There are many reasons I and other collectors of early CD pressings are drawn to particular discs.  Some of them look cool.  Some sound great.  Some are rare.  And some have unique content.  It is primarily the last reason that this month’s feature is highly sought after by CD collectors.

Here we consider the first Japanese issue of Janet Jackson’s 1986 blockbuster album Control, released by A&M under catalog number 32XB-72.  It was with Control that Janet proved that there was room for more than one Jackson in the world of pop music.  The inclusion of hits “Control”, “Nasty”, and “What Have You Done For Me Lately” should be enough for any CD collector to seek the first Japanese issue of this classic, but it is a lesser known song that places this first issue high on collectors’ lists.

Take a look at any common Control CD, and you will find nine tracks.  The Japanese 32XB issue has 10.  Included on this disc, and only on this disc, is “Start Anew” as track five.  “Start Anew” was actually recorded for Jackson’s preceding album, 1984’s Dream Street.  The song did not appear on that album, but it was released on 7″ and 12″ singles in Japan in 1985 to limited acclaim.  “Start Anew” then appeared on the Japanese 32XB Control CD in 1986.

The Japanese 32XB CD was in print for a short period before being replaced in 1986 by the more common D32Y issue.  Shown below are the cover, back insert, and CD for the 32XB issue.

 

The cover for the first Japanese issue of Janet Jackson Control (A&M, catalog number 32XB-72).  This is the standard cover artwork found with other CD releases.

 

The back insert for the first Japanese issue of Janet Jackson Control (A&M, catalog number 32XB-72).  Note that “Start Anew” is listed as track five.  The catalog number is printed in the top left corner.

 

The first Japanese issue of Janet Jackson Control (A&M, catalog number 32XB-72).  “Start Anew” is listed as track five on the left side of the disc.  This disc was pressed by CBS/Sony.  The matrix code is “32XB-72 11 +++++”.

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