From 1968 to 1972, Creedence Clearwater Revival, the quartet formed by John Fogerty, Tom Fogerty, Doug Clifford, and Stu Cook, delivered seven original albums packed with hit singles. CCR combined driving, energetic, jamming rock with a southern, down-home charm (with some social messages mixed in). Led by John Fogerty’s songwriting and hard vocals, CCR were unique and very well appreciated, as evidenced by their albums going certified gold and eventually multi-platinum.

In 1970, Creedence arguably hit their peak with their fifth album, Cosmo’s Factory.  The 11-track effort includes their famous cover of “I Heard it Through the Grapevine” and the original hits, “Travelin’ Band”, “Lookin’ Out My Back Door”, “Run Through the Jungle”, “Who’ll Stop the Rain”. Given its popularity, CCR albums, including Cosmo’s Factory, have been issued and reissued on CD by Fantasy Records many times over. Let’s look at the original Japanese CD release of Cosmo’s Factory.

In 1986, Fantasy Records released the Creedence catalog on CD in Japan in conjunction with Victor Musical Industries (or simply, Victor). These titles have a VDP catalog number prefix, typical of Victor rock and pop CDs released at the time. Cosmo’s Factory bears catalog number VDP-5039. These CDs originally retailed for ¥3,000 (Japanese yen), in the common price range for Japanese CDs by 1986.

As a Japanese release, the Cosmo’s Factory CD was originally released with an advertising obi strip with most text in Japanese. For the Creedence VDP CDs, the obi strip was glued to the jewel case, which for the collector, made it less likely that the obi strip would be lost. These Creedence discs were pressed by Victor (often referred to as JVC). For Cosmo’s Factory, the matrix code is “VDP – 5039 – U1E12”.

Cosmo’s Factory has a patterned black paint coating typical of Victor CDs released between 1984 and 1986. The disc is dated 1986.

Shown below is the cover and back insert for the original Japanese issue of Cosmo’s Factory, also showing the front and back of the obi strip. The final photo below shows the Japanese CD.

 

The cover for the original Japanese issue of Creedence Clearwater Revival Cosmo’s Factory (Fantasy, catalog number VDP-5039). The CD booklet is shown in the original jewel case with the adhered obi strip. Thus, the front of the obi strip appears as the blue strip on the left.

 

The back insert for the original Japanese issue of Creedence Clearwater Revival Cosmo’s Factory (Fantasy, catalog number VDP-5039). The back insert is shown in the original jewel case with the adhered obi strip. Thus, the back of the obi strip appears as the blue strip on the right.

 

The original Japanese issue of Creedence Clearwater Revival Cosmo’s Factory (Fantasy, catalog number VDP-5039). Note the 1986 phonogram date below the Fantasy logo at 4 o’clock. The matrix code is “VDP – 5039 – U1E12”.

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