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Happy New Year! A new year and a new post. To start 2020, we consider a rare, early U.S. issue of the Cat Stevens compilation Footsteps In The Dark: Greatest Hits Volume Two. Footsteps was released in the U.S. on the A&M, and the earliest CDs were pressed in Japan by Denon. There are two Japan-for-U.S. issues of Footsteps, both on A&M, that differ by the catalog number. The first issue was released under catalog number CD-3736. In the mid-’80s, Footsteps was reissued with catalog number CD-3285.

CD-3736, the first version of Footsteps, is the rarer one. It exists as Japanese Denon and U.S DADC pressings. CD-3285 replaced it early on and stayed in print for many years. It exists as Japanese Denon and various U.S. pressings. Here, we focus on the first version, catalog number CD-3736. Specifically, let’s look at the Japanese Denon pressing.

As an early U.S. A&M issue, the CD-3736 Footsteps disc has black text with no paint coating (i.e., black text over aluminum). A nice touch, also common to early A&M discs, is that the artist and album title are printed on the disc in the album artwork fonts. As a Denon pressing, the disc has the familiar dot-matrix matrix code font, and the matrix code for the particular pressing featured here is “CD-3736 1A2 59”.

The inserts for the CD-3736 Footsteps disc were printed in the U.S., and there is a barcode on the back insert. The disc and inserts show the project number “DIDX 171”. This project number pertains to the aforementioned U.S. DADC pressing, and this U.S. disc has the DIDX number in the matrix code. (As a side note, this DADC pressing is also rare and worth tracking down by collectors.)

Shown below is the cover and back insert for the CD-3736 Footsteps issue, along with the Japanese Denon pressing.

 

The cover for the original Japan-for-U.S. issue of Cat Stevens Footsteps In The Dark: Greatest Hits Volume Two (A&M, catalog number CD-3736). This is the standard cover artwork for this compilation.

 

The back insert for the original Japan-for-U.S. issue of Cat Stevens Footsteps In The Dark: Greatest Hits Volume Two (A&M, catalog number CD-3736). The catalog number is printed in the lower right corner (small white text).

 

The Japanese Denon pressing of Cat Stevens Footsteps In The Dark: Greatest Hits Volume Two (A&M, catalog number CD-3736). The matrix code is “CD-3736 1A2 59” and is stamped in the typical Denon dot-matrix font. “Made in Japan” is printed at 8 o’clock.

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