top and bottom edges.  This is a very rare pressing.

 

 

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Peter Wolf Lights Out (EMI, catalog number CDP 7 46046 2). This is the first U.S. and European issue sealed in a blister pack.  The jewel case is an early type with smooth top and bottom edges. This album by the former lead singer of the J. Geils Band has been out of print for many years.  The pressing shown here as well as the original Japanese issue of Lights Out are rare and highly sought after.