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This month, we feature an early Japanese CD of historical significance because it commemorates a major sporting event. The disc is the soundtrack for the 1984 Summer Olympics, held in Los Angeles, California. The 1984 Games were highly successful for the United States and included such gold medalists as Edwin Moses, Carl Lewis, Mary Lou Retton, and Greg Louganis. Also winning gold was the USA men’s basketball team that featured a young Michael Jordan. Anyway, on to the disc.

CBS/Sony issued a soundtrack in Japan for these Olympic Games in 1984 under catalog number 35DP 200 and with the title The Official Music Of The XXIIIrd Olympiad Los Angeles 1984. (Despite the Games being held in the U.S., the soundtrack was not released on CD domestically.) The 12-track soundtrack offers a mix of genres with performances by popular artists of the era, including Giorgio Moroder, Christopher Cross, Foreigner, and Herbie Hancock.

The disc bears the original CBS/Sony Japanese label design — a black coating over three-quarters of the disc with “aluminum” text. The center plastic ring has “CSR COMPACT DISC” repeating three times, confirming its production at the CBS/Sony plant in Japan. The matrix code is “35DP 200 11”. A 20-page booklet is mostly printed in Japanese, but does include song lyrics in English.

Song titles appear on the disc label in English and are printed in both English and Japanese on the back insert. As a nice touch, the mascot of the 1984 Summer Olympics, Sam the Olympic Eagle, appears inside the booklet, on the back cover of the booklet, and on the back insert. The front cover of the booklet features the official logo of the 1984 Summer Olympics, the “Stars in Motion”.

This soundtrack is rather rare today, likely due to its popularity and therefore an unwillingness of owners to part with it. It is also quite likely that this soundtrack was pressed in limited quantities in Japan given that these Olympic Games were held in the U.S. Another factor to consider regarding production is the simple fact that the compact disc was still in its infancy in 1984, with most music consumers still buying LPs and cassette tapes.

This CD does turn up for sale online from time to time, but it is not cheap. It is, however, a worthy purchase as a piece of history and also for CD collectors with a feeling of sentimentality regarding the 1984 Summer Olympics (like me).

Shown below is the cover and back insert for this Olympics soundtrack, along with the disc.

 

The cover for The Official Music Of The XXIIIrd Olympiad Los Angeles 1984 (CBS/Sony, catalog number 35DP 200). Featured is the official logo of these Olympic Games, the “Stars in Motion”.

 

The back insert for The Official Music Of The XXIIIrd Olympiad Los Angeles 1984 (CBS/Sony, catalog number 35DP 200). Song titles and artists are printed in English and Japanese. The official mascot of the 1984 Summer Olympics, Sam the Olympic Eagle, is shown.

 

The Japanese CBS/Sony pressing of The Official Music Of The XXIIIrd Olympiad Los Angeles 1984 (CBS/Sony, catalog number 35DP 200). The disc has “CSR COMPACT DISC” repeating in the clear plastic ring at the center, and the matrix code is “35DP 200 11”.

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