January 22nd, 2011
Here is a first on keithhirsch.com. For the first time, an early Canadian issue is posted. It is a Japanese pressing of Santana’s 1981 album Zebop! that was released in Canada around 1984 or ’85. This CD was issued on the Columbia label, part of CBS/Sony, under catalog number CK 37158.
When considering early Japanese pressings of CBS/Sony titles, one normally considers U.S., European, and Japanese issues. That is because these are the key markets that were represented by unique pressings (i.e., unique label designs and catalog numbers). Of course, these early Japanese pressings were issued in other smaller markets as well. For example, most Japan-for-Europe CBS/Sony CDs were also issued in Australia. And, many Japan-for-U.S. CBS/Sony CDs were also issued in Canada. This takes us to the featured Zebop! CD.
This Zebop! CD is a Canadian issue, but it bears the original U.S. catalog number and is the same disc as the original Japan-for-U.S. issue. It is Canadian by virture of the inserts. The inserts are similar to the ones issued in the U.S., and the key difference lies in the copyright statement. The copyright statement on the U.S. inserts reflects the original pressing being made in Japan and starts off “Disc manufactured in Japan by CBS/Sony…” For the Canadian issue, the copyright statement does not mention Japan and instead references CBS Records Canada Ltd. in Don Mills, Ontario. The UPC on the back insert and the back cover of the booklet is unique to this Canadian issue.
The CD has “CSR COMPACT DISC” repeating in the plastic ring, and the matrix code is “DIDP-20117 21A1 +++++”. The disc has “MANUFACTURED IN JAPAN” printed along the perimeter.
In my experience, this Japanese pressing of Zebop! is very rare. I have come across copies with U.S. inserts on just a few occasions, and this copy with the Canadian inserts is the only such copy I have located. Shown below is the cover, back insert, a spine label, and the Japanese pressing for this Canadian issue.
The cover for the original Canadian issue of Santana Zebop! (Columbia, catalog number CK 37158). This cover, including the CD format logo in the bottom right corner, is identical to the one found with the original U.S. issue bearing the same catalog number.
The back insert for the original Canadian issue of Santana Zebop! (Columbia, catalog number CK 37158). The layout of this back insert is similar to the layout of the original U.S. back insert. However, note the copyright statement along the bottom referencing CBS Records Canada Ltd. The UPC is also unique to this Canadian issue.
A spine label for the original Canadian issue of Santana Zebop! (Columbia, catalog number CK 37158). The spines for the original U.S. issue are identical in appearance.
The Japan-for-Canada pressing of Santana Zebop! (Columbia, catalog number CK 37158). The disc has “CSR COMPACT DISC” repeating in the plastic ring, and the matrix code is “DIDP-20117 21A1 +++++”. “DIDP 20117” is printed beneath the catalog number at 3 o’clock, and “MANUFACTURED IN JAPAN” is printed along the perimeter at the bottom of the disc. This disc is identical to the original Japanese pressing issued in the U.S.