January 26th, 2014
Surprisingly, a Target CD hasn’t graced the top spot on “The Resource” since last April. Here we focus on a rare Target CD that I recently obtained.
INXS, the Australian group led by singer Michael Hutchence, formed in 1977. They released their first album in the U.S., self-titled, on the Atco label, part of Warner-Elektra-Atlantic (WEA), in 1980. This was followed up by Underneath the Colours in 1981. INXS’s progression as a cohesive pop/rock/alternative/new wave band was evident on their 1982 effort, Shabooh Shoobah, which includes the hit “The One Thing” as the album’s opener. Here we will take a look at early Target CD pressings of Shabooh Shoobah.
In Europe, the INXS catalog was owned by Mercury Records, a part of Phonogram Records. Shabooh Shoobah was originally released on CD in Europe as a West German Mercury “Atomic” (Non-Target) pressing under catalog number 812 084-2. In the U.S., however, the INXS catalog was owned by Atco Records, part of WEA. As such, the original U.S. CD release of Shabooh Shoobah is a West German Target pressing bearing catalog number 7 90072-2. WEA assigned the color combination of a green target and pink paint coating to Target pressings on the Atco label.
Green and pink Target pressings of Shabooh Shoobah can be found as West German Polygram and PDO pressings. These green/pink pressings are fairly common as far as Target CDs go. However, there is a very rare West German Target of Shabooh Shoobah for collectors to consider. This rarity, produced by the Polygram plant, has a red target and green paint coating. This is the color combination normally found on Target pressings on the Atlantic label. The red/green pressing of Shabooh Shoobah could have been a test pressing or simply a manufacturing error.
The matrix code on the red/green Target pressing of Shabooh Shoobah is “7567 90072-2 2895 021 01”. This same matrix code can be found on the standard green/pink Target pressings. Shown below is the cover and back insert for Target pressings of Shabooh Shoobah, as well as the common green/pink and rare red/green Target pressings.
The cover for West German Target pressings of INXS Shabooh Shoobah (Atco, catalog number 7 90072-2). This is the standard cover artwork for this album.
The back insert for West German Target CDs of INXS Shabooh Shoobah pressed by Polygram (Atco, catalog number 7 90072-2). Note that it states “Printed in West Germany” along the bottom.
The common West German Target pressing of INXS Shabooh Shoobah (Atco, catalog number 7 90072-2). The disc bears the green target and pink paint coating typical of Target pressings on the Atco label. Note that the disc states “MADE IN WEST GERMANY BY POLYGRAM” along the perimeter. The matrix code is “7567 90072-2 2895 021 01”.
The rare West German Target pressing of INXS Shabooh Shoobah (Atco, catalog number 7 90072-2). The disc bears the red target and green paint coating typical of Target pressings on the Atlantic label. This pressing of Shabooh Shoobah could be a test pressing or a manufacturing error. It has “MADE IN WEST GERMANY BY POLYGRAM” printed along the perimeter. The matrix code is “7567 90072-2 2895 021 01”.